The Aviators' senior threw six touchdown passes against the Cowboys.
By DOUG CHAPIN
YOUNGSTOWN -- While Ohio State's Troy Smith was doing his thing Saturday for the Buckeyes, Alliance High senior quarterback Charles Babb was, in similar fashion, carving up the Chaney Cowboys' defense.
Babb threw six touchdown passes, connecting on 13-of-17 attempts for 276 yards, and also ran for 75 yards as the Aviators (2-0) defeated Chaney, 46-30.
"That's two good football teams we've seen this year. Today it was a question of Alliance having more athletes than us. Plus that kid [Babb] under center is something special," Chaney coach Ron Berdis said. "We faced a wide open offense this week after going against a smashmouth team [Fitch] last week. We expected to defend better than we did today. We just weren't up to the task."
Mistakes hurt Chaney
The Chaney offense moved the ball well but was hurt by mistakes. Quarterback Victor Toney was 11-of-26 for 176 yards and also rushed for 95 yards on 12 carries. Terrelle Tomlin added 75 yards rushing on 15 tries and scored two touchdowns. The Cowboys (0-2) ran for 250 yards as a team.
"We've got some guys who have never played. In spots we look decent and in spots you can see where the inexperience is killing us," Berdis said.
Chaney went 69 yards in seven plays for a touchdown on its first possession. Tomlin ran 1 yard for the score and ran for the two-point conversion. He had a 28-yard gain on the drive and Toney hit Edward Franklin for 34 yards to set up the touchdown.
Alliance takes control
Alliance scored on its next three possessions as Babb connected for scoring strikes of 41, 20 and 18 yards. Chaney, meanwhile, lost two fumbles, including one that ended a nine-play drive. The Cowboy defense did stop the Aviators twice in the red zone late in the second quarter to keep the halftime deficit at 21-8. On one possession, Joe Balog broke up a fourth-down pass and on the other, Joe Morales pulled the ball out of an Alliance runner's grasp near the goal line.
Chaney's first two possessions of the second half lasted 10 and eight plays, respectively, but both ended in interceptions. Alliance countered with touchdown passes of 12 and 40 yards by Babb.
"The kid [Babb] could pretty much throw the ball wherever he wanted," Berdis said. "They are pretty big up front and we couldn't contain him. With an arm like his, if you give him time, he will make completions.
Down 33-8, the Cowboys scored three times against Alliance's second unit, but Burrell added one more touchdown pass and the Aviators' punt coverage team scored the final touchdown by recovering a fumble in the end zone.