Sand Creek senior quarterback Micheal DeCarmo makes it almost look too easy sometimes.
The dual-threat quarterback is quickly proving he is a master executioner of the Scorpions' read-option offense, and on Thursday the third-year starter rattled off five touchdowns to lead Sand Creek to a 35-0 win over Liberty in the Pikes Peak League opener.
"Everything is just starting to slow down for me," DeCarmo said. "I'm really proud of the team. It came down to the execution. A couple of big stops from the defense, and it was up to the offense to go ahead and score."
After a slow start in the first quarter, including a failed trip to the Liberty 5-yard line, DeCarmo and the Scorpions (4-0, 1-0 Pikes Peak League) scored 27 second-quarter points at District 20 Stadium to easily remain undefeated and silence the Lancers homecoming crowd. DeCarmo got things started with a 6-yard scamper around the right side to give Sand Creek a 7-0 lead less than a minute into the second quarter.
DeCarmo, who had nine carries for 104 yards, and the Scorpions then steamrolled Liberty (1-3, 0-1) by scoring three touchdowns on five plays, starting with his 54-yard burst down the right sideline for a 14-0 lead. DeCarmo dropped back to pass, faked a quick screen left to Dominic Reed and then kept it himself untouched down the right sideline.
"That was something we just kind of drew up and it just worked out," DeCarmo said. "It was a simple read really. A couple blocks from the wide receivers on the end and down the sideline really."
On the next possession, DeCarmo found a wide open Tyler Peterson in the slot on the Scorpions second play for a 75-yard score.
Following a Liberty three-and-out, Reed continued Sand Creek's offensive outburst by ripping his way through the line of scrimmage for a 53-yard gain on Sand Creek's first play, setting up DeCarmo's score from 2 yards out.
Sand Creek coach Rod Baker said his experienced quarterback is reading opposing defense just as the coach sees it from the sideline.
"He is really executing at a high level," Baker said. "He is just kind of letting the game come and executing what he sees and I see. We are reading each other's minds on a lot of different things."
The Pikes Peak League leading rusher, who has scored four rushing touchdowns in two consecutive games, said the team didn't put too much thought into last year's 56-20 loss at the hands of Liberty.
However, the Scorpions defense looked like a unit on a mission, holding Liberty to 54 total offensive yards.
"Our defense played really well, and I think they did a great job," Baker said. "These guys tried to throw it around a little bit and we covered well and got some pressure on the quarterback."
Lancer punter Kyle Robinson was busy with eight punts for 297 yards.
Liberty coach Clarence Vaughn said the Lancers couldn't find a way to stop DeCarmo, who now has 18 touchdowns.
"He is a good quarterback and good athlete all around," Vaughn said. "It's hard executing against that kind of guy. You have a guy that can hurt kids who aren't being disciplined. Once you fall for the misdirection, he is gone."