On the night he stepped down as Carroll County’s all-time winningest football coach, Tom Hale went out with another school record Friday in the Cavaliers’ 77-28 blowout of Patrick County in Hillsville.
Carroll County (2-8, 0-7 River Ridge District) set a new school record for most points scored in a game with 77. The Cavaliers’ offense was so efficient, Carroll nearly broke the old school record of 60 points against Graham in 2010 by halftime as Hale’s team led 57-28 at intermission.
“I thought we had a good chance to end on a high note. I didn’t think we would have 57 points at the half. Of course, I didn’t think they would have 28 either,” Hale said. “But I thought our kids played real well. We got adjusted at halftime to what they were doing offensively and I thought we ended on a real high note.”
Carroll County also most likely set a school record for total offense as the Cavaliers rolled up 664 yards against the winless Cougars. Quarterback Connor Lundy, who was honored before the game as Carroll County High School’s all-time career passing leader, finished his career with a bang as well. Lundy completed 14 of 24 passes for 287 yards and four touchdowns, while also rushing for 146 yards and three scores, including an 82-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Lundy unofficially finishes his career with 4,469 yards passing. He also finished the season with 1,859 yards passing, breaking his old school record of 1,793 yards set last year.
“He is responsible for a lot of wins for us and I have had some good quarterbacks here in my time - Casey Burcham, Casey Lawson, Travis Green. I have had some good quarterbacks, but he has been about the best one that I have coached here,” Hale said. “He is smart. This year he really got patient with standing in the pocket, and he is a good leader. I am proud of him and am proud to be able to coach him.”
Despite several defensive lapses in the secondary, Carroll County was never threatened in this game after jumping out to a 29-0 lead in less than nine minutes. The Cavs went 65 yards on just five plays on the opening drive before Lundy scored from a yard out, then connected with Josh Blankenship on the 2-point conversion for a quick 8-0 lead.
Patrick quarterback Marcus Penn was intercepted three plays later by Kendall Edwards, setting up a 5-yard Ethan Underwood touchdown for a 15-0 Cavalier advantage.
Blankenship followed with a 1-yard touchdown run and Lundy’s 14-yard touchdown pass to Edwards made it 29-0 with 2:59 remaining in the opening quarter.
Patrick County, which has not won a game in four years, finally got on the board three plays later when Penn connected with William Gilles over the middle for a 57-yard score. Carroll answered early in the second on a 20-yard scoring scamper by Lundy. The Carroll quarterback sandwiched scoring strikes of 13 and 42 yards, respectively, to Bronson Bowman and Underwood around a 4-yard Underwood touchdown run as the Cavs rolled up 57 points at halftime. Penn added touchdown passes of 12 and 49 yards to Denzel Anthony and a 66-yard scoring hookup to Gilles to make it 57-28 at the half.
Carroll’s scoring onslaught continued in the second half as Lundy hit Trace Davis on a 26-yard scoring pass in the third quarter before breaking loose on an 82-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. Dylan Stiltner capped the scoring with a 25-yard touchdown run with 4:45 to play.
Carroll rolled up 377 yards rushing on just 29 carries as Blankenship joined Lundy in going over 100 yards. He finished with 117 yards on 7 carries and Underwood gained 59 yards on seven rushes. Davis led the Carroll receivers with 4 receptions for 82 yards.
Carroll had numerous touchdowns called back in a game marred by penalties. The Cavaliers may have also set a school record in the contest for penalties as Carroll was flagged 19 times for 210 yards of penalties.
“It was a sloppy game. We haven’t had that many penalties all season long,” Hale said.
Patrick 29 28 7 13 - 77
Carroll6 22 00 - 28
CC – Lundy 1 run (Blankenship pass from Lundy)
CC – Underwood 5 run (Goins kick)
CC – Blankenship 1 run (Goins kick)
CC – Edwards 14 pass from Lundy (Goins kick)
PC – Gilles 57 pass from Penn (run failed)
CC – Lundy 20 run (Berensen kick)
PC – Anthony 12 pass from Penn (Gilles pass from Penn)
CC – Bowman 13 pass from Lundy (Berensen kick)
PC – Anthony 49 pass from Penn (Hutchens pass from Penn)
CC – Underwood 4 run (Berensen kick)
PC – Gilles 66 pass from Penn (pass failed)
CC – Underwood 42 pass from Lundy (Berensen kick)
CC – Davis 26 pass from Lundy (Berensen kick)
CC – Lundy 82 run (kick failed)
CC – Stiltner 25 run (Berensen kick)
RUSHING – Penn 5-2, Katzer 3-2, Anthony 1-1, #26 4-minus 4.
PASSING – Penn 17-41-4 283 yds.
RECEIVING – Anthony 10-140, Gilles 3-125, #22 2-10, Hylton 2-8.
RUSHING – Lundy 9-146, Blankenship 7-117, Underwood 7-59, Stiltner 1-25, Edwards 3-23, Goins 2-7.
PASSING – Lundy 14-24-0 287 yds.
RECEIVING – Davis 4-82, Underwood 2-57, Blankenship 2-49, Reece 2-46, Bowman 2-31, Edwards 2-22.