Carroll County just couldn’t translate the plan from the chalkboard to the scoreboard Friday as it fell to Grayson County 25-6 on the rain-soaked turf of Tommy Thompson Field in Hillsville.
“I just don’t have a lot to say tonight,” said Carroll County head coach Eddie Sloss following the game. “We didn’t execute. They beat us on both sides of the ball.”
Noting some missed opportunities, Sloss said it was good to have a win last week and said the team needs to play with consistency. He was referring to last week’s 25-7 victory over Patrick where the team’s depth allowed them to dominate in the regular season opener in Stuart with half of the starting defensive line.
On Friday, rain tapered off following the kickoff with the Cavaliers moving up to their own 32-yard line with less than a minute off the clock in the non-district contest. The Blue Devils ran the ball in from their 46-yard line at the 5:30 mark for a touchdown to take a six-point lead on Carroll (1-1).
The Cavaliers lit up their side of the scoreboard early in the second quarter, earning a first down at the Devils’ 21-yard line. Grayson pushed them back for several yards but Jacob Motley’s aerial connected with Logan Trudell, who scampered in for six points. The extra point kick was shy of the mark, which left the score knotted at six with 9:35 left before halftime.
Carroll’s defense stiffened as the Blue Devils fumbled the ball minutes later. Penalties on Grayson further stymied the Devils’ offense in the second quarter. In the final 20 seconds of the quarter, Grayson connected on a pass to add six more points to its side of the scoreboard. Carroll held off the conversion attempt and both teams headed for the locker rooms with Grayson leading 12-6. Grayson added six in the third quarter and seven in the final stanza to ice the win.
Jacob Motley completed 6-of-12 passes for 91 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 20 yards on six carries to lead the Cavalier offense. Cassell McMillian added 19 yards on five carries and caught a pass for 13 yards. Dustin Dalton hauled in three receptions for 45 yards for Carroll. Carroll’s defense allowed 304 yards rushing and 53 passing.
Jake Hollingsworth led the way for Grayson County, rushing 17 times for 176 yards and a touchdown. He also completed three passes, all touchdowns, for 53 yards. Seth Phillips caught touchdown passes of 24 and 12 yards for the Blue Devils.
Grayson Co. 6 6 6 7 – 25
Carroll Co. 0 6 0 0 – 6
GC — Phillips 24 pass from Hollingsworth (run failed)
CC — Trudell 24 pass from Motley (kick failed)
GC — Hollingsworth 54 run (kick failed)
GC — Phillips 12 pass from Hollingsworth (run failed)
GC — Osborne 19 pass from Hollingsworth (Wyatt kick)
RUSHING – Hollingsworth 17-176, Allen 13-61, Johnson 15-51, Peeples 2-2, Osborne 1-3, Ladnverde 1-10, Team 2-minus 6.
PASSING – Hollingsworth 3-10-0 53 yds.
RECEIVING – Phillips 2-34, Osborne 1-19.
RUSHING – Motley 6-20, McMillian 5-19, Trudell 11-10, Horton 1-4, team 1-minus 11.
PASSING – Motley 6-12-0 91 yds.
RECEIVING – Dalton 3-45, Trudell 1-24, McMillian 1-13, Burcham 1-10.
David Broyles may be reached at 276-779-4013 or on Twitter@CarrollNewsDave.