Ian Bary ran for 88 yards and two touchdowns and Floyd County’s defense held Carroll County to 96 total yards Friday in the Buffaloes’ 28-0 Three Rivers District game in Hillsville.
Carroll County (1-5, 0-2 Three Rivers District) was called for holding on the very first play from scrimmage. It was a play that unfortunately was a precursor of things to come as the Cavaliers struggled to move the ball.
“What really kind of put us in a hole early on was the holding penalty on the first play of the game. That is really frustrating,” Carroll County head coach Eddie Sloss said. “I talk about shooting ourselves in the foot and getting behind from the start, and the first play of the game we get a holding call, so instead of it could be 2nd down and 5 it is 1st and 20 now.”
Quarterback Marc Motley completed a pass of 15 yards to Lance Rotenizer on second down, but the Cavaliers were forced to punt after three plays. Floyd County (5-1, 1-1 Three Rivers District) needed just three plays to get in the end zone as Bary followed up a 42-yard run by Jarrett Agee with a 28-yard touchdown run, scrambling free on a broken play.
Carroll County’s defense held up much of the first half even as the offense continued to stall. The Buffaloes took control with a pair of touchdowns in the last half of the second quarter. Agee’s 24-yard scoring run put Floyd in front 14-0 with 6:07 left in the half. Bary then intercepted a Cavalier pass in the final minute of the quarter at the Floyd 35. Bary returned the pick near midfield and then scored from 48 yards out two plays later for a 21-0 Floyd lead heading into the locker room.
Forced to abandon its bread and butter wishbone offense due to a litany of injuries, Carroll’s offense was held to eight first downs. Sloss said the Cavaliers were missing a combined 19 players against Glenvar and Floyd, something that has taken a huge toll on the team.
“(Floyd made) some big plays, what we have seen for the last five weeks. They are a good, good football team,” Sloss said. “We felt like we had a shot, but we are just so barren right now. Guys are still out, we had a new trainer come today and I am introducing him to all the injured guys and it literally took me 15 to 20 minutes in addition to telling him about the situation. We have used a lot of red jerseys. I am not saying it makes a difference win or lose, but last week at Glenvar we had 10 guys out. We got a couple of those guys back this week but then Wednesday I lost one to a concussion and still have a few guys that need to come back. We are just playing shorthanded. We miss Dylon (Leonard) being out there on the field.”
Floyd’s Presley Yates added an 18-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter to complete the scoring for the night. For the game, the Buffaloes rushed for 300 yards on 37 carries compared to Carroll’s 79 yards on 31 rushes. Most of Carroll’s struggles are a combination of having to stop using the wishbone and a lack of a push up front on the offensive line. “We pretty much had to abandon the wishbone, which I liked it, so it is a little frustrating. The kids, that is what they know, but they just physically weren’t able to do it, especially versus the giants that we are playing. The wishbone needs three running backs, then you lose Dylon, the fullback, then you lose Dylan Rodrigue, then Brant Davidson (hadn’t played this year except the first scrimmage), but right there we have no depth and guys just weren’t blast blocking like we needed them to,” Sloss said. “Each halfback has to be able to block and we just weren’t getting it done. Some of the things I was expecting them to do this year they just couldn’t do it and that is my fault for asking them to do something they physically couldn’t do. Up front we are just so inferior, just weaker, just passive, and I don’t know man. We are just having to coach harder.”
Cassell McMillian ran hard and led the Cavaliers’ offense, rushing 13 times for 66 yards on the night. Carroll has a bye this week before heading to Giles the following Friday. Considering all the concussions and injuries the team has endured, a bye week couldn’t come at a better time.
“We will be looking at the film and hopefully we will see things we can get better on and find some guys who can play the line for us. If I can get Dylon back, I told some of these guys we are asking to play some skill positions to maybe step on the line because we are just not getting it done,” Sloss said. “So instead of being a backup here you might be a starter here if you want to do that. But yeah, the open week is much needed. I think the kids need to get a break, but then we need to get back to work and get better.”
Floyd 7 14 7 0 – 28
Carroll 0 0 0 0 – 0
FC – Bary 28 run (90 kick)
FC – Agee 24 run (90 kick)
FC – Bary 48 run (90 kick)
FC – Yates 18 run (90 kick)
First Downs 14 8
Rushes-Yards 37-300 31-79
Passing 5-9-0 2-15-2
Passing Yards 12 17
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-0
Penalites-Yards 10-100 7-94
Possession 24:50 23:10
RUSHING – Agee 10-101, Bary 4-88, Yates 14-72, Adkins 1-15, Brooke 1-9, Via 1-6, Radford 1-5, Hamnmond 1-3, Chaffin 2-3, Erchull 1-2, Lude 1-minus 4.
PASSING – Bary 3-7-0 9 yds., Radford 2-2-0 3 yds.
RECEIVING – Marrone 1-8, Wood 1-6, Gallimore 2-3, #5 1-minus 5.
RUSHING – McMillian 13-66, Motley 14-9, Horton 4-4.
PASSING – Motley 2-13-2 12 yds., Rotenizer 0-2-0 0 yds.,
RECEIVING – Rotenizer 1-15, Horton 1-2.
Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN