Carroll County’s varsity football game with Grayson County didn’t start until 9 p.m. Friday night due to heavy rain and lightning in Hillsville. Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, the inclement weather didn’t slow down the aerial attack of the Blue Devils as Grayson won 34-7 behind the big-play threats of Tyler Lundy and Seth Phillips.
Phillips caught four passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns, while Lundy completed 8-of-15 throws for 209 yards and two scores. The Grayson quarterback also ran for two touchdowns.
“The first half they just big played us again. I felt like we were still in the game, we just had to correct some things and step up and play a little bit better against the pass,” Carroll County head coach Eddie Sloss said. “But the second half, just nothing seemed to go our way. Every time a play needed to be made, they made it. We just couldn’t. They’ve got some good athletes, some big, tough kids. That’s a good football team. We were just the inferior team tonight. I will take the blame for this. I just need to do a better job of getting these guys physically and mentally ready to play. They weren’t there tonight.”
Carroll County (1-1) took the opening kickoff and went 43 yards in seven plays to take a 7-0 lead on Colin Wells’ 12-yard touchdown run. From that point forward, Grayson (2-0) limited Carroll to 109 yards the rest of the game and scored 34 unanswered points.
But the biggest blow came early on the Blue Devils’ first possession of the game. After Carroll struck first, Grayson faced a 3rd down and 17 from its own 23 after Lundy was sacked by Jared Mollett for a seven-yard loss. On the next play, Lundy hooked up with William Bane for a 37-yard gain to keep the drive alive. Two plays later, he connected with Phillips on a 38-yard scoring pass to tie the game at 7-all midway through the opening quarter.
“It’s very frustrating. We had them 3rd and 17, just have to rise to the occasion. It’s just as simple as you have to play football, you have to make plays,” Sloss said. “The team that makes more plays is going to win the football game, and last week we were very fortunate and blessed we made more plays than Floyd. And like I said last week, that game could have gone either way, but the way we played tonight we wouldn’t have won last week’s game.”
The score stayed tied until early in the second quarter when Lundy and Phillips hooked up again, this time on a 71-yard touchdown pass to put the Devils up 14-7 with 10 minutes left to play in the first half.
Just like last week, when Floyd broke the opening kickoff of the second half for a touchdown, Grayson’s Adrian Ruiz fielded the third quarter kickoff at his own 40 and broke free for an apparent score. He was tracked down at the 5, however, and Carroll’s Austin Carico knocked the ball loose. The Cavs recovered, but turned it back over on a fumble five plays later, giving Grayson the ball back at the Carroll 17. The Blue Devils needed just three plays to capitalize as Lundy scored from a yard out for a 21-7 advantage.
Isaac Flippin added a 1-yard touchdown run later in the quarter, and Lundy iced the game midway through the fourth with an 11-yard touchdown run. For the game, Grayson outgained Carroll 340-152 in total yards. Wells was a bright spot for the Cavs, rushing for 56 yards on 11 carries, while Chase Goins caught three passes for 27 yards.
Carroll hopes to rebound this Friday as it travels to Patrick County to face the Cougars, fresh off a 28-18 loss to Floyd County.
“We’ve got to get better. We are going to face another good football team next week in Patrick County,” Sloss said. “From what I am hearing, Patrick is a solid football team as well, so if we don’t watch it we are going to be 1-2 before you know it.”
Grayson 7 7 14 6 – 34
Carroll 7 0 0 0 – 7
CC – Wells 12 run (Goins kick)
GC – Phillips 38 pass from Lundy (Jackson kick)
GC – Phillips 71 pass from Lundy (Jackson kick)
GC – Lundy 1 run (Jackson kick)
GC – Flippin 1 run (Jackson kick)
GC – Lundy 11 run (kick failed)
First Downs 13 8
Rushes-Yards 28-131 38-110
Passing 8-15-0 5-15-0
Passing Yards 209 42
Fumbles-Lost 3-2 3-2
Penalties-Yards 7-70 4-35
Possession 20:02 27:58
RUSHING – Flippin 12-48, Cassell 4-47, Lundy 7-23, Whitter 3-9, Shinault 2-4.
PASSING – Lundy 8-15-0 209 Yds.
RECEIVING – Phillips 4-147, Bane 1-37, McPherson 2-24, Flippin 1-1.
RUSHING – Wells 11-56, Robinson 15-31, Vaught 5-27, Quesenberry 3-10, Goins 1-minus 2, Puckett 1-minus 2, Team 2-minus 10.
PASSING – Robinson 4-14-0 36 yds., Dalton 1-1-0 6 yds.
RECEIVING – Goins 3-27, Vaught 1-9, Wells 1-6.