Alleghany scored 16 points in a 45-second stretch Friday en route to a 37-13 Three Rivers District victory over Carroll County in Hillsville.
Already holding a 7-0 advantage after quarterback Zachary Humphries scored on a 2-yard touchdown run, the Mountaineers took control with an explosion of points later in the period. Nathaniel Rusmisel’s 33-yard touchdown run increased the Alleghany (4-4, 2-2 Three Rivers District) lead to 14-0 with 4:06 left in the first quarter.
After the kickoff, a personal foul penalty set Carroll County (1-7, 0-4 Three Rivers District) back at its own 5-yard line. Quarterback Lance Rotenizer faced heavy pressure and was sacked in the end zone for a safety just 14 seconds later to add two more points to the Mountaineers’ lead. Rick Lanahan, Jr. then ripped off a 29-yard run to set up his own 5-yard scoring scamper a mere 31 seconds later for a 23-0 Alleghany lead with 3:21 left in the opening period.
Up front, the Cavaliers struggled with Alleghany on both sides of the ball. Carroll managed just 10 yards of total offense in the first half and three first downs – two of which came by penalty. Head coach Eddie Sloss said he was expecting a better effort in the trenches from the Cavaliers.
“Watching film I thought we could match them, especially with what we have seen this year with Floyd and Glenvar and Giles. We have seen some pretty big horses,” Sloss said. “Up front I felt like we should have been better, but their answer tonight was to bring pressure off the edges and we were just not quick enough to handle that. Right now we are still in get better mode in game nine.”
The Mountaineers tacked on another touchdown midway through the second quarter as Humphries connected with Anthony Spinks on a 45-yard touchdown pass. The score stayed 30-0 heading into the half.
Alleghany scored on its first possession of the second half to go up 37-0. After that, Carroll’s offense began to find a spark. Connor Horton ripped off a 19-yard run, Cassell McMillian added a 27-yard rush and Jacob Motley scooted 13 yards on the next play to set up Horton’s 12-yard touchdown run. Kyle Robinson added the point after, capping a 5-play, 71-yard drive, by far Carroll’s best possession of the night.
The Cavaliers kept the momentum going on its next drive, going 50 yards on 11 plays, capped by Motley’s 1-yard TD on a quarterback sneak to trim Alleghany’s lead to 37-13 with 2:14 to play.
“This is a good Alleghany team. They are very senior-heavy and they played hard and we didn’t. We got off to a slow start,” Sloss said. “If we could just put four quarters together I would like to see what we could do, but we haven’t done that all year.”
Lanahan rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries to lead Alleghany’s ground game and Humphries completed 11-of-15 passes for 118 yards and a score. Motley sparked the Carroll County offense in the second half with two runs of over 20 yards. He finished with 59 yards rushing on 10 carries to lead the Cavs. McMillian gained 35 rushing yards on nine rushes.
Carroll County will be back in action this Friday at Radford for another Three Rivers contest before concluding the regular season Nov. 3 at home against James River.
Alleghany 23 7 7 0 – 37
Carroll 0 0 0 13 – 13
A – Humphries 2 run (Rusmisel Kick)
A – Rusmisel 33 run (Rusmisel kick)
A – Safety
A – Lanahan 5 run (Rusmisel kick)
A – Spinks 45 pass from Humphries (Rusmisel kick)
A – Samuel 14 run (Rusmisel kick)
CC – Horton 12 run (Robinson kick)
CC – Motley 1 run (kick failed)
First Downs 16 8
Rushes-Yards 33-215 30-129
Passing 11-16-0 3-12-0
Passing Yards 118 20
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 4-47 6-61
RUSHING – Lanahan 12-102, Rusmisel 2-41, Humphries 5-34, Samuel 3-26, McGill 2-7, Brookman 2-5, Walker 2-4, Unroe 1-3, Gayflorsee 1-minus 1, Broughman 3-minus 6.
PASSING – Humphries 11-15-0 118 yds., Broughman 0-1-0 0 yds.
RECEIVING – Spinks 1-45, Samuel 2-32, Wilhelm 2-15, Lanahan 1-12, Hilemon 3-8, Shinault 1-5, McGill 1-1.
RUSHING – Motley 10-59, McMillian 9-35, Horton 3-31, Rotenizer 5-4, Trudell 3-0.
PASSING – Rotenizer 2-10-0 12 yds., Motley 1-2-0 8 yds.
RECEIVING – Dalton 2-12, McMillian 1-8.
Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN