INDEPENDENCE — Carroll County (1-1) fell to Grayson County (2-0) 21-13 on August 31 at Bill Strong Field after the Blue Devils’ offense found its voice in the second half.
“Penalties, missed tackles and (a) center-quarterback exchange. That’s the three that beat us,” said Cavalier Head Coach Jack Turner. “I’m not taking anything away from Grayson County. Coach McPherson has a great football team and they do a great job. It was those three things right there.”
The Cavaliers had a total of six points in the first quarter while Grayson County scored seven. Carroll was back on top before the half, ringing up seven points for a 13-7 lead. The Devils iced the win in the third with 14 points as the Cavs scrambled but could not put any points on the scoreboard. Both teams went scoreless in the fourth quarter.
Carroll lit up their side of the scoreboard in the first with three points, courtesy of a 25-yard field goal by Roger Lopez at the 5:57 mark. The Devils came back with 5:11 left to play in the opening quarter when Jake Hollingsworth sprinted in to give Grayson six points on a 56-yard run. Tanner Jones’ extra point kick was good and the Blue Devils led Carroll 7-3.
The Cavalier’s weren’t taking this quietly and fought their way into Demon territory around the 10-yard line with 1:46 remaining. Lopez added another successful field goal and the quarter ended with Grayson holding on to a slender one-point lead.
In the second quarter, Carroll’s Cassell McMillian hit pay dirt on a four-yard run with Lopez booting in the extra point at the 6:08 point as the Cavaliers surged to recapture the lead, 13-7. Carroll held of the Demon offense to hold this lead into halftime.
In the third quarter, Grayson’s offense clicked with Levi Johnson running the ball in from the two-yard line. The Blue Devil’s extra point kick failed, leaving the score knotted at 13. Hollingsworth broke free to run in for six more on an 89-yard run and Gage Peebles’ two-point bid was good with 2:17 left in the third as the Demons set the table for the win to amass 21 points.
“No bones about it. We got whipped up front. The first half it was (our) catching. We tried to catch and then we hit two big plays with just an assignment bust. There was missed tackles and hey, they were doing their thing finding the honey hole and you’re really into it. At halftime we said, ‘Hey, we’re going to come out and run a couple of plays.’ I felt we warmed to a point in the second half but I tell you what, they didn’t back off. It’s like I told Jack (Turner) any time you see someone running double tights you better be ready to play technique and get down and dirty. We weren’t ready,” said Grayson Head Coach Brett McPherson.“We could never really stop them a great deal. They just found the spots. We were struggling to find people. It’s one of those wins that was kind of ugly but I don’t think it was so much ugly as they executed well. They did what they did. They have an identity and they will get better at it. I have to give them a lot of credit.”
Carroll 6 7 0 0 -13
Grayson 7 0 14 0 -21
CC-Lopez 25 FG; 5:57
GC-Hollingsworth 56 run (Jones kick) 5:11
CC Lopez 27 FG 1:46
CC-McMillian 4 run (Lopez kick) 6:08
GC-Johnson 2 run (kick failed) 5:56
GC-Hollingsworth 89 run (Peeples run) 2:17
First downs 9 10
Rushes-yards 40-215 42-321
Passing yards 4 0
Comp-att-int 1-6-0 0-3-0
Return yards 23 56
Punts-ave. 1-39.0 0-0
Fumbles-lost 3-1 1-1
Penalties-yards 4-20 3-26
RUSHING – McMillian 28-133, Motley 7-63, C. Horton 5-19.
PASSING – Motley 1-5-0 4 yds., Team 0-1-0 0 yds.
RECEIVING – Rotenizer 1-4.
RUSHING – Hollingsworth 20-249, D. Allen 8-38, Johnson 11-28, E. Brown 3-7.
PASSING – Hollingsworth 0-3-0-0 yds.
RECEIVING – None.
David Broyles may be reached at 276-779-4013 or on Twitter@CarrollNewsDave