Grayson rallies past Cavs 21-13

By David Broyles - dbroyles@thecarrollnews.com
Carroll County Cavalier Cassell McMillian breaks through and moves into Blue Devil territory Friday at Bill Strong Field in Independence. The Cavs lit up the scoreboard first but couldn’t hold off a third quarter rally by Grayson County. The Cavaliers are 1-1 overall following the 21-13 loss. - David Broyles | The Carroll News
Cavalier Running Back Conner Horton works his way around Grayson County defenders Friday. Carroll lit up their side of the scoreboard in the first quarter on a field goal by Roger Lopez. - David Broyles | The Carroll News
Carroll County Quarterback Jacob Motley looks for an open man Friday during the Cavalier’s game against Grayson County. Carroll rallied before halftime and led Grayson 13-7 but the Blue Demons poured in 14 points in the third quarter to decide the contest. - David Broyles | The Carroll News

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

First Quarter

CC-Lopez 25 FG; 5:57

GC-Hollingsworth 56 run (Jones kick) 5:11

CC Lopez 27 FG 1:46

Second Quarter

CC-McMillian 4 run (Lopez kick) 6:08

Third Quarter

GC-Johnson 2 run (kick failed) 5:56

GC-Hollingsworth 89 run (Peeples run) 2:17

Team Statistics

CC GC

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

Individual Statistics

Carroll County

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.

Grayson County

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

Carroll County Cavalier Cassell McMillian breaks through and moves into Blue Devil territory Friday at Bill Strong Field in Independence. The Cavs lit up the scoreboard first but couldn’t hold off a third quarter rally by Grayson County. The Cavaliers are 1-1 overall following the 21-13 loss.
https://www.thecarrollnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_DSC08405.jpgCarroll County Cavalier Cassell McMillian breaks through and moves into Blue Devil territory Friday at Bill Strong Field in Independence. The Cavs lit up the scoreboard first but couldn’t hold off a third quarter rally by Grayson County. The Cavaliers are 1-1 overall following the 21-13 loss. David Broyles | The Carroll News

Cavalier Running Back Conner Horton works his way around Grayson County defenders Friday. Carroll lit up their side of the scoreboard in the first quarter on a field goal by Roger Lopez.
https://www.thecarrollnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_DSC08425.jpgCavalier Running Back Conner Horton works his way around Grayson County defenders Friday. Carroll lit up their side of the scoreboard in the first quarter on a field goal by Roger Lopez. David Broyles | The Carroll News

Carroll County Quarterback Jacob Motley looks for an open man Friday during the Cavalier’s game against Grayson County. Carroll rallied before halftime and led Grayson 13-7 but the Blue Demons poured in 14 points in the third quarter to decide the contest.
https://www.thecarrollnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_DSC08419.jpgCarroll County Quarterback Jacob Motley looks for an open man Friday during the Cavalier’s game against Grayson County. Carroll rallied before halftime and led Grayson 13-7 but the Blue Demons poured in 14 points in the third quarter to decide the contest. David Broyles | The Carroll News

By David Broyles

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