Cassell McMillian ran for 171 yards and the winning touchdown in the second overtime Friday as Carroll County defeated Floyd County 14-13 in a Three Rivers District game at Cave Spring.
The contest was moved to Bogle Field in Roanoke due to a muddy field at Floyd County High School. The improved playing conditions didn’t do any favors for either offense as the two teams slugged it out to a scoreless tie after four quarters.
Caleb Erchull put the Buffaloes on the board first with a 4-yard touchdown run in overtime. Junior Policarpo’s extra point gave Floyd County (1-5, 0-2 Three Rivers District) a brief 7-0 lead. Carroll County (2-4, 1-1 Three Rivers District) sent the game into a second OT after quarterback Jacob Motley scored on a 3-yard run and Roger Lopez’s extra point tied it at 7-all.
The Cavaliers got the first crack at the end zone in the next overtime and McMillian put the Cavs ahead by plunging in from two yards out on fourth down. Lopez’s extra point put Carroll in front 14-7. Jerod Nichols, who led the Buffaloes with 107 yards rushing, had Floyd back in business with a 4-yard touchdown toss to Tyler Fenton. Policarpo narrowly missed the extra point, however, ending the game with an exclamation point for the victorious Cavaliers.
Despite the lack of points in regulation, both teams moved the ball well, especially in between the 20s. Carroll drove all the way to the Floyd 1 to start the game before fumbling away the great scoring opportunity. The Buffs could not take advantage, however, fumbling it right back to the Cavaliers four plays later. Both teams got inside the 20 twice, but penalties were drive killers all night long for both squads.
In addition to McMillian’s 171 yards on 28 carries, Dylan Rodrigue toted the ball 25 times for 81 yards for Carroll. Motley ran three times for 11 yards, Brandt Davidson gained nine yards on two carries and Conner Horton ran the ball once. The Cavs were 0-for-2 passing on the night. Lance Rotenizer led the Cavalier defense with 9.5 tackles.
Carroll County’s bye week comes at a great time as the Cavaliers will have two weeks to prepare for Giles and its vaunted single-wing offense. The Spartans are scheduled to visit Tommy Thompson Field in Hillsville on Friday, October 12.
Carroll 0 0 0 0 7 7 — 14
Floyd 0 0 0 0 7 6 — 13
FC – Erchull 4 run (Policarpo kick)
CC – Motley 3 run (Lopez kick)
CC – McMillian 2 run (Lopez kick)
FC – Fenton 4 pass from Nichols (kick failed)
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