Patrick County rushed for 470 yards Friday and scored 30 points in the second half to beat Carroll County 44-27 in a nondistrict contest in Stuart.
Carroll County (1-2) scored the only points of the first quarter when Chase Robinson broke loose on a 65-yard touchdown run with 3:10 left in the opening period. Chase Goins added the extra point and the Cavaliers appeared to be in business, especially considering Carroll had beaten Floyd in the season opener, the same Floyd team that beat Patrick 28-18 last week. But the transitive property doesn’t always work in football, and Patrick slowly began to take control after the first quarter behind a huge offensive line.
Tyvin Martin, who ran for 206 yards on 26 carries, got the Cougars on the board early in the second quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run. The 2-point conversion failed, however, and Carroll County responded four minutes later when Brennan “Pokey” Vaught scooted in from three yards out. Goins’ extra point increased the Cavalier lead to 14-6 with 5:33 left in the opening half. Patrick tied the game with just over a minute left in the half, taking momentum into the locker room as 240-pound fullback Shaun Bain plowed into the end zone from a yard out. Bain also ran in the conversion to tie the game going into intermission.
“I felt like we had a good defensive plan. Initially we stuffed them and they made some adjustments and we just couldn’t get our guys to scrape,” Carroll County head coach Eddie Sloss said. “We’re still a little thin in some areas, but that’s a good football team. I was concerned about them. They played good against Halifax and they played good against Floyd. It’s the second year in a row that we beat Floyd and Floyd beat Patrick and Patrick beats us, handily. We need to evaluate what we’re doing and what our kids are capable of doing. It’s just soul-searching time, I guess.”
The Cougars took the lead for good just 27 seconds into the third quarter when Martin scored on a 17-yard touchdown scamper. Bain again added the conversion to put Patrick in front 22-14. The Cavaliers pulled to within one less than 30 seconds later when Colin Wells stepped in front of a Jordan Hopkins pass and rumbled 64 yards for a pick six. Goins added the extra point to make it 22-21 with 11:04 left in the third quarter.
It was all Cougars after that, however, as Patrick’s size up front began to take its toll on Carroll. The Cougars scored three straight touchdowns and put up 22 unanswered points to go up 44-21 midway through the final quarter. Martin’s 4-yard touchdown run with 6:02 left in the third upped Patrick’s lead to 28-21. Bain later added a 4-yard scoring scamper and a 2-point conversion to make it 36-21 Patrick two minutes into the fourth quarter. The Cougars then iced it with 6:38 left when Aaron Radford broke off a 46-yard touchdown run. Bain’s conversion run increased the Patrick lead to 44-21.
“I don’t think they wore us down. In the first half they got to trapping us and we didn’t think the trap would hurt us, but they started trapping a gap wider than we had planned for and so we had our backers scraping to a wider gap,” Sloss said of the Cougars’ size up front. “That eventually stopped that and then they came out after halftime and started running what I call a super-power, and it was just a cutback. Where we had our backside linebacker fitting, they were just cutting back. I don’t know if it was scheme, if it was personnel, I can’t say for sure right now.”
Carroll had a pair of late scoring opportunities, but had to settle for Chase Goins’ field goals of 32 and 30 yards for the final 44-27 margin.
“They didn’t do anything different than what we had planned for, just basically they stuffed us. Defensively
they put it to us,” Sloss said of Carroll’s offense, which was limited to 254 total yards. “It’s still a work in progress for us, but they’ve got some talent. (They’ve got) some good running backs and that big fullback behind that big line. You line up to stop that and they’re going to hurt you out wide. (It’s) pick your poison, I guess.”
Robinson led Carroll County with 117 yards rushing on 15 carries, while Tristen Ousley ran for 51 yards on two runs. Austin Carico caught two passes for 26 yards for the Cavaliers. Martin and Radford combined for 353 rushing yards on 39 carries as Radford ran the ball 13 times for 147 yards.
Carroll will have an open date this Friday before beginning River Ridge play Sept. 25 when Blacksburg comes to town for this year’s Homecoming Game at Carroll County.
Carroll 7 7 7 6 – 27
Patrick 0 14 14 16 – 44
CC – Robinson 65 run (Goins kick) 3:10
PC – T.Martin 2 run (run failed) 9:36
CC – Vaught 3 run (Goins kick) 5:33
PC – Bain 1 run (Bain run) 1:10
PC – T.Martin 17 run (Bain run) 11:33
CC – Wells 64 interception return (Goins kick) 11:04
PC – T.Martin 4 run (run failed) 6:02
PC – Bain 4 run (Bain run) 9:55
PC – Radford 46 run (Bain run) 6:38
CC – Goins 32 field goal, 4:35
CC – Goins 30 field goal, 0:00
First downs 11 21
Rushes-yards 30-212 62-470
Yards passing 42 0
Passing 4-12-1 0-2-1
Fumbles-lost 2-1 1-0
Penalties-yards 4-30 6-41
RUSHING— Robinson 15-117, Ousley 2-51, Vaught 7-17, Sawyers 2-13, Quesenberry 1-10, Wells 3-3.
PASSING–Robinson 3-10-1 36 yds., Ousley 1-2-0 6 yds.
RECEIVING – Carico 2-26, Goins 2-16.
RUSHING – T.Martin 26-206, Radford 13-147, C.Martin 7-46, Bain 9-43, Hopkins 4-15, Dillard 1-7, Stanley 2-6.
PASSING – Hopkins 0-2-1 0 yds.
RECEIVING – none.
Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN