In spite of a spirited Cavalier effort Friday, undefeated Pulaski County prevailed 39-9 over Carroll County in a River Ridge District contest in Hillsville at Tommy Thompson Stadium.
The Cougars came out with all cylinders firing in the first half to lead Carroll County 33-0 at halftime. Head Coach Eddie Sloss indicated while his team is doing so many little things well, it must develop a “It’s the size of the fight in the dog” mentality against its remaining district rivals.
“Our boys continued to play hard the entire game,” said Sloss, noting the Cavalier’s scorednine points in the fourth quarter. “We just need to get our kids to be more courageous. We’re smaller (than many other district opponents). Our tackling needs improvement. I feel in the second half they did well. We are stepping up to the plate. We just need to hit the ball. It’s a daily thing and we’re getting there.”
Pulaski County lit up their side of the scoreboard in the first period with a 38-yard rushing touchdown and followed that with an extra point kick for seven points within the first 31 seconds of the game. The Cougars added another seven points with an 18-yard rushing touchdown and an extra point kick with 7:06 left in the first quarter. Pulaski hit paydirt with over two minutes left in the quarter with a 38-yard rushing touchdown.
In the second period, Pulaski scored on a 44-yard rushing touchdown and an extra point with 10:29 on the clock. The Cougar’s connected on a pass from Bryant Grubb to Elliott Brewster on a nine-yard touchdown reception. In the third quarter, Pulaski scored at the 3:42 mark as Edmonds scampered eight yards for another six points.
In the fourth quarter, Carroll got on the scoreboard as Colin Wells ran in for six points on a 39-yard rushing touchdown. Chase Goins split the uprights for the extra point to put the Cavaliers on the board with 8:07 remaining to play. The team capped off the night with a safety at the 1:15 mark to bring its total to nine points for the evening.
Vaught capitalized on Goins’ tackle to halt the Cougar’s offense at the 40 and pushed the ball up just shy of midfield at the 48-yardline before Ousley pushed the ball up to the Cougars’ 36. Noah Johnson set Carroll up on the Pulaski 21-yard line for a first down with 45 seconds left in the game. Chase Robinson was brought down at the 12 as time ran out.
The Cavaliers had a total of 164 yards in the game with six penalties amounting to 39 yards. Carroll was 7-for-21 for 73 yards passing and rushed for 91 yards in 24 attempts. Pulaski had 438 total yards with 96 coming through the air on 5-of-11 passing, and 36 rushes for 342 yards on the ground. The Cougars had five penalties for 35 yards.
Carroll’s Chase Robinson hit the mark on 7 of 21 passes for 73 yards. Teammate Colin Wells had 50 yards rushing with Tristen Ousley contributing 16 and Noah Johnson with 13 yards. In the kick return department, Cavalier Brennan Vaught had 90 yards, James Dalton had 55 yards, and Noah Johnson had 38.
Pulaski 20 13 6 0 – 39
Carroll 0 0 0 9 – 9
PC – Thomas 38 run (Anderson kick)
PC – Thomas 18 run (Anderson kick)
PC – Thomas 38 run (kick failed)
PC – Edmonds 44 run (Anderson kick)
PC – Brewster 9 pass from Grubb (kick failed)
PC – Edmonds 8 run (kick failed)
CC – Wells 39 run (Goins kick)
CC – Safety
First Downs 12 5
Rushes-Yards 36-342 24-91
Passing 5-11-0 7-21-0
Passing Yards 96 73
Fumbles-Lost 2-2 1-0
Penalties-Yards 5-35 6-39
Possession 22:46 25:14
RUSHING – Thomas 7-150, Edmonds 10-143, #17 4-26, Brown 5-13, #1 3-10, Brewster 1-4, Grubb 4-minus 2.
PASSING – Grubb 5-11-0 96 yds.
RECEIVING – Edmonds 4-87, Brewster 1-9.
RUSHING – Wells 9-50, Ousley 2-16, Johnson 2-13, Vaught 9-6, Robinson 2-6.
PASSING – Robinson 7-21-0 73 yds.
RECEIVING – Goins 4-38, Carico 3-35.
David Broyles may be reached at 276-779-4013 or on [email protected]