Connor Lundy and Taylor Stoneman had huge nights through the air Oct. 19 as Carroll Countys JV football team wrapped up the season with a 54-0 rout of Patrick County.
Lundy threw for 180 yards and four touchdowns and Stoneman was the biggest recipient of Lundys throws. The 6-1, 161-pound tight end hauled in two touchdown receptions and finished the night with 146 yards receiving.
Carroll County (7-1) racked up 373 yards rushing and 553 yards of total offense. The Cavaliers outscored its final three opponents by a combined score of 138-6.
Carroll jumped on the Cougars from the opening kick as Josh Combs returned the kickoff to the Carroll 42. On the next play, Josh Blankenship broke a tackle and rumbled down the right sideline 58 yards for a touchdown. Lundy then connected with Brady Guy on the 2-point conversion pass to put the Cavs ahead 8-0 with 9:41 left in the opening quarter.
Patrick County punted after a three and out on the ensuing possession. Cameron Marshall capped a 5-play drive with a 24-yard touchdown run as Carroll continued to roll. Lundy then found Stoneman on the 2-point conversion to make it 16-0 Carroll.
Things kept getting worse for Patrick after a pair of tackles for loss made it 3rd and 18 from their own 21. Hunter Hoback then forced a fumble that the Cavs recovered. The nightmare continued for the Cougars on the next play as Lundy hit a wide-open Guy in the end zone for a 21-yard touchdown pass. Lundy then hit Cameron Marshall with the conversion pass to make it 24-0 with 5:34 left in the first quarter.
Patrick turned the ball over on downs on its next possession and Carroll took advantage quickly. On the very next play, Stoneman hauled in a 70-yard touchdown pass from Lundy. Marshall ran in the 2-point conversion to make the score 32-0 with 3:32 still remaining in the first quarter.
The scoring slowed down as Patrick put together a decent drive. Carroll then needed 10 plays to score again before Lundy threw his third touchdown of the night on 4th and Goal from the 7. Blankenship made a great catch in the end zone for the touchdown and Josh Combs ran in the 2-point conversion to put the Cavs in front 40-0. Carroll scored again as Lundy threw his fourth TD pass of the half, a 73-yard strike to Stoneman, who outran the Cougar defenders to score with 3:09 left in the half. Josh Combs ran in the conversion to give the Cavs a 48-0 lead at the half.
Carroll then held off the Cougars in the second half to preserve the shutout. Marshall scored on the opening drive of the second half with a 20-yard touchdown run to round out the scoring.
Twenty different Cavaliers registered tackles in the game. Alex Webb led the defense with seven tackles. Ethan Underwood had six tackles, including three for loss, while Duncan Reece and Josh Combs each had four tackles. Ryan Ruiz, Jared Haga, Daniel Wolford and Josh Blankenship each had three tackles.
Our linemen opened up some big holes and did an excellent job pass blocking. Guards Tommy Fronteria and Cody Robinson played well all year, Carroll County JV coach Mark Harmon said. Bryan Phillips anchored our line and made all of our line calls at center and excelled after being a guard last year. Hunter Hoback was our best kickout blocker all year and really stood out with a number of pancake blocks. Ryan Ruiz, Thomas Stoneman, Austin Horton and Dominic Sotile played outstanding as offensive lineman.
Blankenship led the Cavs with 112 yards rushing on just four carries. Marshall rushed for 59 yards and two touchdowns on five carries, while Guy had 50 yards rushing and 24 yards receiving and a pair of touchdown catches. Combs rushed for 55 yards on four totes, while eighth graders Dylan Stiltner, Evan Lanning and Jacob Adams had 57, 11 and 10 yards rushing, respectively. Sophomore wideout Jacob (Chip) Marshall had one run for 32 yards.
It was great for everyone to contribute to this win. I know someone may look at this in the paper and say that we ran up the score, but anyone that saw the game can tell you, that was not the case, Harmon said. Our eighth graders got some valuable experience to build on for next year with six of them getting tackles and rushing the ball so well. They played the whole second half and some in the second quarter. Patrick County loaded the box with 11 defenders and that left the pass wide open. We always take what the defense gives us and Connor made them pay with a big night passing the ball.
Harmon said the team improved each game throughout the course of the 7-1 season. The teams weakness was tackling and defense early on, but it was one of Carrolls strengths by the end of the year, Harmon said.
The players made great strides and now they need to build on that for the future with the varsity. Anyone that says our offense is too difficult to run or that doubts Coach Hales offense in Carroll County should look at our results as a JV team and his success over the past 12 years, Harmon said. We averaged 36 points a game running basically seven different plays, four run plays and three pass plays in the Wing-T offense. We played most of the year with about 18 players, but we had three different backs rushing over 100 yards and a quarterback that threw nine touchdown passes.
Harmon said the coaching staff would like to thank everyone for their support, and for the players who made 2010 a special year, including the win over a Christiansburg team that hadnt lost in over six seasons.
Our players and coaches feel that if we played George Wythe (our only loss) again today, that we would win. We feel that we are a completely different team than the one that lost by a touchdown early in the year, Harmon said. Every year we get better from game to game, but this team was a freshman-loaded team with a lot of inexperience, and we as a team progressed by leaps and bounds. We finished so strong and seemed to peak here at the end. This was a very special team.