The Demons limited Carroll County (8-4) to 65 yards in the first meeting, a 40-0 Demons’ win on Sept. 10. In the rematch, the Cavs were held to 79 yards of offense as Christiansburg (11-0) rolled into the Region IV, Division IV final against Magna Vista.
“We didn’t seem to have anything going on our part tonight. We just couldn’t get them blocked,” Carroll County head coach Tom Hale said. “They are just quicker and bigger up front than us and we just couldn’t consistently block them.”
It only took the Demons six offensive plays to score two touchdowns as Christiansburg opened a 14-0 lead early in the first quarter after touchdown runs on 21 and 48 yards from Zach Snell and Brenden Motley. Greg Lee added a 1-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter before a fumbled punt snap in the end zone was recovered by Preston Graves to make it 28-0 Christiansburg. Cam Johnson’s 15-yard touchdown run made it 35-0 with 6:15 still to play in the first half.
Even when things went good for Carroll, Christiansburg had an answer. Quarterback Blake Bowman connected with Aaron Willard for two passes for 31 yards to move the Cavs down to the Christiansburg 10 late in the second quarter. Ethan Thompson intercepted a Bowman pass in the end zone to end the scoring threat, however.
Christiansburg outgained Carroll 414-79 in total offense, including 292 yards on the ground.
“We had one turnover I think in the first half, but we just couldn’t move the ball. Same thing as the first game, we couldn’t move the ball and gave them short fields,” Hale said. “Their speed just made us look bad, that’s what good athletes do. We had guys in position and we just couldn’t make the plays.”
Johnson added a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to make it 42-0. Christiansburg tacked on two more scores in the fourth as Jordan Price hit Cody Simpkins on a 25-yard touchdown pass and De’Quan Green-Guase scored on a 61-yard run.
While the loss wasn’t the way Hale wanted to see the season end, Carroll County enjoyed one of its finest seasons in 2010. The Cavaliers won eight games, including just the second playoff win in school history, a 39-21 victory over Bassett on Nov. 12. Not even the most ardent Carroll supporter would have predicted eight wins after the Cavs eked out a narrow 21-19 win over Galax in the final preseason game, and after a rash of key injuries along the offensive line.
“The players have just responded tremendously to everything we’ve asked them to do. These guys have a lot of heart and they played with a lot of determination. They don’t give up,” Hale said. “That’s the way it’s been all season, starting with our first scrimmage against Rural Retreat. The Galax game, it didn’t look good there and somehow we found a way to win and that’s what these guys have done all season. And our coaching staff, they just never gave up. They worked hard. They convinced these kids they could do it and get the job done. I’m real proud of what we accomplished.”
Of Carroll’s four losses, the Cavs redeemed one when it beat Bassett in the first round of the playoffs. The other three came to the number one seeds in Region IV, Division IV (two losses to Christiansburg) and Region IV, Division III (Richlands).
“Those are very good football teams, but I thought our kids have shown a lot of class all year. They’ve worked hard and that’s all you can ask for,” Hale said. “I’m real proud of them. I think we can build on it. It’s like once you get over that barrier, it’s not quite as hard the next time. We have a lot of kids coming back next year and we lose some good ones. We had a great senior class, real good leadership. But we’ve got a good base to build on and we’ve just got to get these kids to come in here and believe in what we are doing.”
Darwin Wengerd led Carroll County with 52 yards rushing on 12 carries, while Willard caught a pair of passes for 31 yards.
Motley completed 5-of-6 passes for 95 yards and rushed for 59 yards on six carries to lead Christiansburg. Snell added 67 yards on four carries, while Green-Gause gained 61 yards on one run.
Carroll County 0 0 0 0 — 0
Christiansburg 14 21 7 14 — 56
Cburg — Snell 21 run (Hamley kick)
Cburg — Motley 48 run (Hamley kick)
Cburg — Lee 1 run (Hamley kick)
Cburg — Graves recovered fumble in end zone (Hamley kick)
Cburg — Johnson 15 run (Hamley kick)
Cburg — Johnson 1 run (Hamley kick)
Cburg — Simpkins 25 pass from Price (Hamley kick)
Cburg — Green-Gause 61 run (Hamley kick)
First Downs 5 13
Rushes-Yards 26-40 27-292
Passing Yards 39 122
Passing 4-11-2 7-8-0
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 1-5 3-15
RUSHING — Wengerd 12-52, Lamb 4-15, Alley 1-2, Ayers 2-minus 1, Lundy 1-minus 8, Bowman 6-minus 20.
PASSING — Bowman 4-10-2 39 yds., Lundy 0-1-0 0 yds.
RECEIVING — Willard 2-31, Horton 1-4, Ayers 1-4.
RUSHING — Motley 6-59, Snell 4-67, Green-Gause 1-61, Lee 8-32, Velarde 1-43, Johnson 3-14, Thompson 1-5, Lundy 2-6, Graves 2-minus 1.
PASSING — Motley 5-6-0 95 yds., Price 2-2-0 27 yds.
RECEIVING — S. Wills 2-46, Snell 1-33, Simpkins 1-25, Graves 1-2.