With a season full of late-game heartbreakers in the books, the Cavaliers (2-6, 2-1 SWD) wrote a more uplifting chapter on this particular evening. They pounded the visiting Bulldogs early and often en route to a 53-0 win at Tommy Thompson Field.
The offense was churning, cranking out 463 yards of total offense and seven touchdowns while the defense forced four turnovers and limited Tazewell to 127 yards of offense. The Carroll County special teams got into the act as well, with a recovered onside kid to start the game and a blocked punt for a touchdown.
“It feels really good. I thought our kids got after it,” Carroll County coach Tom Hale said of the all-out team effort. “Give Tazewell credit, they’re going through a little adversity and I thought their kids played hard. I thought our kids were up and ready to go.”
By the end of the first quarter, the Cavaliers led 20-0. They opened the contest by recovering an onside kick, which led to senior Brooks Hash’s 35-yard touchdown run. Hash, who led all ballcarriers with 141 yards on 10 carries, added another touchdown with 4:23 to go in the quarter.
After the defense stopped Tazewell on its next drive, Travis Hunter blocked a punt and after multiple players got a hand on the ball and knocked it around, senior Jacob Mollett pounced on the loose football in the end zone for a score.
Mollett caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Connor Lundy on the first play of the second quarter. Later in the frame, Lundy found Jared Haga all alone for a 36-yard touchdown pass with 6:02 to play in the half to give the Cavaliers a 32-0 lead they took into the break.
Lundy finished the night 5-of-8 passing for 76 yards and the two scores.
Senior Logan Hodges got into the act in the third quarter, hitting paydirt from 21 yards out with 10:16 left in the period, followed by a 39-yard scamper from Patrick Davis with 6:14 on the clock, which ran continuously for most of the second half.
In the fourth quarter, junior varsity callup Kirk Jones put the finishing touches on the rout with a 20-yard touchdown run with 5:50 left in the contest.
Carroll County ground out 387 yards on the ground on 41 attempts. In addition to Hash’s big night running the ball, Hodges had 62 yards on seven carries.
Defensively, the Cavaliers stymied the Bulldogs throughout the contest. Tazewell gained 111 yards on the ground on 33 carries while quarterback Jacob McReynolds was intercepted three times in his six pass attempts.
With its final two games of the regular season on the road, Carroll County got to send its seniors out with a win in their last home contest. Hale said that was an especially nice touch and something those seniors will always be able to look back on with a smile.
“I’m proud of that, to get these seniors a win on their home turf; it will be something they always remember,” Hale said.
The Cavaliers wrap up Southwest District play Friday night on the road at Marion. They visit Patrick County the following week.
Tazewell 0 0 0 0 - 0
Carroll Co. 20 12 14 7 - 53
CC — Hash 35 run (run failed); 11:24
CC — Hash 15 run (Mollett pass from Lundy); 4:09
CC — Mollett blocked punt recovery in end zone (kick failed); 1:20
CC — Mollett 17 pass from Lundy (run failed); 11:49
CC — Haga 36 pass from Lundy (conversion failed); 6:02
CC — Hodges 21 run (Ruiz kick); 10:16
CC — Davis 29 run (Ruiz kick); 6:14
CC— Jones 20 run (Combs kick); 5:50
First Downs 8 14
Rushes-Yards 33-111 41-387
Passing 2-6-3 5-8-0
Passing Yards 16 76
Penalties-Yards 3-20 5-45
Fumbles-Lost 3-1 2-1
RUSHING: Ball 6-45; McReynolds 11-37; Wright 3-14; Rasnik 9-9; Hall 4-6.
PASSING: McReynolds 2-6-3, 16.
RECEIVING: Hankins 2-16.
RUSHING: Hash 10-141; Hodges 4-62; Jones 4-40; Davis 1-39; Marshall 6-33; Alley 5-25; Bowman 1-22; Blankenship 2-7; Lundy 2-6; Mollett 2-5; team 3-3; Giles 1-(minus 6).
PASSING: Lundy 5-8-0, 76.
RECEIVING: Haga 1-36; Mollett 2-26; Case 1-11; Alley 1-3.
MISSED FIELD GOALS: Combs (CC), wide right.