Carroll County’s junior varsity football team improved to 3-0 Thursday with a 34-6 hammer job of Galax at Tommy Thompson Field in Galax.
The Cavaliers’ ground attack continues to punish foes as Carroll rolled up 407 yards rushing on 49 carries en route to 450 yards of total offense. The Cavs ran for 380 yards the previous week in a 40-6 blowout of George Wythe.
Carroll elected to receive the opening kickoff and the Cavaliers took control from the start. Lee Underwood returned the kick to the Cavalier 34-yard line and Carroll needed just eight plays to drive 66 yards. Jacob Mollett put Carroll on the board first with a 23-yard touchdown run and the 2-point conversion for an early 8-0 Cavalier lead.
Carroll’s defense stopped Galax cold on its first two possessions, including a turnover on downs after the Maroon Tide failed to convert a 4th down and 11 on its second possession. The Cavs took advantage by driving the field in six plays. Levi Goad capped the drive with a 39-yard touchdown run on a reverse. Logan Hodges ran in the 2-point conversion to put Carroll ahead 16-0 in the second quarter.
Galax punted after five plays and the Cavaliers took over at their own 16. It seemed as though the half would end at 16-0, but Alex Horton completed a 43-yard touchdown pass to Matt Combs with 0.7 seconds left on the clock. The point after was no good and the Cavaliers headed into the half up 22-0.
Galax opened the second half by punting after six plays. Carroll drove the field but wasted a scoring opportunity after fumbling at the 7. Carroll’s defense answered three plays later, however, as Darwin Wengerd intercepted a tipped ball and raced 37 yards down the right sideline for a touchdown and a 28-0 lead in the third quarter.
Galax finally got on the board in the third quarter, scoring on a 60-yard run to cut the Cavalier lead to 28-6. Carroll answered with a long drive of its own. This time Zack Testerman did the honors, scoring from four yards out for a 34-6 Cavalier advantage to provide the final scoring margin.
Carroll’s defense was led by interceptions from Darwin Wengerd and Dillon Guy. Jordan Lamb was the leading tackler with six, followed by Bryce Farmer and Ryne Ayers with four tackles each.
Alex Horton completed his only pass attempt, a 43-yard touchdown to Matt Combs. Levi Goad led the ground attack for Carroll, rushing for 191 yards on 15 carries. Mollett added 93 yards rushing on 12 carries, while Underwood ran for 69 yards on 11 rushes. Hodges ran five times for 31 yards and Lamb rushed twice for 21 yards.
"It is very rewarding to see Levi Goad have such a great game. Levi is definitely our most improved player this year," Carroll County junior varsity coach Mark Harmon said. "He has worked really hard and does everything our program has asked him to do. The 43-yard scoring pass before the half was huge. We caught their corner cheating up and Alex threw a great pass and Matt Combs made a circus catch and just outran the Galax defense."
Harmon was pleased with Carroll’s effort in all phases of the game. The biggest concern in the Cavs’ 3-0 start has been fumbles.
"I thought we should have put the game away earlier, but we played well. We need to work on hanging on to the ball. We fumbled three times and have fumbled in our other two games," Harmon said. "We have rushed for 1,047 yards in our 3 games, which is outstanding, but we will play better teams down the road and those turnovers will catch up to us eventually. Our team has improved each week, but I think we can be even better. We play Grayson County on Thursday at home and that will be another tough game."