After electing to receive the opening kickoff, the Cavaliers quickly went to work, driving 68 yards in five plays. Josh Underwood scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak and Dereck Surface ran in the 2-point conversion to give Carroll an 8-0 lead with 7:43 left in the first quarter.
The Cavalier defense forced a three-and-out on the ensuing possession, then the offense took control as Kody Alley took a reverse 75 yards for a touchdown on Carroll’s next play from scrimmage. The 2-point conversion failed, but the Cavs held a quick 14-0 lead.
After both teams traded possessions, Patrick answered with a long drive. The Cougars couldn’t capitalize, however, as Travis Hunter forced a fumble in the end zone after hitting Patrick County’s tailback. Carroll recovered the fumble for a touchback with two minutes left in the opening half.
The Cavalier offense put the game away with a pair of quick scores in the final two minutes. After the fumble, Alley again struck with a 50-yard run down the right sideline. That set the stage for Brooks Hash, who rumbled into the end zone from 30 yards out on a reverse for a 20-0 lead.
With 43 seconds remaining in the half, Carroll recovered a fumbled kickoff return. Hash capitalized again, this time on a 42-yard halfback pass to Tanner Reavis to set up Josh Underwood’s 2-yard touchdown run with nine seconds left in the second quarter. Surface ran in his second 2-point conversion of the game to give Carroll a commanding 28-0 lead at the break.
Carroll’s offense stalled in the second half after failing to score twice inside the Patrick County 20. The Cougars’ lone touchdown came late in the third quarter. Despite failing to crack the scoreboard in the second half, Carroll racked up 381 yards of total offense, including 339 rushing yards on 32 carries. Eight different Cavaliers ran the ball in a balanced ground attack.
Logan Hodges led Carroll’s defense with nine tackles. Dakota Blevins had two sacks for the Cavaliers and Graham Matthews and Dereck Surface each had one.
“I thought we played exceptional most of the game, but we could not punch the ball in the end zone in the second half. We had trouble stopping their tailback at times, but they did not complete a pass and our secondary did a great job tackling,” Carroll County JV coach Mark Harmon said. “We have some things to work on and clear up, but I was proud of how hard the kids played and their improvement every game.”