The Cavaliers rushed for a whopping 461 yards and gained 515 yards of total offense for the game. Carroll County (5-1) set the tone from the opening kickoff, driving 71 yards on nine plays on the opening possession. Quarterback Connor Lundy scored on a 2-yard QB sneak, then connected with Guy for the 2-point conversion and an 8-0 lead.
Floyd answered with a touchdown to cut Carroll’s lead to 8-6, but the Cavaliers scored the final 36 points of the game to roll to the victory. On the following possession, Guy increased the Cavalier lead to 10 as he scored from 36 yards out, then made an incredible diving catch in the end zone on a 2-point conversion pass from Lundy.
Hunter Hoback ended Floyd’s next possession prematurely, sacking the Buffalo quarterback and forcing a fumble. Guy scooped up the loose ball and returned it six yards to the Floyd 38. Cameron Marshall capitalized with a 6-yard touchdown run on a fullback trap. Guy ran in the extra point to put the Cavs ahead 24-6 with four minutes left in the first half. Carroll was on the verge of another first-half score, but a long Josh Underwood interception return was nullified by a roughing the passer penalty.
Carroll’s defense forced a punt to open the second half and Josh Blankenship scored on a 50-yard touchdown run down the right sideline. Blankenship also ran in the 2-point conversion to increase the Cavalier lead to 30-6.
Guy struck again on Floyd’s next possession, intercepting a pass at the Floyd 30. Guy scored again on the next play on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Lundy. Marshall ran in the 2-point conversion to put Carroll up 38-6.
Josh Combs intercepted a Floyd pass on the next possession and Josh Blankenship capitalized with a 1-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter to round out the scoring. Combs intercepted yet another Floyd pass on the following drive as the Cavaliers ran out the clock to improve to 5-1.
Guy led the Cavs with 226 yards rushing on 15 carries. He also caught two passes for 32 yards. Blankenship ran for 103 yards on eight carries, while Marshall added 89 yards rushing on 13 carries. Lundy completed 3-of-5 passes for 54 yards and a touchdown.
“Our offense was explosive again. We have a lot of weapons with all three running backs running hard and our passing attack is always a threat. Connor ran our offense real well again for another week,” Carroll County JV coach Mark Harmon said. “Other teams cannot concentrate on just stopping one player because every back is a threat. I will say that Floyd had saw film on us because they were determined to stop Brady Guy’s speed, but that opened up things for Josh Blankenship and Cameron Marshall.”
Josh Combs also gained 45 yards rushing on just three carries.
“Josh Combs has been our Mr. Versatility because he backs up all three of our running back positions. We only have four running backs and Josh does an incredible job backing up all three,” Harmon said. “Josh also plays linebacker and cornerback on defense. He is a really talented and smart kid and helps our team tremendously. Josh never gets any headlines but he does all of the little things to make our team successful.”
Combs led the Cavalier defense with six tackles and two interceptions, while Ethan Underwood had five tackles, including two for loss. Hunter Hoback had five tackles and a sack, while Josh Blankenship, Duncan Reece and Josh Underwood each had three tackles.
“Our defense played their best game of the season. We made a lot of sure tackles and seemed to get after it in the third and fourth quarters.” Harmon said. “We are gaining confidence every week, but next week will be tough because Marion has a stable of great running backs and that includes their quarterback.”
Harmon said the JV team would bring up several 8th graders to give it more depth for the final two games of the season. That will increase Carroll’s roster from 18 players to 29.
“They are really excited to play at the next level and we are excited to have them for our last two games. We are still really thin at some positions,” Harmon said. “Our whole coaching staff has really enjoyed watching this team compete and improve every week. Our main job is to get the players to play at the next level for Coach Hale and for all of our players to reach their full potential as young men and football players.”