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HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County picked up its first win of the season by coming down with a serious case of the runs.
The Cavaliers kept it on the ground and churned out 560 yards on 61 rushing attempts Friday, rolling to a 47-19 nondistrict win over Patrick County at Tommy Thompson Field.
“Just a great night,” Carroll County coach Tom Hale said. “I thought our offensive line really did a great job, our backs blocked well, all the way around offensively we played a very, very sharp game.”
The 250 first-half rushing yards wouldn’t have made for a bad number for an entire game, but the Cavaliers (1-1) came out after the break and tacked on another 310 ground yards, averaging 9.2 yards on its 61 carries.
“I can’t say enough about the improvement of our offensive line, and how hard our backs ran, just getting those extra yards,” said Hale. “It was nice to see our kids run like that.”
The Cavaliers unveiled a couple of new wrinkles throughout the evening, utilizing a rarely-seen option attack and, with a 20-point fourth-quarter lead, even working on a spread-type look.
“I’ve been here 12 years and we finally saw a pitch on an option play,” said Hale.
Late in the game Bowman worked out of a shotgun formation that seemed to agree with the third-year starter. Bowman had 139 rushing yards after halftime, including a 59-yard touchdown carry early in the fourth quarter.
“He read that,” Hale said. “We were doing some zone read and got in that spread look. It gave me a lot of confidence in it because he did a great job reading it.”
With no punts and no turnovers, the only thing that kept Carroll out of the end zone was the clock. The Cavaliers ran out of time on their final possession in the second and fourth quarters, but were 7-for-7 otherwise. Ulises Moreno carried five times for 44 yards on the Cavs’ first possession, a 12-play, 57-yard march.
After stopping the Cougars on downs at the 20, the Cavs leaned on Logan Hodges, who rushed for 65 yards on an 80-yard drive, including a 12-yard scoring run for a 13-0 lead.
Patrick answered with a 19-yard TD scamper by quarterback Jacob Reynolds, but Carroll punctuated a strong first half with a 58-yard scoring drive. Jacob Mollet scored from 21 yards out with 4:58 left in the half for a 19-7 lead at the break.
The Cavaliers held Patrick to a three-and-out to open the second half and pushed their lead to 19 points when Ryne Ayers bolted up the middle to score from 31 yards out.
Mollet added a 1-yard TD run as Carroll took a 33-7 lead into the fourth quarter.
The two teams traded touchdowns from there, with Reynolds dashing in from 21 yards out only to be answered by Bowman’s 59-yarder for the Cavaliers. Jalen Reynolds bashed over from a yard away for the Cougars, but Carroll’s second unit punched it over with a 28-yard scoring run by Cameron Marshall.
Five different Cavaliers ran for at least 70 yards each, led by Bowman’s career-high 152 yards on 10 carries, and Ayers finished with 108 yards on 13 attempts. Moreno ran 10 times for 89 yards and fullbacks Hodges and Mollet gained 75 and 73, respectively.
“Coach [Brandon] Harner and coach [Shane] Allen and coach [Mark] Harmon working with that offensive line, they’ve done a heck of a job,” Hale said. “They’ve got those kids believing they can do it.”
Carroll Co. 47, Patrick Co. 19
Patrick County......0 7 0 12––19
Carroll County......7 12 14 14––47
CC–Moreno 1 run (Moreno kick) 6:53
CC–Hodges 12 run (kick failed) 11:53
PC–Jac.Reynolds 19 run (Stone kick) 8:40
CC–Mollet 21 run (pass failed) 4:58
CC–Ayers 31 run (Moreno kick) 7:14
CC–Mollet 1 run (Moreno kick) 0:57
PC–Jac.Reynolds 21 run (kick failed) 10:50
CC–Bowman 59 run (Moreno kick) 9:53
PC–Jal.Reynolds 2 run (kick failed) 6:55
CC–Marshall 28 run (Moreno kick) 3:04
First downs 14 25
Rushes-yards 29-168 61-560
Yards passing 64 0
Comp-Att-Int 5-14-1 0-2-0
Return yards 65 48
Punts-average 3-33.3 0-0
Fumbles-lost 1-0 1-0
Penalties-yards 3-21 7-40
RUSHING—Patrick County, Jal.Reynolds 19-87, Jac. Reynolds 10-81. Carroll County, Bowman 10-152, Ayers 13-108, Moreno 10-89, Hodges 10-75, Mollet 9-73, Marshall 3-50, Alley 3-14, Underwood 1-3, Lundy 1-0, Goad 1-(-4).
PASSING–Patrick County, Jac. Reynolds 5-14-1-64. Carroll County, Bowman 0-2-0-0.
RECEIVING–Patrick County, Hubbard 3-43, Lewis 2-21. Carroll County, none.