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Cavaliers stampede Buffaloes

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After trading early scores, Carroll blew away Floyd County down the stretch to win 55-14.

By Ben Bomberger, Reporter

FLOYD – Carroll County scored 48 straight points Friday night en route to a 55-14 shellacking of neighboring Floyd County.

The Cavaliers (1-0) dominated the final three quarters of the game after giving up touchdowns on both of Floyd County’s first two drives.

Carroll was forced to punt on its initial drive of the game, but had no problem putting points up on the board on eight of its next nine drives. The Buffaloes (0-1) held the Cavaliers to a three-and-out on the first drive of the game and began their initial drive on their own 38-yard line. Six plays later, Buffalo quarterback Matt Bary snuck around the right side of his line for a 15-yard touchdown run. Danile Policarpo added the extra point and the Buffaloes quickly led 7-0.

The gap was short lived, however as Carroll County took over on its own 27 with 8:44 left in the first quarter. The Cavaliers pounded the ball on the ground on seven of the next eight plays before Conner Lundy found Duncan Reece two yards behind the nearest defender in the corner of the end zone on a fourth-and-9.

Chase Goins kicked the extra point and the game was tied at 7 with 3:39 left in the first quarter.

Floyd responded again, however, going 64 yards in 2:14 to regain the lead. Bary took the snap and faked the handoff before scooting around the right side line untouched to the end zone.

The Cavaliers – aided by a 15-yard personal foul and fumble that bounced out of bounds at the 3-yard line as a hoard of Floyd defenders tried to fall on the ball – moved down the field again with a powerful running game.

Josh Blankenship capped the 68 yard drive with a 3-yard run around the right side of the Cavalier line for the tying touchdown with 8:42 left in the half.

On the ensuing kickoff, Floyd County’s Jake Woolwine fumbled after advancing 10 yards and the game quickly got out of hand. Carroll scored two plays later when Lundy again found Reece in full stride along the right sideline for a 40-yard touchdown. Goins kicked the extra point and the Cavaliers took the lead for the final time.

Floyd County turned the ball over on downs on its next possession after Bary was sacked by a herd of Cavaliers on a fourth-and-1 attempt. The Cavaliers continued their hot streak, going 35 yards in a little more than three minutes to take a 28-14 lead. 

Ethan Underwood crossed the goal line from 1-yard out and the Cavaliers led by 14 with 2:29 left in the first half.

Following a three-and-out by the Buffalo offense, Carroll again took over in Floyd County territory – this time from the 49-yard-line. Four plays later Kendall Edwards drove it straight up the middle of the offensive line for yet another Cavalier score. Following the extra point, Carroll County led 35-14, a lead they would take into half.

The second half fared about the same for the Buffaloes as they went three-and-out on their first possession. Carroll took over at midfield and 11 plays later Blankenship broke free up the middle of the field for his second touchdown of the night and another six points.

Goins added the extra point and Carroll led 42-14.

Floyd struggled to find any gaps in the Cavalier defense again and eventually punted the ball away. The Cavaliers took over on their own 28-yard-line and three plays later Lundy dropped the ball perfectly over the right shoulder of Reece for a 41-yard gain.

Two plays later Lundy scrambled around the left side of the field and dove in for a touchdown with 10:04 left in the game.

Carroll brought in the reserves for the final drive of the game, taking over on their own 9-yard line after stopping Floyd County on fourth down again.

Trying to simply run out the clock, freshman Brennan Vaught squirted through the middle of a pack of Buffalo defenders and came out the other side still running. Vaught scampered 84 yards as the clock expired for the final touchdown of the night and a decisive 55-14 victory by the Cavaliers.