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Cavs win on miracle finish

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Cavs win on miracle finish

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

STUART -- Little did Carroll County coach Tom Hale know at the time, but a conversation he had back in January proved to be the main difference between an 0-2 record and one of the best finishes in Cavalier football history. January was when Tyler Reavis, then a junior who hadn’t played football since his freshman year, approached Hale and said he’d like to play football as a senior. Two weeks into the 2009 season, that decision has already paid huge dividends. Reavis had three catches for 71 yards in the final minute of play, including a game-tying 51-yard reception as time expired, as the Cavaliers rallied for a 28-27 nondistrict win over Patrick County at John D. Hooker Field. It seemed too little, too late when Carroll County (1-1) made its first defensive stand of the second half, stopping the Cougars (1-1) on downs at the Carroll 29 with just 57 seconds to play. Two quick out patterns by Reavis resulted in completions by quarterback Blake Bowman of 11 and 9 yards to the Carroll 49, but the clock did not stop to move the chains, and the Cavaliers had one last chance with about 10 seconds to travel 51 yards. As Bowman rolled to his right on the final play, Reavis ran an out-and-up pattern. Bowman was hammered after releasing the ball and Patrick defensive back Jacob Reynolds got a hand on the pass, but Reavis gathered in the tipped ball at the 10-yard line and was tackled while crossing the goal line with zeroes on the clock. The formalities of declining a roughing the passer penalty could have iced kicker Mason King, who misfired on a PAT in last week’s one-point loss at Bassett, but the senior calmly drilled the extra point for the winning margin. “We were sprint out right, sprint out left, and what we told [Reavis] to do on the last play was to do his out route and then turn it up, and the [Patrick defensive back] bit on it,” said Hale. “He turned it up and Blake, bless his heart, got that ball up there, and that’s what you do. You throw it up there. Tyler had great concentration and great hands, and that’s why we’ve got him there. He made a great catch.” For the second week in a row, the Cavaliers found themselves trailing a Piedmont District foe by two touchdowns on the road in the early going. A 43-yard interception return to Carroll’s 37 by Josh Walker set up Patrick’s first score, a 13-yard Walker run for a 6-0 Cougar lead. “You can blame that interception on me,” said Hale. “I wrote the pattern down wrong on Blake’s wristband, and he called what I had written down. They got that pick and the short field, so that one’s on me. But these kids never gave up. I think that was obvious.” Of Patrick’s 45 offensive plays, 39 were runs by either Walker or elusive quarterback Jacob Reynolds, both of whom finished with 123 rushing yards. Reynolds scored from the 1 for a 12-0 lead at 10:46 of the second before Carroll went to work climbing back in it. Zack Surratt, who rushed 18 times for 116 yards, scored midway through the second period on an 8-yard inside reverse for a 12-7 game at halftime. Patrick took a 19-7 lead on Reynolds’ 6-yard carry with 7:31 left in the third, but the Cavaliers countered late in the quarter, capping a 10-play, 54-yard drive and cutting the gap to 19-14 when Dillon Caviness crashed over from a yard away. Carroll was close to the stop it needed early in the fourth, containing Walker twice for no gain, but a fist-pump after the tackle drew an unheard-of excessive celebration penalty, turning a third-and-10 into a Cougar first down at midfield. Reynolds scored eight plays later from the 13 and connected with Jalen Reynolds on the two-point conversion, and Patrick led 27-14 with 10:16 to play. The Cavaliers methodically worked downfield on their next possession, going 67 yards in 11 plays, with Surratt sweeping around the right side for a TD and King booting the PAT for a 27-20 score with 3:35 to play. “What in incredible win,” said Hale. “Our kids really fought. It’s a tough loss for Patrick County. That No. 25 [Walker] and that No. 4 [Reynolds] are the real deal. But they never really stopped us. We did some things in the first half and probably should have had more than seven points, but one drive I called a pass play and should have kept it on the ground and pounded them, and after that I learned my lesson. We blocked them and our runningbacks ran hard, and our offensive line did a fantastic job.” The Cavaliers rolled up 340 total yards, including 137 yards on 8-of-12 passing by Bowman. Reavis had seven catches for 114 yards. Patrick finished with 280 yards, 250 of that on the ground. Instead of limping into its home opener 0-2, the Cavaliers will host Christiansburg this week with what easily could be a 2-0 mark. “Oh-and-2 going into Christiansburg would have been real, real tough, but 1-1 going into Christiansburg and winning the way we did, the kids are going to have some momentum going into our first home game,” Hale said. “We’re looking forward to it.”   Carroll Co. 28, Patrick Co. 27   Carroll County   0  7  7  14––28 Patrick County   6  6  7    8––27   First quarter PC–Walker 13 run (run failed) 6:12 Second quarter PC–Jac.Reynolds 2 run (pass failed) 10:46 CC–Surratt 8 run (King kick) 6:54 Third quarter PC–Jac.Reynolds 6 run (Jac. Reynolds kick) 7:31 CC–Caviness 1 run (King kick) 2:33 Fourth quarter PC–Jac.Reynolds 13 run (Jal.Reynolds pass from Jac.Reynolds) 10:16 CC–Surratt 5 run (King kick) 3:35 CC–Reavis 51 pass from Bowman (King kick) 0:00                                 CC          PC First downs         21           18 Rushes-yards      42-203    40-250 Yards passing     137         30 Comp-Att-Int      8-12-1    2-5-0 Return yards       35           96 Punts-average     1-32.0    0-0 Fumbles-lost       0-0         4-0 Penalties-yards    5-45       4-24     Individual statistics Rushing–Carroll County, Surratt 18-116, Caviness 10-48, Moreno 6-25, Bowman 6-12, Huff 2-2. Patrick County, Jac.Reynolds 16-123, Walker 23-123, Jal.Reynolds 1-4. Passing–Carroll County, Bowman 8-12-1-137. Patrick County, Jac.Reynolds 2-5-0-30. Receiving–Carroll County, Reavis 7-114, Surratt 1-23. Patrick County, Bowman 1-15, Scales 1-15.

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