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HILLSVILLE –– Imagine Carroll County’s football season in terms of a linear graph. The blue line is the level of improvement shown by the Cavaliers. The red line is the level of the competition the team faces from week to week.
While the blue line is on an inclined plane, unfortunately, so is the red one. For now, the Cavaliers are holding out for the day those two lines intersect.
Math may not be on Carroll County’s side this week, but the Cavaliers hope to keep that blue line heading in the right direction as two-time defending Region IV Division 4 champion Christiansburg travels to Tommy Thompson Field for a nondistrict game tonight. One factor in that happening is something Cavalier coach Tom Hale spoke about to his team following last week’s 21-6 loss to Mt. Airy.
“We want to be competitive,” Hale said Tuesday. “In order for us to be competitive we have to play all four quarters. I felt like last week was a big improvement on the week before. We had one turnover late, but we didn’t really shoot ourselves in the foot until the fourth quarter when we had some mental letdowns.”
Along with Richlands, the Blue Demons are the marquee team on the Cavalier schedule. Christiansburg (2-0) is coming off a season in which it breezed to 13 straight wins before falling in double-overtime to Harrisonburg in the state semifinals. Two of those wins came at Carroll’s expense.
“We have to play four quarters,” said Hale. “We have to be on edge the whole time. We can’t let up. Christiansburg is a great football team, but they’re not a whole lot different athletically than Mount Airy, except for one player. When it comes to speed and size, they’re very similar.”
Of course that one player is quarterback Brenden Motley, who has committed to Virginia Tech.
“You can’t get any bigger than that,” Hale said. “That tells you a lot.”
The 6-foot-4, 192-pound Motley has been recruited by Tech as a quarterback, even though he hasn’t put up eye-popping stats. He threw for 982 yards as a junior but wasn’t among the top two rushers on the team.
“They run their [wing-T] offense,” Hale said. “They run the jets and they run the belly, but they run a quarterback counter that I’ve not seen anybody stop yet.”
Not that Motley isn’t capable of making the big play.
“He’s going to make things happen. Our goal is to try to stop the fullback and the jets and make their Division 1 player do what he needs to do to beat us. We know they’re too good all the way around to try to focus on stopping everything.”
Though the Cavaliers’ 0-2 mark doesn’t show it, Hale sees a different team than the one that took the field three weeks ago.
“Our kids understand that we are so much better now than we were when we played Galax,” he said. “We want to be competitive with them. That’s how we’re approaching it. We want to improve over last year and last week. We’re just going to go out and play hard and do the best we can do.
Christiansburg (2-0) at Carroll County (0-2)
Friday, 7:30 p.m.m Tommy Thompson Field
Christiansburg defeated Giles 20-10
Carroll County lost to Mt. Airy, N.C. 21-6
2010 – Christiansburg won 56-0
Last Carroll County win
None to date
D Floyd County 49-0 8/26 L to Bassett 14-7
D Giles 20-10 9/2 L to Mt. Airy 21-6
at Carroll County 9/9 Christiansburg
Bassett 9/16 Open
Open 9/23 Grayson County
Franklin County 9/30 at Martinsville
at Pulaski County 10/7 at Abingdon
Hidden Valley 10/14 Richlands
Salem 10/21 Tazewell
at Cave Spring 10/28 at Marion
at Blacksburg 11/4 at Patrick County
1969–Carroll 22-8 1984–C’burg 25-18
1970–Carroll 49-30 1985–Carroll 21-14
1971–Carroll 12-8 1986–C’burg 20-14
1972–Carroll 56-13 1987–C’burg 27-6
1973–Carroll 28-12 1988–C’burg 34-19
1974–C’burg 25-14 1989–C’burg 30-7
1975–C’burg 33-0 1990–Carroll 16-13
1976–Carroll 25-7 1991–Carroll 23-12
1977–Carroll 28-15 1992–C’burg 7-0
1978–C’burg 23-20 1993–Carroll 48-41
1979–C’burg 14-7 1994–C’burg 38-0
1980–C’burg 30-12 1995–C’burg 21-0
1981–Carroll 23-12 2009–C’burg 23-12
1982–C’burg 21-6 2010–C’burg 40-0
1983–C’burg 24-22 2010–#C’burg 56-0
# Region IV Division 4 playoffs
Christiansburg leads 18-12