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HILLSVILLE -- It was only fitting that Magna Vista headed up Lover’s Leap to the high ground for its Region IV Division 4 first-round game at Carroll County. The Warriors have been on the rise for more than a month now.
Having entered the season on a 21-game slide and having dropped 25 of its last 26 games entering October, Magna Vista notched its sixth straight win Friday by knocking off Carroll County 36-13 at Tommy Thompson Field. The Warriors (7-4) advance to Friday’s semifinals at Salem (10-0), which had a first-round bye as the region’s No. 1 seed. “It’s all the kids,” said second-year head coach Joe Favero. “They’ve worked hard and believed in each other. We finally figured out how to be a good football team.” It took a series to figure out Carroll County’s wing-T as the Cavaliers (6-5) scored less than four minutes into the game on an 18-yard Dillon Caviness run. Zack Surratt set up the score with his 27-yard gain the previous play. “I felt like we were on a roll, and then they settled in to our reverse and basically shut it down for the rest of the game,” said Carroll County coach Tom Hale, “and that was the play that set us up on that first drive.” “We haven’t seen the wing-T all year,” said Favero. “As the kids got a little more comfortable with it and they regrouped, I think the rest of the game they were pretty dominant.” That started with the first two times runningback T.C. Carter touched the ball. Carter ripped off gains of 25 and 35 yards on the Warriors’ first two snaps, and Magna Vista was in the end zone four plays later when Xavier Myers hauled in an 8-yard Harvey Taylor pass. The play ignited a run of 36 unanswered points for the Warriors. Carter gave Magna Vista the lead for good with a 10-yard touchdown run early in the second period, and had 126 yards by halftime, with a large portion of the yardage coming after contact. “We missed some tackles, but basically it was his speed,” said Hale. “He got outside on us a couple of times. They blocked us up front, but his speed on the perimeter outran our kids.” Carroll County managed 135 rushing yards and nine first downs before halftime but was kept out of the end zone. Taylor scored on a 7-yard run, and Monte Pilson’s interception and 34-yard return set up a 30-yard touchdown pass from Taylor to Trevor Kellam for a 26-7 halftime lead. Magna Vista finished with 373 yards of offense, including a combined 269 rushing yards from Carter and Taylor. “I wish we could have played a little better, but give Magna Vista credit,” Hale said. “They had speed and we just weren’t able to contain it. There’s no coaching against it. They were out on us all night long. Our kids played hard, but we just didn’t have what it took to get over the top.” Carter added a 12-yard touchdown run and Kevin Reid booted a 28-yard field goal before Carroll capped the scoring with Adam Nester’s 15-yard toss to Tyler Reavis. The Cavaliers were handicapped the second half with the absence of Surratt, who was out with a leg injury, and starting quarterback Blake Bowman, who missed most of the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury. Carroll County finished with 224 yards of total offense, led by Caviness with 87 ground yards and Ulisis Moreno with 51. Reavis had two catches for 30 yards. The loss was Carroll’s third straight to end the season. “We certainly didn’t play these last two games like we did up to the Richlands game, but I’m not taking anything away from Magna Vista,” said Hale. “They came in here tonight and took us to the woodshed, basically.” Magna Vista 7 19 7 3––36 Carroll County 7 0 0 6––13
First quarter CC – Caviness 18 run (King kick) 8:33 MV – Myers 8 pass from Taylor (Reid kick) 5:29 Second quarter MV – Carter 10 run (kick failed) 11:06 MV–Taylor 7 run (pass failed), 4:27 MV – Kellam 30 pass from Taylor (Reid kick) 1:27 Third quarter MV – Carter 12 run (Reid kick) 1:43 Fourth quarter MV – Reid 28 FG, 6:52 CC – Reavis 15 pass from Nester (kick failed) 3:04
MV CC First downs 17 13 Rushes-yards 34-265 50-194 Yards passing 108 30 Comp-Att-Int 6-10-0 2-6-2 Return yards 44 31 Punts-average 1-13.0 2-37.0 Fumbles-lost 1-0 1-1 Penalties-yards 3-20 3-27
Individual statistics Rushing – Magna Vista, Carter 15-161, Taylor 14-108, Kellam 2-2, Becker 2-1, Redd 1-(-7). Carroll County, Caviness 18-87, Moreno 13-51, Surratt 7-43, Bowman 8-13, Huff 2-5, Ayers 1-(-1), Goad 1-(-4). Passing – Magna Vista, Taylor 6-10-0-108. Carroll County, Nester 1-2-1-15, Bowman 1-3-1-15, Caviness 0-1-0-0. Receiving – Magna Vista, Davis 1-38, Kellam 1-30, Myers 2-21, Holland 1-10, Hayden 1-(-1). Carroll County, Reavis 2-30.