Carroll County brought back to earth

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The Cavaliers were held to 28 yards on the ground a week after rushing for more than 500.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

 CHRISTIANSBURG –– On the bright side, Carroll County is still averaging 294 rushing yards in its last two games.

One week after one of the most productive nights of offense in school history, Christiansburg held the Cavaliers to one of their least productive, thoroughly trouncing Carroll 40-0 in a nondistrict game Friday.

The Cavaliers (1-2) were coming off a 560-yard rushing effort in a 47-19 thumping of Patrick County, but could muster less than half as many yards (28) Friday as it had rushing attempts (61) the week before.

By halftime, Carroll actually had fewer ground yards than it had first downs by the same time against Patrick.

Playing its first Group AA opponent of the year, the Blue Demon defense set the tone early, coming up with an interception on the Cavaliers’ third offensive snap. Brenden Motley returned the pick 20 yards to the Carroll 28, and Christiansburg (3-0) was in the lead four plays later after a Greg Lee 1-yard run at 8:45 of the first period. The PAT failed and the lead stood at 6-0.

Following a Cavalier three-and-out, Christiansburg took over on its own 30 and needed but seven plays to double its lead. After converting a fourth-and-1 by picking up his own fumble and gaining four yards, Motley hit Zach Snell for a 20-yard gain to the Carroll 37.  Kam Johnson darted in from the 29 two plays later for a 12-0 Blue Demon advantage.

Christiansburg later went 43 yards in three plays, with Lee scoring on the first play of the second quarter on a 3-yard run, and Zach Winkle’s PAT boosted the lead to 19-0.

The Cavaliers managed a defensive stop midway through the second but were unable to solve the Christiansburg defense and punted to the Demon 19 with 48 seconds left in the half. Despite a 5-yard penalty, Christiansburg was able to drive 86 yards in less than 45 seconds for their fourth score of the night. Motley completions of 19 and 24 yards plus a personal foul flag moved the Blue Demons to the Carroll 32 with five seconds on the clock, and Motley connected with Steven Wills on the last play of the half for a 32-yard touchdown and a 26-0 lead.

Snell’s 34-yard return of the second half kickoff set the table for the Christiansburg offense, which found the end zone six plays later on a 3-yard run by Johnson for a 33-0 lead.

Christiansburg capped the scoring early in the fourth on a 37-yard run by Snell.

The Demons racked up 393 yards of total offense, led by Motley. The junior quarterback completed 9-of-15 passes for 184 yards and ran seven times for 52 yards. Johnson ran for a team-high 66 yards on eight attempts and caught three passes for 64 yards.

Defensively, Christiansburg never let the Cavaliers get anything going, holding Carroll County to 28 yards on 28 rushes.

The Cavaliers open Southwest District play this week at Tazewell (0-3).

See summary in Scoreboard.


Christiansburg 40, Carroll Co. 0


Carroll County..........0    0    0   0––  0

Christiansburg........12   14   7   7––40


First quarter

CB–Lee 1 run (kick failed) 8:45

CB–Motley 29 run (kick failed) 4:13

Second quarter

CB–Lee 12 run (Winkle kick) 11:53

CB–Wills 32 pass from Motley (Winkle kick) 0:00

Third quarter

CB–Johnson 3 run (Winkle kick) 9:48

Fourth quarter

CB–Snell 37 run (Winkle kick) 11:04



                                 CC    CB

First downs                   3    17

Rushes-yards         28-28    39-209

Yards passing              27    184

Comp-Att-Int          1-4-1    9-15-0

Return yards                19    84

Punts-average       6-31.8    2-32.5

Fumbles-lost              2-2    3-1

Penalties-yards         3-25    8-46



RUSHING—Carroll County, Ayers 5-18, Hodges 6-16, Mollet 3-4, Moreno 1-0, Alley 9-0, Bowman 4-(-10). Christiansburg, Snell 8-66, Motley 7-52, Graves 5-46, Lee 13-40, Johnson 4-12, Morgan 1-3, Tienvieri 1-(-10).

PASSING–Carroll County, Bowman 1-4-1-27. Christiansburg, Motley 9-15-0-184.

RECEIVING–Carroll County, Mollet 1-27. Christiansburg, Snell 3-64, Winkle 2-48, Wills 2-43, McCoy 1-24, Johnson 1-5.