WINSTON-SALEM — North Surry’s defense kept the Greyhounds in the game for two and a half quarters before Carver found its stride in an 18-7 loss.
The Hounds allowed just six points through the first 29 minutes, but the Yellow Jackets switched quarterbacks and relied on its ground game to pick up a couple of touchdowns.
North found some traction with its passing game, which finally opened up some space for running. However, the Hounds were down 18-0 before they finally scored.
Quarterback Avery Smith finished the game on the bench after a defender rolled into his ankle on a fumble.
With the jumble in the conference standings, North Surry is still in second place and could be tied for first with a win over Surry Central next week, noted Coach Danny Lyons.
“This is a team with a lot of heart,” he said. “They played that way last week with West Stokes. They went four quarters as hard as they could.”
Unlike last week, when Carver’s speed was negated by muddy conditions, the Jackets were fast on both sides of the ball.
“Right now we’re a run-first team, but there wasn’t much room to run,” said Lyons. That was the best defense the Hounds have seen all season. Senior Josh Transou was a menace on defense all night.
“No conference team has won here,” Lyons said of Carver’s home field. “And I don’t think anyone is going to this year.”
On the first series of the game, Smith found Reid Stanley for 11 yards, then Darius Duncan for a short gain. Duncan hit the ground, then the ball popped out, but the officials ruled it a live ball, and Carver recovered.
The defense held, forcing a punt.
On the next drive, the Hounds started in their own red zone, but a pass to Duncan picked up a first down before the drive stalled.
The Jackets advanced to the North 38-yard line before Simmons made a sack, and Duncan broke up a deep pass to force another punt.
Smith kept the ball twice for two runs and 20 yards. However a motion penalty made it first-and-15, and the Hounds couldn’t make up that extra five yards.
“It seemed like we’d get 10 or 15 yards, and then we’d lose yards,” said Lyons. Whether it was a sack or a penalty, the offense couldn’t overcome the negative plays.
On the first play of the second quarter, Carver got a man behind the defense, but a potential 65-yard touchdown catch bounced off the hands of the receiver.
On the next drive, North Surry moved early, then on third down, Smith was sandwiched between two players and fumbled. Carver took over at the 27.
Germane Crowell went deep to the left corner. Duncan didn’t see the ball in time to make another nice deflection, and the pass was completed for a 27-yard touchdown. The low kick was blocked to make it 6-0 with 10:40 left in the half.
The defense played great the whole game except for a couple of slips, believed Lyons.
On the next drive, North went for a quarterback sneak on fourth-and-1, but didn’t convert. Carver took over at the North 44-yard line.
Carver picked up three first downs to the 9-yard line. Then Crowell bobbled a snap, and North jumped on the ball at its own 9.
After a trade of punts, North started moving the ball in the final minute of the half. Getting all the way to the Carver 30, the Hounds spiked the ball with six seconds left. However, a sack finished off the threat.
In the third quarter, Carver was threatening when Duncan made an interception at his 18-yard line.
North picked up one first down, but stalled again.
On Carver’s next drive, Kajuan Jackson ran 51 yards for a touchdown, while Phillip Legette was ejected for taunting near the North sideline.
A failed two-point try made it 12-0 with 6:17 left in the third.
North started the next drive on Carver’s side of the 50, but a false start and a sack moved the ball backward.
At the start of the fourth quarter, Carver began substituting Elijah McRae in at quarterback and running some Wildcat plays with the shifty player.
North had some struggles bringing him down, and then Rakeem Jenkins broke free for some first-down runs as well.
Carver had an 18-yard touchdown run called back by penalty, then went for it on fourth-and-16. Jackson scored on a 26-yard touchdown run. With a failed conversion, it was 18-0 with 5:47 left in the game.
On the next drive, Smith found Duncan for seven yards. Then he hit Stanley for a long play all the way to the 8-yard line. From there Smith took it in himself, breaking a tackle on the way for a touchdown. That made it 18-7 with 3:46 to play.
After an onside kick, Carver was stopped, but went for it on fourth-and-2. A 45-yard touchdown run by McRae was called back by a hold, so Carver punted.
Smith dropped a snap at his 14-yard line. A defender dove for the ball and hit Smith in the lower legs. Smith was helped off the field, favoring his lower right leg.
From there, Carver kneeled out the clock.
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