Turnovers cost Carrboro in loss to Graham
Limping through the season is not something Carrboro coach Jason Tudryn imagined coming off a state championship game appearance but that's where the Jaguars find themselves with one regular-season game remaining.
Carrboro (4-6, 1-3 Mid-State 2-A) suffered another difficult loss on Friday night as visiting Graham (4-6, 3-1) took advantage of five turnovers by the Jaguars en route to a 41-13 victory.
And to make matters worse, Carrboro played most of the second half without Marlin Johnson after he went out midway through the third quarter with a leg injury. Johnson, who also had already battled back from an injury, was moved from wide receiver to running back after starter Trai Sharp suffered a season-ending knee injury earlier in the season
The Jaguars were trailing 27-13 when Johnson left the game but had driven deep into Graham territory. Carrboro was ultimately turned away on fourth-and-goal from the four when sophomore quarterback Campbell Isom was sacked for an 11-yard loss.
"We were driving the football and Marlin got dinged up," Tudryn said. "That left us freshman, freshman, sophomore in the backfield and you're not going to be successful on a Friday night in most of those cases. But I'm proud of the way they competed."
Against Graham, Johnson carried 18 times for 147 yards and scored two touchdowns before leaving the game. He had a 64-yard scoring run and a six-yard touchdown reception with 32 seconds left in the second quarter.
Graham scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to finally put the game out of reach. The Red Devils were led by quarterback Jamie Newman, who scored a pair of rushing touchdowns, and finished with 108 yards on 18 carries. He also was 9-of-17 passing for 113 yards.
Tudryn said 11 players who played in the opener were not available to play Graham.
"It's weird because there have been so many," Tudryn said. "There's a concussion. There's an ankle. There's a knee. It's just hard to say."
The ever-shuffling lineup has forced Tudryn into some lineups he'd rather not have to play, citing the lack of experience as a major factor.
"We're just not a very mature team," Tudryn said. "But I'm proud of the way they competed. It was close for a while and things got away from us. We've got a lot of youth on the team.
"From a football perspective, it was too many turnovers and too many penalties. That will get your beat every time."
Carrboro was penalized twice for defensive pass interference on third down, which allowed Graham to keep drives alive. And four of the five turnovers were interceptions, including one that was returned 55 yards for a Graham touchdown in the first half.
"Mature teams might overcome those things but we weren't able to shake those things off," Tudryn said. "But we'll be better."
GRAHAM 41, CARRBORO 13
Graham|7|20|0|14 — 41
Carrboro|0|13|0|0 — 13
G—Don Evans 8 run (Edwin Aureoles kick)
G—Jamie Newman 1 run (kick failed)
G—Daniel Graves 55 interception return (Aureoles kick)
C—Marlin Johnson 64 run (Simon Schlehubetre kick)
G—Newman 2 run (Aureoles kick)
C—Johnson 6 pass from Campbell Isom (kick failed)
G—Graves 1 run (Aureoles kick)
G—Ledarius Lee (Aureoles kick)
RUSHING — Graham, Jamie Newman 18-108, Daniel Graves 11-43, Ledarius Lee 9-46. Carrboro, Marlin Johnson 18-147, Rowe Mellott 5-15, Campbell Isom 7-(minus-44), Greyson Magee 2-3, Nate Oquaye 7-36, Tabian Sales 1-0.
PASSING — Graham, Newman 9-17-0 113. Carrboro, Isom 9-14-4 73.
RECEIVING — Graham, Graves 4-33, Don Evans 3-44, Jeramy Williams 1-14, Courtney Edmunds 1-22. Carrboro, Johnson 2-5, Darius Glover 6-46, Mellott 1-22.
Records—Graham 4-6, 3-1 Mid-State 2-A; Carrboro 4-6, 1-3.