Carrboro wins conference opener
Kenndrick Edwards rushed for 196 yards and two touchdowns as Carrboro won its Mid-State 2-A opener with a 20-14 victory over Bartlett Yancey on Friday night.
But Bartlett Yancey made the homecoming crowd sweat in the closing minute, with a Donielle Totten pass in the end zone going off the fingertips of Keontae Rasheed as time expired.
"Whenever you can win a conference game with as many young guys – it was ugly, but I'm happy to win," Jaguars coach Jason Tudryn said. "It was a very important win for us."
With two of its main weapons – Trai Sharp and Marlin Johnson – out with injuries, Carrboro (4-3, 1-0 Mid-State 2-A) turned to two experienced linemen to pave the way for its read option offense led by sophomore quarterback Campbell Isom.
Seniors Ezavian Dunn and Rakim Satterwhite helped Carrboro grind out 380 yards on the ground.
"They did a great job of leading our guys," Tudryn said. "We have a bunch of freshman and sophomores playing all over the field."
Edwards is a junior, but he filled in quite nicely for the explosive Sharp. Edwards had touchdown runs of 1 and 44 yards, the latter giving the Jaguars a 20-7 lead early in the second half.
"He stepped up big," Tudryn said. "We put a lot on him, and he stepped up. Our offensive line did a heck of a job. They were creating some creases. We were really predictable what we were going to be running, but Dunn and Satterwhite did a great job paving the way for him to have that much success."
Carrboro was especially effective with misdirection plays, as Isom faked handoffs to one back before another darted the opposite way for numerous big gains.
"It's hard to deal with misdirection like that because you teach your linebackers to move (that way) when you've got motion," Buccaneers coach Cory Lea said. "We do the same thing to other teams. When kids are doing what they've been taught, and it plays off of that, it's kind of hard to deal with."
Bartlett Yancey (2-5, 0-1) made a game of it in the fourth quarter, with Marquis Mims scoring from 1 yard out to cut the lead to 20-14 with 5:45 remaining.
Carrboro nearly ran out the clock, but Simon Schlehuber's 27-yard field goal was blocked with 46.5 seconds left.
Totten completed passes of 16 and 38 yards to get into Jaguars territory, but his third-down pass to Rasheed fell incomplete to end the game.
Bartlett Yancey's Bryan Parker was taken off the field on a stretcher in the second quarter after he was face down on the ground for several moments from a hit. But Lea said Parker was probably going to be okay.
"I talked to the EMT folks, and they didn't see any glaring injury, but they wanted to take him and look at him, especially when it's a head/spine-type thing," Lea said. "They said it probably just scared him. He had all use of his faculties."
Carrboro 20, Bartlett Yancey 14
BY: Keontae Rasheed 86 pass from Donielle Totten (Hunter Gusler kick), 2:26
C: Kenndrick Edwards 1 run (kick blocked), 7:15
C: Campbell Isom 61 run (Rowe Mellott run), 5:08
C: Edwards 44 run (kick failed), 8:57
BY: Marquis Mims 1 run (Gusler kick), 5:45
RUSHING–Bartlett Yancey: Dayshawn Newman 24-126, Newman 5-26, Tyree Bradsher 6-17, Bryan Parker 1-10, Greg Budd 2-3, Mims 2-3, Corey Henderson 2-(minus-2). Carrboro: Edwards 22-196, Isom 7-79, Mellott 7-69, Tabian Sales 11-36.
PASSING–Bartlett Yancey: Totten 9-24-1 209. Carrboro: Isom 7-13-1 38.
RECEIVING–Bartlett Yancey Rasheed 3-139, Mims 3-51, Malik Baize 1-16, Bradsher 1-3. Carrboro: Darius Glover 4-30, Mellott 2-7, Edwards 1-1.
Records–Bartlett Yancey 2-5, 0-1 Mid-State 2-A; Carrboro 4-3, 1