Cumming stuns Carrboro after erasing 17-point deficit
Graduation and injuries have taken their toll on the Carrboro Jaguars since 2012. Friday’s game at Cummings just emphasized the shift from state-title contender to .500.
Cummings (2-6, 1-1 Mid-State) came back from a 17-point deficit to hand the Jags (4-4, 1-1 Mid-State) a 37-20 Mid-State 2-A Conference loss. While the game was closer than final score would indicate, it was also a long way from a 68-31 Carrboro win almost one year ago in the 2-A playoffs.
Tevin Smith accounted for three touchdowns — two rushing, one receiving — as the Cavaliers used big plays to climb back from a 20-3 second-quarter deficit.
Four of Cummings’ five touchdowns covered 38-yards or more.
Vernon Williams got the comeback started with a 38-yard touchdown run and Smith caught a 42-yard bomb with just 13 seconds remaining in the first half. The Cavs eventually took the lead mid-way through the third quarter on a 73-yard sweep from wide receiver Quae Pinnix.
“There were so many instances when we didn’t play smart football,” said Carrboro head coach Jason Tudryn. “We’re young in some spots and we need to mature in others, but the bottom line is we have got to play smart.”
Smith helped put the game away with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown touchdown runs.
Marlin Johnson, a returning standout from last season, is carrying a big part of the offensive load for the Jags since missing time with injury. Johnson ran 22 times for 113 yards and two touchdowns while also catching four passes for 59 yards.
He’s playing running back since star back Trai Sharp has also been out with a knee injury. The Jaguars are 1-4 since Sharp went down in the first minutes of the fourth game of the year. Carrboro was 3-0 at the time.
“He’s talented athlete — a senior captain,” Tudryn said. “Seventy-five percent (of the offense) is going to go through him.”
Jaguar junior Rowe Mellott added 80 rushing yards and one touchdown against a Cavalier defense aiming to stop the run against a sophomore at quarterback. Campbell Isom completed 12-of-22 passes for 101 yards, but had two second-half interceptions when Carrboro had to pass. Carrboro scored all of its points in the second quarter.
“That’s the sign of a him being a sophomore quarterback Tudryn said. “I’m excited about his upside.”
CUMMINGS 37, CARRBORO 20
Carrboro |0 |20 |0 |0 — 20
Cummings|3 |13 |7 |14 — 37
CU —FG 34 Gualberto Echeverria, 1:14
CA — Marlin Johnson 6run (pass failed), 11:21
CA — Rowe Mellott 13 run (Simon Schlehubetre kick), 9:51
CA — Johnson 2 run (Schlehubetre kick), 5:23
CA — Vernon Williams 38run (Echeverria kick), 3:02
CU — Tevin Smith 42 pass from Ryan Boswell (kick failed), :13
CU — Quae Pinnix 73 run (Echeverria kick), 6:25
CU — Smith 12 run (Echeverria kick), 4:12
CU — Smith 56 run (Echeverria kick), 1:46
RUSHING — Carrboro, Johnson 22-113, Mellott 9-80, Tabias Sales 2-2, Campbell Isom 7-(minus-20). Cummings, Smith 5-81, Pinnix 1-73, Williams 7-68, Desmond Satterfield 15-56, Janike Holt 4-8.
PASSING — Carrboro, Isom 12-22-2-101. Cummings, Boswell 11-19-0-124.
RECEIVING — Carrboro, Johnson 4-59, Mellott 4-13, James Scott 2-18, Darius Glover 1-6, Teddy Winans 1-5. Cummings, Smith 5-90, Pinnix 3-23, Terell Johnson 2-10, Tyshaun Lee 1-1.
Records — Carrboro 4-4, 1-1 Mid-State 2-A, Cummings 3-5, 1-1 Mid-State 2-A.