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The Caroline Cavaliers went up against the Dinwiddie Generals Friday night, losing 50-20 in a game that gave the Cavaliers a glimpse of future football for Caroline fans.
Playing a similar spread offense that utilized rushing while Caroline utilized the passing game, Dinwiddie showed a very ordered system of play that none of previous Caroline opponents have displayed. The hallmark of their discipline was revealed in seniors Ronald Kearney’s play at quarterback and the rushing game of Sadarius Williams.
“They were disciplined,” remarked Cavalier senior Chad Boxley. ”We’ve never seen anything like this team, but we should have taken them. We have to stop making mistakes.”
Despite the strength and discipline, Caroline never gave up and at times showed that they have what it takes to play and beat teams of this caliber. Rashaard Harris, the Cavalier sophomore sensation at quarterback, continued to improve by completing 21 out of 43 passes for 295 yards. For the past two weeks, Harris has averaged just shy of 300 yards passing per game, and as head Coach Jeremiah Ross has stated, he is still learning the game.
“I wanted to get the ball out of my hand and in line with a receiver,” Harris said after the game.
Harris is quick to mention the team that supports him, often speaking highly of his protective line and the efficiency of his receiver corps. Chief among his receivers is another sophomore, Darius Leacock, who last Friday was 7-10 with 138 yards along with junior Keyshawn Johnson who caught 6 out of 9 passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns.
Dinwiddie scored frequently, catching the defense of Caroline off guard. The Generals’ scoring stopped at the end of the third quarter, closing out with an eleven yard pass reception by sophomore James Lyons from quarterback Ronald Kearney with 1:52 left to play in the quarter. Prior to that, Kearney took off on a 47 yard sprint to score for the Generals. Dinwiddie opened the second half with an eleven yard run by Sadarius Williams, who eluded the Caroline defense the entire game.
With 7:18 showing on the clock in the first quarter, with the Cavaliers lined up for a punt deep in their own territory, the snap went over the head of punter Brando Garcia who covered the ball in the end zone for a safety, which gave the Generals their initial lead of the game at 2-0. Less than a minute later, the Generals took advantage of receiving the ball after the safety as Williams ran for a 52 yard touchdown score. To close out the quarter, Rashaad Goodwyn had a two yard touchdown run with only 8 seconds left.
Williams scored on a 19-yard pass play from Kearney with 5:58 left to play in the half. Dinwiddie finished the first half scoring with a 22-yard pass play from Kearney to Dakarai Wilson to make the score 22-0.
In the fourth quarter, Cavalier Brandon Braxton intercepted a pass from General quarterback Ethan Eubank and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown to cap off scoring for the night. With 6:26 remaining in the third period, Keyshawn Johnson completed a 25 yard pass play from Harris. The PAT made the score 43-14. The Cavaliers made their initial score just before the end of the first half on a 36-yard pass from Harris to Johnson.
“We are in a similar situation to Dinwiddie,” Coach Ross said. “They are a single high school in their county and they have built a successful program. We have some things to work on; we need to finish our drives.”
The Cavaliers have a bye week this week before traveling to John Champe on Sept. 27.
TEAM STATISTICS CA DI
First downs 14 21
Rushing-yards 19-53 33-312
Passing -yards 295 227
Punts-average 0-0.00 1-38.0
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-0
Penalties-yards 11-92 8-92
Rushing: Caroline– Chad Boxley 9-50; Brando Garcia 2-6; Rashaard Harris 7-0; JaQuan Monroe 1-10. Dinwiddie– Sadarius Williams 16-233, 3 TD; Donovan McCrea 1-10; Ronald Kearney 6-84, TD; Rashaad Goodwyn 3-14, TD; Rashard Hicks 3-4; Ethan Eubank 3-7.
Passing: Caroline– Rashaard Harris 21-43-0 295 yards, 2 TD. Dinwiddie– Ronald Kearney 12-19-0, 227 yards, TD; Ethan Eubank 0-1-1, 0 yards.
Receiving: Caroline–Darius Leacock 7-10 138; Keyshawn Johnson 6-9 115, 2TD; Aason Pankey 6-39; Jaquan Monroe 2-3 12; William Rollins 1-10. Dinwiddie– Sadarius Williams 4-40; Rashad Stewart 1-4; Elijah Harris 1-35; Wes Reed 3-50; Dakarai Wilson 2-41, TD; Donovan McCrea 1-22.