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MILDFORD—The Caroline Cavaliers pulled together a game plan on Sept. 27 and soundly defeated the John Champe High School Knights 35-0.
The Caroline defense made an outstanding effort as they dominated throughout, allowing the Knights only 156 yards of total offense. The defense stopped cold Champe’s senior running back, Andrew Bushrod. It looked like he might be on his way to a 200-yard evening of rushing after he gained 78 yards in the first quarter. Although significant gains were made throughout the game, the Caroline defense stopped Bushrod for big losses. As a result, he ended the contest with a net 79 yards.
Cavalier Keyshawn Johnson put the game away in the fourth period with a 13 yard pass from Quarterback Rasharrd Harris for the final touchdown of the evening with 8:41 to go. Brandon Deyo’s PAT made the final score 35-0. Less than two minutes earlier, with 10:31 remaining in the game, Harris hit Jaquan Monroe with a 32-yard pass for a touchdown as the Knights began to show signs of fatigue after a long night of the Cavalier’s constant pounding. Chad Boxley ran the ball in for the two point conversion and the score was 28-0.
Boxley, as he has been all season, was the workhorse on the ground for Caroline, breaking through the line with 26 seconds to go in the third quarter for a 13 yard touchdown run. Deyo’s PAT attempt failed, leaving the score at 20-0. The drive in which Boxley scored provided a lift for the Cavaliers who had allowed protection for quarterback Harris to break down, causing him to be rushed in several plays.
The Caroline offense began its scoring with 11:32 showing in the second quarter as Harris and Johnson connected on a 35-yard touchdown pass. Deyo’s kick was through the uprights as the Cavaliers led 7-0 and never looked back. Boxley made a two-yard burst for a score with 6:24 remaining in the first half. With Deyo’s foot again proving true for a successful PAT, the Cavaliers led at the half 14-0.
Despite the manner in which they won, the Cavaliers were not over confident, a product of experience from earlier games this season. Boxley acknowledged that hard work is the key and that they have to keep it up to stay on track. Harris remarked that he is working hard to get the ball out to the right person and one member of Harris’ receiving corps stated that they have a lot to work on to make the offense even more explosive.
Coach Jeremiah Ross was pleased with the effort and said, “They came together tonight and did some good things, but we still have areas to work on, such as protection issues for Rasharrd (Harris).”
Next week Caroline travels to play the King William High School Cavaliers hoping to avenge last year’s 32-30 heartbreaking loss in the battle to see who is the dominate Cavalier team.
CAROLINE 0 14 6 15 35
JOHN CHAMPE 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM STATISTICS CA JC
First downs 11 9
Rushing yardage 16-40 41-116
Passing yardage 226 40
Passes 16-34-1 5-12-1
Punts-AVG. 4-20.0 3-24.0
Fumbles-lost 6-3 4-1
Penalties-yards 8-85 7-85
Rushing: Caroline–Chad Boxley 7-47, 2 TD; Rasharrd Harris 5-(-14); Aason Pankey 3-17; Brandon Deyo 1-(-10). John Champe–Andrew Bushrod 22-79; Stephen Baker 5-29; Haseeb Rana 10-8; Ryan Cramer 4-0.
Passing: Caroline–Rasharrd Harris 16-34-1, 226 yards, 3 TD. John Champe–Haseeb Rana 5-12-1, 40 yards.
Receiving: Caroline–Keyshawn Johnson 5-126, 2 TD; Darius Leacock 7-63; Jaquan Monroe 3-49, TD; Tyler Paige 1-3. John Champe–Zach Burdich 2-25; Ryan Cramer 1-13; Brandon Crosby 2-2.