Carolina 2A Football: Jaguars 49, Red Wolves 28:
Published: Oct 12, 2012 11:29 PM
Modified: Oct 13, 2012 09:51 AM
CARRBORO - Explosive offense sparked undefeated Carrboro to scores on its first seven possessions as the Jaguars defeated Cedar Ridge 49-28 on their homecoming night.
Carrboro, ranked No. 7 in the states 2A class by the Associated Press, is now 9-0 overall and 3-0 in the Carolina 2A conference. The Red Wolves fell to 1-8 overall and 1-1 in the league.
To be 9-0 is great, Carrboro head coach Jason Tudryn said. We didnt execute very well tonight. We jumped out to 42-14 at half and put a lot of young guys in and it got away from us. But we didnt execute too well with the first team in, we had too many five-yard penalties. We have to straighten that up.
In the first half, Carrboro gained 322 total yards offensively while holding Cedar Ridge to just 142 total yards.
The Carrboro offensive onslaught started with the opening kickoff, which Douglas Parrish returned 32 yards to midfield. On the second play from scrimmage, Trai Sharpe turned the corner and raced 48 yards to the endzone. The extra point by Mike McPeak gave Carrboro a 7-0 lead just 57 seconds into the game.
The Jaguars defense forced Cedar Ridge to punt after three downs on the ensuing possession. Parishs punt return for a touchdown was called back for an illegal blocking penalty. The Jaguars started at the Cedar Ridge 22 yard-line and settled for a 21-yard field goal by McPeak for a 10-0 lead.
Cedar Ridge drove to the Carrboro 33 yard-line where the Red Wolves faced a fourth down and 2. Quarterback Josh Keihles pass fell incomplete and Cedar Ridge turned the ball over on downs.
Carrboros Alex McVeigh set up the next touchdown by rambling 44 yards on a quarterback keeper, being stopped just short of the goal line. Trai Sharpe plunged in from the one yard-line for the touchdown. McVeigh could not get a good hold on the extra point and dropped back before lobbing a pass to Marlin Jackson for a two-point conversion. The Jaguars led 18-0 with 1:21 left in the opening period.
The Jaguars defense again forced Cedar Ridge to punt after three downs, and Carrboro took over at its own 43 yard-line. McVeigh launched a deep ball to Marlin Johnson, who caught the tipped pass for a 48-yard completion. The drive stalled and McPeak booted a 30-yard field goal for a 21-0 Carrboro lead with 8:20 left in the second period.
Cedar Ridges offense scored its first touchdown after George Carpenter raced 43 yards to put the ball at the Carrboro 3 yard-line. Jayln Grady scored on a two-yard touchdown run after picking up a dropped pitch from the quarterback. The extra point by Brandon Phares cut the Carrboro lead to 21-7 midway through the second quarter.
Carrboro used a heavy dose of Trai Sharp and Parish running the ball to set up the next scoring play. Sharps four carries and Parishs three rushes set up the Jaguars at the Cedar Ridge 5 yard-line. McVeigh faked the handoff and kept the ball for the touchdown to give Carrboro a 28-7 lead.
Carrboros defense forced the third three-and-out of the first half to set up the Jaguars at midfield. McVeigh floated a pass deep and Malik Carrington came back to catch the ball for a 30-yard touchdown play with 2:28 left in the first half.
Cedar Ridge answered with an 11-yard touchdown pass on a slant pattern from Keihle to Sales. Carrboro scored on the final play of the first half, with McVeigh floating a pass deep to Johnson, who came back to catch the pass. That gave Carrboro a 42-14 halftime lead.
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