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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Persistent Cavaliers finally get that 1st win
Caroline football coach Jeremiah Ross didn’t panic when the Cavaliers went into their bye week following three straight losses to open the season.
Ross knew it would be a challenge to keep his team’s morale high, so he emphasized the positives in the Cavaliers’ 0–3 start.
Caroline’s first three opponents—Glen Allen, Henrico and Dinwiddie—had won a combined eight out of nine games prior to Friday night.
So Ross figured while he didn’t like all he saw from his charges early on, the potential was there to turn the season around.
The Cavaliers took a step in that direction Friday night with a 35–0 home victory over John Champe—a second-year school from Loudoun County.
“I’ve got great kids, resilient kids, and our mantra is always to be 1–0 each week,” said Ross whose team improved to 1–3. “You can’t get caught up on being 0–3 and all that kind of stuff. We had to focus on this game and this game only, and just keep getting better.”
Caroline sophomore quarterback Rasharrd Harris has demonstrated the type of resiliency Ross speaks of. He tossed six interceptions in a season-opening loss to Glen Allen, but has rebounded with three straight solid performances.
Harris passed for 221 yards and three touchdowns against the Knights (1–3). Junior wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson hauled in five of Harris’ passes for 107 yards and two scores. Johnson had a 74-yard touchdown reception called back because of a chop block.
“He made some good choices at times,” Knights coach Jason Dawson said of Harris. “He really works hard to stay in the pocket and find the right receiver. I think he did a very good job of that.”
Knights coach Jason Dawson said his team was uncharacteristically sloppy. The Knights lost three fumbles and senior quarterback Haseeb Rana was intercepted by Caroline’s Jaquan Monroe in the first quarter.
Ross was pleased with his defense’s effort as it secured the team’s goal of a shutout.
“I feel like me and my boys, we just played our hearts out,” Caroline junior defensive end Jaylen Coad said. “We came together as one and got it done.”
Senior running back Chad Boxley rushed for two scores for the Cavaliers, who led 14–0 at halftime. The diminutive Monroe helped put the game away with a leaping 32-yard touchdown grab over a John Champe defender to give the Cavaliers a 28–0 lead with 10:31 left in the game.
“He’s the shortest one on our team, so I don’t even know how he got it,” Harris said. “But he went up and got it.”
Caroline visits King William next Friday.
Ca—K. Johnson 34-yard pass from R. Harris (B. Deyo kick)
Ca—C. Boxley 2-yard run (B. Deyo kick)
Ca—C. Boxley 13-yard run (kick failed)
Ca—J. Monroe 32-yard pass from R. Harris (C. Boxley run)
Ca—K. Johnson 13-yard pass from R. Harris (B. Deyo kick)
Rushing: John Champe—Andrew Bushrod 19–86; Stephen Baker 5–29; Ryan Cramer 4–7; Haseeb Rana 10–(-7); Andrew Andrade 1–(-4); Team 1–(-16). Caroline—Chad Boxley 7–47, 2TD; Aason Pankey 3–14; Rasharrd Harris 5–(-18); Team 2–(-17).
Passing: John Champe—Haseeb Rana 5–14–1, 55 yards. Caroline—Rasharrd Harris 15–32–1, 221 yards, 3TD.
Receiving: John Champe—Zach Burdick 2–30; Ryan Cramer 1–21; Brandon Crosby 2–4. Caroline—Keyshawn Johnson 5–107, 2TD; Darius Leacock 6–62; Jaquan Monroe 3–49, TD; Tyler Dudley Paige 1–3.
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