North Surry slowed down the fourth-ranked Yellow Jackets, but Carver still pulled out a win 21-7.
Going against one of the top teams in the state, the Greyhounds came up a foot short of tying the game 7-7 in the third quarter. Then Carver scored 14 unanswered points for a 21-0 lead.
North Coach Danny Lyons came out gambling, wanting his team not to fear Carver. He called an onside kick, and his team recovered.
While that drive stalled out, the next possession saw North drive down to Carver’s 18-yard line. However, Hunter Snow threw an interception in the end zone.
The Hounds got running back Blaze Acord back from injury and switched between him and Dakota Goss to run the ball.
Goss had the ball around his own 40 when Carver knocked the ball loose, scooped it up and raced to the end zone for the first score.
The Hounds had the ball on Carver’s side of the field twice in the second quarter, but couldn’t score, said Lyons.
On the first drive of the second half, Snow hit Alex Edwards for a key third-down completion.
The running game moved the ball to just a foot shy of the goal line for a first down.
Lyons considered a quarterback sneak, but chose a running play instead. Goss was gang-tackled for a three-yard loss. The Hounds got back to the 1-yard line, but a fourth-down pass was broken up in the end zone.
The Yellow Jackets scored with a minute left in the third quarter, then went back to the end zone just three minutes later for a 21-0 lead.
On the ensuing kickoff, Goss went 95 yards for his third kickoff-return touchdown of the season.
Lyons went for another onside kick, and the Hounds recovered. However, with Snow out with an injury, Jacob Patten was picked off to ice the game.
In his first game back, Acord had 42 yards on 12 carries and 77 yards on four catches. Goss had 12 carries for 53 yards and a 14-yard catch.
North Surry made it across midfield seven or eight times, Lyons said. They couldn’t get a score, but it wasn’t for lack of trying, he said.
“Their speed hurt with penetration up the middle,” he said.
“Defensively, our effort was fantastic. We are starting to work out some things on that side of the ball.”
In addition to Snow, receiver Ryan March went out with an injury.
Next week, the Hounds host Surry Central.