Football: Cavaliers cruise in rout of North Hagerstown

The smell of fresh cut grass lingered in the air as the stands at Parker Field filled with jovial South Carroll fans.

Football season has returned, and the Cavaliers were prepared to make their season opener count as they romped to a 41-6 victory over North Hagerstown on Friday.


Senior running back Jamar Williams went 7-for-91 and two touchdowns and senior quarterback AJ Linn went 9-for-68 and one touchdown. The two team captains have chemistry – and it shows. They connected for three of the Cavs' six touchdowns on the night.

"For me, it's really easy and it happened a lot last year," Linn, Carroll's only returning starting quarterback said. "You sort of realize when there's 1-on-1 coverage, Jamar's too fast, nobody will be able to cover Jamar so you throw it out there and let him run."

Williams was quick to get things going early in the first quarter. It was fourth-and-3 at the Hubs' 12-yard line when Williams took a handoff from Linn for the Cavs' first score and the Hubs couldn't garner much offense as the game progressed.

Linn and Williams led a slew of first downs in yardage gain for the Cavs and with 3:01 remaining in the first, Williams dashed through the Hubs' defenders for a 6-yard touchdown.

Coach Steve Luette said after practice on Monday that as long as his players did their jobs, they would be fine. He wasn't disappointed on Friday.

"Everybody did their jobs," Luette said. "Offensively we had some good blocks, AJ was very smart at quarterback and didn't make any bad decisions. If he wasn't comfortable throwing the ball, he brought it down and ran it and that kept them off balance. Jamar, naturally with his speed, was doing a good job getting out and running through. He played smart and did what he needed to do and wasn't running all around the field.

"Defensively, everybody played their positions and kept it from getting to the endzone. They played tough defensively and gave us good field position on offense, I was happy the whole team played well."

Luette said his players, as young as they are, were starting to gel and Friday's game was a good example of such.

A North Hagerstown offsides call at the start of the second quarter gave the Cavs the first down at the 48-yard line. Running back Jacob Snell carried for a gain of 12 and at 2nd and 7, Williams caught a 31-yarder from Linn to give the Cavs' a three-touchdown lead.

In an attempt to beat the already running clock, the Hubs picked up a first down at the 46, but quarterback Scott Neal threw an incomplete pass intended for Ravaughn Dilliard. On second-and-2, Cavs' running back Jake Klein picked off a Hubs' pass and returned for a touchdown.

The fans were elated and the Cavs' sideline hollered and cheered. By halftime, they were leading 35-0.

Linn made it 41-0 with 3:39 to go in the third quarter and North Hagerstown, determined to avoid a shutout, responded with a touchdown as the clock wound down.

"We're a really young team," Williams said. "We wanted to come out and play fast, play hard and play smart and that's what we did."

North Hagerstown 0 0 0 6 — 6


South Carroll 14 21 6 0 — 41


SC-Jamar Williams 12 run (Jacob Snell kick)

SC-Williams 6 run (Snell kick)

SC-Williams 31 pass from AJ Linn (Snell kick)

SC-Snell 2 run (Snell kick)

SC-Jake Klein 46 int (Snell kick)

SC-Snell 19 run (Kick no good)

NH-n/a rushing touchdown



NH- SC-Williams 7-97, Linn 9-68, Dylan Bergman 7-25, Snell 7-14, Daniel Marino 1-(-2).


NH-Scott Neal 6-21-2 42; SC-Linn 9-11-0 113.


NH-Jacob Sprecher 3-23, Isiah Kershner 2-11, Ravaughn Dilliard 1-8; SC-Dylan Wilson 3-30, Williams 2-49, James Dytrt 1-12, Dylan Bergman 1-11, Matthew Gamble 1-7.