Powhatan’s game plan going into its matchup against Caroline was simple—run, run and run some more.
“That’s what we hang our hat on,” coach Jim Woodson said. “That’s our football.”
Well, mission accomplished.
Jacob Taylor led the Indians with 29 carries for 231 yards and two touchdowns and the defense pitched a shutout in a 21-0 win over Caroline on Sept. 7 at Powhatan High School.
“We got the shutout, that’s what we were shooting for,” Woodson said. “(Caroline’s) offense was difficult to prepare for. We did a super job of digging in.”
After a 30-minute delay to the start of the game due to lightning, the Indians defense didn’t miss a beat as they didn’t allow any positive yards to the Caroline offense on the first two drives by the Cavaliers.
The stout defense led to great field position for the offense and the Indians (2-0) didn’t waste it.
On the second drive of the game, it took just two runs for Taylor to find the end zone from three-yards out to make it a 7-0 Indians lead.
Caroline’s offense wasn’t able to produce much against the Indians defense thereafter, only crossing its own 40-yard line after the Cavaliers defense picked up a fumbled snap by the Powhatan offense.
Even then, the next play by Caroline was a snap over the Cavaliers’ quarterback’s head that went for a 10-yard loss.
The Indians defense allowed just 175 yards total to the Caroline offense on the night, with Jared Somerville grabbing an interception as well.
Collin Lawson and Xavier Trotman each had four solo tackles, with Chase Gayness racking up five assisted tackles.
Powhatan’s offense kept chugging along with Taylor being the bell cow of the night.
He broke off chunk after chunk of yardage and set up the second score of the night as he broke several tackles to take a run all the way down to the one-yard line.
Indians quarterback Jacob Moss ran it in from there to make it 14-0.
On the first possession of the second half for Powhatan, Taylor broke off runs of 11, eight and two yards to set up his second touchdown of the night, a two-yard plunge to make it 21-0.
“He’s done a tremendous job,” Woodson said of Taylor. “He’s doing a good job running behind his pads. He’s got good vision. We have to give a lot of credit to the offensive line. They’re doing a great job making lanes. Teams have been blitzing us, sending the house, and they’ve done a great job picking those blitzes up.”
The Indians will travel to Hopewell on Sept. 17 for its matchup, which was rescheduled from its original date due to Hurricane Florence.
Hopewell had a bye week on Sept. 7 after starting the season 2-0. Most recently, Hopewell defeated Tabb 41-0 on Aug. 31.
Woodson said that he knows that’ll be a test for his team.
“They’re a good football program,” he said. “They have a lot of talented athletes. If we go down there and execute, it’ll be a good ballgame. We have a busy and hard week of practice ahead of us.”