Carroll County closed out the regular season with a 32-14 road win at Dayton and senior running back Tyshawn Embs smashed another school record as the Panthers improved to 7-3 on the season.

Embs, who broke the Panthers' season rushing mark in last week's win at Trimble County, scored two touchdowns in the win at Dayton to eclipse Randy Green's 36-year-old school record for touchdowns in a season. Embs entered the game tied with Green's 1976 record at 25 and left the night with 27.

Embs rushed 21 times for 142 yards and tacked a two-point conversion run onto his total Friday to essentially cancel out the Green Devils' offense on his own.

But make no mistake, Carroll County's win over the Green Devils was a team effort as Carroll got touchdown runs from quarterback John Michael Adams and Dillon Craig and an 88-yard interception return for a touchdown by Craig as the Panther defense limited Dayton to just 187 total yards while picking off two passes and recovering two fumbles.

"It was our usual suspects up front - we tweaked our defense to really crowd the line of scrimmage against Dayton - and our defensive backs did a great job. They had nobody to throw to because everybody was covered," Carroll assistant coach J.P. Dale said. "It was a great team effort."

Going into the game, Carroll knew it had to find a way to cancel out positive yards and points Green Devils' senior running back Dejujuan Walker was sure to produce and the Panthers did just that. Walker rushed 27 times for 170 yards and two touchdowns and caught one pass for three yards to leave a mark but not enough to slow the Panthers' momentum heading into the postseason.

"He's the best player in our area -the best we've seen," Dale said of Walker. "He's as fast as Tyshawn but about 25 or 30 pounds heavier and the kid's got a great attitude on the field."

But while Walker was the bulk of the Green Devils' offense, Carroll got contributions from Embs and several others.

Adams carried the ball 17 times for 85 yards and a score and connected on 1-of-4 passes with the reception going to Craig for 15 yards. Blake Newby ran twice for 22 years before getting "nicked up" and leaving the game in the second quarter and Craig rushed twice for six yards in addition to his 15-yard pass and 88-yard interception return.

On a wet, cold, sloppy night in Dayton, turnovers had a huge impact on the outcome. Carroll fumbled twice and lost one but Carroll's four takeaways included Craig's touchdown as well as a 30-yard interception return by Zach Birch and a fumble recovery each by Matt Bartley and Keifer McIntyre.

"McIntyre played a heck of a game," Dale said. "He was on the field for every down but about two and he does that every game for us. Casey Breeden, Josh Gibbs, Zack McBurney, Caleb Guenthner and Matt Bartley all did a nice job for us on the line.

"Everybody was slip sliding," Dale added. "The field was about as muddy as all get out and it rained all night. It was freezing - just a good old cold rain."

Dayton (3-7) will head into the Class 1A playoffs with an opening round game at Paris (5-5) on Friday while Carroll (7-3) will play Lloyd Memorial (7-3) in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs in another road game on Friday.

"We've got to focus on Lloyd now but our focus is much better now that it was a couple of weeks ago," Dale said. "We were in a little funk after the loss to Owen County because it was a winnable game that we let get away. We've kind of been on a roller coaster since then but we came out focused tonight.

"It's been awhile since we've played Lloyd in the playoffs. They're a pretty dang good team," Dale said. "We can't take them for granted. There's no way you can take a team that beat Holy Cross for granted. We've got our work cut out for us."

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at Dayton, Ky.

CARROLL CO. 32, DAYTON 14



CARROLL CO. 6 14 6 6 - 32

DAYTON 6 0 0 8 - 14



SUMMARY

1st Quarter

CC - John Michael Adams, 7-yard run (kick failed), 7:52.

Day - Dejujuan Walker, 1-yard run (run failed), 4:37.

2nd Quarter

CC - Dillon Craig, 4-yard run (Tyshawn Embs run), 9:11.

CC - Craig, 88-yard interception return (run failed), 4:00.

3rd Quarter

CC - Embs, 4-yard run (run failed), 6:46.

4th Quarter

Day - Walker, 14-yard run (Austin Oliphant pass from Robbie Hayes), 11:18.

CC - Embs, 2-yard run (run failed), 5:28.

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CC Day

First Downs 11 11

Rushes-Yards 44-255 36-184

Comp-Att-Int 1-4-0 1-6-2

Pass Yards 15 3

Total Offense 270 187

Penalties-Yards 9-80 5-40

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-2

Interceptions-Yards 2-118 0-0

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING - Carroll Co., Tyshawn Embs (21-142, 2TDs); John Michael Adams (17-85, TD); Blake Newby (2-22); Dillon Craig (2-6, TD). Dayton, Dejujuan Walker (27-170, 2TDs); Logan Brewer (7-21); Ryan Meyer (2-1); Alex Thiel (1-0); Evan Cavanaugh (1-(-1)); Luke Rogg (1-(-1)); Robbie Hayes (1-(-6)).

PASSING - Carroll Co., John Michael Adams (1-4-0, 15 yards). Dayton, Robbie Hayes 1-6-2, 3 yards).

RECEIVING - Carroll Co., Dillon Craig (1-15). Dayton, Dejujuan Walker (1-3).

MISSED FIELD GOALS - None.