CROZET — Connor Call had the answers here Saturday afternoon.
The Bath County sophomore returned three kickoffs for touchdowns, two following Kshawn McCarthy returns for scores, as the Chargers won a bizarre 62-18 decision over Grace Christian at Western Albemarle High School.
In all, the combo returned six kickoffs for scores with Call covering 253 yards in his three and McCarthy racking up 236 in his hat trick.
“What’s the state record?” asked BCHS coach Larry Grubbs following the game.
Well, coach, the Virginia High School League doesn’t have kickoff returns in their record book.
But Saturday’s 6-pack has to rank right up there.
“It was pretty crazy,” Grubbs said.
Crazy to the point that just 28 seconds into the game, McCarthy had one and Call returned the favor one kickoff later.
“We said they had a couple of kids — No. 5 (Christian Tolliver) and No. 6 (McCarthy) — they scared us a little bit,” said the Charger head coach. “No. 6 showed us why right off the bat. That got my blood going a little bit early.”
But after Call’s return tied the game, the Bath County offense rolled up three quick scores, and by the half had built a comfortable 42-12 lead.
Quarterback Trey Shaver guided the Chargers to 434 yards oftotal offense.
Shaver rushed for 189 yards and two scores on 18 carries, and was 2-for-2 in the air — both touchdowns — for another 52 yards. He also had two scores — an option run and a pass to Christian Jessee — called back for holding early in the second quarter.
Call totaled four touchdowns on the day and 372 all-purpose yards, while Bubba Maddow, Jessee and Charles Offer all found the end zone once. Call had a punt return for a score called back.
“We ran our offense really well,” Grubbs offered.
The only down side to the day was 12 first-half penalties that covered 120 yards and called back the three additional touchdowns.
“I’m interested to see how many yards were called back for ticky-tack penalties,” the coach continued. “I think they knew we had the game and they were trying to keep it a little close. That’s just my opinion. But those penalties were disappointing. We don’t coach that.”
The Charger defense also got the job done.
The unit held Grace Christian (1-1) to 20 yards of total offense.
Call and Maddow led the way from their linebacker spots and Landon Hensley added an interception.
Bath County improved to 1-2 with the victory, heading into a Friday match-up with Pendleton County in Franklin.
The Wildcats fell to 0-3 on Friday night with a 47-27 loss to Pocahontas County.
“Pendleton has a decent team,” Grubbs said. “The record doesn’t show that, but some of our guys saw them last night and said they look like a typical Pendleton team. It’s going to be a fight I think, I really do.”