The Georgetown Bulldogs entered Friday night's game at Bears Stadium with no signs of life on offense, and they weren't about to get any from the stout Carvers Bay defense.
The Bears held Georgetown to 88 yards of offense and five first downs, and the Bulldogs were shut out for the second consecutive week, falling to 22-0.
Carvers Bay had its own struggles offensively with four starters on the offensive line missing due to injuries, though the Bears managed 294 yards of offense and scored in every quarter. Fittingly, one of the scores was a safety.
"I know my backs get frustrated, my wide receivers get frustrated and my quarterback gets frustrated, but they understand we're a team and when one part breaks down the other part picks up," Bears coach Nate Thompson said. "The defense has played great these last two ballgames."
Carvers Bay senior running back Tevin Richard provided much of the game's offense, gaining 154 yards on 17 carries and scoring on runs of 1 and 53 yards.
Richard did a little bit of everything for the Bears, filling in for the injured Tyquell Goss at linebacker and completing a 32-yard halfback option pass to Edward Anderson after accepting a lateral pass from quarterback Desmond Grate. It set up his first TD run.
"We've been practicing that through the week, and I thought it's got to work because they're going to key on the run," Richard said. "I've been looking forward to seeing what I could do on that one."
He didn't mind playing linebacker, either. "If we have an injured player I'm just going to step in. That's my role," he said. "Anything I can do to contribute to the team I'm there to help."
Richard was complemented by Quae'Shawn Brockington, who gained 82 yards on 13 carries and scored on a 4-yard run in the fourth quarter. Brockington and Deshawn Aiken had the Bears' two interceptions.
Junior linebacker Martinas Hudson accounted for two of the Bears' points in the second quarter when he tackled Georgetown running back Leonard Leake in the end zone midway through the second quarter.
The Bears (1-1) allowed just 134 yards to Timberland in an overtime loss in their season opener.
Contributing to the Bulldogs' offensive woes are injuries to two quarterbacks, though senior quarterback Patrick Ward came off the bench early to replace senior Jamar Holley despite having a broken throwing hand, dispelling fears that he had been lost for the season.
First-year Georgetown coach Bradley Adams said he thought Ward's throwing ability gave the Bulldogs a better chance to score against the Bears, who stacked the line of scrimmage early in the game.
"We're fighting; we're scrambling; we're trying; we're doing everything that I personally know to do to try and score some points," Adams said. "We're not going to change our offense, we're going to stick with what we're doing but we're trying to do different things to fit our personnel and what we have. We're going to continue to have faith that eventually it's going to click together."
Thompson isn't sure if he'll get any of his injured players back before next week's game against Waccamaw. The losses include linemen Stephen Bromell and Vontrell Grimmage, who average 6-foot-4 and about 255 pounds.
"We just have so many people out, and that's what is killing us offensively. I think we're working hard and I'm really pleased with these kids for coming together and putting together an offensive line to get it done."