The rushing talent of Kelvin Turner is now complemented by a passing game featuring sophomore quarterback Jeffery Guest, who shined in his second start, and receivers Ronnie Hawkins and Darius Baughman.
"With my line blocking for me and (Turner) and with Ronnie and Darius going out, we can get a balanced offense going," Guest said.
Guest settles into his role
Guest settled into his role as the new leader of that attack, rushing for 166 yards and throwing for 148 to help Danville reach a season high in total offense.
"I thought he did well," Danville assistant coach Marty Jaggers said. "I think he's gotten better and better. He's a real threat; he can run and throw."
Guest said he has gotten more comfortable at the reins of the Danville offense, even though he's still a bit surprised he was handed those reins so soon.
"I never thought I'd get the chance to step on the field with the varsity and play," he said. "I'm happy just to be on this offense."
Jaggers said the decision to switch from Hawkins to Guest at quarterback wasn't made lightly.
"When you win a state championship the year before with Ronnie at quarterback, why change that?" Jaggers said. "But Jeffery was playing in JV games, and he'd gotten better."
Guest also got better in the week since his first career start. He ran the ball only twice for 36 yards in his debut at Owen County, but he had seven carries against Carroll, the first of which was an 84-yard touchdown run. And after throwing only six times at Owen, he completed nine of 13 passes Friday, including touchdown passes of 22, 12 and 50 yards.
"I'm proud of both of them," Guest said of his rushing and passing exploits.
Hawkins catches TD pass, runs 84 yards for another score
Hawkins, Baughman and Ryan Harper each caught one of Guest's touchdown passes, and Hawkins scored Danville's first touchdown on an 84-yard end run.
"They're taking a little bit of the load off of (Turner)," Jaggers said.
Turner fumbled on the first play after the opening kickoff, but he more than made up for it by rushing for 186 yards and two touchdowns. In addition, he had runs of 40 and 63 yards that set up Danville scores.
And while his turnover led to a Carroll touchdown less than three minutes into the game, the Panthers' lead lasted only 64 seconds before Danville scored three times in a span of 4:01.
The Admirals had their share of big scoring plays on offense, but they also capitalized on other big plays, such as a blocked punt by Harper in the first quarter, a 56-yard punt return by Daylen Morris in the third quarter and a 33-yard kickoff return by Turner in the fourth quarter, all of which led directly to touchdowns.
Defense gives up 314 yards
Meanwhile, Danville's offense had 239 yards in the first quarter and 353 by halftime. But Carroll did some damage on offense, too. The Panthers had 314 yards, almost all of which came on running plays or short passes.
"Defensively, they couldn't stop us, but what they were doing offensively was good," Jaggers said. "(Danville defensive coordinator Jerry) Perry was disappointed a little bit in the defense, but we played a team that's got good running backs, and they've got some talent, too."
Danville held Carroll's leading rusher, Nick Rose, to 27 yards, but Kyle Dermon and Derek Cole combined for 127 yards and quarterback Corey Stark threw for 147.
Carroll never mounted a challenge after Danville went up 29-6 early in the second quarter.
Turner's two touchdowns came in the third quarter and stretched the Admirals' lead to 42-12 before the Panthers scored once more.