Football games are won and lost on the line of scrimmage, which is why Homecoming 2012 turned out to be a winning night for the Carey High School football team Friday at Derrick Parke Memorial Field.
Targeting another state eight-man playoff appearance, Carey (2-2, 1-1 league) won its first Sawtooth Conference North game with a 305-102 rushing advantage and a tough defensive performance against the Mackay Miners (2-3, 1-1).
Carey turned an 8-8 halftime tie into a 50-8 rout with a 42-point second half. Coach Lane Kirkland’s Panthers spotted the Miners an 8-0 first-quarter lead and then reeled off seven unanswered touchdowns.
Leading the Panthers were the running and passing of senior quarterback Jordan Dilworth (13 carries, 91 yards plus 56 yards passing), and the smash-mouth line play of seniors Francisco Gamino (11 tackles, 5 assists) and Glen Andrews (13 tackles, 6 assists).
Kirkland said, “Our front guys decided to take over the game on both sides of the ball. Poncho (Gamino) and Glen were everywhere on the field.
“We attacked on defense, blitzed effectively and gang-tackled well. Our offense got it going in the second half, gained confidence and worked with each other well. Our runners finally hit the holes at top speed. They ran effectively behind Matt (center Whitworth), Glenn and Poncho.”
Helping Carey’s third straight win over Mackay by a combined 136-14 score was a solid effort by junior Tori Alvarez, who scored two touchdowns with 86 rushing yards on offense and nine tackles.
Mackay players suffered a rash of injuries during the game and the Miner offense was limited to 177 total yards after averaging 38 points per game entering the fray. A key senior, Dustin Rosenkrance, left the game early and was limited to four rushing yards.
The outcome gave Carey a tiebreaker advantage over Mackay in the race for two state playoff berths from the six-school Sawtooth North. Front-running Dietrich (5-0, 2-0) has already beaten Carey but must play Mackay Oct. 4.
Friday’s game also celebrated the 2012 Homecoming royalty. The court featured Homecoming Queen Angelica Zarate, junior princess Ashley Durtschi, sophomore princess Natalie Villanueva and freshman princess Hailee Johnson.
Carey hosts Carlin Railroaders Friday
To replace the canceled game against North Valley Charter, Carey entertains the Carlin (Nev.) Railroaders for the first time in a non-conference contest at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28 at Derrick Parke Memorial Field.
Carlin (1-3) has dropped three straight games since a season-opening 52-26 home victory over Round Mountain Aug. 24. Last Friday, Carlin fell 34-14 at Virginia City (4-0).
Kirkland said, “Carlin is a physical team that has decent size, good running backs and a football tradition. They have a couple of fast backs in Chance Moen and Blade Lester, and a good quarterback in senior Jacob Burris-Blaine. We’ll have to dominate the line once again.”
The Railroaders, located 23 miles west of Elko, have also lost 48-0 at home to Pahranagat Valley and 27-6 at Tonopah. Four-time defending Nevada eight-man king Pahranagat Valley (4-0) has now won 51 straight games from 2008-12.
CAREY FOOTBALL LINE SCORE
Carey 50, Mackay 8
MACKAY—Morgan Johnson, 16-yard pass from Dustin Rosenkrance (Rosenkrance run); (8-0 M)
CAREY—Tori Alvarez, 1-yard run (Alvarez run); (8-8)
CAREY—Jordan Dilworth, 2-yard run (Joe Parke, pass from Dilworth); (16-8 C)
CAREY—Jordan Dilworth, 2-yard run (pass failed); (22-8 C)
CAREY—Nate Adamson, 22-yard pass from Jordan Dilworth (run failed); (28-8 C)
CAREY—Tori Alvarez, 23-yard run (Gunner Thompson, pass from Jordan Dilworth); (36-8 C)
CAREY—Nate Adamson, 51-yard run (pass failed); (42-8 C)
CAREY—Christian Zarate, 5-yard run (Zarate run); (50-8 C)
1st downs, rush612
1st downs, pass21
1st downs, penalty10
1st downs, total913
Yards per carry2.56.6
Yards per completion18.811.2
Total yards gained177361
3rd down efficiency2-137-11
4th down efficiency3-30-0
Rushing—Jordan Dilworth 13-91, 2 TD; Tori Alvarez 16-86, 2 TD; Nate Adamson 1-51, 1 TD; Luis Garcia 8-33; Joe Parke 2-17; Corban Johnson 2-16; Chris Peck 2-6; Christian Zarate 2-5, 1 TD.
Passing—Jordan Dilworth 5-9, 56 yards, 1 TD.
Receiving—Nate Adamson 2-28, 1 TD.
Fumble recoveries (1)—Luis Garcia 1.
Interceptions (1)—Tori Alvarez 1.
Tackles—Glen Andrews 13 tackles/6 assists; Francisco Gamino 11/5; Tori Alvarez 9/2; Matt Whitworth 6/6; Gunner Thompson 5/4; Joe Parke 3/1; Christian Zarate 3/1; Luis Garcia 2/1; Zach Olsen 0/2; Patrick Baird 0/1; Jordan Dilworth 1/0.