Carey High School’s football team is back on the winning side of the ledger following its 62-14 Sawtooth Conference West eight-man victory over the visiting Richfield Tigers last Friday on “Senior Night” at Derrick Parke Memorial Field.
Panther junior quarterback Nate Adamson (360 all-purpose yards) rushed for three touchdowns and threw for four TDs as Carey (4-3, 3-1 home) piled up nine TDs in a game for the second time in three weeks. Adamson led Carey with 125 rushing yards and completed 8-of-10 passes for 217 yards.
Sophomore Collin Whitby caught two of Adamson’s passing TDs, from 29 and 31 yards out. Senior Christian Zarate (74 rushing yards, 9 tackles) snagged a 72-yard TD toss.
Adding single TDs were sophs Joe Parke and Zach Olsen, and junior Corban Johnson. Carey out-gained Richfield 507-198 in yardage.
The victory earned Carey the No. 3 West seed in the eight-team Sawtooth Conference knockout round of State 1A Division 2 play-in games scheduled for Friday, Nov. 1 at four different fields.
Carey (2-2 Sawtooth West) will travel to Sawtooth East No. 2 finisher North Gem (4-4, 3-1 East) for a 2 p.m. Friday game on the Bancroft gridiron in eastern Idaho. The two teams have met this season on the same field, Carey prevailing 38-27 on Sept. 6.
The other three play-in games this Friday are:
Lighthouse Christian (8-0, 4-0 West, No. 1) hosting Rockland (2-6, 1-3 East, No. 4);
Dietrich (7-1, 3-1 West, No. 2) hosting Mackay (2-5, 2-2 East, No. 3);
Calvary Chapel (5-3, 4-0, No. 1 East) hosting Castleford (2-5, 1-3 West, No. 4).
Last year’s state runner-up Lighthouse Christian earned the top West seed with a 34-18 road win at Dietrich Friday. Meanwhile, Calvary Chapel posted its fifth straight win 74-34 at Rockland behind the 200-yard-plus passing effort of junior QB Wyatt Tracy.
Friday’s winning teams qualify for the eight-team State 1A Division 2 playoffs on the Nov. 8-9 weekend. The way the brackets have been set up, those state quarterfinal match-ups next weekend will be:
The Calvary Chapel-Castleford winner hosting the Carey-North Gem winner;
And the Lighthouse-Rockland winner entertaining the Dietrich-Mackay winner.
If Lighthouse and Dietrich emerge as the winning quarterfinal match-up, the winner of Lighthouse-Dietrich would likely play defending champion Salmon River of Riggins and its superstar QB Leighton Vander Esch in the Nov. 15-16 semi-final game.
Winner of two state titles in four years, Salmon River (9-0, 51.4 ppg) is 19-2 over two seasons including last year’s 53-38 state championship victory over 2011 king Lighthouse Christian, at Eagle High. However, Salmon River and Lighthouse would likely meet in the semi-finals this year.
Carey Line Score
Carey 62, Richfield 14
Carey—Joe Parke, 9-yard pass from Nate Adamson (Christian Zarate run); (8-0 C).
Richfield—Zak Wood, 5-yard run (run failed); (8-6 C).
Carey—Nate Adamson, 2-yard run (Christian Zarate run); (16-6 C).
Carey—Nate Adamson, 20-yard run (pass failed); (22-6 C).
|1st downs, total
|Yards per carry
|Yards per completion
|Third down efficiency
|Fourth down efficiency
Carey—Collin Whitby, 29-yard pass from Nate Adamson (run failed); (28-6 C).
Carey—Nate Adamson, 72-yard run (Christian Zarate run); (36-6 C).
Carey—Christian Zarate, 72-yard pass from Nate Adamson (pass failed); (42-6 C).
Richfield—Victor Robles, 24-yard pass from Jeff Henson (Robles run); (42-14 C).
Carey—Zach Olsen, 11-yard run (Adamson run); 8:16 3rd (50-14 C).
Carey—Collin Whitby, 31-yard pass from Nate Adamson (run failed); (56-14 C).
Carey—Corban Johnson, 1-yard run; (62-14 C).
Rushing—Nate Adamson 13-125, 3 TD, 1 conv.; Christian Zarate 17-74, 3 conv.; Corban Johnson 6-29, 1 TD; Zach Olsen 6-28, 1 TD; Collin Whitby 1-9; Toby Whitworth 2-5; Joe Parke 1-1.
Passing—Nate Adamson 8-10, 217 yards, 4 TD; Toby Whitworth 1-1, 19 yards.
Receiving—Joe Parke 5-85, 1 TD; Collin Whitby 2-60, 2 TD; Christian Zarate 1-72, 1 TD; Dallin Dilworth 1-19.
Interceptions (2)—Joe Parke 1 with a 26-yard return; Nate Adamson 1.
Fumble recoveries (3)—Nate Adamson 1, Corban Johnson 1, Zach Olsen 1.
Punt returns—Nate Adamson 2-18.
All-purpose yards—Nate Adamson 360.
Tackles/assists—Christian Zarate 9/0; Collin Whitby 4/0; Nate Adamson 3/0 and Joe Parke 3/0; Zach Olsen 2/1; Chris Peck 2/0; Dallin Dilworth 1/0; Matt Whitworth 1/0.
Rushing—Zak Wood 11-54, 1 TD; Victor Robles 6-24, 1 conv.
Passing—Jeff Henson 6-23, 115 yards, 1 TD, 2 interceptions.
Receiving—Victor Robles 3-60, 1 TD; Zak Wood 1-14.
Tackle leaders—Zak Wood 14, Victor Robles 14.