The Carey Panthers are on a mission, and that’s just how they played last Thursday night in a home 1A Division II state quarterfinal matchup versus the Mackay Miners.
Carey overcame an early mishap at Derrick Parke Memorial Field on its way to rack up 349 yards of total offense and a 48-0 victory.
Carey senior running back Porter Mecham fumbled on the opening kickoff when he fielded a short kick. Mackay recovered and started their drive on the 50-yard line. The Panther defense quickly established its dominance when Mecham took the ball right back by forcing a Mackay fumble.
The victory advanced the Panthers into their fifth consecutive state semifinal game.
Carey now must travel to Moscow to play Kendrick (10-0) in the Kibbie Dome at the University of Idaho. Kendrick is also the only other undefeated team in 1A Division II. Kendrick beat Garden Valley 64-32 in the quarterfinals.
What now stands in Carey’s way to repeat as champions is a Kendrick team that can put up points. The Tigers scored 584 points through last weekend’s games.
Carey is known for putting up big points too, but the Panthers have scored 518 points, by comparison.
The game is scheduled for a 9:30 p.m. MST kickoff Friday, Nov. 9, at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow.