Chris Belem

Bringing down Hagerman quarterback Chris Belem are Carey defenders, from left, Brigham Parke, Adrian Gonzalez and Ashton Sparrow. The Panthers won 60-0 Friday on the Hagerman field.

     The Carey Panthers led by four touchdowns from senior running back Carson Simpson posted their second Sawtooth Conference eight-man football shutout win in three games 60-0 over host Hagerman Friday.

     Simpson (179 of Carey’s 331 rushing yards) found paydirt on scoring runs of 53, 5, 65 and 19 yards. Meanwhile, Carey’s defense limited Hagerman to 88 total yards while the Panther offense had 430 yards.

     Brigham Parke, Dallin Parke, Connor Simpson and Colton Larna also scored in Carey’s eight-touchdown spree during the team’s third consecutive triumph. Carey (5-1) improved to 5-1 in league. Hagerman is 2-5 (2-5 league).

     Quarterback Hunter Smith ran Carey’s offense effectively and tossed a touchdown pass.

     Carey coach Lane Kirkland said, “We looked really good and aggressive coming off a bye week. I thought the kids played fast and furious and together very well.

     “Carson had a big game on the ground with a very high carry-to-touchdown ratio.

     “Hunter called most of the offense. He made some great calls and the kids executed cleanly. I was most impressed with our blocking from every position. Kudos to the defense for holding our opponents to less than 100 total yards.”

     Carey finishes its regular-season home schedule with its “Senior Night” game against the Challis Vikings Friday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at Derrick Parke Memorial Field.

     Kirkland said, “It’s going to be Military Appreciation Night. We will wear special uniforms loaned by the National Guard to honor U.S. military men and women.”

     Carey’s non-conference varsity game with Challis (0-6, 62.3 ppg defense) will be preceded by a junior varsity game at 4 p.m. Friday matching Carey’s JV and the Richfield Tigers.

     The Carey varsity last played Challis in 2016 and lost at home 20-14. The Panthers have since won 21 consecutive home games at Parke Field.

     Kirkland said, “Things are coming together with this team as we all get healthy and prepare to make a run into the final games of the year.”

     Carey visits Murtaugh (3-3, 3-2) for its season finale Oct. 25. Murtaugh won 66-30 over Camas County in Fairfield last Friday. Front-running Lighthouse Christian Academy (6-0, 6-0) prevailed 42-26 at Dietrich (4-2, 3-2) last Friday and will take the No. 1 Sawtooth seed into the upcoming playoffs.

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