Carey’s offense was just too potent for the Challis Vikings on Friday night during Military Appreciation Night and “Senior Night” at Derrick Parke Memorial Field.

     The Panthers (6-1, 52.3 ppg) scored early and often in their 70-0 non-conference eight-man football romp over the Challis Vikings. It was Carey’s fourth straight grid win, and third shutout in the last four games.

     Carey piled up 54 points in the first quarter alone over a Vikings squad (0-7, 63.4 ppg defense) that is having a tough season on the gridiron after back-to-back 6-2 and 8-3 campaigns in 2018 and 2017.

     Panther coach Lane Kirkland said about his team’s 453-yard rushing attack, “The boys played a solid game and looked really fast.

     “Compliments to the Challis staff and their players.  They held their heads high, played with a good attitude despite the blow out and were very good sports.”

     Senior Carson Simpson (20 TDs, 134 points) scored four touchdowns on runs of 51, 15 and 58 yards, plus a five-yard interception return for a score.

     For his four-year Panther career, Simpson is climbing in the all-time Carey scoring ranks, ranked now with 53 touchdowns and 344 points.

     Junior quarterback Hunter Smith added two TD runs covering 52 and 44 yards. Juniors Chase Gross (25 yards) and Wyatt Degn (65 yards) raced to paydirt from distance, and freshman Connor Simpson dashed home from 34 yards.

     Seniors who don’t ordinarily score for Carey made two-point conversions. They were Tate Squires, Ethan Hennefer, Calvin Andrews and Schuyler Thompson. Dallin Parke and freshman Cris Gamino added conversions.

     Carey will have a tougher test Friday, Oct. 25 when it finishes its regular-season slate with a Sawtooth Conference showdown at Murtaugh (4-3, 4-2 league).

     Murtaugh, averaging 45.4 ppg but yielding 31.6 ppg, captured its third win in four games last Friday 52-6 over Hansen (2-5, 1-5). The Panthers have beaten Murtaugh 50-6 and 82-0 the last two years, but it should be closer Friday.

     Friday’s game at Murtaugh will be the 200th at the Panther helm for 19th-year Carey coach Kirkland (163-36).

     Kirkland said, “We’re looking forward to playing Murtaugh. They have some good team speed and we will have to be ready to play on their ‘Senior Night’.

     The playoff picture is forming for the State 1A Division 2 championships that begin with first-round games over the Oct. 31-Nov. 2 weekend.

     Carey, hoping for the No. 2 seed out of the 4th District Sawtooth Conference, is likely to host North Gem of Bancroft (3-5) on Thursday, Oct. 31 at 4 p.m. on the Panther field.

     The winner of that game could meet Murtaugh in the Nov. 8 quarterfinals, depending on the outcome of a possible first-round match-up between No. 4-seeded Murtaugh and the winner of Rockland-Watersprings.

     A semi-final match-up over the Nov. 15-16 could send two-time defending State 1A Division 2 champ Carey on the road against either Horseshoe Bend or Garden Valley.

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