Carey makes state
playoffs, pounds Red Devils 62-14
Panthers travel to
School Panthers (7-1) took care of business in a convincing way Friday,
amassing nine touchdowns in a 62-14 Sawtooth Conference eight-man football
victory over the host Murtaugh Red Devils.
48-point triumph, coach Lane Kirkland’s Panthers clinched third place in
the Sawtooth Conference North-South playoffs and earned a berth in the
eight-team State A-1 football playoffs starting Friday, Nov. 2.
It will be
Carey’s ninth trip to the state football playoffs in the past 11 years.
at Sawtooth champion Castleford (8-0, 28-2 three seasons) Friday at 6 p.m.
junior Shawn Hennefer (291 all-purpose yards) rushed for 191 yards and
scored five touchdowns as Carey’s 559-yard offense was hitting on all
cylinders. Junior quarterback Sean Cenarrusa (15-of-23 for 139 yards)
guided the Panther aerial attack.
receiving end, John Saili caught seven passes for 92 yards. Defensively,
Destry Simpson (14 tackles, an interception and fumble recovery), Seth
Adamson (11 tackles) and Stephen Jurgensmeier (11) led the way, and Carey
had seven sacks.
totals and 76 points scored were even more impressive considering the
teams played only 37 of 48 minutes because of the 45-point mercy rule—and
they played on Murtaugh’s band-box 80-yard field.
(3-6, 36.0 ppg offense) was limited to its lowest point total as Carey’s
defense rose to the occasion, holding the Red Devil running attack to 185
yards. Colby Dennis (101 yards) had many of those yards on a third-quarter
60-yard TD gallop.
waited only two minutes to score its first touchdown Friday.
After a low
Murtaugh punt snap and 18-yard Jurgensmeier sack, Carey (41.5 ppg) took
over at the Red Devil six-yard-line and Hennefer (a team-high 17 TDs and
106 points for the season) plunged for his first score.
connected with Saili on the halfback option pass for a 25-yard TD five
minutes into the game.
end run by Robbie Ellsworth set up Carey’s third score—a quick out
from Cenarrusa that Stephen Jurgensmeier turned into a 29-yard adventure.
He shed a Devil tackler at the 15-yard-line and fell on his own fumble in
the end zone.
22-0, Murtaugh threatened early in the second quarter. Bryce Dennis’
72-yard kickoff return went all the way to the Panther three-yard-line
where Hennefer brought him down with a TD-saving tackle.
defense stood tall. Hennefer tackled Colby Dennis for a two-yard loss on
an end run. Kole Peck and Bryson Ellsworth stuffed a QB sneak, then
Hennefer and Simpson stopped Colby Dennis’ progress just short of the
fourth-and-inches, Adamson made an outstanding open-field tackle to stop
Colby Dennis at the Carey one-yard-line. Disappointed, Murtaugh led
Hennefer slip away for a 64-yard run, then Hennefer slashed over right
guard for his second TD.
who threw for four conversions, hit Saili for the two-pointer that gave
Carey a 30-0 lead.
QB sacks by
Saili and Peck gave the Panthers one more offensive chance with three
seconds left before half-time. Hennefer made the most of it with a
two-yard TD run and Carey’s lead grew to 38-6 when Cenarrusa found
Simpson for two points.
to a little more misdirection in the second half. Robbie Ellsworth’s
31-yard kickoff return brought the ball out to the 35. From there,
Hennefer ran the counter for a 45-yard TD and a 44-6 cushion.
tackle by Robbie Ellsworth forced a fumble that Simpson recovered at the
Red Devil 36. Hennefer dashed 24 yards on another counter play, then
Simpson scored the first of his two second-half TDs to put the game out of
reach at 50-6 with only two minutes gone in the period.
NOTES—Lineman Kole Peck reinjured his left knee in the second half
of Friday’s game against Murtaugh and is questionable for the Castleford