Musher speed crushes Carey 52-6
Dalin rushes for 190 yards, 3 TDs
By JEFF CORDES
Express Staff Writer
The Carey Panthers had no answer for the speed of Camas County?s Dakota Dalin (right) in Friday?s Musher rout. Devin Simpson (left) chases Dalin here. Photo by David N. Seelig
Camas County?s blistering speed and tough tackling were the big differences in Friday?s Sawtooth Conference West showdown with Carey at Derrick Parke Memorial Field.
Musher senior sprinter Dakota Dalin rushed for 190 yards and three touchdowns as Camas made short work of the out-matched Panthers 52-6 in a third-quarter mercy rule rout. They played 25 of 48 minutes.
?Dakota took advantage of the opportunities we gave him,? said Carey coach Lane Kirkland. ?We were always nearly there, in the right position but not quite fast enough yet. We?ll get there, though.?
Musher senior quarterback/receiver Michael Blodgett added two TDs including a seven-yard pass reception from Travis Van Gelder that ended it with 10:42 left in the third.
Camas (5-2, 3-0 league) gained its fifth straight win. Coach Randy Jewett?s Mushers have outscored foes 233-20 in that streak. Kirkland?s Panthers saw their four-game winning streak come to an end.
Eight Musher runners rolled up a huge 305-16 advantage in rushing yardage and helped pile up 445 total yards?while the hard-hitting Camas defense held Carey to 182 total yards.
Setting up the Camas attack was the interior line of center Mark Wilson and guards Kyle Menck and Zack Kandler. On defense, Wilson, Menck, Josh Shroyer and Chase Lee comprised the tough line, backed by Tony Gonsales, Cesar Boatman, Michael Blodgett and Dakota Dalin.
The Mushers started early and never yielded their pressure. In the first quarter alone, they out-rushed Carey 151-8 and possessed the ball for 8:22 out of the 12 minutes.
Dalin?s 27-yard punt return punched the ball deep into Carey territory and Blodgett circled the end for a 13-yard QB keeper and a quick 6-0 Camas lead. Two onside kick recoveries, by Chase Lee and Travis Van Gelder, set up the next two scores.
A 23-yard end run by Dalin loosened up the Carey defense, then Dalin carried an 11-yard draw up the middle for his first of three TDs and a 28-0 Musher lead with 1:50 left in the first. Another Dalin draw worked for a 40-yard TD and the score became 34-0.
Shellshocked and gun-shy, Carey?s passing offense searched for anything to work against the Musher defense. Few things clicked. QB Tyler Cook (9-for-27, 95 yards, 2 interceptions) was relentlessly rushed and many of his throws were forced, into coverage.
Chase Lee sacked Cook and caused a fumble that Kyle Menck recovered, then Musher QB Trevor Dalin connected with Josh Rast on a 24-yard TD toss for a 40-0 Camas lead with fully 9:10 remaining in the second quarter.
Thirty-four seconds remained in the first half when Carey caught its first break?a Devin Simpson interception that returned the ball to Carey at the Musher 41. But three Cook passes fell incomplete.
On fourth down, Carey coach Kirkland went back to a little razzle-dazzle that his father Heber Kirkland used frequently when he coached Carey. Brad Hunt, back from a knee injury, flipped the ball out on the wing to Cody Baird, who lofted a long pass that Jesus Ocampo caught for a 35-yard pass reception to the six.
With seven seconds left QB Cook avoided a heavy Musher rush, rolled right and drilled a six-yard TD toss to Hunt, all alone in the end zone. It was Carey?s only TD of the night.
?This year we did score against Camas, using juniors and sophomores and without seniors, so we did come out of the game with some positives. The kids showed a lot of heart,? said Kirkland.
The Mushers gained the upper hand in the race to earn the Sawtooth West title and a State 1A Division 2 playoff berth?and a chance to avoid playing Mackay (7-0) in the first round of the eight-team playoffs. Mackay beat visiting Camas County 52-24 Sept. 10.
It was the second straight Camas County triumph over Carey. Camas crushed Carey 48-0 in Fairfield last year, out-rushing the Panthers 397-33 in a third-quarter mercy-rule rout similar to Friday?s clash.
Coming up: Carey (4-2, 1-1) will try to keep its state playoff hopes alive with a pivotal home game against the Richfield Tigers and their speedy quarterback Victor Vasquez Friday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. at Derrick Parke field.
The big game will be the final ?Senior Night,? football game for the Panthers. ?The key to beating Richfield is stopping Victor Vasquez,? said Kirkland. ?He has more experience than any player in the league at his position.?
Richfield (5-2, 2-0 league) has won five consecutive games including a 38-6 Sawtooth Conference West home victory over Dietrich (0-7, 0-3) Friday and a 46-18 home league triumph over Murtaugh (2-5, 0-2).
Friday?s battle is as big for Richfield as it is for Carey.
With a win Friday, Richfield would nail down a state playoff berth, eliminate Carey and earn a shot at Camas County for the Sawtooth West championship Friday, Oct. 29 in Richfield. Carey would make state with wins over Richfield and Murtaugh Oct. 29?and a Camas victory over Richfield.
?We?ve got to beat Richfield and Murtaugh to be in the playoffs,? said Kirkland.
In the Panther-Tiger series, Carey has won 15 consecutive grid games but last year?s game in Carey was a track meet featuring 14 TDs and 102 points. Carey eventually won 58-44 as Randy Lundergreen (17 carries, 178 yards and 12 solo tackles) scored four TDs to offset four TDs by Vasquez.
PANTHER NOTES?Rockland (2-4, 2-0) hosts North Gem (3-4, 2-1) Oct. 22 in a game that will determine the Sawtooth East second-place team. The East runner-up will play the West champ?Camas or Richfield?in the State 1A Division 2 first round game.
Carey Line Score
Camas Cty. 52, Carey 6
CaMAS CTY. 28 12 12 x 52
carey 0 6 0 x 6
Camas?Michael Blodgett, 13-yard run (run failed); 10:21 1st (6-0 CC)
Camas?Josh Shroyer, 4-yard run (Dakota Dalin run); 6:39 1st (14-0 CC)
Camas?Tony Gonsales, 1-yard run (Michael Blodgett kick); 4:20 1st (21-0 CC)
Camas?Dakota Dalin, 11-yard run (Michael Blodgett kick); 1:50 1st (28-0 CC)
Camas?Dakota Dalin, 40-yard run (kick blocked); 10:31 2nd (34-0 CC)
Camas?Josh Rast, 24-yard pass from Trevor Dalin (run failed); 9:10 2nd (40-0 CC)
Carey?Brad Hunt, 6-yard pass from Tyler Cook (run failed); 0:01 2nd (40-6 CC)
Camas?Dakota Dalin, 47-yard run (kick blocked); 11:40 3rd (46-6 CC)
Camas?Michael Blodgett, 7-yard pass from Travis VanGelder; 10:42 3rd (52-6 CC), game ended on the 45-point mercy rule
1st downs, rush...10...1
1st downs, pass...2...5
1st downs, penal...1...0
1st downs, total...13...6
Yards per carry...8.0...1.6
Yards per catch...18.8...13.0
Sacks by, yards...2-6...0-0
Tot. yards gained...445...182
Rushing?Tyler Cook 2-12, 1 1st; Connor Rivera 4-3, 1 1st; Cody Baird 4-1.
Passing?Tyler Cook 9-27, 95 yards, 4 1sts, 1 TD, 2 interceptions; Cody Baird 1-1, 35 yards, 1 1st.
Receiving?Brad Hunt 3-32, 1 1st, 1 TD; Bryan Hill 2-24, 2 1sts; Jesus Ocampo 2-41, 1 1st; Cody Baird 2-13; Connor Rivera 1-20, 1 1st.
Fumble recoveries?Luke Harmon 1.
Interceptions?Devin Simpson 1.
Kickoff returns?Bryan Hill 3-22; Brad Hunt 2-20.
Tackles (55)?Cody Baird 12, Tyler Cook 7. Devin Simpson 6, Allen Peck 5, Brad Hunt 5, Luke Harmon 5, Bryan Hill 5, Jesus Ocampo 5, Brian Adamson 4, Jordan Surerus 1.
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS?Camas Cty.
Rushing?Dakota Dalin 14-190, 5 1sts, 3 TD, 1 conv.; Tony Gonsales 9-38, 2 1sts, 1 TD; Josh Shroyer 3-19, 1 1st, 1 TD; Trevor Dalin 4-19, 1 1st; Michael Blodgett 3-14, 1 TD; Travis Van Gelder 1-17, 1 1st; Jordan Lemons 1-8; Andrew Olson 2-0; Silas Brand 1-0.
Passing?Travis Van Gelder 3-5, 51 yards, 2 1sts, 1 TD; Trevor Dalin 1-2, 24 yards, 1 TD, 1 interception; Michael Blodgett 0-1.
Receiving?Josh Rast 1-24, 1 TD; Josh Shroyer 1-24, 1 1st; Chase Lee 1-20, 1 1st; Michael Blodgett 1-7, 1 TD.
Fumble recoveries?Chase Lee 1, Travis Van Gelder 1, Kyle Menck 1.
Interceptions?Michael Blodgett 1, Tony Gonsales 1.
Sacks?Chase Lee 1-7; Mark Wilson 1-0.
Kickoff returns?Dakota Dalin 2-38.
Punt returns?Dakota Dalin 1-27.
All-purpose yardage?Dakota Dalin 255.
Tackle leaders?Tony Gonsales 6, Michael Blodgett 5, Dakota Dalin 4, Cesar Boatman 3, Chase Lee 2, Kyle Menck 2, Josh Shroyer 2, Andrew Olson 1, Josh Rast 1, Mark Wilson 1.