Friday, August 31, 2007

State champion Panthers host Oakley Hornets

Express Staff Writer

Carey?s Kade Peterson pulls down a well-defended pass in last Friday?s season opener against the Shoshone Indians. Defending, in the foreground, is Shoshone?s Juan Villagomez. The catch put the icing on a two-point conversion to give Carey a 24-0 first quarter lead. Photo by David N. Seelig

After a season opening 54-18 drubbing of the Shoshone Indians, the state champion Carey Panthers will array their football skills this evening against the visiting Oakley Hornets.

"I think this will be one of our biggest challenges this year," said Carey High School football coach Lane Kirkland. "It will be a good opportunity to see how we stack up for the rest of the season."

Kirkland said the non-conference clash pits teams against each other that match up well in size and speed.

Carey, at 1-0 this year, finished last season with state champion laurels in A1 Division 2 eight-man football. Oakley, 6-3 last year, is 1-0 this season.

The game will be the first meeting of the Panther and Hornet varsity squads since 2003, when Carey rallied in the fourth quarter to edge the Hornets 40-36.

"I think it will come down to who makes the least amount of mistakes and who controls the ball," Kirkland said.

Game time is 7 p.m. at Derrick Parke Memorial Field in Carey. A junior varsity game is set for 4 p.m.

"Tell the fans to wear blue, because they're red," Kirkland said.

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