Scoring seven touchdowns before half, the 1A Division 2 Carey High School football team breezed to a 56-6 eight-man win over the 1A Division 1 Idaho City Wildcats Friday in the season debut at Idaho City.
Carey (1-0, 0-0 league) piled up 420 yards in total offense including 303 rushing yards on 38 attempts and 117 passing yards. The Panther defense held the 'Cats to 134 yards.
Sophomore quarterback Jordan Dilworth tossed three TD passes while senior tailback Tim Hoopes and senior quarterback Caleb Cenarrusa tallied two touchdowns apiece.
A newcomer from South Fremont, Hoopes (8 tackles, 3 assists) returned a fumble 46 yards for Carey's seventh TD. He shared the top tackling honor with soph Francisco Gamino (6 tackles, 4 assists).
Junior tailback Charlie Rivera (5 carries, 83 yards) led the Panther rushing attack and broke free for a 57-yard scoring scamper that stretched the first-quarter Carey lead to 14-6 and started the runaway.
Catching TD passes from Dilworth were junior Dillon Cenarrusa and freshmen Christian Zarate and Luis Garcia. The non-league game ended on the 45-point mercy rule two minutes into the fourth quarter.
Panther coach Lane Kirkland said, "The kids really executed well, played together and had fun." He added it was close to four hours of a one-way bus ride to Idaho City.
The Week One victory set the stage for Carey's home opener Friday, Sept. 3 against the Division 1 Raft River Trojans at Derrick Parke Memorial Field, Carey. Junior varsity kickoff is 4 p.m., varsity 7 p.m.
"Raft River will always be prepared. Coach (Randy) Spaeth is going for his 100th coaching victory. They have a good football tradition at Raft River, but we have had success against them in junior varsity the past three years," said Kirkland.
Carey's only previous varsity meeting with Raft River was Sept. 1, 2006 at Malta, a 26-12 Raft River Week Two victory that was the only loss in Carey's 11-1 state championship season. Raft River is 39-11 the past five years under coach Spaeth.
Last year, Raft River went 7-3 and lost to Prairie 40-8 in the State Division 1 playoffs at Moscow. Prairie, the 2008 state champion, went on to fall 28-20 to Oakley in the 2009 title game at Pocatello's Holt Arena. Raft River won the 2004 eight-man title after taking three state titles as an 11-man program from 1986-2002.
In other Week One eight-man games Friday: Shoshone won 46-20 at Dietrich; Hansen coasted 60-14 over Camas County at Fairfield; Murtaugh defeated visiting Richfield 34-14; Challis won at Mackay 26-22; North Gem held on 24-20 at Grace; and Hagerman outscored host Lighthouse Christian 46-22.
CAREY Line Score
Carey 56, Idaho City 6
CAREY 24 26 0 6 56
IDAHO CITY. 6 0 0 0 6
CAREY—Caleb Cenarrusa, 1-yard run (Caleb Cenarrusa run); (8-0 C)
CAREY—Charlie Rivera, 57-yard run (Rivera run); (14-6 C)
CAREY—Caleb Cenarrusa, 5-yard run (Tim Hoopes run); (22-6 C)
CAREY—Tim Hoopes, 5-yard run (conversion failed); (28-6 C)
CAREY—Dillon Cenarrusa, 10-yard pass from Jordan Dilworth (conversion failed); (34-6 C)
CAREY—Christian Zarate, 18-yard pass from Jordan Dilworth (Jack Cenarrusa, pass from Jordan Dilworth); (42-6 C)
CAREY—Tim Hoopes, 46-yard fumble return (conversion failed); (48-6 C)
CAREY—Luis Garcia, 8-yard pass from Jordan Dilworth (no conversion); (56-6 C)
KEY STATS CAREY IDAHO CITY
Total plays 53 35
Rushes, yards 38-303 24-97
Completions, passes 11-15 3-11
Passing yards 117 37
Intercepted by 1 1
Fumbles lost 0 2
Sacks by, yards 2-14 0-0
Total yards gained 420 134
3rd down efficiency 4-9 1-9
4th down efficiency 2-2 0-3
Penalties, yards 8-40 2-10
Yards per punt 27.0 49.0
Rushing—Charlie Rivera 5-83, 1 TD; Tim Hoopes 5-63, 1 TD; Austin Hennefer 9-46; Jordan Dilworth 5-34; Caleb Cenarrusa 4-30, 2 TD; Luis Garcia 5-22; Tori Alvarez 3-14; Brandon Dilworth 2-11.
Passing—Caleb Cenarrusa 4-5, 52 yards; Jordan Dilworth 7-10, 65 yards, 3 TD.
Receiving—Dillon Cenarrusa 2-21, 1 TD; Jack Cenarrusa 2-18; Charlie Rivera 1-20; Christian Zarate 1-18, 1 TD; Lynn Mecham 1-14; Tim Hoopes 1-11; Luis Garcia 1-8, 1 TD; Baley Barg 1-7; Austin Hennefer 1-0.
Fumble recoveries (2)—Tim Hoopes 1 with 46-yard TD return; Garrett Lee 1.
Interceptions (1)—Caleb Cenarrusa 1.
Kickoff returns—Baley Barg 2-20.
Tackles/assists—Tim Hoopes 8/3; Francisco Gamino 6/4; Chance Chavez 5/3; Jack Cenarrusa 5/3; Glen Andrews 4/3; Caleb Cenarrusa 3/1; Lynn Mecham 3/3; Charlie Rivera 2/1; Brandon Dilworth 2/2; Blair Peck 2/1; Garrett Lee 1/1; Dillon Cenarrusa 1/1; Tori Alvarez 1/0; Jordan Dilworth 1/0.