The Raft River Trojans came into Carey and gave the Panthers a thumping Friday in the season-opening game for the Carey eight-man grid team at Derrick Parke Memorial Field.
Rushing 55 times for 339 yards and capitalizing on four Carey turnovers, Raft River scored four unanswered touchdowns in the second half to break open a close 28-20 game and prevail 54-20 in the non-conference match-up.
The Trojans earned revenge for two straight shutout losses to Carey—20-0 at home last year and 50-0 in Carey in 2010.
Trojan senior quarterback Tanner Anderson (2 rushing TD) and senior running back Emmet Boden (23 carries for 177 yards, 2 TD) led Raft River to its first triumph after the Trojans fell 20-12 at Castleford the previous week.
In contrast, Carey (23 carries for 54 yards) couldn’t establish a running game and relied almost entirely on the arm of senior quarterback Jordan Dilworth (20-for-38, 189 yards, 1 TD). Sophomore receiver Nate Adamson (9 catches, 125 yards, 7 first downs) made fine grabs.
Carey coach Lane Kirkland said, “We’re a young squad, filling some holes, and Raft River is a good team that has been hungry for a while. They have a tremendous amount of speed and a lot of depth.”
The Trojans averaged 6.2 yards per carry and amassed 13 first downs overland. Three Raft River scores resulted from Carey turnovers. Besides their three lost fumbles, the Panthers allowed Raft River to recover two onside kicks.
Still, Carey had glimpses of good things to come with three touchdowns by junior running back Luis Garcia—including an 87-yard kickoff return.
Garcia’s one-yard plunge cutting Raft River’s lead to 20-12 in the second period came at the end of a 16-play, 67-yard, six-minute scoring drive during which Dilworth completed seven short passes for 46 yards and five first downs.
Right after halftime, Dilworth recovered an onside kick first touched by hustling teammate Francisco Gamino—and Dilworth completed a fourth-and-10 pass to Garcia for a 31-yard scoring strike.
Junior Tori Alvarez (14 tackles), Garcia (11), Dilworth (9) and Adamson (9) led the Carey defense, which takes the field again Friday, Sept. 7 with a home non-conference tussle against Owyhee (Nev.). There will be no junior varsity game.
Carey athletic director Lee Cook said Carey has added a home game against Carlin (Nev.) on Friday, Sept. 28 to replace a canceled road game due to the withdrawal of North Valley Academy from football.
CAREY FOOTBALL LINE SCORE
Raft River 54, Carey 20
RAFT RIVER—Misael Maldonado, 31-yard fumble return (pass failed); 6:46 1st (6-0 RR)
CAREY—Luis Garcia, 87-yard kickoff return (pass failed); 6:33 1st (6-6)
RAFT RIVER—Deven Moss, 21-yard pass from Tanner Anderson (Emmet Boden run); 11:40 2nd (14-6 RR)
RAFT RIVER—Emmet Boden, 1-yard run (run failed); 6:35 2nd (20-6 RR)
CAREY—Luis Garcia, 1-yard run (pass failed); 0:26 2nd (20-12 RR)
RAFT RIVER—Emmet Boden, 72-yard run (Boden run); 0:11 2nd (28-12 RR)
CAREY—Luis Garcia, 31-yard pass from Jordan Dilworth (Patrick Baird, pass from Dilworth); 11:38 3rd (28-20 RR)
RAFT RIVER—Quade Bendele, 8-yard pass from Tanner Anderson (run failed); 7:24 3rd (34-20 RR)
RAFT RIVER—Johnny Guadarrama, 8-yard run (run failed); 1:53 3rd (40-20 RR)
RAFT RIVER—Tanner Anderson, 20-yard run (Anderson run); 1:26 3rd (48-20 RR)
RAFT RIVER—Tanner Anderson, 1-yard run (run failed); 10:47 4th (54-20 RR)
KEY STATSRAFT RIVERCAREY
Time of possession25:5622:04
1st downs, rush130
1st downs, pass09
1st downs, penalty11
1st downs, total1410
Yards per carry6.22.4
Yards per completion9.59.5
Sacks by, yards0-00-0
Total yards gained536424
3rd down efficiency5-92-11
4th down efficiency1-34-8
Yards per punt32.339.5
Rushing—Luis Garcia 11-30, 1 TD; Jordan Dilworth 8-24; Tori Alvarez 3-0; Christian Zarate 1-0.
Passing—Jordan Dilworth 20-38, 189 yards, 9 1sts, 1 TD, 1 conv., 1 interception.
Receiving—Nate Adamson 9-125, 7 1sts; Luis Garcia 2-38, 1 1st, 1 TD; Patrick Baird 3-17, 1 conv.; Tori Alvarez 4-13; Christian Zarate 1-2.
Fumble recoveries (1)—Francisco Gamino 1.
Kickoff returns—Luis Garcia 3-128 with an 87-yard TD; Tori Alvarez 2-41; Nate Adamson 1-12.
Tackles (64)—Tori Alvarez 14, Luis Garcia 11, Jordan Dilworth 9, Nate Adamson 9, Francisco Gamino 7, Gunner Thompson 5, Patrick Baird 4, Joe Parke 3, Matt Whitworth 2.
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS—Raft River
Rushing—Emmet Boden 23-177 (7.7 yards per carry), 8 1sts, 2 TD, 2 conv.; Johnny Guadarrama 8-98, 3 1sts, 1 TD; Tanner Anderson 20-46, 1 1st, 2 TD, 1 conv.; Misael Maldonado 2-17, 1 1st; Dalton Peterson 1-1; Brandon Harper 1-0.
Passing—Tanner Anderson 4-9, 38 yards, 1 TD.
Receiving—Deven Moss 4-38, 1 TD.
Fumble recoveries (3)—Misael Maldonado 2 with 50 yards in returns including a 31-yard TD; Wasey Erickson 1.
Interceptions (1)—Tanner Anderson 1 with a 35-yard return.
Punt returns—Johnny Guadarrama 2-48.
Kickoff returns—Deven Moss 3-26.
Tackles—Wil Holtman 9, Misael Maldonado 8, Tanner Anderson 8, Wasey Erickson 4, Deven Moss 4, Emmet Boden 4, Adrian Maldonado 3, Quade Bendele 3.