Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Panthers visit Dietrich Friday in Sawtooth clash

Carey takes unbeaten mark into key game


By JEFF CORDES
Express Staff Writer

Carey High School’s Chris Peck (lef) and Alex Durtschi do the blocking while Panther quarterback Nate Adamson hands the ball off to Zach Olsen (right) during the 62-6 Panther home win over Camas County of Fairfield on Sept. 26. Courtesy photo by John Peck

     All the pressure will be on the defenses Friday night when a pair of high-scoring Sawtooth Conference West Division eight-man football teams square off in a pivotal league game at Dietrich.

     The unbeaten Carey Panthers (5-0, 2-0 league) will visit the Dietrich Blue Devils (3-2, 0-2) in a game matching a pair of talented senior quarterbacks, Nate Adamson of Carey and Trey Dill of Dietrich.

     “We’ve been preparing for this game all season,” said 14th-year Carey coach Lane Kirkland (113-27). “No extra motivation is needed for our players from the coaches.”

     Dietrich is averaging 44 points per game on offense and Carey is way up at 57.6 ppg, having tallied eight touchdowns or more in four consecutive victories.

     A big difference comes on defense. Carey yields just 8.4 ppg and first-year Dietrich coach Mike Torgerson’s Blue Devil defense is up at 35.8 ppg—almost twice as many as they allowed last year.

     “Confidence is important when you’re 5-0,” said Kirkland. “But we haven’t been tested yet. We’ll see how tough we are this week.”

     Opening kickoff is set for Friday at 7 p.m. at Dietrich.

     A State 1A Division 2 semi-finalist in 2013 and 2012, Dietrich (18-3 the last 2 seasons) has beaten Carey two straight years, 36-24 at Carey’s Homecoming last year and 30-14 at Dietrich two years ago. Prior to that Carey had defeated Dietrich 10 straight years by a combined 484-104 score.

     Adamson, a mobile quarterback with 17 touchdowns and 112 of Carey’s 288 points in five games, has thrown eight touchdown passes.

     Dill, more a drop-back pocket passer, threw seven TD passes in one game alone when the Blue Devils lost at home to Castleford 60-52 on Sept. 26. His targets include Tanner Ward and Garrett Astle.

     Kirkland said, “Dill has a great arm. He releases the ball quickly and starts out quite a ways back (deep in the pocket). We expect him to throw in the flats and down the sideline. Open-field tackling will be important for our defense.

     “Pass defense starts with getting pressure on the quarterback. We’ll try to do that.”

     Dietrich’s defense has been vulnerable to the running attack in its most recent loss to Castleford (4-1, 2-0) and its 47-20 humbling at Lighthouse Christian Academy (5-0, 2-0) in Twin Falls Sept. 19.

     Another factor in Friday’s game could be that Dietrich has played the hardest part of its season schedule, and Carey is just starting the heaviest lifting of its campaign.

     Carey travels to Castleford Friday, Oct. 17.

     Castleford, winner of four straight is very tough at home, going 21-3 at home from 2009-12. But the resurgent Wolves must visit Lighthouse Christian on Friday, Oct. 10.

     The final Panther regular-season game is Oct. 24 at home with Lighthouse Christian, third place in state eight-man in 2013 and second place in 2012 after its 2011 state championship campaign.

     After Oct. 24, the four Sawtooth Conference West qualifiers for the Nov. 1 state play-in games will be established. That means Carey, Lighthouse, Dietrich and Castleford will likely be shooting for No. 1 through No. 4 seeds.

 

 

HEADLINE:Carey Football Composite 2014

 

TOTAL SCORING          
Opponents 14 6 22 0 42 (8.4)
Carey 92 136 38 22 288 (57.6)

 

RESULTS (5-0 overall, 3-0 home, 2-0 away, 2-0 Sawtooth Conference West)  
Aug. 29 (Home) Carey 38, Notus 6
Sept. 5 (Away) Carey 60, North Gem 6
Sept. 12 (Home) Carey 68, Rockland 24
Sept. 19 (Away) Carey 60, Richfield 0
Sept. 26 (Home) Carey 62, Camas County 6

 

SCORING TD CONV PTS.
Nate Adamson 17 5 112
Joe Parke 7 3 48
Zach Olsen 4 4 32
Corban Johnson 3 3 26
Parker Gamino 3 2 22
Matt Whitworth 2 4 20
Toby Whitworth 1 2 10
Dallin Dilworth 1 0 6
Chris Peck 0 1 4
Derrick Baird 0 1 2
Collin Whitby 0 1 2
Alex Durtschi 0 1 2
Houston Hennefer 0 1 2
Safeties: Corban Johnson, Chris Peck.      

 

Touchdown passes—Nate Adamson 8, Toby Whitworth 1. Conversion passes—Nate Adamson 10. Notes—Carey has scored in 16 of 18 quarters....Carey has successfully made 28 of 37 conversions (76% success rate)....Carey has scored 38 TD—25 on runs from scrimmage, 9 on passes, 3 on defense, 1 on kickoff or punt returns.

 




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