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For the week of Oct 30 - Nov 5, 2002


Panthers (8-0) blank Blue Devils 50-0 on gridiron

Showdown with Castleford set for Friday

The Carey School scoring machine kept rolling along Friday as the Panthers (45.1 ppg) put the final touches on their 2002 Sawtooth Conference North Division eight-man football championship season.

Senior Robbie Ellsworth punched across four touchdowns and senior quarterback Sean Cenarrusa tossed three TD passes as visiting Carey (8-0, 5-0 North) made short work of the Dietrich Blue Devils 50-0.

Robbie Ellsworth (left), Carey’s spunky senior running back, gets ready for a collision with Scott Southwick of Dietrich (right) during last Friday’s 50-0 Panther victory on the Blue Devil gridiron. Express photo by David N. Seelig

Carey’s third consecutive shutout on defense ended on the mercy rule in the third quarter. The Panthers out-rushed Dietrich 288-45 and amassed a 509-201 advantage in total yardage for the shortened game.

Senior running back Shawn Hennefer (15 carries for 130 yards) rambled 59 yards on his first carry and Ellsworth plunged for a one-yard TD just two minutes into the game. Hennefer tossed the first of his three conversion passes for an 8-0 lead.

An eight-play, 49-yard scoring drive ended with a six-yard TD aerial from Cenarrusa (7-for-11, 58 yards) to Hennefer, and a Hennefer conversion run for a 16-0 cushion. Cenarrusa hit Stephen Jurgensmeier from 12 yards and Carey’s lead grew to 24-0 as the first quarter ended.

Hennefer’s punt block led to another Robbie Ellsworth scoring run. Randy Lundergreen’s 29-yard punt return put Carey in great field position for Ellsworth’s 14-yard off-tackle romp and a 36-0 lead.

Then, Hennefer stripped the ball from the hands of Dietrich QB Vance Dill on a fourth-down scramble and Destry Simpson recovered. Hennefer rushed four times for 41 yards as Carey embarked on its best drive, an eight-play, 70-yard beauty that finished with Cenarrusa’s 13-yard TD pass to Robbie Ellsworth.

It was 44-0 at halftime.

Shawn Hennefer (15 carries for 130 yards) set the stage for the rout at Dietrich by rambling 59 yards on Carey’s first play of the game. Express photo by David N. Seelig

Back from a knee injury, senior Destry Simpson led Carey in tackling and the Panthers pass rush (4 sacks) bedeviled Dietrich QB Vance Dill (5-for-17 for 52 yards).

The victory set the stage for Friday’s Sawtooth Conference championship clash between undefeated Carey and another unbeaten team—South Division champion Castleford (8-0, 5-0).

Check this week’s Express Web Site for Carey season stats.


PANTHER NOTES—Leading Panther scorers are Hennefer (15 TD, 100 points) and Robbie Ellsworth (12 TD, 78 points). Hennefer has thrown 14 successful conversion passes—the main reason Carey’s conversion success has improved from 37% last season to 47% this year….Carey has scored points in each of 27 quarters it has played this season….The Panther defense has 12 consecutive shutout quarters and has allowed only one TD in the last 21 quarters of action.



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