Carey and Oakley return to state championship game

The Panthers get playoff revenge against Dietrich; Oakley cruises
Published: Nov. 13, 2021 at 11:54 PM MST
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POCATELLO, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — In a rematch of last year’s 1A DII state championship game (which Dietrich won), the Carey Panthers dominated Dietrich.

1A DII state semifinal

Carey 54, Dietrich 20

Conner Simpson had 184 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Panthers. Quarterback Carsn Perkes had two completions, with both resulting in touchdowns.

Riley Morey hauled in one of the touchdowns, and Chase Bennion had the other from 38-yards out. Morey also had three interceptions in the game.

After handling Sawtooth Conference rival Dietrich at Holt Arena, the Panthers are headed to the state championship game for the fifth year in a row.

“It’s tradition, we come back every year trying to fill new spots, and every year we work as hard as we can and just show back up, I guess,” Morey said.

Carey will play Kendrick at the Kibbie Dome next Saturday at 2 p.m. Mountain Time for a state title.

1A DI state semifinal

Oakley 52, Butte County 22

After Butte County took an 8-0 lead, it was all Oakley in Saturday’s matchup at Holt Arena.

“We knew they would come out with a punch, we didn’t handle it as well as we wished, but we punched back and in the end, it was in our favor,” said senior wide receiver Dace Jones.

“We played great, we played as a team, our coaches preach team over self, so we got to play for each other,” said senior quarterback Payton Beck.

The Hornets will look to repeat as state champion against conference foe Raft River next week.

Oakley beat Raft River in last year’s state championship game. Earlier this year, Raft River beat Oakley 22-16.

The game will be at Holt Arena in Pocatello Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

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