Carey Football finally receives state championship banner

CAREY, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Back on November 15, Carey won the 1A D-II state championship, the Panthers' second consecutive title.

Prior to the ceremony, the Idaho High School Activities Association notified the team that the banner wasn't available. The state made up for that situation on Monday.

Ty Jones, the executive director of the IHSAA hand delivered the 2018 football banner to Carey, culminating the school's seventh championship.

Carey held a ceremony for the special occasion, with members of the community and the student body, cheering on their Panthers.

They have not lost a game since the 2016 state semi-final, winning 24 in a row.

The cohesion and unity of the team began over the summer, when the squad started over without the eight seniors that played key roles for the team the year prior.

"One of the main things that went into this year is a lot of heart, grit and definitely a lot of brotherhood," Porter Mecham said. "I didn't think there would be a way we would be more close than last year, but somehow this team pulled it off and we're like brothers."

Carson Simpson added, "we're like a new team and just the brotherhood I would say is stonrger this year than the one before."

Coach Lane Kirkland added, "and a great big thank you to the student body and our principal Mr. Peck for all the hard work he's put into it and making this event possible." "And how about your state champions!"

Mecham earned Offensive Player of the Year honors for the second straight year. During his high school career, he won 40 games and lost only six. This year, he amassed 1,716 yards on 166 carries. He recorded 23 touchdowns and 11 conversions. This happened while only playing two quarters in five games this season. He also had 302 receiving yards. As a linebacker, he produced 82 tackles.

Lane Kirkland was named Coach of the Year.

And eight Panthers including Simpson earned first-team honors.

For a complete list of the all-Sawtooth Conference team, please check the chart in the Related Information section.

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