Carey stays hot, drops another ranked opponent

CAREY, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) The reigning 1A DII state champion, Carey Panthers haven't missed a beat from last year's undefeated team.

While Murtaugh, a 2017 playoff participant wants to forget the 82–0 blowout loss to the Panthers.

"It's about moving forward though, we're a new team, a new look and that's our mentality," exclaimed Red Devils head coach Todd Jensen.

Friday marked Senior Night for the panthers and one of those is Porter Mecham, the reigning 1A D-II Player of the Year looking to shine for Carey. That he did.

He gets the carry, breaks through tacklers and takes it to the house, two touchdowns on the day for him to go along with 181 yards. Carey gets on the board and converts the two point conversion.

Later in the first, Murtaugh trying to answer, Grayden Dimond connects with Nathan Thomas who gets a big first down.

But Dimond, being pressured and throws this one up in the air, picked off by Carson Simpson. Second quarter we go, Simpson's now on offense and his touchdown gives the Panthers a 14–0 lead. He had 97 yards and two touchdowns on the day. You might see a penalty during the play, but that was enforced during the extra point attempt, which they didn't convert.

Carey wins easily, 50–6. They produced 422 yards of total offense.

The Panthers have won their second straight conference title. They travel to Dietrich next week for the regular season finale.

Here's Murtaugh head coach Todd Jensen on the respect he has for Carey coach Lane Kirkland.

"Lane is a great football coach, everyone has great respect for him," Jensen said. "He has been here for 18 years, he was an assistant before that, his father was out there too. So he has a lot of respect out there, there's a lot of tradition out here."

Murtaugh hosts Hagerman next Friday.

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