Carey 36, Clark-Watersprings 16

CAREY — The Panthers advanced to another 1A Division II state semifinals following an easy win over the Clark-Watersprings co-op on a rainy Friday night.

Carey’s offense took a little while to get going, but it found a rhythm in the second quarter, when it scored 22 points to take a 30-0 lead into halftime. Panthers coach Lane Kirkland said Clark-Watersprings had several red zone trips in the first half, but his defense buckled down every time.

“We were real explosive in the first half, offensively and defensively, despite the rain,” Kirkland said over the phone. “We passed with an A.”

Several Panthers put up big offensive numbers, and Porter Mecham led the way. The junior running back rushed for 161 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries, and he caught three passes for 66 yards and a score.

Senior quarterback Houston Hennefer completed 10 of 19 passes for 181 yards, two TDs and no interceptions. His top target was Kaden Koudelka, who hauled in three passes for 75 yards and a TD. The senior also recorded eight tackles and an interception.

Senior linebacker DJ Parke led the Carey defense with 15 tackles.

“We’re really proud of these kids,” Kirkland said. “They set some goals at the beginning of the season — very simple, yet precise, goals — and they’ve accomplished every one of them so far.”

One of those goals was to reach the 1A-DII state title game — an accomplishment that eluded the Panthers the previous three years. They can snap that streak in next week’s semifinal game against Deary at Holt Arena.

“We took care of business tonight, and we’re all healthy,” Kirkland said. “We have an opportunity to prove ourselves once again.”

Carey 36, Clark-Watersprings 16

Clark-Watersprings; 0; 0; 0; 16; – 16

Carey; 8; 22; 6; 0; – 36

First quarter

CAR – Hilario Ruiz 9-yard run (Tanner Mecham pass from Houston Hennefer)

Second quarter

CAR – Porter Mecham 35-yard run (run failed)

CAR – Mecham 51-yard run (Hayden Wayment pass from Hennefer)

CAR – Mecham 18-yard pass from Hennefer (Ruiz run)

Third quarter

CAR – Kade Koudelka 49-yard run from Hennefer (pass failed)

Fourth quarter

CW – Matthew Murdock 13-yard run (Brayson Branwell run)

CW – Murdock 30-yard run (Murdock run)

Snake River 41, Kimberly 29

MORELAND — The Bulldogs’ season came to an end in a back-and-forth road loss to the Panthers Friday night in the 3A state quarterfinals.

The score was tied 7-7 after one quarter, and Snake River led 21-16 at halftime. The teams traded touchdowns in the third quarter, too, but the Panthers pulled away late in the fourth, scoring two touchdowns to take a 41-23 lead.

Kimberly’s final score came with 0:25 left in the game.

Bulldogs sophomore quarterback Dawson Cummins completed 21-of-36 passes for 254 yards and three touchdowns. All three of Cummins’ touchdowns and 180 of his yards went to junior Blake Phillips, who made nine catches.

Sophomore McKade Huft rushed for 81 yards on 26 carries for Kimberly, which finished the season with a 7-3 record.

Snake River 41, Kimberly 29

Kimberly; 7; 9; 7; 6; — 29

Snake River; 7; 14; 7; 13; — 41

First quarter

SR — Treyton Young 5-yard run (PAT good) 8:50

K — Blake Phillips 34-yard catch from Dawson Cummins (PAT good) 0:07

Second quarter

SR — Young 37-yard catch from Coby Young (PAT good) 10:36

K — 22-yard field goal by No. 11 (good) 6:23

SR — Young 24-yard run (PAT good) 3:40

K — Phillips 40-yard catch from Cummins (PAT no good) 3:15

Third quarter

SR — Young 6-yard run (PAT good)

K — Tristyn O’Donnell 20-yard catch from Phillips (PAT good) 3:03

Fourth quarter

SR — Young 8-yard run (PAT good) 5:58

SR — Kade Mortensen 15-yard run (PAT no good) 2:30

K — Phillips 26-yard catch from Cummins (2-point conversion no good) 0:25

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