The weather was hot but the offense was even hotter, as Carson City-Crystal (CC-C) gained 481 total yards en route to a 51-14 victory over Ashley Friday.
It was the Eagles’ third consecutive win and they were able to celebrate in front of a huge crowd at their homecoming game.
CC-C junior running back Drew Stout continued to put up huge numbers on the ground, as he gained 238 yards and scored three touchdowns.
“We have a great offensive line,” Stout said. “The heat was a big factor and we had a lot of guys step up today. Our line is creating holes. If there’s one move I have to make, I’ll make it. But our offensive line is getting it done.”
The heat was indeed a factor, so much so the school pushed the game’s kickoff back one hour to an 8 p.m. Despite the delay, it was still around 90 degrees by game time. As a result, CC-C head coach Tim Stout was forced to use more of his backup players.
“The rotation got a lot deeper tonight than on some typical nights,” Stout said. “That’s what these kids come to practice and work hard for. When these opportunities arise with kids cramping or getting dinged up, the next man in has to understand his job and takes that responsibility. The kids did a good job coming in tonight.”
The scoring was often and early, as the Eagles scored on their first offensive play. After a short punt, Drew Stout took advantage of the field position and took his first run of the night to the end zone for an early 7-0 lead. The Eagles would go on to dominate the first half, taking a 30-0 lead into halftime.
Had it not been for two big plays from Ashley, CC-C could’ve had a shutout. For Tim Stout, it’s a matter of finishing plays, and it’s something that they’ll work on going forward.
“On a couple of those I think we were there to make plays and we missed a couple tackles,” Stout said.
The Eagles looked good on both sides of the ball, and as a result, Stout was able to get some of his reserves some extra play time.
“We got a good chance to look at some kids that don’t normally play that we now know can come in and get the job done,” Tim said. “They’ve got some more game experience and reps and I think that’ll help us down the road.”
After starting their season 0-2, the Eagles picked themselves up and came into practices and games determined and ready. Stout praised his team’s effort following the game.
“They came with the right attitude,” Tim said. “A lot of times, 0-2 is tough to rebound from. You don’t know what you’re going to get out of a teenager at that point and time, but those guys have been great. I’ve known a lot of these kids since they were in youth football. It’s a group of kids that I know and that’s how I expected they’d respond and they have.”
Adding to the run game was junior Noah Lopez with 75 yards and two touchdowns. Senior running back Bretten Stanley had 102 yards rushing with a touchdown. Senior running back Hugh Maclaren added 34 yards on the ground before sustaining an injury on the second half kick-off. Senior running back Keaton DePue scored the last touchdown of the night and added 32 yards rushing.
Next up for Carson City-Crystal is a trip to Breckenridge at 7 p.m. Friday.