Holsinger slings Carey to victory

CAREY – Holsinger?

How about Gunslinger?

Carey’s Matt Holsinger threw four touchdowns and ran for another Friday night as the Blue Devils annihilated Fremont St. Joe, 46-7.

It’s once in a Blue Devil moon when Carey throws for more than its rushes for on the night. But there was Carey, throwing for 263 yards versus gaining 255 on the ground.

Holsinger was 6 for 8 passing with an interception.

“Matt did a nice job. Some of those guys were, I don’t want to say, too open. But as a quarterback you look at it and you say ‘Don’t mess up,'” Carey coach Todd Worst said. “He did a nice job of getting the ball to (the receivers) and giving them enough room to make the catch and still run with it. I thought he did a real nice job.”

The lone ball that fell to the ground was late in the first quarter and it was all the motivation Holsinger needed.

“The line did what it was supposed to do and the receivers got open. I just threw the ball to the wide open receivers and they got it done,” Holsinger said. “Most pass plays I get pretty upset if I mess up on one of them. So I’m pretty harsh on that. I like to make perfect passes as much as I can.”

Worst said going to the pass was out of frustration.

“As a defensive coach, you try to take away one or the other. It’s very difficult to do both,” Worst said. “I was beating my head against the wall in the first quarter, saying ‘OK, OK, what do we do? What do we do?’ The second quarter I said ‘I guess we have to pass a little bit.’ Luckily it worked.”

St. Joe coach T.J. Buckley said Carey (4-1, 2-0 Midland Athletic League) took advantage of an injury his team had.

“They found our weakness. We had a DB out,” he said. “They found the weak link in our defense this week and I credit their coaches. They were able to find it and use it to their advantage.”

But it was larger than an injury. Carey dominated the line of scrimmage and held the MAL’s second-leading rusher, Marcus Kerr, in check with 12 yards on eight carries. The Crimson Streaks (3-2, 1-1 MAL) had 30 total yards of offense in the first half with just one first down while Carey cruised a 33-0 intermission lead.

“I thought we came out a little more ready to play this week than we were last week,” Worst said. “I knew we needed to play a physical game and luckily our kids were ready for that.”

When Carey wasn’t striking from the air, the Blue Devils were punishing St. Joe on the ground. Brandon Zechman, who opened the game with a 56-yard touchdown run on Carey’s first drive, piled up 166 yards on 14 carries, including a pair of scores. Holsinger tacked on another 49 yards rushing on seven attempts, including a 28-yard touchdown run that started a three-score spurt in the final five minutes of the first half. Holsinger connected with Jared Wentling for two TDs with Satchel Strahm and Zach Boes each garnering a touchdown catch.

“We just came out fired up and the guys got things done right from the start,” Holsinger said. “We got our blocks down good and ran the ball hard right from the start. We didn’t come out slow like the other games we have and got things done.”

Kerr finished the night with 143 yards rushing on 23 carries. St. Joe’s lone score came against the Carey reserves with 4:40 to go in the game. Jake Yeckley found Nick Magro for a 33-yard TD strike.

“We didn’t come out ready to play. Carey came out and gave us a butt whuppin’ tonight,” Buckley said. “They came out ready to play and I don’t know why our guys weren’t. We prepared just like we do every week. We prepared a little bit more this week. We knew it was going to be a big game. We knew it was going to be a tough fight and we just didn’t bring it tonight.”

Despite the passing aberration Friday night, don’t expect to see Holsinger asking to throw more going forward.

“I let him call the plays. I don’t want to get mixed up in that,” Holsinger said while chuckling. “I don’t want to get on his bad side. I let him do what he wants to do.”