Royals roll over Blue Devils
CAREY — Coming into Friday, Carey coach Jonathon Mershman said the game with Wynford was the biggest contest of the season, with both teams coming in at 3-1 in the Northern 10 Athletic Conference.
However, only one team played like it.
And it wasn’t his.
Wynford came out on a mission Friday, scoring on its first four possessions in a 42-10 rout.
“We made some big plays in the passing game and Dustin (Brady) was very crisp tonight and he was very prepared throughout the week,” Wynford coach Gabe Helbert said. “He made big throws at key times and I think that was the key early in the passing game. We really did a good job running the ball in the second half. From an offensive standpoint, we were really proud of the execution … in all three phases, really.”
Carey (3-5, 3-2 N10) drove the ball inside Wynford’s 30 on its opening drive, but turned the ball over on downs.
Wynford (5-3, 4-1) responded with a 5-play drive, boosted by a 74-yard catch and sprint by Lucas Hackworth, that ended in a Brady 2-yard TD run.
Carey drove the ball again on the next possession, which resulted in a 20-yard field goal from Anthony Bell.
The Blue Devils thought they grabbed some momentum, but little did they know Wynford was far from done scoring.
Brady added a 1-yard TD run and a 9-yard passing score to Seth Benedict to give the Royals a 21-3 advantage late in the first half.
In a desperation drive to stay in the game, Carey delivered its one touchdown of the contest. Connor Williams bulled into the end zone from the 2-yard line with seven seconds left to give the Blue Devils a jolt of life as the half ended.
But, it was short-lived.
Wynford stormed out of the half with another scoring drive, this time ending in a 3-yard TD run from Brady.
“We weren’t on our A game and they were. They came ready to play,” Mershman said. “They knew they were fighting for the N10 and it felt like we weren’t. They played really, really good. They are a sound-coached team.”
The score remained 28-10 for a while after the opening drive of the second half for Wynford, but Carey just couldn’t do anything with the ball. Brady put the game out of reach with his fourth rushing TD of the game — this time from 18 yards out — with 4:15 left. Wynford scored once more on a Benedict 25-yard fumble recovery on the next Carey possession.
Overall, Brady had 256 total yards, while Cody Taylor ran for 48 yards and caught two balls for 95 yards for the Royals.
“We feel like we have a good amount of guys that can make plays when we ask them, but Cody and Dustin are guys that are the keys to our offense,” Helbert said. “Dustin, from a passing and running standpoint, was excellent and Cody did a great job catching and running it tonight, but we had great performances from people in all three phases.
“Our defense played excellent tonight, holding them to 10 points and making them earn everything they got.”
For Carey, Ethan Beringer tallied 73 total yards, while Reece Billock (48) and Williams (40) combined for 88 yards rushing.
“Our goal right now is to get to 5-5. That’s a Carey tradition to get to 5-5 and to get the picture on the wall,” Mershman said. “We want to keep that going, but we have two tough teams left. Our backs are against the wall if we want to get the picture on the wall for these seniors, so that’s where we’re at.”