CARSON CITY — The emotions of Senior Night got to the Carson football team.
For a little while.
Once the Senators got past that, though, they played like they have all season and took a convincing Sierra League win over Galena, 51-21, on Friday.
The win virtually locks up the Sierra League for the Senators, as they improved to 3-0 in league games, 7-1 overall. Galena dropped to 4-3, 1-1.
Carson junior Jace Keema started at quarterback in place of injured Joe Nelson and was efficient, completing 9-of-13 passes for 172 yards and one touchdown. Connor Pradere caught seven of those passes, for 150 yards
The Carter brothers ran wild — as they often have this season. Sophomore Abel Carter had nine carries for 91 yards and senior Asa Carter had four carries for 106 yards, including an 86-yard score. Greg Wallace had 12 for 75 yards and three scores.
“Our goal was to be league champs and to do that we had to beat Galena, so we just wanted it a little bit more and we got it done,” Carson senior lineman Jasper Corey said. “We’ve got a great team, a great group of juniors and we came out here and got the ‘W’.”
One downside for the Senators was penalties, as they were called 13 times for 140 yards.
Coach Blair Roman also did not like that they gave up a couple of long runs.
Galena’s Mateo Lemus had a 73-yard run for a score up the middle. He finished with 95 yards on nine caries.
“The kids really were keyed up and Galena came out had a couple nice hits,” Roman said.
Galena recovered a fumble on Carson’s opening drive and forced another that the Senators recovered.
Once Carson was over its initial jitters, the Senators had a 38-14 lead at the half.
We played a team that’s a pretty good football team and I thought we really asserted ourselves tonight,” Roman said. “We played at a really high level.”
Galena was also hurt by a couple bad breaks on punts, one over Lemus’ head and another blocked, which allowed Carson to take over on Galena’s 10-yard line. Carson settled for a field goal, one of three by Johnny Barahona.
Galena had been on a roll, winning three games in a row before Friday, and was in control of its destiny. The Grizzlies are at Bishop Manogue next Friday, then close the regular season hosting Damonte Ranch, which beat Manogue, 63-28, on Friday.
Carson’s offensive line was the major factor against Galena, opening enough space for the quick backs to slip through. Abel Carter had one nice run when he was about to be tackled at the line of scrimmage, then spun around the would-be tackler for a 20-yard gain.
Reed 65, Hug 14
Carson 51, Galena 21
Reno 44, Spanish Springs 6
McQueen 56, North Valleys 14
Damonte Ranch 63, Bishop Manogue 28
Sparks 44, Lowry 14
Wooster 33, Dayton 0
Fernley 28, Truckee 14
Battle Mountain 42, Pershing County 36 (3OT)