CARSON CITY – One thing that Carson City-Crystal’s football team didn’t want to happen was to have the team not win a game.
“It’s tough looking at the possibility of being 0-9,” coach Jason Gray said. “But that didn’t faze the kids and coaches in practice. We knew we were going to come in playing well and being prepared, and we got to showcase that (Friday night).”
That showcase was a 53-6 win over the Potterville Vikings in the final game of the season.
The Eagles (1-8, 1-8) jumped on the Vikings (0-9, 0-9) quickly, getting two first-quarter scores from Mitch Wesley and another from Robert Failing in getting out to a 24-0 lead after one quarter.
“We expected that,” Gray said. “We expect to be competitive against every team we face.”
Neither team scored in the second quarter, but CC-Crystal put the game away in the third quarter with a touchdown pass to Brann Schmitt and a Tyler Fisher run that were 36 seconds apart.
“We were very excited” at that point, Gray said. “The kids were very happy, and we had the seniors playing different spots. We had a kid who had never carried the ball before (Chris Houck) get a two-point carry.”
Wesley added a 25-yard run in the fourth quarter before Potterville finally got on the board. But Logan Forist scored with 47 seconds left for the final score.
Meanwhile the defense took it to the Vikings, Gray noted.
“We played great defense for the entire game,” he said. “We held them (Potterville) under 100 yards rushing. We didn’t do anything different. The kids executed very well tonight. We’ve been in good spots to make plays and tonight the kids made the plays.”
Wesley finished the night with 13 carries for 202 yards.
“Mitch all year long has been the leader on the field for us,” Gray said. “He works hard, and comes to the field with a great mentality. I was happy with Mitch getting the performance tonight because he embodies what we want in a student athlete.”
Fisher added 15 caries for 139 yards and Failing had 12 totes for 109 yards.
On defense Jack Powers led with 15 tackles, followed by Eric Ward with 14 and Wesley with 11.