Eagles’ winning streak snapped with 38-0 loss to Breckenridge

By Ryan Schlehuber "Scoop" • Last Updated 12:11 am on Saturday, October 01, 2016

Quaterback Drew Stout (No. 9) dives over a Breckenridge defender for extra yards during Friday’s homecoming game against the Huskies. (Daily News | Ryan Nielsen)


CARSON CITY — On a dreary, rain-soaked evening in an air versus ground attack game between the Breckenridge Huskies and the Carson City-Crystal Eagles, the running game won.

The Huskies (6-0 overall) spoiled the Eagles’ homecoming night with a 38-0 win Friday, which Carson City-Crystal head coach Ben Brock said was a hard learning lesson, not only for his team but him personally, as well.

“It all comes down to I got out-coached and we got out-played,” said Brock, whose team is now 4-2 overall. “Their coaching staff I respect immensely. They prepared better than what we prepared. And I feel that this is all 100 percent on me, as a head coach, as it should be.”
With the win, Breckenridge earns a playoff spot for the first time since 1993.

Carson City-Crystal’s Daniel Smith (No. 54) brings down Breckenridge quarterback Carter Staley.

The Eagles’ defense came out forcing a three-and-out against the Huskies offense, but CC-C’s offense had trouble holding onto the ball on its first drive, fumbling on the first snap, but recovering it. The Eagles would end up failing to convert a fourth down attempt.

“We had a few physical mistakes that we will have to go back and correct, but, for the most part, I believe their game plan was better and they executed what they wanted to execute. We’re not going to blame it on the rain at all,” Brock said.

The Huskies’ big offensive line played solid all game, opening up running lanes for quarterback Carter Staley and running back Hunter Collins, which wore down the smaller-sized and younger Eagles defense.

Breckenridge’s offense gained a total of 432 yards rushing, with Staley getting four touchdowns and Collins two.

“Throughout the game, their physical size and strength really took over and we didn’t have the answers,” Brock said about the Huskies’ linemen. “We weren’t able to make the adjustments we needed to to be able to combat that physical size and speed, and that’s what it really came down to.”

Breckenridge got on the board at 6:22 in the first quarter with a short run up the middle by Staley (two-point conversion failed). The Huskies defense then intercepted an Eagles pass at its own 35-yard line on the next drive. It would cash in that turnover with 49 seconds left in the first quarter when Staley ran in for his second touchdown to put the Huskies up 14-0 (with a successful two-point conversion).

By halftime, the Huskies had already set the tone for the game, leading 26-0. Brock and his coaching staff had no answers to getting the Eagles’ spread offense going against a state-ranked team in the consistent rain.

“We had those quick, short passes, but what happened early on was they were getting a few guys through our line pretty quickly and that wasn’t giving (quarterback Drew Stout) the time or vision to see those lanes to be able to get it there,” Brock said. “And that’s why when a couple times he took off and scrambled, those weren’t roll-out passes. Those were actually quick passes that he had to just tuck it and go.”

Carson City-Crystal’s Bretten Stanley (No. 4) fights for yardage after catching a pass from quarterback Drew Stout during the first quarter of Friday night’s Homecoming game against the Breckenridge Huskies.

Though the loss snaps a four-game winning streak for the Eagles, Brock said the team will put the Breckenridge loss aside quickly and prepare for Vestaburg next week, which is the two teams’ annual Salute to Our Soldiers game at Carson City.

“That’s a swing game,” Brock said about next Friday’s game. “That’s definitely one we need to be able to play well against that team. They’re going to look at tonight’s film and see a team that just man-handled us and they’re going to use that blueprint against us next week. But I tell you what, we’re going to prepare.”

The loss against Breckenridge showed Brock’s team what it will take to be able to compete — and win — against top-notched teams, such as the Huskies.

“We’re going to use this as motivation for the future,” he said. “We know we have games left, we’re still going to overachieve this season, we’re still going to the playoffs, but the big thing is going to be for us to be able to compete with state-ranked teams like Breckenridge this week and like other teams in the near future, we’re going to need to get better at being physical.

“One big thing is keeping the kids together, and I have no doubt that our kids are going to stay together because right now we have a family with this program and nothing matters more than these kids’ success,” he added. “We’ll keep on preparing for everybody else and keep on working harder than everybody else. It’s just, right now, it’s a matter of our kids getting better and being more football intelligent as we go on.”

Sophomore co-captain Stout went 10-for-20 in passing for 85 yards, with one interception. He ran for 12 yards on 15 carries. Bretten Stanley had five receptions for 67 yards to lead the Eagles’ receiving.

Sophomore co-captain Daniel Smith led the defense with 14 tackles, followed by Ryan Argersinger and Brandon Murray, each with 10 tackles.

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