After surrendering 230 yards in the first half on Friday night, Carson High’s defense pitched a second-half shutout and the Senators capped an undefeated Sierra League season with a 19-13 overtime win over arch-rival Douglas at Keith Roman Field.
The teams were tied at 13 in regulation, and Joey Thurman’s 2-yard run in the first overtime period turned out to be the game-winner as Carson (7-2 overall, 4-0 Sierra League) completed its regular season. Douglas (2-7, 1-3) visits Reed this Friday for the first round of the playoffs.
This was the second OT win in the last four years for Carson at Douglas.
Carson’s defense yielded just 84 yards combined in the second half and overtime. Carson gave up just four first downs in that span.
The key plays were turned in by the defense, and the biggest belonged to cornerback Aaron Perez.
Leading 13-6, Douglas quarterback Wes Hundley rolled right and tried to complete a pass to Taylor Souza. Perez jumped the route, picked off the pass and returned it 42 yards for a score to make it 13-12. Stefan Sobkiewicz added the PAT, tying the game at 13 with 11:14 left in regulation.
“I was in man coverage,” Perez said. “I watched a lot of film this week, and Douglas likes to run a lot of hook routes. I saw it and jumped it. I was just worried about catching the ball. I knew I would score when I juked the quarterback.”
“That was the play of the game, no doubt about it,” Carson coach Blair Roman said.
Heading into overtime, Douglas won the toss and elected to take the ball second in overtime. In high school football, each team gets four downs from the 10 until a winner is determined. Carson needed just three downs to get the job done.
Thurman carried three straight times, the final one from 2 yards out. Kyle Adams blocked the PAT by Sobkiewicz, his fifth blocked kick of the season. It was the second time in the game that Carson failed to convert a PAT.
Cale Kynett was stopped for no gain on the Tigers’ first play, and under heavy pressure, Hundley’s second-down pass was tipped and fell incomplete. On third-and-goal, Hundley (117 yards) ran it down to the 5. On fourth down, the Tigers tried a little trickery. Bailey Viduarri took a handoff from Hundley, stopped, and then threw a pass toward Hundley in the end zone. The pass fell incomplete, sending the Senators home with a win. Hundley argued in vain that pass interference should have been called.