Carson High defenders Noa Tuia (56), Zach Gafford (75) and Ben Heaton (34) tackle Sparks’ quarterback, during the game between the Sparks High Railroaders and the Carson High Senators.
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Editor's note: Carson High football coach Blair Roman confirmed Thursday afternoon that Wooster and Carson have canceled their contest due to positive COVID tests within the Colts' program. Below is the preview written for the game prior to the cancellation.
A choppy start to the 2021 fall season in Northern Nevada has left many schools scrambling through schedule changes.
Wildfire smoke in the area and continued COVID protocols have tossed quite a few early meets and matches into the mixing bowl.
Carson High football is in the same boat after initially cancelling last week’s game against Sparks due to smoke.
Initially a home game, Carson welcomed Sparks to town Saturday afternoon where the two programs were able to scrap out a quarter and a half of play, before smoke canceled the remaining portion of the contest.
“Just to see the smile on the kids faces after the game as they were headed home,” said Carson head football coach Blair Roman. “Even though it was a quarter-and-a-half, it was a long time coming.”
The Senators were able to put up 23 points before the stoppage while holding the Railroaders to six.
Returning quarterback Vinny Ferretti was 2-for-5 with two touchdown passes – one to Ben Heaton and another to Jacob Campbell.
Campbell had another four carries on the ground for 29 yards.
In the second quarter, Heaton posted a 13-yard scamper into the end zone for Carson.
“We played fast on both sides of the ball and we played confidently,” said Roman. “Saw some nice things to build on, moving forward. … I know the kids felt real good about getting on the scoreboard.”
Bringing Wooster to town
Wooster hasn’t even had a chance to scrimmage yet this season, according to Roman.
Friday’s game – now slated for 7 p.m. – will be the first time this fall the Colts will have lined up against opposing forces.
Carson anticipates to see returning members of the Colts’ roster from the spring, but otherwise the Senators will be looking to make in-game adjustments.
“There head coach played against us. He understands what we do well. Last time they played us, they gave us fits in the first half,” said Roman. “I think because of those unknowns, we just need to focus on our own execution.”
In the two squads last meeting in 2019, Wooster escaped with a 35-28 win after the Colts lead 28-10, entering the fourth quarter.
Defensively, the Senators allowed 65 yards rushing to Sparks on Saturday and 36 yards through the air.
In limiting the Railroaders to six points, Carson hopes that same defensive intensity can carry into the second week against a Colt team they currently don’t have any tape on.