Carson High football

Senators' confidence rising, despite loss to McQueen

Carson High keeps Lancer football within reach until fourth quarter

Carson High Running Back Jacob Campbell takes the hand off from quarterback Vinny Ferretti, during the Senators' homecoming game against McQueen Friday night. Campbell rushed for 126 yards on 19 carries in the Senators' loss.

Carson High Running Back Jacob Campbell takes the hand off from quarterback Vinny Ferretti, during the Senators' homecoming game against McQueen Friday night. Campbell rushed for 126 yards on 19 carries in the Senators' loss.
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 A 30-6 loss to McQueen (5-0) Friday night on Homecoming wasn’t a spoiler by any means for the Carson players and coaches on the field.
Head coach Blair Roman and company wish they could have executed a few plays in the first half to help their cause, but the Senators were still confident in their product on the field.
McQueen running back and Nebraska commit Ashton Hayes was the main damage-doer, carrying the rock for 292 yards and four touchdowns, unofficially.
Otherwise, Carson felt it hung right with the Lancers.
“There were times I felt we looked really, really good. I give them a lot of credit,” said Roman. “This game came down to four or five really big plays. … I’m not disappointed in this team at all. We fought hard tonight.”
Carson made McQueen work its way down the field for its scoring drives until Hayes broke off a 35-yard run for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to make it 30-6.
Senator linebackers Ben Heaton and Ioane Tuia were once again the royal blue and white’s leading tacklers.
Heaton picked up 17 tackles while Tuia had 13. Both backers added a tackle for loss as well.
DeCarlo Quintana and Wes Dunkin both had first half interception that stalled Lancer drives, but a Senator fumble allowed McQueen to quickly recover a turnover back in its favor.
When the Senators had the ball, Carson’s shiftiness in the backfield occasionally left the Lancers looking for the ballcarrier.
Jacob Campbell posted a team-best 19 carries for 126 yards on the ground for Carson.
“We came out second half and drove it right down the field,” said Campbell. “We really got hyped up. I think we saw how good we can be tonight, even if the score doesn’t show it.”
Heaton tallied the Senators’ lone score late in the third quarter on a 10-yard touchdown run.
The touchdown brought Carson within two scores, but McQueen was able to stifle the Senators’ offense the rest of the way.
It was also made possible by a well executed fake punt from the Senators that gave Carson a fresh set of downs near midfield.
“We can take on any team. We have the talent to do it. We are so close to coming together,” said Heaton. “It was just little mental breakdowns here and there. I think we are ready for anyone.”
Carson’s confidence comes from the work they’ve put in during the offseason.
The Senators 2-2 record is a bit deceiving as well with cancellations against Sparks and Wooster.
“We haven’t been here in four years. It’s a lot of confidence. We’ve been working since April. We’ve been busting our tails every day,” said Campbell.
Team morale has followed suit as the Senators continue to show their ability to hang with the best teams in Northern Nevada.
 “Team confidence has definitely picked up, especially personal (confidence) too,” said Heaton. “This is the best thing I’ve had in football my entire life and I’ve been playing since I was five.”
UP NEXT: Carson (2-2) hits the road next week to take on Spanish Springs (2-3). The Cougars are also coming off a 14-6 loss to Bishop Manogue Friday night.
“All we can do is get better, watch film and get healthy for next week,” said quarterback Vinny Ferretti.


Area scores
Reed 31, Douglas 0
Bishop Manogue 14, Spanish Springs 6
Damonte Ranch 20, Reno 13
Sparks 19, Wooster 6
Incline 21, Battle Mountain 0
Elko 33, Lowry 14


 

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