Carson’s Sean Finn (57) and Alva Zervoulakos (23) make a tackle during an Aug. 26 game at Carson High.
Photo by Jeff Mulvihill, Jr. | InstaImage.
Carson High returns home Friday after picking up a 14-0 win over Calaveras and the first win in the tenure of Senator head coach Ryan Boshard.
The second half seemed to be where the Senators figured it out offensively; executing two scoring drives to close out the win.
Running back Marcus Montes was a big part of the late offensive push, picking up 59 yards on the final drive and putting together 119 yards and a touchdown in the win.
DeCarlo Quintana hauled in four catches for 42 yards, leading the Senator wideouts, which put together 90 total yards receiving.
Friday, Basic will feature a team that has shown to be equally effective on both sides of the ball through two games this season.
“Basic has always had a ton of great athletes with speed. It’s going to be a fun game. We’re expecting this to have some track meet style to it,” said Boshard.
(Linebacker coach Justin Barlow runs through instructions during a Carson High football practice. The Senator linebackers will have a big role this week against a Basic team that prefers running the football / Carter Eckl)
The Wolves, from Henderson, feature some size through the middle and have a host of upperclassmen leading the team in tackles through two contests.
No. 23 Zuri Whiters has nine tackles for Basic this season followed closely by seniors Anthony Sanitoa (No. 1) and Miguel Barrangan (No. 33) with eight.
Marcellus Moore (No. 10) has three turnovers by himself with an interception and two fumble recoveries.
As a team, Basic has forced seven turnovers in its first two games.
“I think overall we match up pretty well from the middle out,” Boshard said. “I have a great feeling about us being able to move the ball through the air and on the ground.”
Basic will likely show a 4-4 front toward Carson’s offense, but Boshard anticipates the Wolves’ two outside linebackers to be stronger in coverage.
Either way, Basic is going to have at least six players in the box for every snap.
Basic’s coaching staff hasn’t changed much in the last decade-and-a-half and the Senators plan to see fly sweeps, counter and power with the Wolves emphasizing the run first to open passing chances.
“I’m don’t expect much different on the offensive side because what they do works,” said Boshard.
Running back Robert Wren (No. 24) has 208 yards rushing for Basic so far and has found the end zone four times.
“He’s a load at the running back spot. We’re going to have to work to make sure we can get to him with multiple guys,” said Boshard.
Under center will be senior quarterback Joseph Garza (No. 14), who is listed at 5-foot-7 and 155 pounds.
Garza has managed 284 yards through the air on a 61 percent completion rate thus far and has shown the propensity to scramble with 15 carries.
Last week, Carson saw a number of top defensive performers led by senior Alex Myrehn, who had 14 tackles.
Juniors Daniel Alvarado and Robert Berger also had double-digit tackles in the win over Calaveras.
Carson and Basic are set to kick off at 7 p.m. at Carson High School.
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