Carson High's Parker Story (6) runs in for a touchdown against Reed Monday night. Story came on as the Senators' quarterback against the Raiders and put together nearly 300 yards of total offense in his first start under center.
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Carson High football had to wait an extra 72 hours for its homecoming contest against Reed, but the two squads kicked off Monday evening at Carson High.
The Raiders proved to be too much offensively as Northern Nevada’s leading rusher, Spencer Firebaugh, stayed true to his skillset.
Firebaugh found the end zone five times for Reed in a 48-24 win over the Senators.
“He leads the north in rushing for a reason,” said Carson High head coach Ryan Boshard of Firebaugh. “He’s dang good. He makes people miss and it showed on film.”
Firebaugh now has 13 rushing touchdowns in five games for the Raiders.
A new offensive look
Though, the Senators couldn’t slow down the Raiders’ offense, Carson did find some offensive muster of its own.
Parker Story got the start at quarterback for the Senators and proved to be a pivotal spark for an offense that had struggled to score points through its first four games this season.
The Senators went down 41-3 in the third quarter and Boshard challenged his team find a way to fight back.
Carson and Story responded with 21 points over the final 12 minutes.
As the third quarter expired, Story scrambled around near midfield before finding a wide open Decarlo Quintana for a 45-yard touchdown pass, making it 41-10 going into the fourth quarter.
To open the fourth, Isaac Avina executed a perfect onside kick right up the middle of the field, which allowed the Senator offense to get possession back and march right into the end zone.
On back-to-back plays, Story called his own number and on second-and-goal from the four found pay dirt.
With just over two minutes remaining in the contest, the Senator offense was able to get into the end zone once again.
From the 29-yard line, Story rolled toward the home sideline and hit senior Lucas Gonzalez with a strike to give the Senators’ their final score of the game.
“It’s huge and we’ve got a brand new quarterback in Parker Story,” said Boshard. “It’s amazing what he can do with his hands on the ball and we’re going to have fun with that.”
In the opening half Monday, the change at quarterback was more of a wrinkle for Carson.
Chris Guerrero came in at quaterback on alternating drives before suffering an injury in the second quarter that kept him out of the remainder of the contest.
Once the offense started to click, there wasn’t any reason to look elsewhere.
Story ended the night 206 yards rushing and 77 yards through the air.
“We know what Parker can do. We were leery of putting him at the quarterback spot because of what he brings at the ‘F’ position,” said Boshard. “You saw him tonight, he’s a different maker.”
Looking ahead to McQueen
Due to NIAA rules, every team that played Monday must wait at least five days before it can hit the field for its next contest.
Carson (1-4, 0-2 in league) travels to McQueen (1-4, 0-2) this weekend for what is now a Saturday kickoff against the Lancers.
As of Monday night, Boshard and the Senators did not have a set time for kickoff Saturday, waiting on the scheduling of officials.
The Lancers will present a different, but similar set of challenges for the Senators as another team predicated around running the football.
“(It’s) another plethora of athletes,” said Boshard of McQueen.
While Firebaugh did most of his damage up the middle Monday night, McQueen is determined to hit the edge and get its athletes out to space near the sidelines.
Boshard said that setting the edge would be defensive priority No. 1 come Saturday.
So far this season, McQueen’s two leading rushers are Aron Hansen (No. 22) and Deo Richson (No. 2), who have put together rushing totals of 433 and 317 yards, respectively.
Hansen is the Lancers’ quarterback and when he does drop back to pass, his favorite target through five games has been Carl ‘Tre’ LeGrone (No. 3), who has 271 yards receiving so far this season.
Defensively, Jayden LaGrone (No. 13) leads McQueen in tackles with 44 while also posting seven tackles for loss.
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