2017 High School Football, Carson High vs. Reno High, September 1, 2017

After road trips for nearly every Northern Nevada high school football teams last week, this week has nearly everyone back in the area and playing cross league opponents… Carson hosted Reno tonight…

Reno has some fire power this year… Brandon Kaho is the talk of the league right now it seems, what’s his decision regarding college going to be is what’s on a lot of people’s minds… great for him to have some impressive options for college!  He gave me a great shot tonight so I’m pleased!  Check it out below…

Carson is entering the season with some rookie players at key positions… the big one is quarterback… Daniel Morrison (who filled in last year for the injured Jace Keema…) was expected to lead the team this year but a re-injury of his knee will have him out for the season so Blake Menzel will be looked upon to lead the team with Johnathan Laplante, who was brought up from the JV team recently will also be seeing some reps, as he did tonight… tough position to be in for Carson but that’s high school sports, we’ll see who steps up! 🙂

On to the photos from tonight… (check out more in the galleries… here…)

Reno High Quarterback Sawyer Jaksick
Reno High Quarterback Sawyer Jaksick throws a pass early in the first quarter of the Northern Nevada NIAA League game between Carson High and Reno High at Carson High in Carson City, Nevada.
Reno High Evan Moore
Reno High Wide Out Evan Moore looks for his hole on his way to the end zone during the Northern Nevada NIAA League game between Carson High and Reno High at Carson High in Carson City, Nevada.
Reno High Reese Taylor
Reno High Running Back Reese Taylor turns up field on his way to the end zone during the Northern Nevada NIAA League game between Carson High and Reno High at Carson High in Carson City, Nevada.
Reno High Brandon Kaho
Reno High Standout Brandon Kaho flies over Carson High players during the Northern Nevada NIAA League game between Carson High and Reno High at Carson High in Carson City, Nevada.
Reno High Touchdown, Brandon Kaho
Reno High Standout Brandon Kaho crosses the goal line for a touchdown during the Northern Nevada NIAA League game between Carson High and Reno High at Carson High in Carson City, Nevada.
Carson High Kyle Rudy
Carson High Running Back Kyle Rudy runs the ball during the Northern Nevada NIAA League game between Carson High and Reno High at Carson High in Carson City, Nevada.
Carson High Abel Carter
Carson High Running Back Abel Carter nearly makes a catch in the end zone during the Northern Nevada NIAA League game between Carson High and Reno High at Carson High in Carson City, Nevada.
Carson High Defense Liam Desormier
Carson High Defensive Lineman Liam Desormier unleashes a hard tackle on Reno High Quarterback Sawyer Jaksick during the Northern Nevada NIAA League game between Carson High and Reno High at Carson High in Carson City, Nevada.

2016 Carson High Football vs. Douglas, October 28, 2016

If someone asked you to define a rivalry game, how would you answer? I’m sure you could blurt out well known rivalries, Yankees vs. Red Sox, Giants vs. Dodgers, Cowboys vs. Giants… Carson vs. Douglas… if you live anywhere in Northern Nevada you’re aware of the Carson Douglas rivalry… well tonight’s, as a rivalry game, did NOT disappoint… Douglas put up some late 4th quarter points and played some tough defense and walked out of Carson’s field with a 31-17 win.

I’d say as in most rivalry games you’re likely to see things that you might not have seen at any point in the season and well… the things last night were plentiful. I cannot imagine the amount of tape that was watched in prep for tonight’s game… I think the thing that will define the night for me was the hard hits that were happening, they were plentiful and some memorable, as in knock out mouth pieces memorable.  I know the pure definition of smash mouth football is more of an offensive term but the “idea” of “smash mouth” comes to mind when I think about the hits and more importantly the sounds of the hits from tonight’s game… WOW!  The other thing I’ll take with me, the horrible officiating…

I’m only going to touch briefly on the officiating because these kind of things get people in trouble with the NIAA and we don’t want that… 🙂  But honestly… last night was the worst I’ve seen of the season… in what is likely the deepest rivalry game of the season in Northern Nevada and THIS is the team of refs we got?  In any sport, the officials job also includes NOT effecting the outcome of the game… and no, I’m not going to say there weren’t other things that weren’t as big of a factor in a win or a loss (depends if you’re Carson or Douglas…) last night but when a “non fan” of the game of football is so disgusted by the horrible calls of the referees… alright, enough of that… well, just one photo… and Coach would never say this but I can say it for him… 🙂

Simple caption…

WTF…

Coach Blair Roman

On to the photos… 🙂

You have to appreciate the dedication of getting to the field early to get the front row!  Several of your 2016 Sierra League Soccer Champs in that front row tonight!!

The Fans, Carson High

Sideline buddies!  I know there are families that come to games… but there are also families formed BECAUSE of games… we spend a lot of time together over the course of a year, we get to share the ups and downs, it’s a lot of fun.

Love those smiles ladies!Sideline Buddies

And onto the game… I’ve said this before in prior posts this year about games with a high amount of running plays, particularly one’s up the middle… yawn… kinda boring from a photographic standpoint… but none the less, that’s what we have we still need to make some pictures!

Carson’s Sheldon Miller bringing down Douglas Quarterback Hunter Hickey.Douglas High Tigers

Clawing for another inch…Rivalry Football

I just like this shot… seems like he’s saying, “… we’re coming, are you ready?”
Carson High Senators

What’s come to be known on the sidelines as “The Abel Carter Show” once again did not disappoint with just over 200 yards rushing on the night… hard not to aim the camera at Abel… how many hundreds of photos do you suppose I have of him?Abel Carter, Carson High Senators

2016 Damonte Ranch High Football vs. Carson, October 14, 2016

The wind, the wind, the wind… it was a factor for sure but Damonte seemed better prepared for the game and injuries have certainly changed Carson’s season… Damonte hosted Carson for homecoming and the streak of Sierra League wins came to an end for the Senators…

Damonte Ranch Quarterback Cade McNamara (a sophomore…) passed for five touchdowns on the night….

Cade McNamara Damonte Ranch

The Abel Carter show wasn’t enough tonight for Carson… Damonte clearly had watched some tape! 🙂 Abel Carter, Carson High

This pass… led to…Cade McNamara, Damonte Ranch

This touchdown…161014_7456

Damonte vs. Carson has grown to be quite a rivalry, with battles for every yard at all positions… both teams tend to bring it during this matchup…
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2016 Bishop Manogue High Football vs. Carson, October 7, 2016

Even for the non-football fan, last night’s game was an interesting one… Bishop Manogue held the ball for nearly the first eight minutes of the game and drove the ball, seemingly right down the field and scored their first touchdown to begin the game… they chewed a ton of time off the clock and ran what seemed like a ton of plays… and at least for the first Carson drive, which included a beautiful Jace Keema pass to Brandon Gagnon, Carson didn’t seem to have their killer plays with them… but like I said… for the first drive…

Carson got their bearings with the Manogue offense and started to make stops and then the Abel Carter show started… 🙂 For his longest touchdown run I was behind them in the end zone and was able to see the massive hole the Carson O-Line opened for Abel… no joke, you could have driven a VERY large vehicle through the hole and off to the end zone went Abel… Good job O-line!  … and to Abel of course too!

Games like this with a lot of inside runs are tough to photograph… a big mash of players fighting in the trenches doesn’t make for very interesting photos, no faces, no ball, who even knows where the ball is sometimes… so the raw photo count from the night’s game aren’t plentiful, but there were some moments that I grabbed that I liked…

One of Brandon Gagnon’s receptions on the night… how much better would this be if he was facing me! 🙂Brandon Gagnon, Carson High

Manogue Quarterback William Hauck passing the ball…
William Hauck, Bishop Manogue High

Carson’s Spencer Rogers working for a few more yards…Spencer Rogers, Carson High

There were a few players on the Manogue team that played their youth football in Carson City, Connor Larkin (here) tackles Jake Roman… always good to see the kids that grew up in front of your eyes in Carson City playing at this level. 🙂
Jake Roman and Connor Larkin