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The Cougars had it rolling Friday in Nevada as Tyler Carey tied a Northern Section scoring record with seven touchdowns in Foothill’s 56-31 win over Carson in the Silver State’s capital.
Carey caught five TD passes from Brandon Merryman and added a kickoff return for a score and a punt return for a TD, coach Joey Brown said.
“It was special,” the coach said. “He (Carey) and Merryman were on point tonight.”
Carey becomes the 10th player in the Northern Section and third player in Shasta County to score seven touchdowns in a game. The other Shasta County players were Foothill’s Pettengill (2002) and Anderson’s Grant Kingston (2015).
And Carey’s entry into the section record books is notably because his father, Ryan Watson, also has his named etched in the annals for his time playing in Anderson.
Brown said Carey’s breakout came as the senior had been frustrated in weeks past in both the return game and having a 77-yard TD strike called back on a penalty in last week’s 14-10 win over Eureka.
“It was just a great combination of Brandon Merryman on his throws and Tyler’s ability to run after the catch,” the coach said.
Carey caught TD passes of 6, 8, 45, 54 and 66 yards, while adding a 79-yard punt return and 81-yard kickoff return. He had 216 yards receiving on eight catches and 186 return yards for 402 all-purpose yards.
“We took what the defense gave us and fortunately for us it was our fastest player,” Brown said, adding the Senators tried to bracket Carey and he found a way to get open for a skinny post score. “They couldn’t bracket him on the goal line and he caught a 6-yard slant for a score.”
Foothill, which scored in every quarter, built a 35-24 halftime lead and outscored the Senators 21-7 in the final 24 minutes.
Cooper Laloli also added a touchdown run on a sweep, while Bryce Henderson ran for 70 yards on 18 carries.
The Cougars (2-1) continue their road adventures, traveling to Lassen next week to face the Grizzlies.
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