CARLIN — Watch Chance run.
Watch him score.
Watch Carlin win.
It was as simple as that.
In a wild game that would make defensive coordinator’s eyes bleed, the Carlin and Hawthorne offenses blew up Friday night in Carlin turning a football game into a track meet.
At the end of the day, it was Carlin that stood tall, winning 94-74 in the first round of the 2012 Division IV playoffs.
“It’s crazy. We’ve worked all year to come to this,” Carlin running back Chance Moen said.
In a game that is destined to become a Nevada football trivia question, the two teams combined for 168 points and 24 total touchdowns.
Moen and Hawthorne’s William Middleton together scored 13 of them.
Moen scored eight touchdowns by himself, second place on the all-time NIAA state record and recorded 621 total yards of offense, a NIAA state record.
“(It proves) size doesn’t matter. I want to prove a little guy can do it,” he said.
Moen is far from the biggest player for Carlin, but leads the team in yards and touchdowns. His game Friday was anything, but small.
He finished with 377 yards on 17 carries and had another 244 yards on kick returns. Twice in the second quarter, Moen ran a kickoff back for a touchdown.
As a team Carlin finished with 1,057 all-purpose yards and 724 yards of offense.
“A lot of offense and not a lot of defense, both ways,” coach Myron Branning said. “(Fortunately) I condition the living heck out of them.”
As indicated by the final score, things started out fast for both teams.
Carlin’s Jacob Burris-blaine started out on fire connecting on a 36-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Macias and Middleton immediately returned a kickoff return for a touchdown.
The teams traded two more touchdowns on a 43-yard run by Moen and a 56 yard pass and catch from Hawthorne’s Jared Keuhey to Leland Grahm.
Carlin answered with another 22-yard connection from Jacob Burris-blaine to Macias and then grabbed a two-touchdown lead on a 15-yard touchdown catch from Macias. Burris-blaine finished the game 7-for-13 with 160 yards and three touchdowns, all to Macias who finished with 68 yards receiving.
Hawthorne never closed within two touchdowns again and fell behind by 38 points after Robert Kitts recorded a safety and Moen ran the kickoff back for a touchdown. Despite the big numbers, the Serpents never fell below the 45-point rule to enact a running clock.
The closest the Serpents got after the second quarter was 20 points at the end of the game when Middleton threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Tristen Schlepp as time ran out.
“We had to keep scoring and shut them down. A few times we shut them down, but they had a few big plays that just kept them running,” Hawthorne coach Marty Waggoner said.
The loss wraps up a good season for Hawthorne that saw them break a three-year hiatus from the playoffs.
They lose seven seniors to graduation, including Middleton who scored five touchdowns and threw another one.
“He’s just a beast. It was a great way for him to end the season,” Waggoner said.
Grahm also scored three touchdowns for Hawthorne, two receiving and one on a kickoff return and Keuhey added a four-yard run. Austin Milks also scored on a 27-yard catch in the third quarter.
In the second half, Keuhey had to leave the game with a “stinger” in his shoulder and Collin Sanford replaced him behind center. The junior will return for next season.
For Carlin, after Moen recorded his seventh touchdown of the game with 11 minutes and 46 seconds left in the third quarter, Blade Lester ran in a two-yard touchdown and Kitts added a five-yard run.
Burris-blaine finished off the Railroader scoring in the fourth with a 4-yard touchdown run.
The win for Carlin is the fifth straight victory for the Railroaders, which came after a four-game losing streak by the Railroaders.
“I told the guys it’s a marathon. All the guys knew that. We had to juggle them around and find the right people for the right spots,” Branning said. “(Now, this game) shows the depth that we have from playing all the kids from the get go.”
While, there wasn’t much defense Friday night, Lester was still able to record a team-high 16 tackles in the game. He also had one interception.
The Railroaders were playing without one of their best defensive players, Jordan Stills, a defensive lineman and middle linebacker.
Hawthorne’s coach said Sanford, Grahm and Sterling led the team in tackles.
With the win Carlin improves to 6-5 on the season and travels to Alamo for the second round of the playoffs.