GRAND ISLAND – The Islanders will be facing a quality opponent for their homecoming, and they’ll be doing it with their backup quarterback under center.
No. 4 Grand Island (6-1) will host Lincoln Southwest (6-1) on Friday night with junior Carson Cahoy getting his first varsity start. The Islanders are coming off of a dramatic double OT loss to Millard West last Thursday in a game that head coach Jeff Tomlin feels his team didn’t play to its potential.
“I thought out kids played extremely hard, and they battled. I thought [for] as hard as we played, there were times that we didn’t play really well…Whether Cole is in the game or out of the game we expected to win the game.”
Cahoy took over for Cole Evans early in the contest against the Wildcats after the senior suffered an ankle injury. Cahoy completed 9-of-22 passes for 96 yards and a score, while throwing three interceptions. Tomlin says Evans is on the mend, but does expect to hold him out this week. The Islander coach added that he’s very confident in Cahoy’s abilities.
“He’s a great passer. He’s got a good grasp of our offense, he’s at our practices everyday, he’s at every camp. It’s not like he doesn’t know what he’s doing. Carson is a quality athlete and a smart athlete, so he’s going to do just fine, and our team will rally around him. We’re going to be in good shape.”
The Silver Hawks enter Friday night on a five-game winning streak, most recently defeating Kearney 17-15 last Friday.
“They have a number of great athletes in all of their skill positions…I’m really impressed with their offensive line and how they get off the ball. They pull really well,” Tomlin explained. “Defensively they are very aggressive. They blitz you from a lot of angles. Kicking game is impressive, so they’re just a really well-coached, really sound team in all areas.”
The game will be broadcast live on NCN TV and streamed online at NCNsportsNow.com with live coverage starting at 6:40 PM.