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Posted: Tuesday, September 1, 2009 11:00 pm | Updated: 1:33 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

Canyon Del Oro junior running back Ka'Deem Carey was "finally healthy" entering the Dorados' season opener against Ironwood Ridge last Friday, according to head coach Dusty Peace.

Carey had nagging injuries each of the last two seasons, a by-product of what Peace terms as "running at a high level, like a sports car."

The junior, who also plays in the defensive backfield, looked more Land Rover than Ferrari against the Nighthawks on Friday, rushing for 190 yards on 25 carries, much of it coming on tough, in-between-the-tackles, in CDO's 27-13 win.

"He's just got natural instincts," said Ironwood Ridge head coach Matt Johnson.

Those instincts played a big role in one of the game's most important plays.

After a Nighthawk touchdown with 5:15 left in the half tied the game 7-7, Carey took the ensuing kickoff 80 yards for a score after bobbling the reception, putting the Dorados ahead for good.

"I was just so excited to get the kickoff, " said Carey with a smile. "I just wanted to hit the hole."

Carey made sure not to forget who makes the holes.

"Up front, the offensive line was the big key," he said. "They set great blocks and I just keyed off of them."

The fact that his near 300-yard performance came against one of CDO's biggest rivals was also not lost on the junior.

"The school was ready, my team just wanted to get at them," he said. "We came out with fire, they won two from us a couple years ago – we didn't want to have that feeling again."

With perennial powerhouse Santa Rita up next on the Dorados' schedule, Carey and CDO won't have much time to enjoy their opening success. The running back has a simple philosophy for the rest of the season.

"I don't really have personal goals," said Carey. "I just come out here and run hard, follow my blocks and let them guide me."

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HS Schedule

Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

Catalina Foothills, CDO at Ojo Rojo (Chandler, AZ)

Swimming

Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

 

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