Carbon wins, shuts out visiting Altamont Longhorns
|Jake Malone dives across the end zone for Carbon's second touch down of the night dragging a Longhorn tackler along with him. Carbon downed the longhorns 26-0 in front of their hometown crowd. |
With the Crandall Canyon mine disaster still coloring everything in the community, the Carbon Dinos wanted to honor the children of rescuer Brandon Kimber who died while trying to rescue the original six trapped miners. Bryton Kimber and her twin brothers Peyton and Paxton were given honorary status within the Carbon football team as well as signed footballs and t-shirts honoring their father before the start of Friday night's game.
The Carbon Booster club also gave each child a cash donation and the cheer leaders presented them with a basket and Teddy bear as their mother Kristen Kimber emotionally looked on.
After the ceremony, the Dinos went to work making sure the game was worthy of the commitment to the fallen hero.
In their first home win in a long time and the first shut out in forever, the Dinos put their heart and soul into the victory.
They put up 26 unanswered points to defeat Altamont and go to 2-1 early in the season.
During the first quarter of play defense triumphed for both sides.
Altamont put up an impressive goal line stand to keep Carbon from scoring.
The Dinos had the ball first and goal with five yards to go but could not push it over the line. They turned it over on downs at the two.
The Dino D stood strong as well and kept the Long Horn offense quiet.
In the second quarter the Dino offense stepped up play to match the intensity of the defense and began to make their move. Andrew Jackson carried the ball in on a five yard run for the first score of the night. The extra point was wide left.
Twice more in the quarter the Carbon offense drew blood. First was on a pass from Joey Keller to Jake Malone. Following the play, the Dinos failed at a two point conversion attempt.
Then a 24 yard pass from Keller to Chris Baker late in the quarter, an extra point kick from Malone and the score stood at 17-0 going into the locker room.
The defense had forced three turnovers in the half. A fourth turnover that resulted in a touchdown by Carbon was called back on a roughing the passer call.
In the second half of play, Altamont moved the ball a little better but each time they began to smell the end zone, Carbon shut them down. The Dinos put the icing on the cake with a one yard run by Davy Cox and the extra point by Malone to seal the 26-0 win.
By the fourth quarter, Carbon had most of its younger players in the game.
In experience almost cost the team its shut out. With less than five minutes left, Carbon had the ball and a bad snap gave Altamont one more shot at the end zone.
With seconds ticking away, the Dino defense held one last time to keep them scoreless.
Coach Tiller was overall pleased with the progress his kids are making.
"They are beginning to respond to the techniques we are teaching and beginning to play within the system.
But mental mistakes, especially in the red zone are still a problem," he stressed, "We have to score in the red zone. Our offense is designed to take a lot of time off the clock, score and let the defense win the game."
The Dinos held the Long Horns to 158 yards total offense on the night. Tiller gave his team a solid B for their performance.
The offense though is still a ways from being where he would like and he rated them a C minus on the night. "Practice will be intense again this week. We will not make the mistakes we made after the ALA game."
He promises they will be ready both physically and mentally for Grantsville.
Tiller also wanted to thank the crowd that showed up for the game and credits their support for helping his team keep their intensity up for the entire game.
Next game is this Friday at home in Price against Grantsville at 7 p.m. at the Carbon High Field.