Carbon edges past ALA 17-7, now at 2-0
Dinos winning streak at two for first time in 11 years
The Carbon Dinos football team have opened their season with two straight wins with a 17-7 victory over American Leadership Academy.
Not since the 2000 season have the Carbon Dinos been able to win two games in a row. 2007 was the last time they even won two games in a season.
Carbon won the flip and took the kickoff. An ALA interception off a pass from Dinos quarterback Dakota Cisneros which resulted in a quick seven points for the Eagles. Carbon was unable to score but put together some sustained drives that took the punch out of the ALA defense.
With a little over 7:35 in the second quarter, Ozzie Loaiza blocked an ALA punt and Tanner Gagnon was able to snag the ball in the end zone for the first Dino points.
The Carbon defense was able to get the ball back late in the half on an interception. An ensuing face mask penalty against ALA put the ball on about the five yard line for the Dinos. On the second play Daulton Nelson ran in the ball on a one-yard drive. Gagnon again nailed the point after.
With Carbon hanging on a tenuous 14-7 lead, they came out and let the defense hold the Eagles from moving the ball. In the third it looked like the Dinos had added a field goal, but the officials ruled it did not split the uprights.
Finally late in the fourth, the Dinos were able to again capitalize on an interception and hit a field goal with 2:42 left in the game. It looked like Carbon would stop ALA deep in their own territory, but a late penalty gave the Eagles new life. ALA marched down the gridiron for their best drive of the game, but the Dino defense held on for the huge victory.
The defensive performance was highlighted by cornerback Dustin Norried as he finished with two interceptions and a fumble recovery for the Dinos. Garrett Hunt also finished with two interceptions for the Dinos.
The defense also racked up a number of sacks and one other interception as they applied consistent pressure on the Eagles offense all game long.
Coach Jeff Blanc was ecstatic as he lined up with his team for the after game ritual of shaking hands with their opposition, "Tremendous win! This is a great victory and we are happy!"
The student body and cheerleaders flooded the field for a night of celebrating.
Carbon will take on Ben Lomand at home on Friday at 7 p.m.