Offense struggles as North Sanpete hands Dinos their second straight loss
In a game mainly comprised of field positioning, North Sanpete was able to make enough plays while capitalizing on Carbon High miscues to send the Dinos to their second straight defeat, 17-0.
After running out of the gate with a 4-0 record to start the 2011 season, the Carbon High Football team has slowed down over the past two weeks.
The first half of play saw both teams struggle to create and sustain drives on offense. North Sanpete struck first just before halftime as they scored a touchdown on a 6-yard run by Brady Walker to go up 7-0.
Mirroring the first half of play, Carbon's offense was unable to create drives down the field. Many of Carbon's possessions saw them starting deep in their own territory.
The Hawks were able to add 10 points in the second half on a 1-yard run by Kaden Poulson and a 36-yard field goal by Dakota Kleven to build their lead to 17-0. The touchdown by Poulson was aided in part by a Dino fumble deep in their own territory.
"They (North Sanpete) controlled the line of scrimmage all game long," said assistant coach Jeff Cisneros.
After averaging 25.5 points per game through their first four games on the season, the Dinos offense for the second week in a row never seemed to get on track against the Hawks defense.
The Dinos offense has been shutdown in the last six quarters of play, last scoring a touchdown in the second quarter against Delta on Sept. 23.
Quarterback Dakota Cisneros finished 14-of-30 passing for 83 yards with two interceptions. Wide receiver Nick Haycock led all Dinos receivers with 35 yards on five catches. Colton England added 23 yards on three catches and Daulton Nelson had 18 yards on four catches.
During one series on offense Cisneros had to leave the game due to an issue with his contacts. Haycock, who is the team's backup quarterback, took over for Cisneros on the possession.
The Dinos rushed for 17 yards, with Cisnero leading the team with 13 yards on three rushes. Nelson had three yards on three carries and Haycock had three yards on two carries.
The Dinos defense again played a strong game as they kept the Hawks offense from breaking the game open. Dillon Manzanares led the defense with 13 tackles. Tanner Gagnon added 8 tackles and three sacks and Ozzie Loaiza had five tackles and three sacks. The defense finished with a total of 10 sacks on the night.
With the loss Carbon is now 4-2 (0-2 in Region 12 play) on the season. The team will continue their season next Friday as they will take on Payson High School in Payson at 7 p.m.
What may have looked at one point as a favorable outcome, after starting the season undefeated, Carbon's playoff chances are now hanging in the balance. The top four teams from the region will advance to the 3A playoffs.
Currently the Dinos are in a tie for last place in the region with Payson, which makes the game this Friday all the more important for the team to come out and play well on both sides of the ball.
"We just need to continue working hard in practice and we need to get as many players as we can to step up," Cisneros said. "Offensively we can't just keep throwing the ball on every down. We need to get our run game going."
Cisneros said Payson will try to throw the ball all over the field on Friday night.
"We have to come out, play hard and make plays if we want to walk away from Payson with a win," he said.