ALA scratches, claws way past Dinos 29-6
With an early lead and a spark that seemed to be missing from their season opener last week, the Carbon High Football emerged from halftime looking to grab their first win of the season on a smoke-filled evening from wildfires around the state.
After scoring on their first possession of the game, Carbon High was unable to reach the end zone again as ALA (1-1) hung around for three quarters before capitalizing on Carbon High miscues and turnovers leaving the Dinos with a hazy outlook after a 29-6 loss on Friday evening. Carbon High wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard as the offense put together an 81-yard drive which ended with a fourth down touchdown pass from quarterback Dakota Cisneros to wide receiver Zac Hathaway, who was open in the middle of the end zone. But, in what would be a problem for Carbon High all game long, the snap on the ensuing point after attempt was botched leaving Carbon High with a 6-0 lead five minutes into the game.
"It was a gutsy call especially on fourth down but it worked out for us," said Carbon High head coach Jeff Blanc.
The touchdown by Hathaway broke a two-game scoreless streak for Carbon High that dated back to last season.
Carbon lead onto a 6-3 late in the third quarter but a series of miscues, turnovers and penalties swung the momentum in the game from Carbon to ALA in only a few minutes.
Here's a rundown of how the game turned in ALA's favor:
â¢Carbon High punter Jordan Blanc punted on fourth down with 4:21 left in the third quarter. The ball went straight up in the air and was downed at the CHS 9-yard line with no net gain. The Carbon High defense kept ALA out of the end zone resulting in a field goal that tied the game at 6-6.
â¢On Carbon High's next possession, on fourth down from inside their own red zone, the snap on a punt attempt sailed over a Carbon player into the end zone resulting in a safety for ALA, who took an 8-6 lead with 2:26 left in the third quarter.
â¢On fourth down in Carbon High's red zone, an ALA field goal was good to take a 11-6 lead. But a referee threw a flag on Carbon's Cisneros for leaping over the line in an attempt to block the kick, thereby giving ALA a first down. On the next play, ALA senior quarterback Briggs Fulton scored on a 10-yard run to take a 15-6 lead with 10:41 left in the fourth quarter.
â¢On Carbon High's first play on the following drive, a Cisneros pitch to running back Jordan Blanc went awry as the ball bounced past Blanc and ALA recovered the ball in the Carbon High red zone. Two plays later, Briggs scored again on a 4-yard run to extend the lead to 22-6 with 10:06 left in the fourth.
â¢A few minutes later, another high snap sailed over the head of Cisneros as ALA recovered the ball deep in Carbon High territory. ALA scored a few plays later as senior running back Carter Henderson scored on a 25-yard run to seal the game for ALA.
Blanc said despite the final score, the team played much better this week. However the penalties and turnovers prevented the team from having a shot to win in the end, he said.
"We played a lot better overall, but we really shot ourselves in the foot with the penalties, bad snaps and turnovers late in the game," Blanc said noting the team finished with a total of 85 penalty yards.
Blanc said the team put more emphasis on the ground game as the Dinos finished with 123 yards rushing, which is a 100 yard improvement over the season opener against Grand High. Jordan Blanc led all Carbon High rushers with 106 yards followed by Cisneros with 21 yards. Blanc also led the team in receiving yards with 105 yards on four receptions and Hathaway added two receptions for 31 yards and a touchdown.
Cisneros went 6-of-23 for 136 yards passing with one touchdown and no interceptions.
Blanc credited the defense with keeping the team in the game down the stretch.
"We were night and day better on defense this week," he explained. "Our defensive line did a much better job stopping the run."
Blanc said the offense will need to work on getting cleaner snaps when running a play as well as working on getting the ball into the end zone when they reach the opponent's red zone.
"Sometimes you can have an off night and for us that's what happened," he said. "We have to minimize penalties and mistakes. We did good things this week and we need to build upon the positives."
Carbon High (0-2) will look to stop their tough start to the 2012 season as they travel on the road to play Ben Lomond (0-2) on Friday night at 7 p.m.