Altamont pushes past Dinos 14-6 on Homecoming night
In another down-to-the-wire game, which has become a recurring theme this season, the Carbon High Dinos fell to the Altamont Longhorns 14-6 on Homecoming night.
Altamont, a class 1A team, used a rushing attack that included two touchdowns from senior Kyle Foy which focused on gaining positive amounts of yards on each play. As the game went along, the Longhorns continued to move the ball down the field while controlling the clock and keeping the Dino offense off the field.
Foy's 3-yard run and successful two-point conversion midway through the fourth quarter gave the Longhorns their first lead of the night 14-6.
On their final possession of the game, Altamont's Cassidy Smith intercepted a pass over the middle of the field by Carbon High's Dakota Cisneros to help seal the victory for the Longhorns.
Carbon High head coach Jeff Blanc said the end result was just another tough loss the team has had to absorb in what has been a rough start for the Dinos this season.
"This was just one of those games that got away from us," Blanc explained in a phone interview Monday morning. "It's really tough for us, especially to have two tough losses in a row." Carbon fell to Union High 26-21 on Sept. 7 after the Cougars scored a touchdown in the final minute of the game.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Dinos scored first taking a 6-0 lead when wide receiver Zac Hathaway caught a 30-yard pass from Cisneros that was tipped by an Altamont defender at the 1-yard line which fell into Hathaway's hands while standing in the end zone.
The Dinos had two takeaways in the first quarter, including a fumble recovery by Lane Neese on the second play of the game and an interception by Hathaway later in the quarter. The Dinos were unable to convert on either turnover as they failed to convert on a fourth down from inside the Altamont 5-yard line.
During the game we had opportunities to jump out on Altamont, but we just couldn't do it," Blanc said noting the team's struggles in the red zone. "We just seem to tighten things up when we are in the red zone."
After another interception by Hathaway with two minutes left in the first half, the Dinos again failed to convert the turnover into points as they drove down inside the Altamont 10-yard line only to see the drive end when a Cisneros pass was intercepted by the Altamont defense in the end zone.
Foy scored his first of two touchdowns for the Longhorns late in the third quarter on a 2-yard run. The ensuing extra point was no good and the game was tied at 6-6.
The Dinos turned the ball over on downs with 5:12 left in the game, giving the Longhorns the ball in Dino territory. The Longhorns (1-4, Class 1A) converted on a fourth-and-long taking more time off the clock and forcing the Dinos to use their three timeouts to stop the clock.
Carbon High got the ball back with 2:23 left to go and needed fourth down catch by wide receiver Garrett Blanc to keep the drive alive. Two plays later, Altamont picked off a Cisneros pass ending the Dinos chance for a comeback.
"The boys didn't give up, but they've got to learn not to play down to an opponent's level," Blanc said.
The Dinos also dealt with a rash of injuries during the game which saw players including Kyle Barrett, Jordan Blanc and Neese leave the game with various injuries. Blanc, who left the game with an apparent knee injury in the third quarter, later returned for the Dinos.
Junior Dominic Rondinelli led the Dinos with 65 yards rushing on 13 attempts. Senior Dakota Cisneros went 9-for-23 passing with 127 yards and one touchdown and two interceptions.
Senior Jordan Blanc had three receptions for 43 yards and Hathaway added three receptions for 42 yards and one touchdown. Hathaway also had two interceptions on defense.
After going 1-4 through their non-region schedule, Carbon High will begin Region 12 play on the road against the Spanish Fork Dons next Friday night at 7 p.m.
Blanc said the game will be a test of the Dinos' will as the Dons, a former 4A school, are ranked in the top five of all teams in class 3A.
"Spanish Fork is loaded with lots of talent and they're a solid team," he said. "We're going to do our best to prepare this week by looking at film and focus on what we need to improve on. We've got to go into the game with confidence and play a full 48 minutes."