Red Devils ride wave of emotion to win over Dinos
For the Carbon High football team, everything seemed to be going against them in their season opener.
Taking on Grand High, one of the top teams in 2A football, the Dinos were unable to get anything going offensively in the first half as the Red Devils took an early 21-0 lead in the first quarter en route to a 48-7 win on Friday night in Moab.
But it may have been what happened before the game took place that motivated Grand the most. Sophomore lineman Sam Woodruff passed away on Aug. 10 from unknown causes at his home after a morning practice. Since then, the team and the community rallied together, selling wrist bands with his Woodruff's name and holding a moment of silence before the game.
Wiping away tears before hitting the field, the Red Devils wasted no time as they scored 21 points in a six-minute span in the first quarter to put the Dinos in a hole early.
Grand's first touchdown was devastating to the Dinos, as Grand running back Koi Cook recovered a teammate's fumble in the open field and rushed 20 yards for a touchdown.
After the Dinos went three-and-out on their first offensive series, Grand scored on the first play of their next series as quarterback Jacob Francis connected with Layton Call for a 31-yard touchdown pass.
The Dinos offense was unable to get much going on the ground with their new run-based attack. The Dinos were out gained on the ground 371-2 in the game.
After trailing 35-0 at the half, the Dinos' most successful drive was their first of the third quarter. Quarterback Jarod Lessar completed two passes to wide receiver Garrett Blanc before finding Zac Hathaway down field for a 41-yard touchdown.
Lessar finished 5-of-10 passing for 94 yards and one touchdown. Running back Dallyn Mower had 7 rushes for 11 yards. Mower also led the defense with 7 tackles and one sack in the game.
The Dinos (0-1) will look to bounce back as they host American Leadership Academy on Friday night at 7 p.m. at the Carbon High football field.