Gut-check time for Dinos after tough loss
After suffering through a minute of anguish in the second quarter that proved to be the difference in their 28-14 loss to American Leadership Academy last week, the Carbon High football team now must quickly put the loss behind them as they take on their next foe.
And a difficult one it will be for the Dinos as they will play host to 1A powerhouse Duchesne on Friday night at 7 p.m. at the CHS Football Field.
Duchesne, the three-time defending 1A State Champions, have won 36 straight games. Their last loss came on Aug. 27, 2010 when they lost to South Summit 39-19.
Since then, they've been perfect winning in many different ways including blowouts and squeaking by with overtime victories.
The two teams last played each other on Aug. 21, 2009 as Duchesne dominated Carbon with 27 first half points on their way to a 40-0 win.
For Carbon High, the game could prove to be a season-defining game and an opportunity to go head-to-head with a top school, no matter what class they participate in.
And it offers the team a chance not only to break Duchesne's winning streak, but also a streak of their own as well. Since defeating Ben Lomond on Aug. 31, 2012, the Dinos have lost nine straight games.
But first the Dinos brush away a difficult loss to ALA at home last week. With the game tied at 7-7 and less than two minutes remaining in the second quarter, the Dinos were in ALA's red zone looking to score before a fumble was picked and returned 85 yards for a touchdown. On the ensuing possession, Dino quarterback Zac Hathaway threw a desperation pass that was intercepted by an ALA defender and returned 40 yards for another touchdown.
The 14-point swing left the Dinos down 21-7 at the half and proved to be the deciding factor in the 28-14 loss.
Senior running back Dominic Rondinelli and sophomore Dallyn Mower each had a rushing touchdown for the Dinos.