Rabbits wisk into town and away with victory
|Logan Perkins tries to block out Delta players so that Colton Howes can make some yardage during the Friday night contest.|
If the cloudy, rainy weather on Friday was ugly, it wasn't as bad as the football game that was played at Dino Stadium on that night.
In the fight that took place on the grass, Carbon went down to a 57-0 loss in front of a small home town crowd.
Despite the final score the game did have its moments for Carbon, although those moments almost all occurred right at the beginning of the contest.
The Dinos took the kick off and ran it back to their 40 yard line. The next play they drove forward for a first down.
After those two plays the team and the crowd were revved up. Unfortunately that was the highlight of the game for the Dinos, as somewhere in the football engine that drives the Dinos a rod broke.
A turnover and quick score put the Dinos down by seven before three minutes had ticked off the clock. On the next several Carbon possessions turnovers led to Delta scores and before the first quarter was over it was 35-0 in favor of the kids from Delta.
Coach JP Salisbury did not even try to put a good spin on the game during his post game interview. Frustration showed in both his face and defensive coach Reese Barrick's all night. Feeling like his team played with no passion or pride, Salisbury is starting to look to next season.
|Carbon's head football coach JP Salisbury and defensive coach Reese Barrick put their heads together to figure out what is going on during the game on Friday night against Delta. |
"I haven't given up on this team," he growled, "I just asked my seniors to think about what they want their legacy to be."
Salisbury praised the play of several players. Tyler Bean had 10 tackles from the corner slot. Brandon Wilson and Wes Hunsaker continued to play with fire and passion. JJ Blue returned to the line up for the first time since the blue and white game. Salisbury was glad to see him coming out with intensity.
What mystifies the coaching staff is their inability to motivate their older players. Salisbury said the coaches are beginning to question their own ability to inspire the players.
"I can do only so much," he admitted, "but the pride has to come from within."
With the JV squad looking good this year, Salisbury is hoping to see a turn around next fall, but that doesn't take the sting of all the losses away.
He also knows there are still games to play this year and he hopes he can find a way to fire up the team to reach its potential.
Maybe that spark can be aroused this week, with homecoming showing its light during activities on the campus. The homecoming game will be against 2A Grand High School from Moab at 7 p.m. on Friday night.
The Red Devils are 3-1 in the northern 2A football region and 5-1 overall. They reside in the same region as the American Leadership Academy (0-3 in region play) that defeated Carbon earlier this year.