Quarterback Dusty Blackham loses his helmet during a play. Emery was called for face mask violation.
Cody Anderson pulls down an Emery defender after a Carbon pass was intercepted.
Early in the season Coach Leo Paur really felt like the team would be winning some football games; he still thinks this even if people laugh at him for saying that week after week. Friday's 51-0 loss to Emery was not the start of that winning streak.
Last week Paur was upbeat about the offensive changes implemented that resulted in the team's first points this season. He talked about new defensive changes as well and this week will try to refocus on fundamentals.
The Dinos had some opportunities to score several times.
Emery helped out Carbon and gave them some good field positions with penalties. But the Dinos could not penetrate the end zone for a score. The offense is continuing to move the ball better each game, even if the score doesn't reflect it.
Paur had good praise for the play of most of his team and he wanted to acknowledge the persistence of Chris Rummel, Damien Olsen and Jesse Bigelow.
He lost Tade Reed to a hand injury and Andrew Salazar injured his quad as he tried to make a comeback to quickly and will remain out for several more games. But two more boys joined the team and the Dino numbers are holding.
The Carbon Sophomores beat the Emery JV team in their meeting down in Castle Dale by a score of 27-6 to stay undefeated at 3-0. They used a well balanced offensive attack and capitalized on some big plays both offensively and on special teams.
The young team scored first with a pass from Dakota Cisneros to Jordan Blanc. The defense led by Dillon Manzanares forced Emery into a punting situation. Blanc returned the punt 80 yards for a touchdown.
Emery fired back with a TD pass with about 40 seconds left in the half making it 13-6. But they quickly seized the momentum back with Blanc hitting J.J. Morley deep for a 65 yard pass to end the half up 21-6.
In the second half both defenses stepped up the pressure and made for a very physical game. The defense was able to force five Spartan turnovers. Tanner Gagnon and Manzanares recovered two each. Late in the fourth, they found the end zone with Cisneros to Gagnon on a 11 yard scoring strike.
"I thought our guys played very hard and pulled out a great win. We have some things we still need to work on as a team, but I feel each week we are getting better" mentioned Coach Jeff Blanc.
Paur is excited about the success of the sophomores and is holding to his decision to keep them on their own team. He feels there are some players on that team that could make their mark on the varsity team right now, but it is actually in the best interest of the young players to let them continue to mature before they play at the varsity level.
The focus for all the coaches is to build a winning program that will stay that way. Paur wants to find a way to win this season for his own self esteem and especially for the self esteem of his players.
It is back to the drawing board for the coaches and staff as the team will head to Richfield for one last pre-season game before taking on Park City in Sept. 25 in Park City.