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Carbon defense rallies despite loss to ALA

Nico Velazquez carries the ball into the red zone. The Dinos failed to score on the drive.
Ball carrier Chris Rummel follows blocker Wyatt Martinez through a hole for some hard fought yards.

Sun Advocate sports reporter

It wasn't the outcome they had hoped for, but it was a loss they could walk away from with their heads held high. After a another slow first quarter for the Dinos, they ramped it up and scored 16 points in the next three quarters, but fell short of ALA's 26 points as they went down to defeat.

The coaches from both teams agreed that the first team to score would probably be the one coming out on top. ALA, worried about the strong returns Carbon had against Park City, kicked the ball to the sideline the first three times they punted to the Dinos.

Even though Carbon started with good field position, they were unable to capitalize and ALA scored two touchdowns in the first quarter of play.

The Dino defense, quiet most of the season, awoke with a vengeance, and began to push the Eagle offense around. The Carbon defense put the first points on the board with a safety in the second quarter to end the scoring drought for the Dinos. But despite getting into the red zone at least once, the Dino offense could not penetrate the goal line and ended the half at 14-2.

Carbon came out and scored early in the third on a pass from Dusty Blackham to Chris Rummel, who ran it in for six. They missed the extra point to make it 14-8. Then they pinned ALA deep and then took over the ball and again got into the red zone, but failed to score.

The Eagles managed to push back and recovered a fumble on a punt return from Carbon to score and widen the gap. But in the fourth the Dinos found themselves first and goal. Finally with inches to a goal, Tade Reid made the push and Dusty Blackham was credited with the score.

They made a two point conversion and now it was 21-18. Late in the fourth, ALA broke free once more with a 60 yard pass for a touch down that took the wind and the win from the Dinos.

Coach Leo Paur was very proud of his team. He had spent extra time working with his linebackers and focusing on having them remember to stay low and focus on their zones. It paid off as the Dino defense kept ALA in check most of the game.

Paur had high praise for Max Misner and well as Jesse Bigelow.

In his eyes Chris Rummel also had another exceptional game and Wyatt Martinez made some big plays that really helped at critical times. The team was also happy to have Andrew Salazar back. His presence was felt even if he wasn't up to his normal speed yet.

The warmth of the entire Carbon student body, especially the cheerleaders, the entire week. The student body took exception to the article in The Salt Lake Tribune last weekend that they were ridiculing the team and made sure they let them know it.

Paur also noted that defensive coach Brandon Wilde was very key in calling a great defensive game for the team. Sophomore coaches Jeff Cisneros and Jeff Blanc stepped in and provided some great support to the squad as well.

According to Paur, Friday night against Union in Roosevelt is a must win game. He feels it is a very winnable match-up for the Dinos. They will finish off regular season play at home in two weeks against Wasatch.

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