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Grand steals late win over Dinos pigskin squad

Kris Murdock tries to gain yardage as he runs to the outside against the Red Devils on friday night.

Sun Advocate sports reporter

Final scores and stats don't always tell the tale of a game. That is truly the case in the 27-7 loss that the Dino football team had against Grand last Friday night. One or two plays and....

The Red Devils were the first to score when they put up six in the first quarter. They added another six in the second, but the Dinos also put up points in the half. Jordan Blanc ran 44 yards for the Dino score and Tanner Gagnon tacked on the extra point. At the half it was Grand 12, Carbon 7.

Neither team was able to punch in anything in the third. Late in the fourth quarter the Dinos put together a drive that had them first and goal on the five yard line. A Red Devil interception turned the tide and Grand ended up marching down the field to score.

Carbon had one final drive that stalled at their own twenty. They took a gamble on a fourth down play and failed. Grand was able to capitalize on the good field position and scored again. All this happened with less than four minutes left on the clock.

On offense quarterback Dakota Cisneros had eight pass completions for 150 yards. Jordan Blanc rushed for 119 yards. Gagnon pulled in three receptions for 78 yards.

Coach Jeff Blanc feels like his defense is playing some great ball right now. He was impressed with Max Cox coming in after seeing little playing time so far. He made himself a presence. Cox had five tackles and a sack as did Ozzie Loaiza. Connor Rowley scooped up a fumble and had a sack. Julian Joulhayan snagged an interception. Blanc and Kris Murdock each had eight tackles and Daulton Nelson pulled down seven.

"I am very proud of the boys," stated Blanc in a post game interview. "We were in position to win this one right until the end. We had some key injuries late that hurt us a bit, but they never gave up. We have some simple things to fix and get ready for Emery. I expect this will be one of the better games all season. Emery is playing some good ball and we have a good team this season."

Coach Blanc feels like the key to a Carbon win will be the defense forcing turnovers and the offense capitalizing on them.

Carbon faces off with the Emery Spartans on Friday in Castle Dale with kickoff slated for 7 p.m.

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