Dino David Fonnesbeck lays a hit on the Spartan Ball carrier early in Fridays game.
The Emery Spartan and Carbon Dino rivalry remains a strong one even though they are now in different regions. Friday night's football game was another in those hard fought battles. The Dinos were the underdogs going in and in the end the Spartans ruled 53-6 as they picked up bragging rights for one more season.
Carbon took the opening kickoff, but could not move the ball far. Emery got the ball in Carbon territory on their first three possessions and came up empty as well. It was a subdued crowd as the first quarter ended.
The Spartans scored two quick touchdown to open the second quarter. Carbon still struggled to move up field and then Carbon quarterback Jordan Blanc tried to turn the corner on a run as an Emery player grabbed his leg on a tackle and Blanc went down. He left the game on a stretcher, not to return.
But the Dinos got a shot late in the half as they made good field position on a return and a couple of penalties from Emery. After the drive stalled deep in Spartan territory, Carbon lined up for a field goal attempt. Instead Dakota Cisneros, who had come in for Blanc, took the snap and then passed to Kris Murdock who ran it in for six. The team tried to do the same on the point after, but failed. It was 14-6. Emery was able to strike for a fast six just before the end of the period and Carbon trailed by 14 going into the locker room.
"The team fell apart emotionally after Jordan's injury," said Coach Jeff Blanc as he discussed the first half. "It was a tough blow to lose your leading tackle and scorer in the middle of a game like that."
In the second half, the Spartans would score 19 more in the third and 14 more in the fourth to put the game away. The Dinos had trouble stopping the run up the middle and Emery took advantage of it.
"I give the credit to Emery. They played solid and our offense struggled. After the game the team came together and decided to dedicate the rest of the season to Jordan. We are like family and tragedies happen to families all the time and we will get through it," said Blanc as he talked about the defeat and the starting signal callers injury. "I told the boys we will have to buckle down and fill in the gaps. We are still capable of being competitive for the season, but it may require moving some players to new positions."
Coach Blanc gave high praise to Kris Murdock for his hard work on defense despite his own struggle with injuries. Daulton Nelson also came up big as he got himself in position to make some big tackles in the game.
Homecoming is this weekend for the Carbon Dinos. They will face Richfield in their final preseason game. Coach Blanc is going to be working his team hard to make this a big game for his players and the Dino fans alike.
Game time is at 7 p.m. Friday on the Carbon High School field.