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Improvement shows at Dino homecoming game

Daulton Nelson carries the ball for the Dinos during the Homecoming game last Friday.

Sun Advocate sports reporter

Past homecoming weekends at Carbon have been fun for the Carbon High students everywhere but on the gridiron. But this year the Dinos found themselves putting up some offense in the middle of the contest and giving the fans something to cheer about before falling to the hands of the Richfield Wildcats.

The first quarter started out with Richfield putting up eight with a touchdown and run. They scored again, but Carbon answered with a 95-yard kickoff return from Daulton Nelson to excite the home fans. Tanner Gagnon nailed the kick and it was 15-7.

Richfield turned up the heat and scored twice more in the first quarter to take a 28-7 lead. But the Dinos would be the only one to put up points in the second period when they found the end zone once more before the half on a 20-yard pass to Nick Haycock from Dakota Cisneros to close it up to 28-13.

In the third it was Carbon again as Cisneros pulled off an eight-yard run to pull within nine. But the Wildcats scored once in the third and once in the fourth quarter to ice up the game, 42-19.

Gagnon had three receptions for 88 yards. Haycock also ended with three receptions for 53 yards. Cisneros had 14 completions for 217 yards in passing. Dalton Nelson racked up 56 yards rushing on 12 attempts. Nelson also led the team with seven tackles and Gagnon pulled down six. Kris Murdock scooped up a fumble recovery.

"We struggled early and had some turnovers that put our defense in a hole," stated Coach Jeff Blanc, "but we battled right back. We got into the red zone three times and failed to punch it in. If we had scored on those, we could have won the game. I told the team in my pre-game talk to put their hearts into the game and they did. They played with heart, emotion and hard work. Kids are stepping up. Tanner Gagnon is just one example, he led offensively and defensively and he left the field with a cut up chin and bruised and battered, but he never quit."

Blanc said he wasn't happy about being 1-4 on the season, but actually they have a clean slate as they go into region play because nothing before counts as every one starts at 0-0. Carbon did not play an easy schedule as they wound through the preseason action their opponents combined record for the last three games was 12-3.

"These were solid teams we have played," said Blanc. "We still need to work on a few things, but if we come out and play with intensity and heart, we can compete and even beat Wasatch this Friday. We are coming together as a team and you won't see us give up ever this season. That just won't happen."

The Dinos will begin region action against the Wasps this Friday night on the road. They return home next week to take on Park City.

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