Carbon's Daulton Nelson (17) and Ozzie Loaiza (51) pull down the Ben Lomond ball carrier. The defense had another outstanding game, forcing six turnovers.
Carbon High starts season 3-0 for the first time in 28 years
For the third straight week the Carbon football team posted a victory as they beat Ben Lomond and they did it in a commanding fashion.
The Dinos last opened their season with three straight wins 28 years ago in 1983.
As the score mounted in the second quarter there were many on the sidelines and the stands that kept asking when was the last time they had seen that lopsided score on the board going into the half. Thirty-eight points were scored in the second quarter.
To start the onslaught, Ben Lomond committed a 15-yard face mask penalty on Carbon's second drive down the field. Carbon sent Tanner Gagnon in for a touchdown just moments into the second quarter and the rout was on. He followed with the point after.
On the ensuing Ben Lomond possession they fumbled and Dino Tash Zmuda recovered. Dakota Cisneros was able to punch it in on an eight-yard rush and the extra point by Gagnon was good, Carbon was up 14-0. Before the half was over Daulton Nelson ran one in, Gagnon kicked a field goal and Nick Haycock and Garrett Nelson each scored a touchdown to make the score 38-0.
Ben Lomond ended the half on a passing drive down the field. It looked like they might score, but Carbon reached deep and put on a great defensive goal line stand to stop them as time ran out.
It was mostly a defensive effort from both teams in the second half of play, however, Carbon's defense continued to force turnovers as the game progressed. In the fourth quarter of play Gagnon hit another field goal after the Dinos forced yet another turnover.
In the final minutes of play the younger players took over for the Dinos on the field. Deep in their own territory quarterback Zac Hathaway lost a snap and got tackled in the end zone for a safety and the only points Ben Lomond could get on the board.
Again, Ben Lomand tried to march down the field in the waning minutes of the game only to have the Dino's Garrett Blanc intercept a pass as the clock ticked to zero.
Five different Dinos scored touchdowns in the game. Gagnon had an exceptional game with a rushing touchdown, two field goals and five extra point kicks. Nick Haycock snagged six receptions for 60 yards and ranks third in 3A right now. He also had a touchdown. Daulton Nelson had a rushing touchdown, five tackles and two sacks. Kris Murdock led the defense with eight tackles and two fumble recoveries. Dakota Cisneros had a rushing TD and threw two TD passes. He was 10 of 20 on the night for 115 yards.
Coach Blanc stated that total yards seem a little short, but that was because the Carbon defense put enough pressure on Ben Lomond that the Dinos started off in good field position all night and they didn't need to march very far to score.
"The defense stepped it up and created six turnovers. The offense was also able to punch it in. Thirty-eight points in a quarter is incredible. This is the team we (the coaches) have been waiting to see. If we can continue producing these kind of numbers we are going to keep winning games. In the fourth quarter we were able to put in the freshmen and let them get the feel of playing under the Friday night lights," he stated.
He added that Carbon is only giving up an average of nine points a game. They have outscored their opponents 85-29 in three games.
This Friday will be the first road game of the season. Union will be a tough opponent. Former Carbon High athlete JJ Morley will be the big threat from the Cougars. Blanc coached Morley for years before he moved to Roosevelt.
"It hurts to see him playing for another team, but we are going to focus on shutting him down," said Blanc.
Union is 0-3 so will be looking to post a win in front of their home crowd. Game time is at 7 p.m. at Roosevelt High.