Playing on the road for the first time in 2011, the Carbon High Dinos faced their first real test against a tough Union squad. If the final score is any indication, the Dinos passed with flying colors as they prevailed in exciting fashion 17-13.
The win pushed Carbon to 4-0 on the season, their best start in six decades.
The Dinos took the lead on a 25-yard field goal by Tanner Gagnon to go up 3-0. However the Cougars were able to score a touchdown taking the lead 7-3 and Carbon trailed in a game for the first time since the first quarter of the game against American Leadership Academy two weeks ago.
Carbon answered right back as quarterback Dakota Cisneros connected with wide receiver Nick Haycock on an 11-yard touchdown late in the second quarter giving the Dinos the lead at 10-7 with less than three minutes in the first half.
Dinos quarterback Dakota Cisneros threw three interceptions in the game, including two in the first half, but the Dinos defense was able to keep the Cougars' offense in check.
Union running back JJ Morley, a former Carbon County resident, scored on a short run to give the Cougars the lead 13-10 in the third quarter. However on extra point attempt, Carbon's Nick Haycock blocked the kick keeping the deficit at three.
Things were not looking so well for the Dinos offense in the second half as they had trouble getting a consistent rhythm going. Cisneros threw another interception but the Dinos defense, combined with penalties and miscues from Union, continued to keep the Cougars from putting more points on the board.
With the clock ticking away in the fourth quarter and their undefeated season on the line, the Dinos seemed to hit the accelerator as they drove down the field. Dinos running back Daulton Nelson scored on an 8-yard rush with 3:36 left in the game and Tanner Gagnon added the extra point to put the Dinos up 17-13.
Dinos cornerback Garrett Hunt intercepted a Union pass, his second of the game, with two minutes left. Carbon was able to drain some time off the clock, but were forced to punt the ball back to Union.
As they have shown all season long, the Dinos defense stepped up again preventing Union from moving down the field. On fourth down, Hunt broke up a Union pass that helped seal the victory for the Dinos.
"This is the sweetest victory we've had all year," said head coach Jeff Blanc after the game. "I'm so proud of my guys."
The Dinos have a bye next week. They return home for their next game on Sept. 23 as they open up region play against the Delta Rabbits at 7 p.m. at the Carbon High Football field.