|Carbon's Timmy Urbanik wrestles with a Payson offensive player while teammate Jacob Burrows reaches to strip the football from his grasp. The Carbon Dino's rushed for over 250 yards during the game and came away with the win, despite the slippery field and the constant rain Friday night.|
Fairweather fans probably only heard about the game.
However, plenty of true Carbon supporters clung to umbrellas and watched the Dino football team defeat the Payson Lions 26-21in the Friday night rain showers.
Payson struck first, scoring on a 30 yard run with 5:30 remaining in the first quarter.
Carbon's Dustin Hearst stopped the extra point.
The Dinos then fumbled at the end of the first quarter and threw an interception at the beginning of the second.
But the rain clouds began to clear when Bryon Stewart intercepted a long Lion pass.
Stewart's interception set up a Chris Hatch score and Justin Blackham kicked the extra point to put the Dinos up 7-6.
Carbon took the 7-6 lead into the half.
Dinos came out strong in the second half. Touchdowns by Julian Montoya and Brett Riche with an extra point by Blackham gave Carbon a 20-14 lead in the fourth quarter.
Lions fought back with a big play, taking a lead over the Dinos 20-21 late in the fourth.
The game clock was running down when Stewart made his second stunning catch of the game.
The 45 yard reception to gave the Dinos new life.
Timmy Urbanik ran the winning touchdown into the endzone in the last minute of the game.
Coach Jeff Jorgensen attributed a lot of the team's scoring success to the offensive line.
He said the team rushed for over 250 yards and that the offensive line made it possible.
Even though Carbon wasn't picked to win the game, Jorgensen said he wasn't concerned.
"I don't mind going in as the underdog," he commented. "They can pick all they want, but it's who scores and wins that counts."
According to Jorgensen, his footballers have to focus on stopping big plays. The Lions scored the majority of their points on big yardage plays.
Carbon High will compete again at Uintah this Friday.
Jorgensen said the team is focusing on the short term this year instead of the post season and that they are only looking as far ahead as their next game.
"A lot of times you look to that long term and it doesn't work," Jorgensen stated. "If you just win ballgames, other things fall into place."