|Carbon's quarterback Brandon Wilson tries to run the ball against Juan Diego's defense on Friday night, but finds himself tripped up.|
When it was announced last year that Juan Diego High School would be moving up to the 3A ranks from the 2A classification everyone who potentially would play them knew they would have a tough time going up against the Soaring Eagles.
With the five year realignment plant the Draper school ended up in Region 8, and joined Granite as the first two teams from the Salt Lake valley to be in the same region with Carbon for a very long time.
After beating Granite handily on the road last week, Carbon hoped their luck would hold against the salty city's teams this week, but the two are cut from different cloth, as Carbon found during a 48-7 beating on their home field.
"Juan Diego has a very good team," said Carbon coach Lane Herrick on Monday morning. "They have had some injuries, and that is probably why they have had a difficult time with some teams this year."
Based on what happened on Carbon's field Friday night, Herrick certainly appears to be right. The Soaring Eagles appear to be much better than their 4-4 overall record indicates, largely because of speed almost unmatched in most other teams in the state.
"That Murphy (Trevon) kid really hurt us on Friday," stated Herrick. "He's already got a full ride scholarship to the University of Utah and he is fast."
Yes, number 23 is fast, and his teams stock is rising fast too while in third place in the region (2-1).
And that speed and Juan Diegos size also puts Carbon in a grind for this Friday's game against league leading North Sanpete in Mount Pleasant.
"We got pretty dinged up on Friday night," said Herrick of the injuries on his team. "North Sanpete could easily win it all this year."
But before moving onto the future, Carbon still has to contemplate what happened to them last week.
In the first quarter, Juan Diego seemed to move the ball everytime they got it, and by the end of that period had scored 14 points.
Then they scored again and Carbon was down 21-0. However, it was then that Carbon figured out at least some of the Soaring Eagles defense and began to move the ball. Better yet they created a couple of fumbles in the Diego offense which put them in good field position.
Carbon's only score of the game came in that second period when Brandon Wilson ran it in from the two for a tourchdown. Willy Woodruff added the extra point.
At the end of the half Carbon had driven down to the five yard line and was threatening to score with one second left on the clock, but the pass was broken up and the Dinos went into the locker room somewhat dejectedly.
In the first half, Murphy only had one score for Diego, but in the second half he went to town running in three more touchdowns.
In facing North Sanpete on Friday Herrick says the squads fate is all up to his team.
"We will be able to make our own destiny this year," he said of his team that is currently in fourth place in Region 8, the final playoff spot for the state tournament. "If we win both our remaining games, we will go to the playoffs. If we lose to North Sanpete and beat Emery the next week, we would still go. If things go really wrong then there could be a three way tie for fourth (Carbon, Emery and Granite) and there will have to be some type of playoff."
While Emery has not won a single game this year, Herrick says that he thinks that will change this Friday when they play Granite.
"They are a better team than their record indicates," he said.
A chance to go to state could come down to the annual Dino-Spartan rivalry game.
But no one at Carbon really wants that.