|Carbon's Joey Keller gets tackled right after he threw a successful pass during a game earlier this season.|
The game against the Union Cougars last Friday was one the Carbon team was glad was on the road, away from the hometown crowd.
With the ghost of last year's season haunting them as the night wore on, Carbon went down to defeat hard, losing 50-0 to the team from Roosevelt.
Union is a good team. Carbon was well prepared. But Carbon coach JP Salisbury summed it up in a post game interview very well.
"We were well prepared, but the team failed to execute," he said.
By the end of the first quarter the Dinos were down by 27 points and did not get either mentally or physically back in the game.
Union put 15 more up on the board by the half and the Dinos were in such a hole they were not able to recover.
The hemorrhaging slowed in the second half with Union tacking on one more touchdown in the third and capped it off with a two point run into the end zone. Mercifully there was no scoring in the fourth quarter by the Region 10 school.
Union moved to 2-0 in their preseason play while Carbon fell to 0-3 with losses against Uintah and the American Leadership Academy.
Coach Salisbury made no excuses for his team. He did note the squad was playing without its two best players. JJ Blue's return is still unknown and Brandon Branch is out as well. The team lost a third starter during the game when Tyson Stevens went down with a season ending knee injury. Stevens will need to have the knee surgically repaired and will probably miss the basketball season as well.
The team's coaches have convened for at least three different strategy sessions to try and turn this around before the team enters region play.
"Preseason means nothing if we can get it together quick'" commented Salisbury, "We plan on going back to basics and just play football."
As the coaching staff went back to the drawing board they decided to scrap most of the designed plays and focus on the basics. They felt like the team was not executing, hitting or tackling.
"They were playing not to lose, rather than to dominate" Salisbury noted. "They were lining up, but not playing."
He wants to go back to an intensity and competitive style of practice. He felt like they have been too afraid of injuries and that has hurt the team's intensity.
The team will have to face Canyonview High School in Cedar City on the road this Friday night. That game will be their last non region game before traveling into Emery County for an intense, rivalry match up on Sept. 15.