It was another tough night for the Carbon Dinos. Carbon’s starting quarterback Jerod Lessar was injured in pre-game warm-ups and may be out for four to six weeks.
Wide receiver Zac Hathaway stepped in to the quarterback roll minutes before the game. He had a good game, but the Dinos still lost 28-14 to visiting American Leadership Academy Friday night.
There was a what-might-have-been moment late in the first half. Tied at 7-7 with four yards to go to score, Carbon fumbled and ALA took it the length of the field for a TD. The just as quick, with less than 11 seconds on the clock, ALA intercepted a pass from the Dinos and scored again to lead 21-7 as a stunned crowed looked on.
Coach Jeff Blanc said, “It was a call I take full responsibility for, I should have just told them to down it, but we all make mistakes. If it wasn’t for those two plays at the end of the half, I thought we actually controlled the game.”
ALA added a TD early in the third quarter, while the Dinos put up a TD late in the fourth on a pass from Hathaway to Dominic Rondinelli.
Blanc felt like it was a much improved performance by both the offense and defense. He gave kudos to Zac Hathaway for being able to step up and take the helm of the team. He sad that they did the two things he was looking for. They maintained ball controlled and ran the clock. Carbon had several sustained drives in the game that ate up time.
Zac Hathaway was 8-12 for 121 yards passing. Hathaway threw one TD and one interception. He also Had 13 rushes for 28 yards. Rondinelli had 17 rushes, 86 yards and one touchdown. He had three receptions for 58 yards and scored a TD.
Garret Blanc caught three passes for 28 yards and Kyle Barrett was 2 for 35 yards. Dalyn Mallor scored the other Dino TD and led the team with 13 tackles.
Next week Carbon will take on Duchesne. They will either play the role of spoiler or give Duchesne the opportunity to make history with the most career wins. Blanc is shooting for the role of spoiler.
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