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ROOSEVELT — Carbon Dino took down the Union Cougars Friday night with a 17-13 win. The Dinos haven't won four games in a row since the '50s.
"Last year, we set a goal to turn things around at Carbon," Dinos head coach Jeff Blanc said. "We are a band of brothers and play that way out on the field."
In the first quarter of the game, Dinos' scored three points with a field goal. Union answered that field goal with a touchdown in the second quarter, followed by the extra point.
With close to three minutes left in the first half of the game, Dino Nick Haycock left the ground for a beautiful pass. The seven-yard completion resulted in a touchdown, giving Carbon a three-point lead over Union.
"We started out hot and strong, but then got ripped at the half," Haycock said. "In the fourth quarter, we really came together as a team."
Each team had a player go down with and injury during the game. The first happened late in the second quarter when Dino player John Erickson was assisted walking off the field, with 4:42 left in the half.
Cougar Allen Hamblin took some time getting off the field under his own power after an injury in the third quarter, with 10:52 left on the clock.
Union's Ofa Lapuaho streak down the sideline was called on offensive pass interference, confusing the crowd and creating an audible gasp. This seemed to be a turning point in the game.
"We had all the momentum," Union's head coach Sam Elliot said. "The kids played hard and learned how to play at that level."
On the eight-yard line with a first and goal to go, Dino Daulton Nelson scored the game-winning touchdown, which was followed by the extra point, leaving only 3:37 in the game.
In speaking of the touchdown, Daulton said, "After the huddle, I just had my mind set that we were going to score on that play."
The Dinos have banded together as brothers both on and off the field, observers said. This team has truly come together as a "band of brothers" and have tremendous support from their fellow students, parents and teachers, who traveled to the game.
Union will play in Payson Friday, while Carbon will have a bye and then face Delta in two weeks.