Carbon, which had lost its last five consecutive contests against the Red Devils, dating back a decade, snapped a 17-game overall losing streak with the victory.
“We actually did a good job defensively,” said GCHS head coach Dennis Wells. “We should have won the game, but Carbon, to their credit, made some big plays when they needed them.”
The Dinos got on the scoreboard first with a 53-yard touchdown pass from Jarod Lessar to Garrett Blanc in the first quarter. Grand answered later in the period with a 3-yard touchdown run by Red Devil quarterback Tanner White. Grand’s extra-point kick attempt failed, however, leaving the Dinos ahead, 7-6.
In the second quarter, Blanc scored again, this time on a 58-yard interception return for a touchdown. The score put Carbon ahead 14-6 at halftime.
In the second half, Carbon scored two more touchdowns, both on short runs by quarterback Lessar. Blanc caught another 53-yard pass to set up one score, and the Dinos recovered a Red Devil fumble just a few yards from the goal line to set up the other touchdown.
After a 30-minute rain delay in the fourth quarter, Grand managed to score another touchdown as Josh Stalpes caught a 24-yard pass from White. However, the Red Devils failed to score on a 2-point conversion try, leaving Grand behind 28-12.
The Dinos then tackled a Red Devil player in his own end zone late in the game for a 2-point safety. That brought the final score to 30-12.
Wells said that while the Red Devils consistently stopped the Dinos at the line of scrimmage throughout the game, the team’s youth and inexperience led to a handful of costly mistakes.
“If you take away those two big pass plays, we held them to about 70 yards in total offense,” Wells said. “It was a lot closer game than the final score indicated.”
White, a senior, ended up completing nine of 17 passes for 100 yards, and also led the team in rushing with 86 yards on 21 carries. Fellow senior Ronnie Dolphin rushed six times for 28 yards and caught two passes. Juniors Josh Stalpes and Joseph Shumway each finished the game with over 40 yards receiving.
Defensively, Seth Holyoak, Josh Harris and Dolphin each had seven tackles for the Red Devils.
This week, the Red Devils will play their first home game of the season when they face Rifle, Colorado, in a non-league contest on Friday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. Rifle defeated Moffat County, Colorado, 62-7 last week. Grand hasn’t played Rifle since losing to the Bears 30-8 to open the 2002 season.