The Grantsville football team is drawing closer to clinching a home playoff game, and possibly a first-round bye, thanks to a second consecutive dominant performance on the road.
On Friday night in Price, Gage Schmidt ran back the opening kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown, and the Cowboys never looked back in a 41-6 shellacking of the winless Carbon Dinos.
Grantsville (3-4, 2-1 Class 3A North) kept Carbon (0-7, 0-3) off the board until late in the fourth quarter, and had help the Dinos under 100 yards of total offense until their final possession against the Cowboys’ reserves. In many ways, it was a repeat performance of Grantsville’s 43-15 win over Union a week earlier.
To its credit, Carbon’s defense kept Grantsville in check for much of the game, though turnovers gave the Cowboys a short field. Carbon quarterback Noah Jones threw four interceptions, and the Dinos also fumbled once.
Grantsville extended its lead to 13-0 on a 3-yard touchdown run by Schmidt midway through the second quarter. Quarterback Coy Johnson added a score on a quarterback sneak with under a minute left in the first half, and Schmidt intercepted Jones on Carbon’s next play to set up Johnson’s 35-yard TD pass to Brady Arbon just 14 seconds later that gave Grantsville a 27-0 advantage at halftime.
Justin Richardson ripped off a 64-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter, and Parker Thomas put the exclamation point on things with a 6-yard scoring run shortly after Jake Paxton’s interception.
Nate Olson, who ran for 101 yards for Carbon, broke up the shutout with a 38-yard touchdown run with 3:42 left in the game. The Dinos were just 3-for-21 for 38 yards through the air and had 184 yards of total offense overall.
Schmidt led the Cowboys with 63 rushing yards on nine carries with one touchdown. Thomas, who missed the Union game with an injury, carried the ball 14 times for 42 yards and a score as Grantsville racked up 208 yards on the ground. Johnson was 6-for-13 for 128 yards, a touchdown and an interception, and Arbon caught three passes for 64 yards and a score.
The Cowboys can clinch a home playoff game Friday night with a win at home over Judge Memorial.