Grantsville drove 56 yards in 2 minutes to score a touchdown with 32 seconds left in the first half to expand its lead to 27-10 at intermission against region foe Carbon Friday night.
The Cowboys then put it on cruise control in the second half to win their homecoming game 47-23.
“We got off to a slow start and we probably weren’t as prepared for this game with all the distractions of homecoming,” said coach Kody Byrd.
Carbon connected on a 30-yard field goal to slice Grantsville’s lead to 20-10 with 2:08 until the break.
Chace Gipson returned the ensuing kickoff out to the GHS 44. Parker Thomas picked up chunks of yardage on three runs to the Carbon 31. Jackson Sandberg connected with Parker Bird on a short pass to the 27. Thomas ran to the 19, and the Cowboys called timeout with 39 seconds to go.
Sandberg then fired a 19-yard touchdown pass to Ammon Bartlett to give the Cowboys a comfortable lead.
As usual, Parker Thomas led the way in rushing with 227 yards on 29 carries and two touchdowns. James Fuluvaka ran nine times for 66 yards. Both runners averaged more than 7 yards per carry for the game.
The Cowboys connected on 4-of-8 passes for 61 yards.
“We always try to take what the defense gives us. We do have some weapons on the outside we would like to get the ball to,” Byrd said.
Carbon scored the game’s first touchdown after Grantsville’s offense stalled at the Carbon 39.
The Cowboys’ defense appeared to have Carbon fullback Collin Lewis stopped at midfield, but Lewis emerged from the pack and sprinted 53 yards to give the Dinos a 7-0 lead with the PAT.
“The kids assumed he was down. It just proved a point that you have to keep playing until you hear the whistle,” the coach said.
Taylor Wood then gave the Cowboys good field position with a kick return to the GHS 46.
Grantsville drove the rest of the way in nine plays to tie the score at 7-7 late in the first quarter.
Grantsville took the lead for the first time after an interception by Beau Hammond. The Cowboys drove 76 yards in 10 plays to make it 13-7. After a penalty against Carbon on the PAT, the Cowboys went for a 2-point conversion but could not convert.
Grantsville added a third first-half touchdown after linebacker Drake Hall came through with a big sack at the Carbon 17. A short Carbon punt gave the Cowboys the ball at the Carbon 42. Grantsville was back in the end zone eight plays later to go up 20-7.
After the Carbon field goal and GHS touchdown in the final seconds of the opening half, the Cowboys led 27-10.
The Dinos scored midway through the third quarter to slice the Cowboys’ lead back to 10 at 27-17.
But Grantsville put the icing on the homecoming cake with a 28-yard TD run by Fuluvaka and a 6-yard TD run from Parker Thomas.
Carbon added a TD pass to close out the scoring with several Grantsville reserves seeing action in the second half.
“It was good to get those players some game-time experience. It’s good for them, good for their parents and good for our team overall,” Byrd said. “Now when they get in a game they will have that experience; it won’t be a new thing for them.”
Isaac Riding led the team in tackles with seven, Hall had six tackles while Bartley, Eathen Brinkerhoff and Colton Gill all had five tackles.
Logan Kuehn recovered a fumble. Brinkerhoff and Kaeden Kelly each caused a fumble.