The Cowboys just keep rolling along.
Grantsville took a trip to Price Friday for a matchup with the Carbon Dinos, and it blasted them for a 48-0 win, which moved the Cowboys to 5-0 on the season.
This was Grantsville’s first game in the new 3A North Region, and the defense picked up where it left off the previous week against Juab with another shutout. This time, the Cowboys held the Dinos to negative yards on offense: -11 total.
“Before the season started I was bragging this defense up, and they’ve lived up to every bit of the hype these last couple weeks,” said GHS head coach Tony Cloward. “We’ve had three shutouts in five games. This is a legit defense. Our coaches work very hard. Coach Ware is a great mind. He gets these kids believing in the system. Our defense is fabulous.”
The Grantsville defense kept Carbon from getting a first down until the 5:30 mark of the third quarter, when finally the Dinos completed a pass that moved the chains. By that point, the Cowboys already held a 42-0 lead.
The Cowboys’ first drive of the game was just two plays long. Wyatt Barrus carried the ball 23 yards on the first play, which set up the long bomb from Nephi Meono on the next play. Meono scrambled out of the pocket and launched a pass down the sideline to Dallin Williams, who scampered to the end zone to finish the 43-yard touchdown play. After a missed extra point, the score stood at 6-0 with 9:19 remaining in the first quarter.
The Cowboys moved the ball down the field again just before the end of the first quarter. Alex Meono carried the ball for 30 yards, which was followed by a 14-yard pass from Nephi Meono to Alec Anderson. The Dinos forced a fourth down on defense, but Ky Fisher carried the ball 6 yards to pick up the first down. After a 4-yard carry by Alex Meono that moved the Cowboys inside the 5-yard line, Nephi Meono finished off the drive with a touchdown run on an option keeper, giving the Cowboys a 13-0 lead.
In the second quarter, the defense kept its stellar play going. Fisher read the offense on a screen play and got into position just as the Carbon quarterback released the football. Fisher jumped up and snagged the ball out of the air for an interception at the Dinos’ 28-yard line.
Fisher followed up his defensive play with a 22-yard run on offense that set up the next score. Wyatt Smith took the ball on a carry from 6 yards out to score a touchdown. The Cowboys converted the two-point conversion to go ahead 21-0 at the 8:04 mark of the second quarter.
Smith followed up his touchdown with an interception on defense. He picked off the ball and returned it for a touchdown, but both teams had penalties that wiped out the touchdown. However, Grantsville maintained possession since the off-setting penalties took place after the turnover. Carbon had a player seriously injured on the play, so the game was delayed while the player was carried away into an Ambulance.
When play resumed, the Cowboys marched the short distance to score again. Alex Meono took the ball on a toss play from the 6-yard line, and he powered his way into the end zone for a 28-0 Grantsville lead.
Carbon committed another turnover just before halftime. The Dinos fumbled the ball at their own 12-yard line, and the Cowboys took over with 1:52 still left on the clock until halftime. Nephi Meono kept the ball on a quarterback keeper and scored with 51 seconds left on the clock for a 35-0 lead.
Grantsville opened the second half in style as Smith gained 29 yards to set up another touchdown. Fisher took the ball and scored on a 40-yard touchdown run for a 42-0 lead. That’s when the mercy clock ran for the remainder of the game.
The Cowboys put in their backup players for the rest of the game, and they were able to score one last time. Lorenzo Silva weaved his way through the Carbon defense from 10 yards out and scored the final touchdown with less than seven minutes remaining in the game. GHS attempted a two-point conversion but missed it to have the score stand at 48-0.
“We just dominated the line of scrimmage,” Cloward said. “We’re a run first offense, and in order to do that we have to win the line of scrimmage. Our big guys up front are the secret to success, and tonight we won the line of scrimmage. [Carbon] has some big kids, but we won the line of scrimmage and opened up holes for our running backs. Shoot, I could have ran through some of those holes. It was a great effort by our offensive line.”
Region competition gets a little more stiff when the Cowboys return to Grantsville on Friday. The Judge Memorial Bulldogs (3-2, 1-0 in 3A North) come to town.
“We get to come home,” Cloward said. “That always helps. There’s something special about playing in your own backyard. And Judge is a very good opponent. I think our kids will prepare well for them. There won’t be any letdown. We’ll be ready to go.”