Grand has beaten the Dinos handily each of the five times the two teams have met during the past decade. The Red Devils defeated Carbon 48-7 last year in Moab and won 42-0 the year before in Price. Grand also posted winning scores of 27-7 in 2010, 49-9 in 2009, and 54-0 in 2006.
But GCHS head coach Dennis Wells said the Dinos are a different team this year.
“They have a new head coach who is very defensive-minded,” he said, referring to Jan Jorgensen, a Carbon alumnus who played defensive lineman for Brigham Young University a few years ago.
“They also have 75 guys on their team, which is more than double what we have right now,” Wells said, adding that the Dinos will be trying to snap a 17-game losing streak that dates back to 2012.
The Red Devils suffered a setback recently when projected starting quarterback Dalton McElhaney, a junior, broke his hand in an accidental off-field fall. McElhaney is expected to be sidelined for much of the season, although Wells said it’s possible he could see limited action on defense in another six weeks or so when he gets a smaller cast on the hand.
Senior Tanner White is expected to move over into the quarterback spot, but White may also play the tight end position sometimes, as both Ronnie Dolphin and Nolan Beeman are possible backups who may see action at quarterback, Wells said.
“It’s frustrating that we are so short-handed, but we’ll have to go out there and give it our best shot,” Wells added.