2013 high school football preview: Carbon Dinos hoping to overcome low preseason predictions
Lessar is just one of many key contributors Carbon has returning this year. Also returning are senior running back and linebacker Dominic Rondinelli and junior wide receiver and linebacker Zac Hathaway.
Rondinelli had 105 carries for 289 yards last season, while also averaging three tackles per content for the Dinos.
Hathaway caught 30 passes for 378 yards with five TDs last season, while also racking up 39 tackles, two sacks and two picks on defense.
"We have a little bit more depth offensively this year as well, with a lot of guys coming back in their skilled positions who saw significant varsity time last year," said Blanc.
Aside from Lessar, Rondinelli and Hathway, the Dinos also have top returning contributors Kyle Barrett (WR/DB), Garrett Blanc (WR/DB) and Dallyn Mower (RB/LB) to shine some light on just how deep and versatile this Carbon football team actually is.
In Blanc's first year as head coach in 2010, Carbon put up an average of 8.1 ppg on the board. In his second season as head coach, the Dinos managed to double that average, posting an impressive jump of 16 ppg. Last year, however, Carbon averaged just 11.7 ppg.
With seven returning starters on offense and a change in the offensive game plan this season, the Dinos hope to get back on track and earn a playoff spot for the first time in 13 years.
Carbon Dinos at a glance:
Coach: Jeff Blanc is entering his fourth year as head coach at his alma mater. He compiled a 6-22 record in his first three years.
(7 returning starters; split-back, I-formation offense)
Carbon should be much more comfortable in a more traditional offense than it was in the spread the past two seasons. Jarod Lessar will take over the reins at quarterback for the first time in his high school career, and he will have some experience to work with as seven starters, four of whom are on the line, are returning on offense. Carbon must replace top rusher, receiver and defender Jordan Blanc from last season, but with its deep bench, Carbon should have no trouble filling those shoes. Zac Hathaway and Dominic Rondinelli should make a huge impact for the Dinos, while Carbon also expects big things from Kyle Barrett, Garrett Blanc and Dallyn Mower.
(6 returning starters)
With six returning starters and great young talent, expect the experienced Carbon defense to make big strides this season. Hathaway, Barrett, Blanc, Mower, Lessar and Doninelli will all anchor the Dinos defense, and prepare for especially big things from linebackers Hathaway, Mower and Dondinelli.
Coaches preseason Region 12 straw poll: Sixth
Deseret News Region 12 Prediction: Sixth
Bottom Line: As the preseason starts to wind down and the new season approaches, the Carbon Dinos remain optimistic and excited. With a newly implemented offense, a strong line and 13 returning starters, it wouldn't be surprising if the Carbon Dinos get off to a hot start and win their first four or five games. Keep your eye on the region games, for those will ultimately measure the Dinos' success this season. In a quality region, the Dinos will be underdogs — but don't count them out. If the players manage to keep their heads up and stay focused on their goal, they just might have what it takes to earn their first playoff berth in 13 years.
Carbon coaching history
2010-current — Jeff Blanc (6-22)
2008-2009 — Leo Paur (0-19)
2007 — Tim Tiller (2-7)
2006 — J.P. Salisbury (1-9)
2004-2005 — Lane Herrick (1-18)
2003 — Jeff Jorgensen (3-6)
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