I expect to win every game we play. I’m not a guy that goes and hopes for a moral victory. It’s not me, it’s not in my personality. —Jan Jorgensen
Saturday morning football film sessions are never fun after a loss, especially when those losses have been mounting for quite a while.
For Carbon and North Sevier, getting up early Saturday to watch film was actually fun for a change.
North Sevier snapped a 25-game losing streak with Friday night’s 35-19 victory over American Leadership, a streak dating back to Aug. 26, 2011.
Carbon, meanwhile, snapped its 17-game slide with a solid 30-12 win over Grand in the highly anticipated coaching debut of Jan Jorgensen. The former Carbon and BYU standout is trying to bring a winning attitude to the program, and that’s how he approached Friday’s game. He didn’t care that Grand beat Carbon 48-7 and 42-0 in the previous two season openers.
“I expect to win every game we play. I’m not a guy that goes and hopes for a moral victory. It’s not me, it’s not in my personality,” said Jorgensen.
Carbon never trailed in the game, taking an early 7-0 lead on a Jarod Lessar to Garrett Blanc 54-yard touchdown pass. Blanc later added a 58-yard interception return and then Lessar scored on a pair of second-half TD runs to put the game out of reach.
Jorgensen said the victory gives everyone hope going forward.
“Had we lost, it would been very easy for them to say, ‘Well, new coach and same result,’” said Jorgensen. “Now it’s my job to keep them focused and help them realize we have a long ways to go from what we did last night. But I think it really gives them hope they can go forward and they can win some football games if we all stick together as coaches and players.”
The message from North Sevier second-year coach Chuck Woodhouse to his players was similar on Saturday morning after the rare victory.
“We set ourselves a goal this year. We’ve got the first part of that goal completed with the win last night but we haven’t reached our goal yet. It’s time to go back to work,” he said. “That’s what you do as a coach and player. You got the win, you got the big monkey off your back, but we haven’t reached what our goal is.”
There was a moment early in Friday’s game when doubt started to creep back in the players minds.
After North Sevier scored on its opening possession to take a 7-0 lead, American Leadership responded with a 95-yard kickoff return.
“We’re like, 'Oh gosh, not again,'” said Woodhouse.
Fisher Andersen helped make sure the frustration was short-lived. He hit Collin Rasmussen on a 60-yard touchdown pass on the next possession to extend the lead to 14-6, a lead that eventually stretched to 35-6 by halftime.
“It was really big last night, for everybody. We had tremendous fan support last night. When you work in a small town and live in a small town, everybody follows football. They needed it, the fans had been waiting a long time for it, the players had been waiting a long time for it,” said Woodhouse.
North Sevier’s focus has immediately shifted to its Week 2 game at Gunnison, which was blanked 28-0 by South Sevier on opening night.