The Tooele football team picked up its first victory of the season Friday evening, holding off a late fourth-quarter rally to defeat Minico (Idaho) 30-24 at Holt Arena in Pocatello, Idaho.
Senior running back Nukuluve Helu rushed for 167 yards on 26 carries, including a 70-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter that gave the Buffaloes (1-2) a 30-10 lead. Quarterback Kulani Iongi was 5-for-8 for 95 yards, three touchdowns and an interception, with two of those touchdowns going to tight end Joe Douglas and the other going to Dylan Makoni.
Gavin Ware had a team-high 11 tackles, and Adrien Lovato and Ty Sutherland each had nine. Devin Murphy had a sack, two tackles-for-loss and a fumble recovery and Malakai Sedillo also recovered a fumble.
The Buffaloes will open Region 10 play Friday in Ogden against Ben Lomond.
Green Canyon 39,
The Stansbury football team was within a touchdown after Tommy Christopherson’s 1-yard scoring run late in the third quarter, but Green Canyon responded with 16 unanswered points in the final quarter to pull away for the win Friday in North Logan.
Quarterback Kru Huxford ran for 114 yards and a touchdown and threw for 193 yards for the Stallions (1-2) in a losing effort. Christopherson had 72 yards and a score on the ground. Gabe Harris had eight receptions for 118 yards and Lawson Wihongi had four catches for 43 yards. Stansbury was undone by four turnovers, though the defense came through with two interceptions, as well as Payton Didericksen’s blocked punt.
Defensively, Andrew Hanson had 15 tackles and a sack, and Pae Tia and Jordon Snow each had a sack. Huxford and Christopherson each had an interception for Stansbury. However, the Stallions had a hard time slowing down the Wolves’ offense, as Green Canyon quarterback Jacob Lundin rushed for 272 yards and two scores and passed for 126 yards and two more touchdowns.
Stansbury will return home Friday night to face Cedar Valley in the opening game of the Region 10 season.