Playing football is not an easy task.
Every fall hundreds of high school students in Tooele Valley turnout for the sport. They work hard, in both practice and games. Individual talent combined with team effort build a winning team. And it’s not just the players — coaches, managers, cheerleaders, color guards, dance teams, marching bands, energetic student and parent fans, booster clubs and community supporters all are involved in the milieu of a sports team that contributes to victory.
Every participant, every year, is worthy of recognition and appreciation for their contribution. But it is the sweat, and sometimes blood, of the players under the night lights that bring everybody together.
This year two Tooele County football teams have gone beyond the mark and excelled in postseason state playoffs. They each defeated some good rivals as they climbed the playoff ladder.
On Thursday, the Stansbury Stallions played in a semifinal game. While they fell short of victory and their quest for the state title ended, making it to the semifinal in their first season as a 5A team is an outstanding accomplishment.
On Saturday, the Grantsville High School Cowboys were greeted with celebration as they brought home the state football 3A first place title.
Job well done.
Congratulations to both teams for their accomplishments and a very rewarding season.