Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

October 9, 2018
Cowboys crush Bulldogs, clinch top-three finish

Grantsville one win away from sealing first-round bye 

The 2018 season keeps getting better for the Grantsville football team.

The Cowboys now know their first playoff game will take place on their home field, clinching no worse than a third-place finish with their 44-21 victory over Judge Memorial on Friday in Salt Lake City. Grantsville (7-1, 3-1 Class 3A North) now needs a win over Emery or a Union loss to Morgan this week to clinch second place and a first-round bye.

Friday’s result wasn’t unexpected, as Grantsville came in as one of the top teams in Class 3A and Judge Memorial (0-8, 0-4) has struggled all season. Junior running back Parker Thomas rushed for three touchdowns and Daltyn Peasnall caught a 33-yard touchdown pass to help the Cowboys build a 28-0 lead after one quarter, and Dayne Linton booted a 23-yard field goal to give Grantsville a 31-0 halftime advantage.

Judge Memorial didn’t score until more than three minutes into the second half, and the Cowboys responded with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Logan White to Kayden Bohman to go ahead 38-7. The Bulldogs scored two more touchdowns before Grantsville’s James Fuluvaka scored on a 2-yard run with 4:11 left in the contest.

The lopsided score led to a quiet night statistically for many of Grantsville’s top players, though it also gave them some much-needed rest. Thomas had 77 yards and three TDs on 10 carries, Trent Brown had 73 yards on 10 carries and Fuluvaka had 68 yards and a score on 12 carries as the Cowboys racked up 278 rushing yards as a team. Quarterback Jackson Sandberg was 3-for-5 for 84 yards and a TD. White came on in relief and went 6-for-12 for 93 yards and a score. Noah Mouritsen led Grantsville with three catches for 56 yards and Peasnall had two catches for 50 yards and a TD.

Defensively, the Cowboys held the Bulldogs to 32 rushing yards and 278 total yards. Fuluvaka led Grantsville with six tackles and Chace Gipson and Gauge Pyne each had a tackle-for-loss. Bohman added a sack and Floyd and Pyne each had a quarterback hurry. Isaac Riding had a fumble recovery.

The Cowboys will hit the road Friday night to take on Emery in Castle Dale. A victory will give Grantsville a second-place finish in Class 3A North and an automatic berth in the Class 3A quarterfinals. A loss, paired with a Union win over Morgan, would put the Cowboys in third place and have them hosting a first-round playoff game next week.

 

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