Two touchdowns were not enough for the Cowboys in a 17-14 loss at home to Morgan on Thursday.
The night started out on a positive note for Grantsville when linebacker Ky Fisher picked off a pass on the first Morgan offensive series and ran 10 yards to the Morgan 25-yard line.
Two plays later, Fisher ran on a power sweep to the right for a 29-yard touchdown to give the Cowboys a 7-0 lead with the PAT from Ethen Steinfeldt. The quick score came within the first 2 minutes of the game.
But points did not come easily after that for the Cowboys who lost their second region game of the season to drop to 2-2 behind Morgan and Judge who both sit at 4-0. The loss drops the Cowboys to third place in 3A North Region and should mean a travel game for Grantsville to start the playoffs.
The Grantsville scoring drought lasted for nearly 44 minutes of a 48-minute game. Meanwhile, Morgan scored the next 17 points in the game after Grantsville’s opening touchdown to lead 17-7 heading into the fourth quarter.
Grantsville gained a sliver of hope late in the fourth quarter after an interception by Nick Arbon snuffed out a Morgan drive.
The Cowboys mounted an 80-yard drive in about 1 minute for a touchdown to slice the lead to 17-14. The only problem for the home team was there were now only 50 seconds left in the game after GHS’s second touchdown
Grantsville looked sharp on the second scoring drive with an 8-yard pass to Wyatt Barrus, a draw play on fourth down to Fisher for a first down, a screen to Fisher for 12 yards and a perfect pass from Nephi Meono to Jacob Riding for 26 yards to the Morgan 9-yard line. Meono kept it on the next play for a touchdown to slice the lead to 17-14 with 50 seconds to go.
Grantsville tried an onside kick that was recovered by Morgan, and the Trojans escaped with the narrow victory.
For the game, Meono connected on six-of-12 passes for 87 yards with one interception. Riding had two receptions for 48 yards while Dallin Williams, Arbon, Barrus and Fisher each caught one pass.
Fisher and Smith were the workhorses in the backfield. Fisher carred 14 times for 93 yards with a long run of 29 for the first TD. Smith carried nine times for 46 yards. Meono kept the ball seven times for 23 yards.
Lorenzo Silva looked good on kick returns with three returns for 63 yards with a long return of 30 yards.
Riding turned in a superb game on defense with eight solo tackes and one assited tackle. Fisher was in on a bunch of tackles including four solo tackles and eight assisted tackles.
Grantsville coaches have liked the play of linebacker Noah Mecham all season and named him player of the game on defense. Mecham had two solo tackles and five assisted tackles. Barrus and Smith came up with six tackles each, while Williams and Devin Adams had five tackles each.
There is still plenty to play for this year for the Cowboys.
“The loss to Morgan was disappointing but we do still consider ourselves to be one of the best teams in 3A,” said Grantsville coach Tony Cloward.
“We have seen the best 3A classification has to offer and we feel like we can play with and beat all. We need to clean up a few things, but our plan is to finish the season the way we started it — on a five-game winning streak.”On a 5 game winning streak.
The Cowboys have a quick turnaround with a non-region game at Delta on Wednesday. The Rabbits are 1-3 in the 3A South and 3-5 overall.