After flirting with a shutout last week against Carbon, Grantsville blanked Judge Memorial on Friday at home 41-0.
“Love the way the defense has been playing. We’ve flirted with a shutout the past two games, and finally got one,” said Grantsville coach Kody Byrd.
“It’s a fine line when you’re ahead so far because you want to let some of the kids get some playing time, but still want to get the shutout. Our JV kids came on the last couple of series and preserved the shutout.”
The Cowboys improved to 3-1 in the 3A North standings, tied with Union in second place.
Grantsville controlled time of possession with a relentless rushing attack, and scored all its points in three quarters.
“I’m really proud of the boys. We wanted to run the ball and control the clock. Judge has some good athletes so we wanted to keep their offense off the field and pound them a little bit early in the game,” the coach said. “We knew they were small and didn’t have a lot of players.”
Paving the way for the Cowboys’ rushing attack were linemen Gauge Pyne, Colton Gill, Jackson Rowberry, Darrian Bennett, Austin Gray, Braydon Saunders and Branson Yager.
The passing game was limited, but effective, with three of Coy Johnson’s four completed passes going for touchdowns of 9, 8 and 40 yards.
Grantsville drove 67 yards on its first possession for a TD, and burned 4:36 off the clock.
With the ball at the 50-yard line, senior Tayton Young broke loose and sprinted to the Judge 1-yard line where the ball was stripped loose. Brady Arbon pounced on it to maintain possession. Gage Schmidt scored on the next play. Dayne Linton added the PAT to make it 7-0 with 7:24 left in the first quarter.
Grantsville put itself in prime position for a second touchdown when Braxton Hansen recovered a pooch kickoff at Judge’s 33-yard line.
After two Parker Thomas carries down to the 9, Johnson rolled left and connected with Hansen for Grantsville’s second touchdown and a 14-0 lead.
Judge’s first offensive play did not happen until 5:36 left in the opening quarter, and then the Bulldogs fumbled on their second play.
Pyne recovered a fumbled pitch at the Grantsville 39, but the Cowboys gained only 7 yards on their third offensive drive and were forced to punt.
Judge finally moved the ball thanks to a pair of long runs by Kayden Milburn. But the drive stalled out at the GHS 28.
Hansen soon ran 65 yards for a TD, but it was called back on a penalty.
Grantsville added a third touchdown with 2:03 left until intermission.
Thomas started the drive with a superb run breaking several tackles with spin moves. He rambled 56 yards for the longest run of the game from the Grantsville 29-yard line to Judge’s 15-yard line.
A few plays later, Johnson rolled right and connected with Justin Richardson from 8 yards out to make it 21-0 with the PAT.
The Cowboys recovered the ensuing kickoff at the Judge 41. Johnson then tossed it 40 yards to Hansen for Grantsville’s fourth first-half touchdown to push the lead to 28-0 at halftime.
Grantsville scored late in the third quarter on a 16-play drive the covered 74 yards. Thomas capped off the drive with 9-yard run to push the lead to 35-0.
The Cowboys added a final TD with 5:20 left in the game on a 16-yard run by Richardson to make the final 41-0.
Grantsville wraps up the regular season with a home game on Friday against 1-7 Emery.