The Grantsville football team was projected to be a contender in Class 3A this season, and the Cowboys appear to be living up to that billing.
The latest evidence? Grantsville went into Manti on Friday night and handed the host Templars a 28-14 defeat, leaving the Cowboys as one of two remaining unbeaten teams in 3A – and the only one to do so while playing only against 3A opponents.
Grantsville junior Parker Thomas was in top form for the third consecutive week, scoring all four of the Cowboys’ touchdowns. He put the Cowboys (3-0) in front to stay with a 1-yard TD run with 4:45 left in regulation, giving Grantsville a 21-14 lead, and added a 4-yard scoring run with just 15 seconds left to seal the deal. He scored the first touchdown of the game on a 1-yard run in the first quarter, and added a 67-yard TD run later in the first.
Thomas came into Friday’s game having rushed for 417 yards on 52 carries in wins over North Sanpete and Summit Academy. He now has nine touchdowns on the season, which ranks him second in the state and first in Class 3A.
Full statistics for Friday’s game were not available online at press time.
Richfield is the only other unbeaten team in 3A. However, only one of the Wildcats’ wins was against a 3A school, and that was a 42-9 win over winless Emery. Richfield’s other two wins came against Class 2A South Sevier and Class 1A Kanab.
Grantsville will play host to Tooele in a non-region showdown between county rivals Friday night.