The Tooele football team dropped its second road game in as many weeks against one of Class 4A’s elite programs, falling 49-14 to Dixie on Friday night in St. George.
The Buffaloes (1-2) trailed 14-0 early in the second quarter after two touchdown runs by Dixie quarterback Reggie Graff, but quickly bounced back to tie the game on a 4-yard run by Nukuluve Helu and a 5-yard touchdown pass from Kulani Iongi to Austin Meono. However, the Flyers (2-1) responded in a big way, as Graff threw three touchdown passes in a span of 7:24 to give Dixie a 35-14 halftime advantage.
Tooele put together a solid offensive game, led by Helu’s 114 yards on 14 rushing attempts. Iongi was 13-for-22 for 161 yards and a touchdown, while Meono had eight receptions for 97 yards. Gavin Ware added two catches for 42 yards.
Defensively, Meono had a team-high eight tackles and forced a fumble, and Seth Whitehouse had five tackles with one tackle-for loss. Unfortunately for the Buffs, they couldn’t find a way to slow down Graff, who was 18-for-36 for 359 yards and four TDs and added 79 yards and three scores on eight rushing attempts. Nate Mahi had eight catches for 130 yards and two TDs and Tyson Miller had four receptions for 121 yards and a score for the Flyers.
Tooele will face a non-Class 4A opponent for the first time this season Friday night when it travels to county rival Grantsville.