Stansbury focused on playing with sharpness, energy and enthusiasm in its homecoming football game against Ben Lomond on Friday after a devastating loss to Region 10 leader Park City the previous week.
“We were in recovery mode and didn’t want to lose our focus after letting that game get away from us,” said coach Eric Alder. “We wanted to turn that extremely heartbreaking loss into a positive to light a fire and get us going the rest of the season.”
The players responded to the challenge by scoring 10 touchdowns against the struggling Scots in a 70-7 victory. The win leaves the Stallions (5-2, 3-1 Region 10) tied for second place in the region with Mountain View, who they face Friday in Orem.
Stansbury’s varsity put up 49 points in the first half while the junior varsity added 21 second-half points against the Scots (2-5, 0-4). The 70 points tied the school record for a single game, equaling a 70-13 win over Ben Lomond in 2011, and the 63-point margin of victory broke the previous school record of 59 points set in a 67-8 win over Hurricane in 2018.
“The JV kids played really well and showed they were paying attention to the game plan although they don’t get as many reps in practice,” Alder said.
Senior quarterback Kru Huxford ran for three touchdowns and passed for two more. He was perfect through the air, hitting 12-of-12 passes for 217 yards. He ran nine times for 105 yards.
The Stallions were in business early when Ben Lomond fumbled the opening kickoff at its own 31.
Huxford ran to the 18-yard line, then passed to Koy McGee to the 8. Nate Bushnell scored from there to make it 7-0 Stallions on a drive that consumed about 48 seconds.
Ben Lomond held Stansbury on its next offensive possession at the Stallion 33, but the Scots could not move the ball and missed on a 53-yard field goal attempt.
On the next play, Huxford fired on-target to Bushnell in the middle of the field. The junior sprinted to the end zone for an 80-yard score. The point after touchdown made it 14-0 with 6:14 left in the opening quarter.
Ben Lomond’s offense was no match for the Stallion defense.
Bobby Nicholas and Tyson Pritzkau each recorded three tackles for loss. Cayden Clark, Easton Baker, Austin Isom and Brayden Caldwell each had tackles for loss. Nicholas and Bryce Gordon came through with five tackles each while Pae Tia and Pritzkau added three tackles each.
The Stallions pushed the lead to 21-0 with a 58-yard drive that included solid runs from Bushnell, a pass to McGee and then a 27-yard run to paydirt by Clark. The PAT made it 21-0 with 2:07 left in the first quarter.
Stansbury almost scored a fourth first-quarter touchdown after a long pass to Clark placed the ball at the 2-yard line. Huxford ran in from there on the second play of the second quarter to make it 28-0.
A solid punt return by Nate Nunley put the Stallions in good field position for their fifth touchdown.
With the ball at their own 49, Bushnell ran to the 28, Clark snagged a pass and ran to the 9, Bushnell carried to the 4 and Huxford kept for the TD to make it 35-0 with the PAT and 6:45 left in the first half.
A few plays later, Huxford was on the move again. This time he eluded defenders and sprinted 46 yards for the Stallions’ sixth touchdown and a 42-0 lead with 3:12 until half.
With only one minute until intermission, the Stallions drove 60 yards to push the score to 49-0. Huxford completed a 25-yard pass to Tia and then hit McGee on a 22-yard TD pass with 15 seconds left in the half.
Because the Stallions were up by 34 points or more in the second half, the scoreboard clock continued to run most of the second half.
Junior Mathew Topham and sophomore Ezra Harris quarterbacked the second half for the Stallions.
The second unit moved the ball well with a 75-yard drive to open the second half. Dylan Hamilton, Nunley and Aidyn Brown accounted for long runs and Kapono Serrao scored from 9 yards out to make it 56-0.
The Stallions scored fourth-quarter touchdowns on a 30-yard pass from Harris to Dreyton Rowley and a 50-yard pass from Topham to Benji Douglas.
Ben Lomond got on the board late in the game with a 10-yard run by Ryan Alvarez.