Ethan Steinfeldt nearly kicked the Cowboys to victory Friday night in Cedar City.
The senior tied the school record with a 54-yard field at the end of the second quarter to give Grantsville a 13–7 lead at halftime. He nailed a 27-yard field goal to increase the Cowboys’ lead to 16–7 midway through the third quarter. His first field goal of the game sailed through the uprights from 47 yards away to give Grantsville a 10–7 lead early in the second quarter.
Cedar, however, scored twice in the fourth quarter to win the game 20–16.
“On those long field goals you have to be a little more precise and more focused. The approach is a little bit different than on a shorter field goal,” Steinfeldt said.
The senior kicker did have a slight breeze in his favor, but all the kicks sailed right through the middle of the uprights with a little more distance that he needed.
“Tonight was my longest field goal in a game. The farthest I’ve kicked is 62 yards in practice,” Steinfeldt said.
The longest field goal on record for a high school game in Utah is 62 yards by Justin Sorenson, who connected on that distance while playing at Bingham. He later kicked for BYU.
“My longest kick was 62 yards in practice,” Steinfeldt said.
Grantsville’s longest field goal in a game was back in 1978 when Rick Harrison connected from 54 yards out in 9–6 GHS victory over Morgan, according to Utah high school football record keeper George Felt.
“Ethan has been kicking for us for three straight years. He really came on strong last year with five field goals the last three games,” Grantsville head coach Tony Cloward said. “The entire time we’re practicing, he just kicks field goals — and he works his butt off at it.”
Cedar scored the first touchdown of the game with on a 64-yard drive which included a pair of long runs from senior quarterback Brecken Lewis. The quarterback connected on a 21-yard pass to Berick Englestead to give the Redmen a 7–0 lead with 46 seconds left in the first quarter.
Grantsville answered with an 80-yard drive to tie the game at 7–7 midway through the second quarter. Quarterback Nephi Meono connected on a 30-yard pass to Lorenzo Silva during the scoring drive.
Wyatt Barrus gained yards with two long rushes during the TD drive, and capped it off with 1-yard scoring run. Steinfeldt kicked the PAT.
Grantsville appeared to have the game in control when it scored on a touchdown pass midway through the third quarter to extend the lead to 20–7. But the touchdown was called back because of an illegal receiver down field, and the Cowboys settled for a field goal to make it 16–7 instead.
Cedar then rallied for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to surge ahead 20–16. The Redmen found a weakness in Grantsville’s defense and continued to rush the ball for big gains and first downs in the fourth quarter.
Grantsville still had time for one last TD drive after the Redmen went ahead with 5:11 left in the game.
Lorenzo Silva ran for 16 yards, followed by a 9-yard run by Barrus to the 50-yard line. The Cowboys moved the ball to the Cedar 26 with 17 seconds left in the game, but could not come up with a scoring play to pull out the victory.
“I thought we played really well on the road. I was very pleased with my young team. They showed a lot of resilience during the game. They [Cedar] are a very good 3A senior-loaded team and had several linemen coming back this year,” Cloward said.
“Two key plays hurt us during the game. When we had the touchdown called back, and when we were leading 16–7 and fumbled the ball at midfield,” the coach said.
Barrus carried the ball 16 times for 79 yards, while Silva carried six times for 33 yards. Cody Riding snagged three receptions for 40 yards, and Conner Collings caught three passes for 32 yards.
Colton Adams and Riding tallied six tackles each. Burke Boman had four tackles, while Riley Smith, Gavin Eyre and Cade Coon had three tackles each. Adams, Smith and Eyre had tackles for losses. Adams was credited with one sack, while Coon and Meono each had half-sacks.
Silva had a long punt return of 35 yards, and Smith returned a kickoff 26 yards.
The Cowboys host rival Tooele in a non-region game Friday night in Grantsville.