The Grantsville Cowboys played in a non-region game against the Delta Rabbits on Wednesday and lost 19-13.
The Rabbits shut out the Cowboys in the first half, taking a 13-0 lead into the break.
At the 2-minute mark of the first quarter, the Rabbits scored their first touchdown of the game on a passing play to go ahead 7-0.
They scored their second touchdown right before halftime and missed the extra point but still had a two-possession lead going into halftime.
Grantsville got the offense going in the third quarter, and at the 6-minute mark, quarterback Nephi Meono punched it into the end zone from 1 yard out to make the score 13-7.
With the Cowboys trailing to start the fourth quarter, Ky Fisher took the ball on a halfback pass and found Dallin Williams in the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown that tied the score at 13. However, the extra point was missed, and the score stayed tied with about 3 minutes remaining in the game.
Delta drove the ball and put the dagger score into the end zone with under a minute to play in the game. The Rabbits attempted a 2-point conversion and missed it, staying ahead 19-13. They kept the Cowboys out of the end zone, and the game ended.
The loss was the Cowboys’ third loss of the season, although the loss didn’t count toward their region record. The Cowboys remain in third place in 3A North at 2-2, one game ahead of Union and Emery.
The Cowboys’ final game of the regular season will be against Union on Oct. 25.
If the Cowboys win that game, they will clinch third place in the region, with a likely trip to Nephi to play against Juab in the state tournament. If the Cowboys lose to Union and Emery loses to Carbon, the Cowboys will then finish in fourth place and will have to travel to Manti for the playoffs. If the Cowboys lose to Union and Emery defeats Carbon, then there will be a three-way tie for third place between the Cowboys, Union and Emery.
It will come down to a coin toss to decide which team is awarded third place, and then the final two teams who lost the coin toss will play in a play-in game to decide who clinches fourth place.