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image Cage Johnson (10) runs with the ball after recovering a fumble against Ben Lomond.

September 21, 2021
Grantsville runs over Scots for first 3A North victory

Grantsville relied on a strong rushing attack to win its first 3A North game and fourth-straight game of the season Friday night with a 41-7 victory over Ben Lomond (1-5) in Grantsville. The Cowboys’ record improved to 4-2 overall.

Seven players carried the ball and ran for 227 yards on 23 rushing plays to wallop the Scots. Grantsville led 41-0 midway through the third quarter, with Ben Lomond scoring a TD on a pass in the fourth quarter.

“We were having success running the ball. We always want to be a run-first team,” said Grantsville coach Kody Byrd.

Life has been relatively easy for the Cowboys the past four games with the closest margin of victory 27 in a 27-0 shutout of North Sanpete. Grantsville has outscored its opponents 145-27 in the past four games.

The Cowboys will travel to Ogden Friday before hosting Morgan (4-2)  Oct. 1. Current 3A RPI lists Morgan first, Grantsville second, Juab third, Juan Diego fourth, Union fifth.

After the Morgan game, Grantville will travel to Roosevelt for a Thursday night game Oct. 7 against Union and then wrap up the regular season with a Wednesday night game Oct. 13 at home against Juan Diego.

Morgan defeated Juan Diego 41-28 last Friday.

“It’s going to be a fun four weeks. We know there are some big tests ahead, a region title is one of our goals” the coach said. 

“We still need to take it one week at a time, stay hungry and stay humble with respect for other teams and the players we go up against each week,” Byrd said. 

Grantsville completed only two passes against Ben Lomond — both went for touchdowns.

Cage Johnson scored the first of the Cowboys’ six TDs on a 33-yard run and that was followed by a 45-yard pass from Caleb Sullivan to Grant Rounds to make it 13-0 after the first quarter.

Sullivan scored on a 23-yard keeper midway through the second quarter and then fired an 18-yard TD pass to Blake Thomas at the end of the first half and Grantsville led 27-0 at intermission.

Gabe Mouritsen added a fifth GHS TD on a 6-yard run early in the third quarter, and Grantsville closed out the scoring on a 1-yard run by Thomas midway through the third quarter.

Thomas rushed 10 times for 120 yards, Sullivan five times for 60 yards, Johnson three times for 34 yards, and Mouritsen twice for 15 yards.

On defense, Mouritsen recorded five tackles with three of them for loss and one sack. Ikakoula Toutai had four tackles and two for loss. Johnson had three tackles. 

Joey Scorsone recorded two pancake blocks on offense and a sack on defense. Hunter Bell recovered a fumble and also intercepted a pass.

 

Mark Watson

Sports Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Mark directs all editorial coverage of sports in addition to reporting on a wide range of events from high school football to international racing. He has a wealth of journalism experience, having worked for four other newspapers in the state. Mark grew up in Tooele County and graduated from Grantsville High School and Brigham Young University.

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