Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

August 29, 2019
Home at last: GHS takes on Templars

Tooele, Stansbury play final pre-region contests 

After a pair of one-point games on the road, the Grantsville football team finally gets to play its first home game of the 2019 season Friday night against Manti.

Meanwhile, Tooele and Stansbury continue their difficult preseason schedules with challenging road games. Tooele will face perennial Idaho power Minico as part of the annual Rocky Mountain Rumble at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho, while Stansbury will face a Cache County school for the third week in a row with a trip to undefeated Green Canyon.

For Tooele and Stansbury, this week represents the final tune-up before Region 10 play begins next week. Grantsville won’t open Region 13 play until mid-September, but the Cowboys can build some momentum against three tough Class 3A opponents between now and then.

Here’s a closer look at this week’s games.

Manti Templars (2-0) at Grantsville Cowboys (1-1)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Where: Cowboy Stadium, Grantsville High School, 155 E. Cherry Street, Grantsville

Last week: Manti beat Payson 41-22; Grantsville beat Tooele 21-20

Last meeting: Grantsville 28, at Manti 14 (Aug. 31, 2018)

All-time series (Since 1970): Grantsville leads 11-5

The scoop: The Cowboys finally get a chance to play on their home field this week, and they’ll look to feed off the energy of the home crowd against a Manti squad off to a hot start.

Through the first two games, Grantsville’s offense has featured a balanced attack, averaging 153.5 passing yards and 118 rushing yards per contest. Junior quarterback Logan White has filled in admirably for injured starter Jackson Sandberg, including a 156-yard, three-touchdown performance against county rival Tooele last week.

The Cowboys’ defense has also stepped up to the challenge, allowing just 27 points through the first two games of the season. Branson Yager had two tackles-for-loss against Tooele, while Hunter Johnson had 10 tackles and Ammon Bartley had seven. Chace Gipson had a pass breakup and Dalton Williams had an interception.

The Templars are averaging 34 points per game with a punishing running attack and a passing game with a penchant for the big play. Tyson Brenchley and Tyler Taukei’aho have combined for 275 yards on the ground through two games, and quarterback Jax Parry has thrown for 223 yards and three scores.

Stansbury Stallions (1-1) at Green Canyon Wolves (2-0)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Where: Green Canyon High School, 2960 N. Wolfpack Way, North Logan

Last week: Stansbury beat Logan 47-42; Green Canyon beat Bonneville 27-0

All-time series: First meeting

The scoop: It’s strength vs. strength this week, as Stansbury’s high-powered offense meets Green Canyon’s stingy defense.

The Stallions’ spread attack, led by running back Tommy Christopherson and receiver Gabe Harris, shredded Logan last week for big play after big play. Junior quarterback Kru Huxford continues to get more comfortable leading Stansbury’s spread attack, and the Stallions will need to be sharp against a Green Canyon defense that has allowed just one touchdown in eight quarters.

Defensively, despite giving up nearly 600 yards to the Grizzlies, the Stallions were opportunistic. Harris had two pick-sixes, and almost added a third at the end of last week’s contest in a performance that ranks among the best in state history. He might not get as many opportunities against Green Canyon, which runs the ball two-thirds of the time.

Stansbury’s defense will need to be on its toes against Wolves quarterback Jake Lundin, a dual threat who has thrown for 307 yards and rushed for 208 through the first two games of the season. 

Tooele Buffaloes (0-2) vs. Minico Spartans (0-0)

When: Friday, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Holt Arena, Idaho State University, 550 Memorial Drive, Pocatello, Idaho

Last week: Tooele lost to Grantsville 21-20; Minico did not play

All-time series: First meeting

The scoop: Tooele has had a tough schedule to begin the season, and it doesn’t get any easier this week with a matchup against one of Idaho’s premier Class 4A programs.

The Buffaloes were a two-point conversion away from picking up their first victory of the season last week, but it wasn’t to be. Still, there were positive signs, as the Buffaloes’ defense was stout in the second half and the running game, led by senior Nukuluve Helu, controlled the clock and chewed up yards. 

Tooele’s defense was much improved last week against Grantsville, allowing less than 300 yards of total offense a week after allowing more than 400 yards in a loss to Green Canyon. The Buffs got a pair of tackles-for-loss from Joe Douglas and Fine Maumau, as well as solid all-around games from Ty Sutherland and Gavin Ware.

This week, the Buffs face a Minico squad that went 7-3 last season, and returns a number of talented players. However, the Spartans have historically struggled against opponents from Tooele County, losing their 2017 season opener to Grantsville and the 2016 season opener to Stansbury in games played at Holt Arena.

 

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