Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

August 29, 2017
It’s two games in. What have we learned?

The high school football season is but two weeks old. As nobody has played any region games yet, absolutely nothing has been determined.

But there are some things that are starting to be revealed through these first couple games. Some of them are encouraging. Some are concerning. And all could change in the blink of an eye.

Take Tooele, for instance. The Buffaloes could seemingly do no wrong in their opener, a 41-0 shellacking of an overmatched North Sanpete team. The Buffs did exactly what you’re supposed to do in a game like that where you expect to win easily — they put it out of reach early.

But along came Sky View, which ruined the debut of the facelifted Buffalo Stadium with a 49-22 rout that was 42-0 at halftime. Is Tooele that far behind Sky View, which is admittedly one of the top teams in Class 4A? Maybe, maybe not. I think it’s hard to judge whether Tooele is as good as its season opener or as bad as its Week 2 performance. The truth is likely somewhere in the middle, and this next stretch against perennial powerhouse Dixie and county rivals Grantsville and Stansbury will prove a lot.

Stansbury, which sits at 0-2, may be the best team in 4A that has not won a game yet. The Stallions were up 17-0 on Sky View in the opener until injuries decimated their quarterback depth chart, and they were one defensive stop away from turning the tables on Taylorsville in the fourth quarter of last Friday’s game. It is a bit concerning that Stansbury has allowed 82 points over the past six-plus quarters — a fact I’m sure drives coach Clint Christiansen up the wall. It doesn’t get any easier with this week’s road game at Grantsville and next week’s trip to Mountain Crest on the docket. It will be interesting to see where the Stallions stand when region play starts in a few weeks.

And then there’s Grantsville. A week after a rough 28-6 loss to Cyprus, the Cowboys went on the road and picked up a satisfying 42-28 win over Minico (Idaho) up in Pocatello on Friday. Now, it’s just one game — a game that has no effect on Grantsville’s postseason hopes, at that. But you can’t discount confidence. The Grantsville program hasn’t had a whole lot of success in recent years, and coach Kody Byrd is just starting to establish what he wants Cowboy football to look like. A win in Byrd’s second game at the helm can only help him get the players to buy into what he’s trying to do even more. At very least, it’s a positive first step for a team that has some pretty lofty aspirations this season.

Darren Vaughan is a veteran sports writer from Moab, Utah. His favorite part of football season is the fact that pacing the sidelines with his clipboard in hand helps him get his steps in. Email him at

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