Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

October 14, 2021
Juan Diego edges Grantsville in defensive battle

After fighting through a nail-biting game, the Cowboys suffered a heartbreaking loss 17-14 to Juan Diego on Wednesday. 

Defense for both teams held strong through the first quarter. The Cowboys received the initial kickoff and had some key errors that prevented them from scoring. The score remained at 0-0.

Juan Diego started off the action-filled second quarter with a touchdown, which was quickly followed by an impressive offensive drive from Grantsville.

 Ethan Rainer started it off with a 27-yard run. Grant Rounds then hauled in a pass for an 18-yard gain, and quarterback Caleb Sullivan ran it in for a touchdown.The score was again tied at 7-7. 

However, Juan Diego’s offense proved themselves again with a massive 64-yard run for another touchdown. After the kickoff, Kyler Wright received a huge 40-yard pass, and Ethan Rainer caught another great pass for a Cowboy touchdown. The score was now tied at 14-14, where it would remain until the fourth quarter. Juan Diego attempted a long field goal at the end of the half, but it was short.

The Soaring Eagle marched down the field at the beginning of the third quarter, but Grantsville held them with an impressive fourth-down tackle from Gabe Mouritsen close to the 10 yard line. GHS soon was forced to punt and unfortunately, Cowboys’ Senior Blake Thomas was injured on the field when he was blindsided in a hard hit. No penalty. Both teams remained 14-14.

The fourth quarter continued to be a nail-biter. Juan Diego pushed to the 23-yard line where Grantsville held them. The Soaring Eagle  attempted a field goal which was good, putting the score now at 14-17. 

With 7 minutes left in the game, Sullivan threw a pass to Ethan Rainer for a big 50-yard gain. This was unfortunately followed by a near fumble and a big pass that was almost caught but dropped in the endzone. 

Juan Diego took over on offense with 4:40 left to go in the game. Grantsville’s defense continued to hold strong and Juan Diego punted.

Grantsville again had the ball at its own  30-yard line with 3:17 left in the game. After a 7-yard catch from Dillen Richardson, quarterback Caleb Sullivan dealt with some tough pressure from the defensive line. He overcame it with several great runs in a row, ending with the Cowboys at the Juan Diego 35-yard line. Grant Rounds caught a great pass down to the  8-yard-line. On fourth down with less than a minute left, fans held their breath as Sullivan made a pass to an open receiver, but it was dropped, and that ended up being the game. Juan Diego ran out the clock, beating Grantsville 17-14.

Grantsville, Morgan and Juan Diego finished tied for first in the 3A North with 4-1 records. Pairings for the 3A state tournament will be announced on Saturday. The top four teams, according to the RPI, will receive first-round byes.

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