After a rough opening week that saw all three Tooele County high school football teams land on the wrong side of the scoreboard, the boys from Grantsville, Tooele and Stansbury will all be back in action Friday evening with a chance to post their first victories.
At least one of the three is guaranteed to come away with a win, as Tooele and Grantsville will meet for the 60th time in the past 105 seasons with county bragging rights on the line. Meanwhile, Stansbury will make the trip to Cache County to meet up with former region foe Logan in a matchup of teams trying to avoid 0-2 starts to their 2019 seasons.
Here’s a closer look at this week’s games.
Grantsville Cowboys (0-1)
at Tooele Buffaloes (0-1)
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Where: Buffalo Stadium, Tooele High School, 301 W. Vine Street, Tooele
Last week: Grantsville lost 7-6 at North Sanpete; Tooele lost 28-7 at Green Canyon
Last meeting: At Grantsville 28, Tooele 21 (Sept. 7, 2018)
All-time series: Tooele leads 43-13-3
The scoop: Both the Cowboys and Buffaloes will look to get their offenses going after being largely shut down in Week 1. Grantsville managed just two field goals in a road loss to North Sanpete, while it took until the fourth quarter for Tooele to find the end zone against Green Canyon.
However, the teams had distinctly different fortunes on defense last week, with Grantsville allowing just one touchdown while Tooele allowed 28 points in the first two and a half quarters of last week’s game, as well as 407 yards of total offense — 260 of which came on the ground. The Buffaloes will need a stronger defensive game to slow down Grantsville’s balanced attack, as the Cowboys rushed for 124 yards and passed for 133 more.
At the same time, Grantsville didn’t face an offense as explosive as Tooele’s last week. Brigham Young University commit Nukuluve Helu had 93 yards rushing and also caught a touchdown pass, while Kulani Iongi threw for 178 yards and Gavin Ware caught six passes for 69 yards. Tooele’s athleticism, as well as a chip on the Buffaloes’ shoulders after losing to their cross-county rivals a year ago, means the Cowboys’ defense will have to be at its best to limit the Buffs’ big-play potential.
Stansbury Stallions (0-1)
at Logan Grizzlies (0-1)
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Where: Logan High School, 162 W. 100 South, Logan
Last week: Stansbury lost 27-20 vs. Sky View; Logan lost 46-7 at Provo
Last meeting: At Stansbury 40, Logan 10 (Oct. 7, 2016)
All-time series: Tied 1-1
The scoop: For the second week in a row, Stansbury will face one of Cache County’s highly regarded teams. However, this week’s opponent is coming off a blowout loss and will be hungry to make amends in its home opener.
The Stallions showed plenty of potential in the second half of last week’s season opener against Sky View, as running back Tommy Christopherson ran for more than 100 yards and scored two touchdowns and quarterback Kru Huxford threw for 171 yards and a score. Defensively, they limited the top-ranked Bobcats to under 300 yards of total offense and allowed just 16 rushing yards.
Logan’s offense was shut out by Provo last week, as the Grizzlies’ lone touchdown came on a 95-yard kickoff return by Isaac Larsen midway through the first quarter. They had just 106 yards of total offense, including minus-8 yards rushing. Logan quarterback Ethan Wilson also threw a pick-six late in the first half.
On the other side, the Grizzlies allowed a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown on the opening kickoff of the second half, and allowed the Bulldogs to rush for 190 yards and throw for 169 in the contest. They will need to limit the big plays in order to slow down the Stallions, who had a 30-yard TD reception from Gabe Harris and a 49-yard touchdown run from Christopherson last week.