The Tooele football team came into Friday’s Region 10 road game in Vernal against Uintah battered, bruised and desperate to get back on the winning track.
Despite missing seven starters with various ailments, the Buffaloes were able to hold off the Utes 21-14 to avoid a two-game losing streak before the toughest part of their Region 10 schedule. Tooele (4-4, 3-2 Region 10) has alternated wins and losses through the first five games of region play, and sits in a tie with Mountain View for fourth place in the standings with two weeks left in the regular season.
Tabor Shepard ran for 126 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries for Tooele, along with two catches for 55 yards. Anthony Cole had 85 yards and a touchdown on 15 rushing attempts. Sophomore Gavin Brown had a 23-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Kulani Iongi.
Ty Sutherland had nine tackles and Dominic Ashcraft and Bridger Chaplin each had a sack and a fumble recovery for the Buffaloes. Drake Gritzmacher and Gavin Ware each had an interception.
Tooele will face undefeated Park City in its final home game of the regular season Thursday night. The Buffs will finish the regular season Oct. 16 in Orem against Mountain View.