Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

October 19, 2021
Sports Wrap – October 19, 2021

Tooele Football

Tooele will host Box Elder in the first round of the 5A football tournament on Friday at 6 p.m.

The Buffaloes are seeded ninth in the tournament with Box Elder at 24th. 

If Tooele defeats Box Elder it would travel to Timpanogos for a second-round game on Oct. 29.

Tooele finished 7-2 overall and 5-2 in Region 7. The Bees finished 3-7 overall and 2-3 in Region 5. Bountiful won the Region 5 championship with a 5-0 record followed by Bonneville, Northrdige, Box Elder, Viewmont and Woods Cross.

Transcript-Bulletin will preview the game Thursday.

Tooele Volleyball

The Buffaloes defeated Cottonwood 3-1 on Tuesday 25-15, 25-17, 17-25, 25-22.

Zada Jackson led the way with eight kills. Other major contributors on the attack were Kylee Makoni, six kills; Grace Prescott, six kills; Annaliese Melo-Kershaw, five kills; Whitney Morgan, five kills; Salix Shirley four kills’ and Cicely Tate, two kills.

Tooele registered five aces as a team. Morgan had four blocks, Prescott three, and Tate three.

Kelsee Jhonson had 35 digs, and Breanna Beer provided 27 assists.

Stansbury defeated Hillcrest 3-0 on Tuesday. 25-21, 25-19, 25-16.

The Stallions will travel to Cedar Valley for a game tonight, and then will play at Tooele on Thursday night.

Jazz Block Party

The Jazz are back!

Utah begins its quest for a championship when it opens the 2021-22 season on Wednesday, Oct. 20, against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Tipoff will be at 7 p.m. MST from Vivint Arena.

Not only will the game be kicking off the upcoming season, the Jazz will also be welcoming back Derrick Favors, a fan-favorite during his time with the organization but now with the Thunder.

But for fans looking to get the party started before tipoff, Utah will be hosting a Block Party, presented by Udo.

Beginning at 5 p.m. and going all the way up until game time, fans are encouraged to come to the northeast plaza of the arena (Jazz-Note entrance) and party. Many activities will be made available, including food, drinks, a team store tent, and live entertainment.

But the most significant opportunity of all is for fans to welcome back a Jazz legend: Former big man Mehmet (Memo) Okur.

As he’s commonly referred to amongst Utah fans, “The Money Man” will be signing autographs throughout the block party.

Okur played for the Jazz for seven years (2004-2011), being named an all-star during the 2006-07 season. He averaged 14.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game throughout his career in Utah, but had his best statistical year during the 2005-06 season when he averaged career-highs of 18.0 points and 9.1 rebounds.

Utah Utes

University of Utah football coach Kyle Whittingham commented on the team’s progress so far this season at a press conference Monday.

“Offensively, I think we’re just starting to hit our stride. We sputtered in the first few games. But the last two or three we’ve started to figure out who we are, who we have to get the ball to, and how we’re going to get them the ball. Tavion Thomas is starting to emerge as more of a run threat, which gives us more in the run game. Defensively, I think that we’ve been fairly consistent throughout the course of the season. Certainly had some problems in the run defense early on. We seem to have shored that up. I just think that overall, we’re trending in the right direction I think as a football team. Special teams wise, there hasn’t been a lot of huge impact plays on special teams. We did have the big punt return, and of course we’ve given up some things in the kickoff return game. It’s been a little bit of give-and-take in the special teams, but I think we’re holding our own.”

USU Football

Savon Scarver hit the jackpot in his own hometown. And in the process, so did the Aggies. 

Utah State’s senior wide receiver returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown the very first time he touched the ball to help the Aggies record a come-from-behind 28-24 victory over UNLV on Saturday night at Allegiant Stadium. The Las Vegas native tied the NCAA record with the return, the seventh of his career. 

Utah State had to fight tooth and nail for this win. 

UNLV running back Charles Williams, who racked up 221 yards rushing and all three of the Rebels’ touchdowns, gave the hosts a 24-21 lead on a 5-yard run with 8:18 to go in the third quarter. 

But the Aggies (4-2, 2-1 Mountain West), who overcame a double-digit deficit for the fourth time this season, found the end zone on an 11-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Elelyon Noa with just 35 seconds remaining in the game. 

Utah State’s defense then sealed the game when grad senior safety Shaq Bond intercepted his second pass of the night on a fourth-down play with just 10 seconds left. Bond led the Aggies with nine tackles. 

Utah State has overcome fourth-quarter deficits to win all three of its games away from the friendly confines of Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium. The Aggies have won their first three road games of the season for the first time since the 1978 campaign, and the first time they have won three straight away from home since 2018. 

Utah State, which has trailed at the half in all six games, has now won 13 straight football games following a bye week dating back to the 2011 season and 11 of those 13 wins have been against league opponents. 

BYU football

WACO, Texas — No. 19 BYU football suffered its second loss of the season, falling to Baylor 38-24 at McLane Stadium on Saturday.

Baylor (6-1) was able to churn up yards on the ground and controlled most of the game, outgaining the Cougars (5-2) 534 to 409, with the Bears rushing for 303 yards. 

Quarterback Jaren Hall was 22 for 31 passing for 342 yards and one touchdown. Hall also rushed for a 56-yard touchdown, a career long.

Wideout Puka Nacua led the Cougar receivers with five catches for a career-high 168 yards and one touchdown. Fellow receiver Gunner Romney also recorded three receptions for 81 yards.

Linebacker Ben Bywater again led BYU defensively with nine total tackles and seven solo tackles. Defensive back Malik Moore contributed seven total tackles, including five solo and one pass breakup. BYU plays at Washington State Saturday.

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