Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

October 19, 2021
Stallions and Cowboys earn first-round byes in playoffs

Stansbury played its final regular season game at Stallion Stadium last Wednesday, but will play at least one playoff game at home on Friday, Oct. 29 in the second round of the 5A tournament.

Stansbury will face the winner of the Payson at Olympus first-round game this Friday. If the Stallions win in the second round, they will play a quarterfinal game at home on Nov. 5.

Stansbury soared to third in the final computer RPI standings which means a third-seed in the tournament after a huge 49-14 victory over Timpanogos on Senior Night.

“We were  surprised that we jumped from six to three in the computer RPI system. We’re happy to have the bye and the high seed,” said coach Eric Alder.

He said the team will work to keep sharp on basic football skills this week, before focusing on the opponent next week.

“We’ll practice hard, but not too much, and put in a game plan for our opponent next week. “We’ve played Payson, so we know about them. We’ll loosely look at Olympus and start getting prepared.”

The Stallions looked sharp in all phases of the game against the Timberwolves.

“We executed very well and the defense had a good game plan. We felt like we’d be the more physical team and we were able set that tone early on. We were able to jump out to that early lead,” the coach said.

After a 1-2 preseason, the Stallions ruled Region 7 with a 7-0 record. 

Stansbury’s defense was outstanding in the final region game. A big play to keep the visitors buried was a 97-yard fumble return from sophomore Easton Baker after hard hits from the Stallion defensive line. Instead of Timpanogos scoring to trim the lead to three touchdowns, Stansury’s lead ballooned to five touchdowns at 42-7. With their quick-tempo offense, the Stallions even scored another touchdown before halftime to lead 49-7 at intermission.

Other defensive highlights included three interceptions with Dylan Hamilton, Dawson Chapman and Austin Isom all getting picks. Benji Douglas recovered a fumble. 

Stansbury also sacked the Timpanogos’ quarterback four times. Douglas had two sacks, Isom one and Jacob Rich one.

Rich hurried the quarterback four times; Anthony Charles, Kaleb Oliveres, and Michael Geovjian hurried the quarterback two times each. KeShawn Newingham hurried the opposing QB one time.

The Stallions swarmed on defense in the final region game with Baker, Austin Rady, Isom, and Chapman each tallying eight tackles. Rich had seven tackles.

Trenton Baker, Anthony Charles, and Geovjian each had six tackles, and Nate Nunley came up for five tackles from his secondary position.

Others recording tackles included Carson Dean, Preston Birch, Thomas, Trent Jones, Adler Hadlock, Douglas, Oliveres, Cael Trinchitella, and Newingham.

Grantsville Cowboys

Three wins in their next three games would make the Grantsville Cowboys 3A champions in football.

Because there are only 12 teams in 3A, the top four teams, according to the RPI, will receive first-round byes this Friday. Juab finished first followed by Juan Diego, Grantsville and Morgan.

The Cowboys will play a quarterfinal game on Friday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. against the winner of the Union vs Carbon game this Friday in Roosevelt.

There is a good chance the Cowboys will face Juan Diego in the semifinals Nov. 6 at Southern Utah University. At Grantsville last Wednesday, Juan Diego scored the only points in the second half on a 40-yard field goal to eke out a 17-14 victory.

“It was a good game and you have to give Juan Diego credit, they played well and deserved to win the game,” said Gransville coach Kody Byrd. “We had a few dropped passes and a few mental mistakes that hurt us.”

The coach said his team will work on fundamentals this week before putting in a game plan. 

“We’ve kind of been putting in a couple of tweaks and some new stuff for the playoffs. We’ve had a couple of players dinged with some injuries so the bye will help us that way. We don’t have major injuries, mostly just the normal stuff you get after a game.”

The Cowboys continued to turn in strong defensive performances and allowed two touchdowns against a run dominated Juan Diego offense. The Soaring Eagle relied on senior running back Dallas Larson who gained 179 yards rushing in the Grantsville game including a 56-yard touchdown run. 

Tackling phenom Gabe Mourtisen tallied 10 tackles in the game, Blake Thomas had six, Grant Rounds five, Cage Johnson five, Ethan Rainer three, Nolan Bird three, Lee Maile two, Eli Mondragon two, and Ikakoula Toutai two. Johnson had the only tackle for loss in the game.

Quarterback Caleb Sullivan completed 9-of-22 passes for 185 yards and a 15- yard TD pass to Rainer late in the second quarter. Sullivan also ran 56 yards earlier in the second quarter for Grantsville’s first touchdown.

Six Cowboys caught passes in the game including Rainer three for 72 yards and the touchdown, along with a 51-yard catch; Kyler Wright two for 56 yards including a 37-yard reception; Rounds two for 28 yards with a 22-yard reception.

 

Mark Watson

Sports Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Mark directs all editorial coverage of sports in addition to reporting on a wide range of events from high school football to international racing. He has a wealth of journalism experience, having worked for four other newspapers in the state. Mark grew up in Tooele County and graduated from Grantsville High School and Brigham Young University.

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