Stansbury (7-2) will attempt to win the Region 7 football title outright Wednesday night at home when it faces Timpanogos (8-1). The Sallions are undefeated in region action with a 6-0 record, while the Timberwolves are only one game behind them at 5-1 .
Timpanogos’ only region loss came at home against Cedar Valley 36-35 when the Aviators came from behind and scored a touchdown with 32 seconds left in the game and won on a 2-point conversion.
Stansbury coach Eric Alder said the Stallions will need to keep Timpanogos’ offense off the field with sustained drives, and his defense will need to be sound in pass coverage and not give up big plays.
“The main strength of Timpanogos is they have really good skill players and a smart and accurate QB that runs the offense well,” Alder said. “They are really good at creating a numbers advantage and taking shots downfield against one-on-one match-ups. We’ll have to put some pressure on the quarterback and create some confusion. Our offense will have to sustain drives and finish with touchdowns. Ball security will also be very crucial as we will need to limit their offensive possessions.”
The Stallions continued their winning ways on a chilly Friday night with a 41-16 thumping of Payson in a homecoming game.
Stansbury completed a time-consuming offensive drive in the first quarter to go up 7-0 on a 9-yard keeper by Ezra Harris midway through the first quarter.
The home team then scored on the first play of the second quarter when Harris hit Dylan Hamilton in stride on a pass down the middle of the field for a 50-yard score.
The Stallions added three more scores in the second quarter.
The third touchdown of the game came after Harris connected with Brock Wilson on a long pass to the 2-yard line where Nate Bushnell ran it in for a touchdown to make it 21-0 with 9:20 left in the second quarter.
Stansbury’s defense added to the point total when the Payson punter was unable to handle a high deep snap with the Stallions’ Bracken Matthews and Easton Baker putting pressure on the punter. Baker grabbed the ball at the 2 and ran it into the end zone to push the lead to 28-0 with the PAT kick from Reeve Norman.
The Lions moved the ball on their next possession and reached the Stanbury 15 when Austin Isom came through with a third-down sack to push the ball back to the 20. Payson finally put points on the board with a field goal with only 1:14 in the first half, but the Stallion offense was not finished.
After an incomplete pass, Harris fired to Wilson who juggled the ball and hauled it in to gain 48 yards down to the Payson 27. Harris then hooked up with Dreyton Rowley on a pass to the 2-yard line where Bushnell scored to make it 35-0 at intermission.
Stansbury marched 80 yards for a touchdown midway through the third quarter with keepers by Bridger Thomas, a pass to Nate Nunley and a carry from Nisi Vaka. Harris finished off the drive with an 11-yard keeper for the Stallions’ sixth touchdown of the game. The PAT was blocked to make it 41-3.
The Lions added a pair of late-game TDs.
Stansbury gained 477 yards, with 271 rushing and 206 passing.
Harris connected on 15-of-25 pass attempts. Bushnell ran 18 times for 84 yards, Harris seven times for 43, Thomas seven times for 43.
Wilson caught four passes for 89 yards, Rowley four for 37 yards, Benji Douglas one for 26 yards, Kaden Skousen two for 21 yards, and Nunley one for 9 yards.
Dawson Chapman was in on nine tackles, Isom eight, Austin Rady eight, Rowley three, Hamilton three, Baker six, Anthony Charles four, Trot Baker six, Thomas six, Bushnell four and Trent Jones four. Baker recovered two fumbles. Thomas and Adler Hadlock each forced a fumble.