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image Stansbury’s Tavita Gagnier (32) carries the ball in the open field during a game earlier this season. The Stallions play host to Ben Lomond in their homecoming game Friday night.

October 5, 2017
Stallions home at last, meet Ben Lomond

The Stansbury football team has played just two home games this season, including just one in the past six weeks.

Thus, Friday’s homecoming game is a welcome change for the Stallions, who will play host to Ben Lomond with a chance to clinch at least a share of the Region 11 title with a victory.

“We’re extremely excited to be in front of our home crowd for a couple weeks,” Stansbury coach Clint Christiansen said. “We’ve been on the road for so long this year.”

While the Stallions (4-3, 3-0 Region 11) have a one-game lead on Bonneville and Tooele for the top spot in the region standings with two games to play, it has been anything but easy. In wins over Tooele, Ogden and Park City, the Stallions have struggled in the first half. They’ve rallied in the second half, outscoring those three teams 78-0, but would like to get off to a stronger start against the Scots (0-7, 0-3).

“We’ll see if we can come out and play some really good football for four quarters,” Christiansen said. “We still think that we can — we just haven’t done it yet.”

Stansbury’s rushing game has been strong in recent weeks, led by junior Silas Young, who has 780 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns this season. Quarterback Mitch Lindsay has four rushing TDs and three more through the air, with Tavita Gagnier and Conner McKay serving as his two favorite targets.

However, the Stallions would like to rid themselves of the turnovers that have plagued them this season. They have thrown eight interceptions and fumbled the ball away 11 times, an average of nearly three turnovers per game.

“We’re doing every drill we can think of with ball security with our backs and quarterbacks,” Christiansen said. “We need to hang onto the ball and keep our offense on the field and keep their offense off. We need to let our offense eat the clock up, continue to grind and tire teams out. We’ve done that in the second half, but we haven’t done that in the first half.”

Ben Lomond’s offense has struggled this season. After putting up 31 points in a season-opening loss to Salem Hills, the Scots have scored 58 over their past six games, including just 25 points in three Region 11 games. Two weeks ago, in a 37-7 loss to Tooele, the Scots allowed 433 rushing yards — a number that may not bode well for them against Stansbury’s run-first, triple-option offense.

Friday’s game begins at 7 p.m. at Stansbury High School.

Darren Vaughan
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