At the beginning of the season, one of the Stansbury football team’s primary goals was to successfully defend its region title from a year ago.
A victory over Bonneville tonight would allow the Stallions to win the region title outright. Tonight’s game at Stallion Stadium means everything to both teams — Stansbury is looking to clinch the region’s top seed for the second consecutive year, while Bonneville is looking to grab a share of the region championship and enter the Class 4A playoffs as a top seed for the first time since 2002.
“It’s going to be a good one,” Stansbury coach Clint Christiansen said. “I’m glad that we’ve got something to play for. We need that. It might be to our benefit. Bonneville’s starting to roll, and it’s going to be fun to go after them.”
Stansbury (5-3, 4-0 Region 11) is coming off its most complete effort of the Region 11 season, a 64-13 demolition of Ben Lomond that saw the Stallions lead wire-to-wire. Stansbury had trailed in the first half of each of its previous three region games, but had outscored its opponents 78-0 in the second half. Against Ben Lomond, there was no comeback needed, as the Stallions led 16-0 less than halfway into the first quarter and were ahead 38-0 at halftime.
Despite last week’s success, which included 415 rushing yards and nine touchdowns, the Stallions know there are things they have to improve in order to defeat Bonneville (4-4, 3-1).
“We didn’t throw the ball very good (against Ben Lomond) — we overshot a lot of receivers,” Christiansen said. “That’s stuff we’ve got to continue to work on. We’re going to have to throw the ball a little bit if we’re going to be successful.”
Bonneville dropped its region opener to Weber County rival Ogden, but the Lakers have come on strong since. Like Stansbury, their best effort came in their most recent game, a convincing 47-17 win over Tooele. That win clinched Bonneville’s first postseason berth since 2009, but the Lakers are looking for more.
Lakers quarterback Jonah Nielson leads a potent offensive attack with 1,058 passing yards and eight touchdowns, completing 61.6 percent of his attempts. Running back Bronson Fox gives Bonneville some balance with his 680 yards and six TDs on the ground.
Tonight’s game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at Stansbury High School.