There’s something about playing on the road at Ben Lomond that gives the Stansbury football team fits.
The past two times the Stallions have made the trip to Ogden to face the Scots, they’ve gone in as heavy favorites against a struggling Ben Lomond squad. Both times, they’ve been lucky to escape with a victory after the game came down to the wire.
On Friday, Stansbury overcame a 28-21 fourth-quarter deficit, scoring the game-winning touchdown on a 56-yard run by Silas Young with 3:42 left to beat Ben Lomond 35-28 and clinch the Region 11 championship. It was the same score as the Stallions’ previous visit to BLHS in 2016.
Stansbury (6-2, 4-0 Region 11) used big plays to score all of its points. Kaeden Kincaid scored on an 80-yard run in the first quarter just 19 seconds after Ben Lomond (0-8, 0-4) took a 7-0 lead. The Scots regained the lead on a 3-yard run by Izail Tolentino, only to have Young rip off a 63-yard TD run 10 seconds later.
Austin Woodhouse’s 35-yard TD run with 3:59 left in the second quarter gave Stansbury a 21-14 lead at halftime.
Then, the Scots’ own big-play ability put Ben Lomond in front. First, Nykolas Guzman found Anthony Flores for a 30-yard touchdown pass to tie the game with 3:38 left in the third quarter. Then, Zander Caffall scored on a 25-yard pass with 9:02 left in the game, giving the Scots their third lead of the contest.
Again, Stansbury made the big plays when it had to. Kincaid tied the game less than two minutes later on a 40-yard run, setting up Young’s game-winner.
The Stallions only attempted one pass in the game, leaving it up to the rushing game to get the job done. Stansbury ran for 530 yards on 44 attempts (12 yards per carry), led by Young’s 244 yards and two scores on 21 carries. Kincaid ran for 147 yards and two TDs on just seven attempts, while Woodhouse had 71 yards and a TD on seven carries and Jet Richins had 68 yards on nine carries.
Stansbury was plagued by turnovers, losing three fumbles and throwing an interception. However, the defense stepped up its game, racking up 10 tackles-for-loss and four sacks. Richins led the way with 24 tackles, two tackles-for-loss and a sack. Payton Didericksen had 15 tackles and a tackle-for-loss and Jake Spaulding had 10 tackles. Dillon Carpenter, Kyler Kolb and Calvin “Jebus” Mead each had a sack and Kincaid, Jordon Snow and Pae Tia each had a quarterback hurry.
Kolb had two tackles-for-loss and Mead, Bryce Gordon, Conner Kincaid, Kaeden Kincaid and Carpenter each had one. Conner Kincaid had two pass breakups and Richins, Kooper Roundy and Kru Huxford had one each.
Stansbury will wrap up its regular season Thursday night at Bonneville. The Stallions opted not to play a 10th game against a non-region opponent next week, and thus will be off until hosting a first-round playoff game.