The Stansbury football team was disappointed and frustrated after its Week 1 loss to Sky View as the Stallions prepared for Friday night’s home opener against Hurricane.
They took it all out on the Tigers in a big way, dominating in all phases of the game in a 67-8 rout at Stallion Stadium that represented the largest margin of victory in school history.
“We came out and played well tonight,” Stansbury coach Clint Christiansen said. “I thought we got a little too cute against Sky View, so we wanted to get the run game going because that’s what we’re about. Our kids did well – they blocked their assignments tonight and fired the holes where they were supposed to. Our line did a lot better job communicating about where guys were.”
The Stallions (1-1) scored their most points in a game since a 70-13 win over Ben Lomond in 2011, and had a 54-0 lead at halftime, having racked up 384 yards of total offense to Hurricane’s 52 through 24 minutes. The star of the show was senior running back Silas Young, who rushed for 130 yards and four touchdowns on just nine carries in the first half.
“We basically had perfect play execution all around,” Young said. “Whatever we wanted to run, we could run. This was a really big confidence booster, and we really needed that, especially in front of our home crowd.”
Hurricane (0-2) was in trouble almost immediately, as Stansbury senior Jet Richins intercepted a pass from Brock Starley and returned it to the Tigers’ 2-yard line on the second play of the game. Young scored his first touchdown of the evening on the next play to put the Stallions in front 7-0 just 1:43 into the contest.
It didn’t take long for Stansbury to add to its lead after forcing the Tigers to punt on their next possession. On second-and-16 from the Stallions’ 32-yard line, Young found a hole and used his blazing speed to outrun Hurricane’s defense for a 68-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead with 8:27 left in the opening quarter.
“Right when you get the ball and you look upfield, when you don’t see any (defenders), you know right away,” said Young, one of the top sprinters in Class 4A during the track and field season.
Stansbury extended the lead to 21-0 with 4:10 left in the quarter on a 4-yard run by Young, capping a seven-play, 60-yard drive. A three-and-out by Hurricane on its next possession gave the Stallions another short field, setting up Kaeden Kincaid’s 29-yard touchdown run with 59 seconds left in the first quarter.
Things certainly didn’t get any better for the Tigers in the second quarter. Starley’s third-down pass was intercepted by Tommy Christopherson in Hurricane territory, and Young ripped off a 42-yard touchdown run three plays later. That put Stansbury up 35-0 with more than 11 minutes remaining in the half.
A short Hurricane punt and a long return by Christopherson gave the Stallions the ball on the Tigers’ 9-yard line, eventually leading to a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Austin Woodhouse and a 41-0 lead. Another three-and-out, followed by a 22-yard run by Pae Tia, set up a 25-yard touchdown run by Woodhouse with 5:55 left in the half, and Richins scored on a 52-yard run with 1:39 left to make it 54-0.
The Stallions turned to their reserves in the second half, and they maintained a high level of play as the clock ran continuously because of the mercy rule. They scored on their first drive of the half, as backup quarterback Kru Huxford ran it in from 28 yards out to extend the lead to 60-0. Stansbury kept Hurricane off the board until Starley’s 39-yard touchdown pass to Raymond Cordova with 7:35 left, and Huxford scored on a 37-yard run with 35 seconds remaining to cap the scoring.
“The group underneath (the varsity) is tough,” Christiansen said. “It’s basically a sophomore team, and they’re legit. When we put that group in, they play well and there’s some good kids out there.”
Stansbury finished with 485 yards of total offense to Hurricane’s 130 – 73 of which came on the Tigers’ final drive.
The Stallions’ focus now turns to Thursday night, when they will face Class 6A Taylorsville and star quarterback Dane Leituala in what promises to be a tough test.
“We’ll have our hands full, but it’s going to be fun,” Christiansen said. “They’ve got a tremendous quarterback who’s about 265 (pounds) and can run and throw the ball down the field. He’s going to test our defense.”