Stansbury capped off a perfect Region 7 season with a Wednesday night home thrashing of normally high-scoring Timpanogos 49-14 on senior night.
The Timberwolves’ offense moved the ball through the air, but the Stallions allowed nearly zero yards rushing, and forced several turnovers in critical situations when the visitors threatened to score.
The Stallions and Timberwolves ended up first and second in scoring in the region this year, and the Timberwolves’ previous low point total for a game was 35. But Stansbury’s defense was dialed in for the final region game, allowing only two touchdowns.
Meanwhile, Stansbury’s offense continues to light up the scoreboard.
With the win, Stansbury finished 7-0 in Region 7 with Tooele, Timpanogos and Cedar Valley tied for second at 5-2. Brackets for the 5A state football tournament will be revealed on Saturday.
A fired-up Stansbury defense held Timpanogos to minus 6-yards on the TImberwolves’ first possession of the game, and a punt to the Stansbury 42 gave the Stallions great field position for their first offensive series.
Quarterback Ezra Harris completed a pass to Dylan Hamilton to push the ball inside Timpanogos territory. Two runs by Nate Bushnell took the ball to the visitors’ 21. With the ball at the 17, Bridger Thomas took the snap and sprinted through defenders into the end zone for the first TD of the game with 8:23 left in the first quarter.
Timpanogos showed how quickly they are capable of moving the ball with a 65-yard drive to even the score at 7-7 with 6:63 left in the opening quarter. The Timberwolves, however, would end up adding only one more touchdown for the entire game. Stansbury, on the other hand, would end up scoring six consecutive touchdowns to run the lead to 49-7.
Stansbury was effective converting on third-down situations. With the score knotted at 7-7 early in the game, Stansbury faced a third-down situation at its own 23. Harris went deep to a wide open Dreyton Rowley on a 77-yard TD bomb to put the Stallions ahead for good in their quest to win an outright region championship.
Down 14-7, Timpanogos tried to throw to the end zone on a 4th-and-1 play at the Stansbury 39, but the pass was overthrown and the Stallions took over on downs.
Stansbury appeared to be stopped on its third possession facing a difficult 3rd-and-35 situation at its own 29 after two long penalties, but Harris connected with Bushnell down the far sideline to the Timpanogos 29 to keep the drive alive.
Harris then kept to the 14 and two plays later Bushnell ran 4 yards to score with 5 seconds left in the first quarter to make it 21-7. The Stallions had scored touchdowns on its first three possessions.
Dawson Chapman picked off a Timpanogos pass on the next possession and ran to the
Timberwolves’ 15, but the Stallions were held out of the end zone on their fourth offensive possession.
The Timberwolves were forced to punt from their own end zone out the Stansbury 45.
The Stallions made it four touchdowns on their first five possessions. On the next drive, Stansbury converted on a fourth-and-8 with a pass to Kaden Skousen. That was followed by a competition to Hamilton and then a keeper by Thomas to push the score to 28-7 midway through the second quarter.
Timpanogos drove to the Stallion 24, when Stallion linebacker Austin Isom picked off a pass to thwart the drive.
The Stallions turned the turnover into more points with a completion to Brock Wilson, run by Bushnell, keeper by Thomas and finally a 6-yard TD keeper by Harris to make it 35-7 with 3:30 left until intermission.
It appeared that the Timberwolves would be able to narrow the gap to 35-14 late in the second half when they moved the ball to Stansbury 1-yard line. Timpanogos fired incomplete passes on first and second downs and then tried to run it in on third down, but the Stallion defensive line held them out and stripped the ball loose. Easton Baker recovered the fumble and ran it 97 yards for a sixth Stanbury touchdown in the first half. The Stallions led 42-7 at intermission.
The Stallions scored on their opening possession of the second half with the clock running with the mercy rule in place.
Harris took off on a long keeper to the Timpanogos 19 on the final TD drive. Bushnell ran a few more times and a pass to Skousen put the ball on the 4 where Thomas ran in for the seventh Stansbury touchdown.
Timpanogos connected on a few passes early in the fourth quarter, and hit on a 2-yard pass for their second TD of the game.
Stansbury could have scored another touchdown late in the game, but kneeled down on a couple of plays to close out the contest.