After a sluggish opening quarter without an offensive touchdown, Stansbury only led lowly Ben Lomond 7-0 after 12 minutes.
Things changed in the second quarter when Gage Manzione hit a streaking Austen Kincaid for a 61-yard touchdown catch. From there it was all Stansbury as they went on to rout Ben Lomond 42-16 Friday night in Stansbury Park.
“We are still getting used to Gage (Manzione) at QB and we are getting better and better each week,” said Stansbury coach Clint Christiansen. “We also had a hard time getting up for Ben Lomond, but we should have.”
Hudson Conrad only ran the ball twice from scrimmage, but led the Stallions in rushing with 110 yards and two touchdowns, including a 38-yard punt return for a touchdown to get Stansbury on the board. Alex Mackay picked up 73 yards on the ground and a pair of second half touchdowns. Manzione picked up 137 yards passing to go along with his touchdown pass to Kincaid.
Stansbury’s defense made Ben Lomond’s offense look inept, forcing a three-and-out and then Conrad took the punt at the Ben Lomond 38 untouched into the end zone for a quick 7-0 lead less than two minutes into the game.
The Stallion offense struggled in the rest of the first quarter with a turnover on downs and a fumble on their two following possessions. With the offense struggling, the Stallion defense did its job of keeping Ben Lomond off the scoreboard.
Just seconds into the second quarter, Manzione hit Kincaid for a 61-yard touchdown pass for a 14-0 lead to get the offense going. Manzione got the ball right back for Stanbury with an interception to give the Stallions the ball on the right side of the 50-yard line.
Conrad found the end zone for the second time with an end around run for a 25-yard touchdown and a 21-0 lead with 9:28 left in the half.
Again Conrad got the Stallions moving on the ground with a one-play drive, which was Conrad taking a pitch to the left and not stopping until he crossed the goal line 85 yards later for a 28-0 lead with 6:29 left in the half.
Ben Lomond moved the ball for the first time in the game on the following drive with the passing game. Jonathan Gross completed five passes to Damonte Dexter to get close to scoring. The Scots had to settle for a 23-yard field goal that cut the Stansbury lead down to 28-3 at the half.
Stansbury didn’t let Ben Lomond accumulate any momentum in the second half as they came out swinging. Conrad returned the kickoff to midfield and Manzione followed with a completion to Tyler Jensen for 18 yards. Mackay rushed for 35 yards to get close to the goal line and then finished off the drive with a 5-yard TD rush for a 35-3 lead one minute into the second half.
Stansbury’s next drive only took two plays for a score as Manzione ran the first for 14 yards and then Mackey finished it off from 15 yards out for a 42-3 lead. That would be the last Stansbury would score as the Stallions used their back up players that lacked grass stains on their uniforms.
“We took advantage of our speed like we did the week before,” Christiansen said. “Alex Mackay and Hudson Conrad were able to use their speed out there against Ben Lomond.”
Ben Lomond quarterback Gross added a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter by running for one from a yard out and then throwing a TD to Julien Gomez to make the score look a little closer at 42-16.
Stansbury will next travel to Garland to face Bear River Friday at 7 p.m.