If it could go wrong for the Stansbury football team, it likely did during the Stallions’ 52-19 loss to Mountain Crest on Friday night in Smithfield.
The Stallions (1-3) made countless costly errors in their preseason finale against the high-powered Mustangs (4-0), helping Mountain Crest score 28 points in the second quarter alone to turn the game into a rout.
“It was a disaster,” Stansbury coach Clint Christiansen said. “It was — I don’t know. We didn’t do a whole lot right. I don’t know what to say about that game, other than it’s behind us and it’s a new season. There were so many things that just killed us. I don’t even know where to start with that one.”
The game was scoreless after the first quarter, but Mountain Crest built a 28-6 halftime advantage and never looked back. The Mustangs, who racked up more than 500 yards of total offense, also scored on a blocked punt and a fumble recovery, adding to Stansbury’s misery.
“They’re a good football team, but we made them look really, really good,” Christiansen said. “We’d move the ball and then we’d get holding calls or we’d fumble it. We blocked our own punt. We did absolutely everything imaginable.”
The miscues overshadowed an impressive debut for starting quarterback Mitch Lindsay, who threw for 233 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score. Silas Young had 80 yards rushing on nine carries, and Tavita Gagnier had three catches for 114 yards and a TD. Conner McKay had the Stallions’ other touchdown and caught three passes for 48 yards overall.
However, Lindsay also lost a pair of fumbles and threw an interception, giving the Stallions a dozen turnovers through their first four games of the season.
“It was one of those games you just forget about,” Christiansen said. “It is what it is. I told the kids that there’s nothing we can do about that now. That preseason schedule didn’t work out quite the way I had it planned, but hopefully down the road it will pay off for us.”
The Stallions open Region 11 play Friday at 6 p.m. against county rival Tooele. The two Tooele County schools were projected to be at the top of the region standings by most preseason prognosticators, and Friday’s game could go a long way toward determining the eventual region champion.
“We’re going to put (Mountain Crest) behind us and get a new season started,” Christiansen said. “We’re just going to focus on Tooele and see if we can’t do what we need to do and keep to our assignments.”