A sensational defensive stand to start the fourth quarter highlighted Grantsville’s 14-0 victory at Juab Friday night.
Trailing 14-0, Juab used a reverse pass play on fourth down for a 32-yard gain to the Grantsville 2-yard line. It appeared the Wasps would slice Grantsville’s lead in half with still about 10 minutes left in the game.
The Cowboy defense had other plans.
On first down, Grantsville pressured the Juab QB into intentional grounding. On second-and-goal from the 10, Wyatt Smith broke through for a sack. On third-and-goal from the 24, Devin Adams sacked the quarterback back at the 42. Juab used a screen-play on fourth down, which was busted up with Noah Mecham on the tackle.
“That was the single-best defensive stand I’ve seen in my coaching career,” said GHS coach Tony Cloward. “To have a team go from first-and-goal at the 2-yard line pushed clear back to the 40, it was amazing.”
The Grantsville defense also scored its third touchdown of the season against Juab, and pitched its second shutout. Grantsville improved to 4-0 on the season with the victory.The Cowboys have not gone 4-0 to start a season since 1992.
The Cowboys’ offense started quickly with long runs by Ky Fisher and Nephi Meono. However, Grantsville turned it over at the Juab 4 with a fumble.
Grantsville made sure it scored on its second possession with a 54-yard TD drive. The Cowboys drove 24 yards to the Juab 30, and then put points on the board with a pass play.
With a receiver taking a defender deep, Nephi Meono threw underneath about 10 yards to tight end Jacob Riding, who ran the rest of the way for a touchdown. It was a great toss from Meono who hit Riding in stride. Ethan Steinfeldt added the the extra point and Grantsville led 7-0 with 1:48 left in the first quarter.
Grantsville put together another solid drive in the second quarter with Meono carrying the ball inside the Juab 5. A holding penalty ruined the drive for the Cowboys, and Juab then intercepted a pass at its own 6-yard line.
Unable to run, Juab tried to pass against the Cowboys. But cornerbacks Dallin Williams and Nick Arbon made great plays on the ball all night. Safety Clay Matthews came up with an interception, as did linebacker Wyatt Barrus.
After Barrus’ interception at the Juab 34 in the third quarter, a penalty hurt Grantsville in its scoring chance. Juab sacked Grantsville at the Juab 33 to snuff out the drive.
After a Juab punt, Arbon made a great return for the second-straight week. But again, a penalty thwarted the play.
Grantsville drove to the Juab 30 on the possesion, but fumbled it back to the Wasps.
After an incomplete pass, Juab started at its own 20 with 3 minutes left in the third quarter. Jake Riding broke through and knocked the ball away from the quarterback. Barrus picked it up and ran 17 yards to the end zone for Grantsville’s second and final touchdown of the night.
“We usually punch at the ball when we see it to create turnovers,” Barrus said. “Our defensive coaches work hard studying the opponents’ offensive tendencies so we’re really prepared when we go into a game.”
Last week, Barrus scored on a similar play with Smith stripping the ball against Manti.
It was a great game for the Grantsville defense overall, which includes Adams and Riding at defensive ends with Kyle Mecham at nose tackle.
Linebackers are Fisher, Barrus, Smith and Noah Mecham. Corners are Williams and Arbon. Safeties are Matthews, Dylan Winter, Alec Anderson and Nephi Meono.
Twenty penalties were assessed in the game with Gransville penalized for 117 yards and Juab for 75 yards.
Fisher carried the ball 17 times for 94 yards while Nephi Meono carried 13 times for 30 yards. The Cowboys had 186 yards rushing and 60 yards passing with four-of-10 completions passing. Riding caught two passes for 51 yards.
Fourteen players were in on tackles in the game. Leading the way with tackles were Fisher eight, Riding six, Matthews five, Anderson four, Noah Mecham three, Arbon five, Barrus four, Smith three and Adams seven.
Juab tallied 127 yards passing, and 69 yards rushing for the game.
Grantsville opens league play Friday at 7 p.m. at Carbon.