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image Dallin Williams carries the ball for Grantsville at last Thursday’s game against Morgan. Tons of football in a short time span has kept Mark Watson busy.

October 17, 2013
Three football games in seven days makes for a busy week of sports

This sports writing job can be a lot of fun.

During baseball season, I know I’ve covered three baseball games within a seven-day time span, and certainly the same thing for basketball. But I don’t ever recall covering three football games in seven days. Or even attending three football games in that short of time.

But from Thursday, Oct. 10 through Wednesday, Oct. 16, I attended three football games with the intent of writing something about all of them.

Indeed, I’ve been “Out and About” recently, watching football.

The first two games didn’t go so well for the teams and/or person I was focusing on. The third game, just last night, went extremely well for the team I covered.

Game No. 1 on Oct. 10 was Morgan at Grantsville. The Cowboys had a shot to make some noise in the 3A North Region with a victory over the Trojans. Grantsville, however, dropped its second-straight game to Morgan after beating Morgan in overtime when the Trojans visited Grantsville in 2011.

Apparently, whatever ailed Grantsville in the narrow 17-14 loss to Morgan lingered through Wednesday night when the Cowboys traveled to Delta for a non-region game. The Rabbits surprised the Cowboys 19-13 to give them two losses in a row after Grantsville had won six of their first seven games.

Game No. 2 on Saturday, Oct. 12 was mostly to watch one player in action than a whole team.

Former Grantsville High School quarterback Craig Harrison got the call to start for the Utah State Aggies against Boise State after Chuckie Keeton was lost for the season with an injury the previous week.

I decided early in the week to call Utah State and request media credentials to watch the game. The pass was granted and I nestled in the front row of the press box on the 50-yard line. College games and Utah Jazz games are great with free lunches and great seats to view the action. Miller Motorsports Park will cater and feed journalists as well.

I didn’t know what to expect from Harrison because he was thrown into the fire against a great opponent, and it seemed USU coaches were not quite sure what to do after Keeton’s injury.

I thought Harrison played well. The Aggies had plenty of other challenges beside the quarterback issue. They had a top offensive lineman and  top running back missing too. And they were playing Boise State—a tough game even with all your first-team players available.

Harrison was pulled from the game early in the third quarter with Boise State leading 24-10. The Broncos won the game 34-23.

Game No. 3 came on Wednesday night.

I was ready to head to Delta to watch the Cowboys beat up on the Rabbits. But some unforeseen issues changed my plans, and I drove east to Park City to watch the Stallions beat up on the Miners.

Things worked out for me covering a winning team because later I learned the Cowboys did not beat up the Rabbits while I did witness the Stallions beat up the Miners 42-7.

Stansbury was mostly beating itself up in the early going with fumbles and penalties, although SHS coaches did not agree with several of the penalties. The Stallions went crazy in the second half and outscored Park City 28-0.

As I wrapped up the Stansbury story late Wednesday night, it wrapped up three football games in seven days.

This sports writing job can be a lot of fun.

Mark Watson

Sports Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Mark directs all editorial coverage of sports in addition to reporting on a wide range of events from high school football to international racing. He has a wealth of journalism experience, having worked for four other newspapers in the state. Mark grew up in Tooele County and graduated from Grantsville High School and Brigham Young University.

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