The Morgan Trojan football team has been scoring points this year as if it were basketball season. Still, they knew they would have a hard time last Thursday night against the Grantsville Cowboys.
The Cowboys entered the game ranked third in the state, while the Trojans were right behind them at fourth. Not only did this game pit two top-five teams against one another, it had major implications for the region title as well. The Trojans ruined senior night for the Cowboys as they escaped with a 17-14 win.
For the first time all year, the Trojans weren’t the first to score in the game. The Cowboys took the lead on a Ky Fisher 29-yard run, as he broke free from the defense to give them the early lead and momentum.
But as the Trojans have shown all year, anything you can do I can do better. That came from one of their senior leaders, Matt Murdock. After taking the ball from quarterback Ben Saunders, he sprinted past the defense to even the score on a 34-yard run.
Kicker Dallen Calder made sure that he was on point in this important battle. His 31-yard field goal was the only score in the second quarter, as the Trojans went into half-time up 10-7. The explosive offense was being contained by the pesky Cowboy defense.
That trend continued in the second half. Scoring was hard to come by as the Cowboys were able to contain Kade Carrigan, who had been running past defenses the past few weeks. But Ben Saunders would not be denied on the one yard line as he pushed his way through to extend the lead to 17-7, and give the Trojans their biggest lead of the game.
Both defenses continued to dominate the offenses as the drives continued to stall. As the Trojans entered the fourth quarter still garnering the 10-point lead, the Cowboys were looking for a big play or momentum switch to lead them to victory. But all they could muster up was a nine-yard touchdown run from Nephi Meono. That was all the Trojan defense would give them. They showed once again that they are more than able to keep the other team from putting points on the board.
The Trojans have another short week as they take on North Sanpete at home at 7 p.m. If they are able to win that game, the match-up with Judge Memorial on Oct. 25 will determine the region title. Both teams would enter that matchup undefeated in region play.