The Red Devils scored early and often, racking up five touchdowns in the second quarter alone, giving them a 49-7 halftime lead in their homecoming game.
“Our offense is really clicking and we are playing as a team not individuals,” said Red Devil quarterback Jacob Francis, who scored two touchdowns and threw for another.
“We had another strong game on both offense and defense,” added GCHS head coach Dennis Wells.
Junior Ronnie Dolphin set the tone in the opening minute of the contest when he intercepted a North Sevier pass and ran it back 33 yards into the end zone for a touchdown. Francis kicked the extra point to give Grand an early 7-0 lead.
Later in the first quarter, the Red Devils struck again, this time on a 20-yard touchdown run by Francis. But North Sevier answered with a 63-yard TD pass from Fisher Anderson to Collin Rassmussen, and added the extra point to make it 14-7 at the end of the first quarter.
Red Devil running back Koi Cook scored a two-yard rushing touchdown on the first play of the second quarter. A couple minutes later, Cameron Taylor ran back a punt for a touchdown.
The Red Devils scored next when Francis connected on a 16-yard touchdown pass to Layton Call. Taylor then added a one-yard touchdown run, which came on the heels of two other consecutive plays by Taylor, a 37-yard pass reception and a nine-yard run.
With 1:11 to play in the second quarter, Francis intercepted a pass at midfield and scrambled 49 yards for a touchdown. Francis added his seventh straight extra-point kick to make it 49-7 at halftime.
The only score of the second half was a three-yard TD run by Cook late in the third quarter. Francis missed that extra-point kick, however, leaving the score at 55-7.
While the teams held each other scoreless the rest of the way, the clock ran essentially without stopping during the fourth quarter, due to the so-called mercy rule that goes into effect in lopsided contests.
With the victory, Grand boosted its season record to 3-0 and is now averaging more than 50 points per contest. The Red Devils also avoided punting the ball for the third week in a row.
Francis ended up with 118 yards passing and 74 yards rushing, in addition to another 106 all-purpose yards on a kick return and the interception return. Cook rushed for 101 yards on offense and led the team with 10 tackles.
This week, on Friday, Sept. 13, the Red Devils will play their first road game of the season when they travel to Monroe to face the South Sevier Rams. South Sevier is 2-1 so far this year, coming off a last-second win over the San Juan Broncos at Blanding on Sept. 6. The Rams kicked a 30-yard field goal as time expired to win that game 10-7, which was reportedly South Sevier’s first win over San Juan since 1978.
“It will probably be our first true test,” said coach Wells, noting that Grand beat the Rams by a single point when they two teams met at Moab last year – Grand won that Sept. 28, 2012 contest by the score of 14-13.
“Offensively, we hope to score more points than we did last year,” Wells said. “The key is going to be whether our defense can shut them down.”
“We know it’s going to be a dogfight!” Francis added.