Red Devils bounce back with 42-14 win over Enterprise
by Jeff Richards
Contributing Writer
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Red Devil quarterback Koi Cook runs with the ball during Grand’s 42-14 victory over Enterprise on Sept. 27.       Photo by Jeff Richards
Red Devil quarterback Koi Cook runs with the ball during Grand’s 42-14 victory over Enterprise on Sept. 27. Photo by Jeff Richards
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The Grand County High School football team bounced back from the previous week’s loss at Beaver by defeating the Enterprise Wolves 42-14 at Moab on Friday, Sept. 27.

  Running back Cameron Taylor rushed for three touchdowns and quarterback Koi Cook rushed for two more as the Red Devils stayed undefeated at home this season and improved their record to 5-1 overall.

  “I expected that we’d come back stronger after last week’s loss,” said GCHS head coach Dennis Wells. “Sometimes, it doesn’t hurt to lose a game in the middle of the season, as long as you learn from it.”

  Although missing the services of injured quarterback and kicker Jacob Francis, who is sidelined for a few weeks with a broken leg, the Red Devils high-scoring offense appeared to be back in form against Enterprise, racking up six touchdowns. Grand’s defense also held the Wolves scoreless in the second half.

  “We shut them down pretty much the whole game,” Wells said. “There were just a couple of plays where they got past us and scored.”

  Taylor scored his first touchdown on a 60-yard run early in the first quarter, during Grand’s first possession. Koby Sobremesana, a junior, kicked the extra point to make it 7-0 for Grand. Sobremesana was a perfect six for six in extra-point kicks during the game.

  Enterprise tied the score later in the first quarter on an 8-yard pass, but Grand regained the lead in the second quarter with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Cook to Tanner White. On Grand’s next possession, White and Cook pulled off a role reversal of sorts, with White throwing his only pass of the game, a 58-yard heave that Cook caught and advanced to the Enterprise 7-yard line. Taylor later rushed for a 7-yard touchdown to put Grand ahead 21-7.

  Wolves running back Kelton Hunt barreled through for a 40-yard TD run late in the second quarter to make the halftime score 21-14.

Neither team scored during the third quarter, but Cook scored on a 7-yard rushing touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter. Cook then added a 6-yard touchdown run a few minutes later to extend the Red Devils’ lead to 35-14.

  Grand’s final score of the game came on a 23-yard touchdown run by Taylor with just over five minutes remaining.

Taylor finished with 174 yards on 18 carries, while Cook added 172 yards on 19 carries. Altogether, the Red Devils had 402 rushing yards in addition to 191 yards receiving on 10 catches, for a total of 593 total yards of offense.

Defensively, Edgar Gomez led the team with 10 tackles, including a sack. Ronnie Dolphin and Austin Day also recorded sacks for the Red Devils.

On Friday, Oct. 4, the Red Devils will travel to play a non-region contest against Summit Academy in Bluffdale.

Although the Bears went 5-5 last season in the 1A classification, they are 0-6 so far this year as a 2A school. Even so, Wells said the Red Devils can’t overlook Summit Academy, which is in the 2A North region.

“They are a good team. They almost beat Millard at Millard last week,” Wells said. “It’s going to be a tough game.”

The Grand vs. Summit Academy contest is scheduled to start at 4 p.m., as the Bears’ home field is not equipped with lights.

  The following week, on Friday, Oct. 11, the Red Devils will host Parowan for their final regular-season home game. Grand will then travel to Blanding to play San Juan on Thursday, Oct. 17. Both of those contests are scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

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