For the first time since the 1974 season, the Grand County Red Devils football team has started at 7-0 (3-0) after defeating the Enterprise Wolves, 34-7, in their final regular-season home game on Friday, Sept. 29.
Grand County amassed 112 yards passing, courtesy of sophomore Bryant Troutt, going 6-9 in the air. The Devils logged 408 rushing yards — 134 of those came from Troutt on 19 carries — and senior Nick Downard averaged 18.5 yards on four carries. Offensively, Troutt was a scoring machine, adding two rushing touchdowns. Senior Dakota Johnson and junior Trent Elmore also rushed for TDs in the win.
Johnson began the game off a 15-yard TD run with 5:59 in the first quarter — and the defense followed up by forcing a four-and-out to give the Devils another chance to score from their own 43-yard-line — which they did, via a 54-yard TD run by Troutt with 3:44 to go in the first quarter.
Up 14-0, the Devils then turned to Trent Elmore as he delivered another six points for Grand County. Dante Wells added two field goals and was 4-4 on PATs in the win.
Enterprise finally got on the board after scoring a rushing TD at 7:22 in the third period, but then Troutt slammed the door shut on the Wolves with a 2-yard TD run to tally it up at 34-7.
Downard had his second interception and fumble recovery in as many weeks for the Red Devils — and he led the night defensively with a solo tackle and seven assists. Sophomore Brayden Troutt logged four solo stops and was in three assists. Senior Gage Hansen forced the Wolves fumble.
After the game, Johnson said the biggest question mark looming over the game was whether the Red Devils could compete after losing both Brayden Schultz and Josh Jones to season-ending injuries last week against North Sevier.
“It was a big challenge this week because we didn’t know how everything was going to work out after losing two of our quarterbacks,” Johnson said. “We prepared hard for this game on both offense and defense though, and [Bryant Troutt] really put together a good game for us tonight. It was tough, but we’re still good as a team and we’re getting better every week.”
Grand County is now flying high in the rarified air of elite Utah high school football teams with an undefeated record — one that will be put to the test next week when they face Beaver (6-1, 3-0) on the road.
The regular season will come to a close in two weeks when the Red Devils travel to archrival San Juan (3-4, 2-1) in Blanding.