The Red Devils will play deep into the state football playoffs after getting through a tough test in the South Sevier Rams, winning Friday’s quarterfinal game at home 28-21. Grand’s next opponent is Beaver at Timpview High School in Provo Nov. 3 at 1:30 p.m. Grand beat Beaver earlier this season, 21-0.
During last week’s quarterfinal match, the Red Devils got to work early after forcing a fumble at the 10:41 mark of the first quarter. Less than a minute later, quarterback Bryant Troutt ran the ball in for a touchdown. The extra point was good and Grand was up 7-0.
Brayden Troutt intercepted the ball on the Ram’s 37-yard line, but the Red Devils couldn’t capitalize on the turnover. The Rams took over and marched the ball into Grand territory. A penalty cost the Red Devils more yards, allowing the Rams to batter their way into the end zone. The extra point was good and the score was tied, 7-7.
The Red Devils scored early in the second quarter when Corbin Arbon ran the ball in for a touchdown. The extra point was good and Grand was up by 7. The end of the second quarter was downright scary for Red Devils fans. With 36 seconds left in the half, Arbon went down with a leg injury.
The second half started with Arbon on the bench and both teams sputtered through a scoreless third quarter – and both teams racked up an impressive number of penalties.
Early in the 4th quarter Dante Wells was called in to punt for the Red Devils. He dropped the snap, but kept his composure, and his boot pinned the Rams at their own 6-yard line. The Rams’ punter was not as lucky after a three and out. Poor special teams play gifted the Red Devils the ball on the Rams’ 14-yard line, leading to a Trent Elmore touchdown run. The extra point was good and Grand was up 21-7.
The Rams stayed in the game by scoring on their next possession, but the PAT failed. Not to be outdone, Grand County marched down the field and scored.
To the relief of Red Devils fans, Corbin Arbon came back in the game after telling a sideline reporter he was “ready to run.” And run he did – all the way to the 1-yard line, setting up what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown.
Bryant Troutt took the ball in for the score and the extra point was good.
The Rams got the ball with less than two minutes to play and scored on another drive and then executed an impressive two-point conversion, but it was too little too late as Grand maintained possession and let the clock run out.