Ain’t it Grand? The Red Devils are headed to the state 2A championship after shutting out Beaver for the second time this season in a defensive slugfest at the state semifinal game in Provo Nov. 3, winning 10-0. The team faces juggernaut South Summit at Weber State University in Ogden on Nov. 10.
Defense was the key against Beaver. Each side had a sloppy three-and-out on the first possession. On the Red Devils’ second possession, it looked as if Grand was making some progress, making it to the Beavers’ 41-yard-line before the Beavers’ defense woke up.
The Red Devils had a false start that pushed them back five yards. Quarterback Bryant Troutt ran to help his own cause and he picked up some yardage, but the Beavers kept him in check. The pass to Stacy Randall was missed. The Devils’ drive stalled and the Beavers took over on downs.
At about the four-minute mark in the first quarter, the Beavers were on their own 38. A runner scampered down the field to the Devils’ 10-yard line. Dante Wells made a stop and Brayden Troutt sacked the Beaver QB and ended the threat. The devils took over on downs.
It was the closest the Beavers would get to the end zone.
Late in the first quarter, the Red Devils’ offense found its rhythm. With less than two minutes in the first, on its own 20, the Red Devils started an effective campaign.
Trent Elmore picked up a first down. QB Troutt picked up three yards. Corbin Arbon ran for 15 and broke into Beaver territory.
The second quarter began with Grand County on the march. At the 11-minute mark the Red Devils were on the Beaver 27-yard line when Arbon ran to the four and Grand had its first chance to score. But they couldn’t run it in and the field goal attempt was no good after a bad snap.
The last 10 minutes of the first half featured six changes of possession. The chilly wind was a problem for both sides. The Red Devils had a solid offensive and defensive strategy going by the end of the first half, but the Devils had opportunities they let slip by. The Beavers’ offense seemed frustrated. Their defense bent, but didn’t break. The score was 0-0 at the half.
The Red Devils got into a groove in the third quarter. The Beavers got the ball first and the Devils’ defense kept them pinned in their own end. The Devils’ first possession came with 10 minutes left in the third quarter.
The Devils’ drive sputtered at midfield. Dante Wells was called in to punt. Wells faked the punt and ran for the first down, leading to a 38-yard field goal.
The Beavers got the ball back but fumbled on second down. Jaymmin Hester recovered for Grand on the Beavers’ 27-yard line. Troutt scored on a leaping dive into the end zone after the team ran a few plays.
Wells nailed the extra point and the Red Devils were up 10-0 with less than 11 minutes to play.
Neither team could muster offense, but the Red Devils held on to the ball for the final six-plus minutes of the game.