By Nathaniel Smith • The Times-Independent
The Grand County High School football team suffered its first region loss of the season on the road against Enterprise Sept. 28. The Wolves squeezed by the Red Devils with a narrow 21-16 victory.
In the relatively low-scoring affair, Enterprise’s defense managed to hold the Devils off down the stretch. The Red Devils’ typically reliable running game was not as dominant as it has been in previous games this year, partly due to three fumbles that hampered Grand’s offense.
Grand struck first when junior quarterback Bryant Troutt and senior Trent Elmore connected on a 67-yard touchdown pass. The extra point was missed, leaving the Red Devils with a six-point lead about 10 minutes into the opening quarter. The Wolves answered quickly, rushing for a touchdown to take a one-point lead just before the first quarter expired.
Grand wrested the lead back with a 38-yard field goal from sophomore Dante Wells to close the second quarter. The Red Devils went into halftime with a 9-7 advantage.
The lead continued to swing back and forth in the third quarter. Enterprise threw a 21-yard touchdown pass four minutes into the half and then completed a successful two-point conversion to go up 15-9. Grand responded with a long drive that ended with a one-yard touchdown run from Troutt. Wells tacked on the extra point to give Grand a one-point lead going into the final quarter.
With about nine minutes left in the game, Enterprise punched the ball in on a short run to give the Wolves an advantage that they carried to the end of the game. Enterprise failed on the subsequent two-point conversion, but it proved not to matter. Grand was unable to get back into the end zone, and Enterprise snuck away with the 21-16 win.
Troutt was Grand’s leading rusher, totaling 80 yards on 21 carries. Elmore ran for 70 yards on 12 carries in addition to his big reception. Senior Corbin Arbon added 54 yards with seven carries. Defensively, junior Brayden Troutt led the team with 11 tackles. Elmore came up with two sacks and senior Jarett Reidhead got one, as well.
Grand’s record stands at 4-3 overall and 2-1 in region play following the loss. The Red Devils will be at home for the last two games of the regular season. At 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, Grand takes on Beaver. The teams are tied for second place in the 2A South region, so the result of the game will have a major impact on playoff placement. The next week, Grand will face rival San Juan, the team that currently sits atop the region standings. Support from a raucous crowd will help the Red Devils use their home field advantage to finish the season strong.