Confidence and competence were on full display as the Red Devil football team defeated the Providence Hall Patriots 42-6 on Friday, August 23, in Moab.
What a difference a week can make. In the first outing of the season, Grand fell to the Morgan Trojans 0-51. The Red Devils were reserved and almost shy in that game and they dropped the ball, literally, many times and that led to the dramatic defeat.
In the game against Providence Hall, the 2018 regional champion Red Devils took the field and scored early and often against the non-region opponent.
Senior Trea Meyer picked up Grand’s first touchdown of the season. With a little more than seven minutes left in the first quarter at the 19-yard line with fourth down and three to go, the Red Devils went for it. Senior quarterback Bryant Troutt skillfully hoisted the ball to Meyer near the goal line as Meyer rolled into the end zone unopposed.
Providence Hall scored five minutes after Grand on a strong drive, but the Red Devil’s defense stopped the point-after attempt. Senior Joey Cloud scored after catching a 60-yard pass to put the Red Devils up 14-6 at the end of the first quarter.
Cloud had a productive game and he is a fan favorite. On offense, Cloud has fancy footwork and uses limbo body contortions to keep himself just beyond the grasp of tacklers. When on defense, Cloud has a talent for racing across the field to stop offensive breakouts.
Troutt rushed for two touchdowns, one in the second quarter and one in the third. Troutt’s first touchdown of the season was a 52-yard scamper in which he shook off two defenders before he did a Superman pose and dove headlong into the end zone.
Junior Dante Wells scored a touchdown in the third and he had a stellar offensive and defensive game. Brayden Troutt picked Grand County’s final touchdown very late in the third.
Chasee Croasmun had a great game, as well. He did not score any touchdowns, but he is the Red Devils’ workhorse and he had a few runs and catches that put Grand in excellent field position.
The Red Devils’ defense did a more than serviceable job. First and foremost the defense confined Providence Hall to a scant six points. The defense generated a few three-and-outs and got the ball back in the hands of the Red Devils’ offense.
The Red Devils are scheduled to face Union High School in Roosevelt at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30.