PARK CITY – The Stansbury Stallions hit the trail for their first road game in Park City Friday night, looking to go 2-0 for the second straight season.
After facing some minor adversity before halftime, the Stallions were able to pull things together and beat the Miners 42-7.
Five different players found the end zone for Stansbury, and the combination of Chase Christiansen, Chandler Staley, Dacota Case, and Tyler Stevens ran for nearly 250 yards and five touchdowns on the night. Alex Boyle scored the lone touchdown for Park City.
“We got a little sloppy there for a minute, made some stupid mistakes, but overall I thought we were really sound on both sides of the ball,” said Stansbury coach Clint Christiansen. “That was uncharacteristic for us, but we were able to pull it together.”
Park City went three and out on their first possession, and the Stallions took advantage. After a great return by sophomore Hudson Conrad, the Stallions scored on their second play, a 25-yard run by Case to make it 7-0 early.
The Stallions got another stop on Park City’s next possession, recording two sacks on the drive. The Stallions then went 67 yards in eight plays to make it 14-0 after Christiansen ran a 2-yard touchdown.
Early in the second quarter Park City made things interesting: Boyle scored on a 57-yard run, and fans had themselves a one possession game.
Park City executed a successful onside kick, and took the ball to Stansbury's 28-yard line before Stansbury linebacker Colton May was able to make a huge tackle for a loss on third down to set up a missed field goal. May ended the night with 15 tackles, and a tackle for a loss.
The Stallions capitalized off the missed field goal, putting together a six-play, 80-yard drive that ended with another 2-yard run by Christiansen making the score 21-7.
Tyler Jensen was able to intercept the pass from Park City quarterback Alec Wing on Park City’s next possession, and take it 43 yards for a touchdown to make it 28-7 Stansbury. Jensen ended the game with an interception, a touchdown and a sack.
Another interception, this time by Alex Mackay is how the half ended, and the Stallions had the 28-7 lead.
A 10-yard touchdown run by Tyler Stevens made the score 35-7 early in the third, and Stansbury began to pull away.
Chandler Staley scored on a 66-yard run where he ran over a defender at the line of scrimmage and took the ball down the sidelines to put the game out of reach for the Miners. Staley finished the game with three carries, 104 yards and a touchdown.
The Stallions start the season 2-0 for the second straight year, and will face Delta in Stansbury next week. Park City drops to 0-2 on the year, and will face Snow Canyon at home next week.
CJ Pronk is a Deseret Digital Media intern and a senior at Stansbury High School.