STANSBURY PARK — It was senior night in Stansbury when the Stansbury Stallions and Ogden Tigers met Friday night in a Region 11 battle.
The Stallions came into the game rolling, having won a school-record seven games in a row. The Tigers, on the other hand, came into the game 3-4, hoping to get back to .500 on the year.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, the reigning Region 11 champions were too much to handle. The Stallions beat the Tigers 35-0, shutting them down on both sides of the ball.
Seniors Colton May and Jackson Clausing combined for 21 tackles, and Clausing came up with an interception that he ran back 25 yards for a touchdown. Jesse Horowitz led the Stallions with eight carries for 114 yards, while Chase Christiansen added four carries for 111 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while also recording his first career interception. Dacota Case and Chandler Staley also added touchdowns for the Stallions.
“We’ve worked really hard our whole lives to get to this point,” said May. “It meant a lot to win it, especially on senior night.”
The Stallions started off slow, letting Ogden drive all the way to the Stansbury 24-yard line. The drive lasted nearly six minutes, and the Tigers ran 14 plays. Unfortunately for Ogden, it ended with a missed 41-yard field goal.
After taking over at their own 20-yard line, the Stallions didn’t waste any time, taking only one play to grab a 7-0 lead. Dacota Case followed a great block from his tight end Austen Kincaid and darted 80 yards to the end zone, putting the Stallions up 7-0.
The Stallions scored again early in the second quarter when Chandler Staley broke a few tackles and raced 49 yards to the end zone to give the Stallions a two-score lead.
“It was great,” said Staley. “Especially on senior night when you want to make everybody proud.”
Chase Christiansen scampered 32 yards to the end zone to give the Stallions a 21-0 lead, and a few minutes later raced 25 yards to the end zone to put the Stallions up 28-0.
“We started out slow, which you never want to do,” said Christiansen. “But as soon as we got going, we got into a rhythm, the line opened up holes and we were able to score some points.”
The Stallions’ final score came on a 25-yard interception return by Clausing. Clausing stepped in front of a Michael Richardson pass and took it to the house, putting the Stallions up 35-0 heading into halftime.
The Stallion defense intercepted Richardson three times on the night, making life very tough for the junior quarterback. Clausing, Tyler Jensen, and Christiansen all recorded interceptions for the Stallions.
Junior running back Jesse Horowitz had a great night for Stansbury, rushing for 114 yards on eight carries.
“It was great, man,” said Horowitz. “They were flowing hard to the motion side, and once we took advantage of that, it was open all night long.”
The Stallions set a new school record with eight consecutive wins, while moving to 8-0 on the season. The Stallions will face their rivals, the Grantsville Cowboys, next week, and with a win, would clinch their second straight Region 11 title.
The Tigers drop to 3-5 on the year, and will face Morgan at home next week.
CJ Pronk is a Deseret Digital Media intern and a senior at Stansbury High School.