High school football: Britton Gunter leads Box Elder to win over Sky View

By Tavin Stucki

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, Sept. 18 2010 7:00 a.m. MDT

BRIGHAM CITY – Box Elder quarterback Britton Gunter used his offensive and defensive abilities to lead his team to a dominant homecoming victory Friday night over Sky View, 33-14. Gunter, the son of head coach Robbie Gunter, ran for three touchdowns and threw for one more.

Running back Sean Smith was also an integral part of the Box Elder attack, although he did not get his name on the scoreboard. Smith and Gunter both came up with big running plays that were keys in drives to touchdowns. Smith is held in high respect by his quarterback.

"Sean Smith is one of the best running backs in the state," Britton Gunter said.

The rushing duo was able to break down the Sky View defense, gaining large amounts of yardage around the corners. Coach Gunter was willing to take whatever ground his boys were able to find.

"(Sky View) took away the middle," Robbie Gunter said. "The sidelines were all that we could get."

Box Elder was able to dominate the game, imposing their will on the Bobcats on both sides of the ball. The coach was especially pleased with his defense.

"The defense played great all night," Robbie Gunter said. "They would bend, but didn't break."

The Box Elder defense came up big when they needed to in the third quarter. Down by three scores and going for it on fourth and goal from the five, Sky View needed a touchdown to stay in the game. The Bees defense worked in perfect sync; the secondary took away the passing options, and the D-line came up with the all-important sack to take the ball away.

Part of the "bending" coach Gunter referred to came in the fourth quarter as Sky View's Gabe Anderson marched his team from its own five-yard line in desperation to keep the game alive. The Bobcats converted on two separate fourth downs. The drive proved unsuccessful, however, as Anderson threw an interception on a later fourth down to Box Elder's Taylor Wilding.

Bringing a strong defensive presence is integral in any football game, and with their performance in the region opener the Bees showed their abilities are sound. Britton Gunter, who also plays linebacker, intercepted one pass and broke up two more.

"I like to play defense too," Britton Gunter said. "I like to be able to read the quarterback's eyes from the other side."

Coach Gunter was pleased with his team's offensive performance.

"(Britton) managed the game well," Robbie Gunter said. "The O-Line gave him plenty of holes to run through."

With the victory, Box Elder improves to 3-2. The Bees next play on the road at Mountain Crest.

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