BRIGHAM CITY — Box Elder quarterback Britton Gunter gave his team the victory as he marched the Bees downfield to the 1-yard line before running in to score the game-winning touchdown with just 2.2 seconds left on the clock in a 21-17 upset over region rival Logan.
On the previous drive, the Grizzlies pulled things together to go up by three in the final three minutes of the game as they set up a 27-yard field goal by Jake Thompson, making the score 17-14.
The Grizzly offense, which averaged 33.5 points a game before today, was limited to just half that from the stifling play of the Box Elder defense.
The Bees held strong three different times in the second half to pin the Grizzlies inside their own 20-yard line and force a punt. Box Elder coach Robbie Gunter said that his defense played great.
"Our kids competed for everything," Gunter said. "I hope we're still healthy, cuz they gave everything out here. Great D."
Gunter accounted for all three of the Bees' touchdowns as they improved their record to 4-3 (3-1 in Region 5). In addition to the game-winning run, he added two more scores to receivers Jordan Gerfen and Justus Brown. Gunter also intercepted a pass from Logan quarterback Luke Faulk, while playing safety on defense. Box Elder coach Robbie Gunter, Britton's father, said that he was excited as he commented on his son's play.
"He played good," the coach said. "He got a little frustrated with me when we started running the trap, but he just let the big dudes run."
Logan's historically powerful offense, led this week by sophomore Luke Faulk, pulled ahead early in the first quarter as Faulk threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Kerby Olsen to make it 7-0. After the two Box Elder touchdowns, the 6-foot-4 tandem would combine once more in the second quarter on a 9-yard touchdown pass to tie it up at 14 before eventually failing in the exciting region showdown.
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With the win, Region 5 has become wide open as Logan, Box Elder and Mountain Crest are now all tied at 3-1 in region play.
Despite the close race for a region title, coach Gunter said that the Bees will continue to take one game at a time.
"Logan played a great game tonight, awesome O," said Gunter, whose wife and daughter ran onto the field to celebrate the win with him. "Our players had a belief and an attitude in themselves, a trust for each other. It sure is a lot of fun."
Box Elder will next travel to Morgan and Logan will visit Judge Memorial, both games on Wednesday because of the UEA weekend.