STANSBURY PARK, Utah — The Stansbury Stallions and Tooele Buffaloes met for their fourth annual Battle of the Boot on Friday night. What was supposed to be a battle, however, turned into a beat down.
The Stallions won 55-0, dominating Tooele in every category. The 5-0 Stallions racked up more than 600 yards of total offense, while forcing Tooele to punt on every drive except its last.
“They executed well,” said Stansbury head coach Clint Christiansen. “They looked really solid.”
The Stallions got things rolling early, scoring on their first seven drives. One of Clausing’s touchdowns came on just the third play of the Stallions’ opening drive. Clausing took it 79 yards to the house, and the Stallions never looked back.
Christiansen found Chandler Staley on an 18-yard touchdown pass on the next drive. And on the third drive, he took it himself for an 8-yard touchdown run.
Clausing scored his second touchdown — a 66-yard long-haul — on the next drive, and Christiansen scored on a 51-yard dash to make it 35-0 midway through the second quarter.
“The only concern was that our varsity didn’t get enough time on the field heading into a huge game,” said coach Christiansen. “We wanted our varsity to get more time, but that’s just the way it goes. When the game gets out of control you’ve got to do the best you can to control the score."
The Stallions' varsity had one more shot to score before intermission. After converting on a 4th-and-1 from the 11-yard-line, the Stallions capped off a twelve-play series, a 61-yard drive that took nearly four minutes off the clock, with a Christiansen touchdown pass to Tyler Stevens from 8 yards out to make it 42-0.
After halftime, the Stansbury varsity was done.
Stansbury junior fullback Jesse Horowitz scored on two 60-yard touchdowns in the second half, and this game was over.
The Stallions donned a number 14 on their arms Friday night, honoring their speedy sophomore Hudson Conrad. Conrad had to undergo season-ending surgery after suffering a foot injury in Stansbury’s game against Delta two weeks ago.
“We wanted to come out, play hard, and do it for Hudson,” said senior linebacker Colton May. “It was a big game for us, a rivalry game, and we wanted to win it for him.”
The Stallions face their first real test next week when they travel to Morgan to take on the Trojans, while Tooele will face another of its close rivals, the Grantsville Cowboys.
CJ Pronk is a Deseret Digital Media intern and a senior at Stansbury High School.