STANSBURY PARK – The Stansbury Stallions began Region 11 play against Bear River Friday night, hoping to stay undefeated on the year, and move to 4-0 for the first time ever.
They did just that in beating the Bears 37-18.
Stansbury quarterback Chase Christiansen completed 6-of-13 passes for for 84 yards, and a career-high three touchdown passes – two to Chandler Staley.
Bear River quarterback Kyle Zundel accounted for all three of the Bears' touchdowns, throwing two touchdown passes to Garrett Fronk, and running for one more.
“They were blitzing pretty hard at us,” said Christiansen. “We tried to get them off of us, and I found Chandler and Tyler in the end zone.”
The Stallions started off at with great field position at their own 40 after a Bear River personal foul. The Stallions wasted no time in taking the ball 60 yards in eight plays and capped the drive off with a three-yard touchdown pass from Christiansen to Staley.
The rest of the first quarter presented offensive struggles for both teams. Both defenses played very well, and Stansbury led 7-0 after one.
On the first play of the second quarter, Zundel found Fronk for the first time from five yards out, ending a six-play, 71-yard drive. After a missed PAT, the Stallions still lead 7-6.
On the ensuing drive, Dacota Case found the end zone on a 66-yard run to put the Stallions up 13-6, and a few minutes later Christiansen hooked up with Tyler Stevens for a 19-yard touchdown to take the lead to 20-6.
Just before the half, Tyler Jensen intercepted a Zundel pass down the left sideline, and the Stallions took a 20-6 lead into the locker room.
After forcing Bear River to a three-and-out on their first drive of the second half, the Stallions scored on the first play of their ensuing drive. Jackson Clausing powered his way through the Bear River defense and hit the sideline for a 65-yard touchdown to put the Stallions up 27-6.
Zayne Anderson picked off a Zundel pass on Bear River’s next drive. A few drives later, Christiansen hooked up with Staley for a 22-yard touchdown – their second connection of the night — making it 34-6 heading to the fourth quarter.
“It felt good,” said Staley. “I was seeing a lot of open field. Chase threw the ball perfect and everybody executed exactly how they were supposed to.”
The Stallions varsity team was pulled early in the fourth quarter, and Bear River took advantage. After a Darius Johnson 36-yard field goal made it 37-6 Stallions, Bear River scored twice.
Zundel threw a 52-yard bomb to Fronk to make it 37-12 with 2:14 remaining, and kept it himself for a 10-yard touchdown just a few minutes later.
The Stallions move to 4-0 overall and 1-0 in Region 11, while Bear River moves to 2-2 overall, and 0-1 in Region 11.
The Stallions face cross-town rival Tooele next week for The Battle of the Boot, while the Bears take on Ogden in Garland, Utah.
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