STANSBURY PARK – "All in."
Those were the last words the Stansbury Stallions spoke in the locker room before they stepped onto the field Friday night for their home opener against the Uintah Utes.
Not only did the Stallions prove they were ready for the Utes, they did it with authority by beating them 51-0.
The Stallions, who had a record winning year last season as Region 11 champions, came into Friday's game with high expectations.
Coaches pulled the varsity team from the game early in the second half, and the Stallions were able to keep the Utes from producing.
Jackson Clausing ran for 114 yards and a touchdown; Tyler Stevens added 84 yards and a touchdown; and Chase Christiansen added 22 yards and a touchdown for the Stallions. Christiansen was also 3-3 with 70 yards and two touchdowns through the air. Hudson Conrad caught both touchdowns for Stansbury.
“I liked the offensive line," Stansbury coach Clint Christiansen said. "I thought they did a great job. Defensively, we have a lot of work to do. That will be our focus this week.”
Uintah threatened early, taking the ball 58 yards on eight plays before turning the ball over on downs.
The Stallions took over at their own 26-yard line and went to work. The Stallions put together a seven-play, 74-yard drive that ended in a Christiansen touchdown pass to sophomore receiver Hudson Conrad. Conrad caught a screen pass and took the ball right up the seam for 28 yards and the first touchdown of the game.
The Stallions wasted no time on their next drive, only taking two plays to score. Tyler Stevens followed his blocks and went 67 yards down the sideline to extend the Stansbury lead to 14-0.
After another Stallion defensive stop, they scored again. Christiansen found the endzone on a 17-yard scamper up the middle, and the Stallions were starting to run away with it.
The Stallions scored one more time before half. Christiansen found Conrad again, this time down the right sideline. Conrad blew pass the defense, and Christiansen floated a perfect pass.
At halftime, the score was 28-0.
“I had worked a lot during the off season on my passing mechanics,” Chase Christiansen said. “It was nice to see it pay off in a game situation.”
Jackson Clausing scored on a 40-yard run up the middle to make it 35-0 Stallions, and on the ensuing Uintah drive, Allen Havili sacked the quarterback, forcing a fumble that Chandler Staley picked up and ran 15 yards to extend the Stallion lead by 42.
Staley earned a fumble recovery, an interception and a touchdown on the night.
Havili added seven tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.
“Our offensive line did a lot of work tonight,” said Clausing. “There was no one there to tackle me, and I ran untouched all the way.”
The Stallions travel to Park City next week for their only road game in the first five weeks. The Utes play their first home game against Green River, Wyoming next week.
CJ Pronk is a Deseret Digital Media intern and a senior at Stansbury High School.