Two top-ranked teams in the state's 3A division went head-to-head when No. 1 Mountain Crest met No. 3 Box Elder Friday night.
Mountain Crest held its ground, coming away with a 28-7 victory and doing it without its two explosive running backs, Korey Kohler and Ryan Pond, who were both injured early in the first half.Kohler sustained a knee injury late in the first quarter that could keep him out for three weeks or more. Before he left he scored on a 65-yard run to give the Mustangs a 6-0 lead five minutes into the game.
Box Elder responded when Joe Stewart returned the kickoff for a 99-yard touchdown. But that was to be the Bees' only score, although they got inside Mountain Crest's 20-yard line three times.
Pond scored a TD on a 1-yard run before an ankle injury only a few minutes into the second quarter. Pond didn't play in the second half but is expected to return for next week's game.
Mountain Crest also scored on a 13-yard pass from Corey Anderson to Chris Douglas just before the end of the half, giving the Mustangs a 21-7 halftime lead. They scored their final touchdown with three minutes remaining on a 4-yard pass from Anderson to Burke Parret.
Mustang Coach Dan Cox said of Anderson, "This kid really played with all his heart. He's just the person who makes things happen. He finds the open man and can rush for big yardage."
Anderson had 64 yards rushing and completed 12 of 20 passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns.
Logan 7, Ben Lomond 0
At Ben Lomond, Logan held the Scots to just 121 yards of offense, and a penalty hleped short-circuit a late Scot drive as the Grizzlies pitched a shutout against their region five foe. The Grizzlies' Greg Anderson carried for 100 yards on 18 attempts, and Ty Kidman hit Terry Spencer from 5 yards out for the game's only score.