PLEASANT VIEW — With both Weber and Box Elder heading into their season opener Friday night hoping to bounce back after a tough 2008, it was the Warriors who ended up looking like they'll do just that, as they trounced the visiting Bees, 42-0.
"Our goal was to play hard tonight," Weber coach Richard Murray said. "We wanted to play hard, regardless of how the game went or the outcome."
While to their coach they were playing hard, but to the fans in attendance it looked easy throughout, as Weber's offense marched up and down the field with little resistance. Daines racked up 107 yards on just seven carries, including touchdown runs of 40 and 31 yards, while Adams completed 11 of 20 passes for 123 yards and two scores.
Daines was quick to praise his teammates for the win, as they gave him plenty of room to run.
"The o-line did a great job tonight," he said. "It was a great win. It proves to us that our team chemistry can carry us through this season."
For Box Elder first-year coach Robbie Gunter, it was hard to find many positives, other than the fact that the season is still very young.
"It was our first one," he said. "We're not as far along as I thought we were, but we're at the part of the season where we can move to where we want to be."
Weber was able to jump on the board early, holding Box Elder to four-and-out and then scoring on its first play from scrimmage, as Daines scampered 31 yards for a touchdown, giving Weber a 6-0 lead after a missed PAT attempt.
But the real onslaught began in the second quarter, as Weber marched 70 yards down field in just less than three minutes to open the quarter, capped by an Adams to wide receiver Jake Oberg 10-yard touchdown pass, making the score 13-0.
After forcing another punt, Weber again marched down field, with Keaton Scherer capping the drive with a 34-yard field goal. Three plays later, Weber's defense forced Box Elder's Sean Smith to fumble, recovering the ball at its own 7-yard line. On the next play, Adams hit tight end Mason Moore, who dragged a Bee defender across the goal line, giving Weber a 23-0 lead. Just two plays after that, Weber's defense swarmed after the snap flew over Box Elder quarterback Mitch Parrish's head and into the end zone, bringing down Colby Bahe for a safety. That gave the Warriors a commanding 25-0 lead heading into halftime.
Weber looks to build on its momentum next week as it takes on Viewmont in an important Region 1 matchup, while Box Elder hopes to regroup at Copper Hills.