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High school football: Box Elder Bees continue impressive shutout streak

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The whole D-line, every down, was just relentless. They just kept going, kept going, kept going. – Box Elder coach Robbie Gunter

GARLAND — If you don't ever allow your opponents to score a single point against you, well, let's face it — you've got a pretty darned good chance to win.

And you've got the makings of a pretty darned good season, too.

Box Elder ran its early season record to 3-0 with its third straight shutout as the Bees blanked traditional rival Bear River 42-0 in their annual Golden Spike grudge match Friday night. Box Elder has outscored its first three opponents of the season by a combined 109-0.

Kyler Allen and Matt Williams each scored a pair of touchdowns for Box Elder, and another fierce effort by the Bees' defense completely shut down a Bears squad which came into Friday's annual showdown boasting an unbeaten record of its own while averaging over 35 points per game.

But it was nothing doing against this determined Box Elder squad, which bottled up the Bears to the tune of just over 100 yards of total offense and feasted on four B.R. turnovers, including a 12-yard interception return by Breckin Gunter for the game's first touchdown.

"That's a lot of fun, I'll tell you that," Box Elder coach Robbie Gunter said of his team's impressive shutout streak. "The defense is just playing great, playing together and playing solid. They know their role and stepped up again and did a good job.

"The whole D-line, every down, was just relentless. They just kept going, kept going, kept going. In (the Bears') style of offense, you've got to be assignment-sound, and I thought our backers and our front seven did an awesome job. We stay together and play together, so they all did a great job, but they were led well by the front seven.

"I felt like our coaches really prepared the kids well this week," the Bees' head coach said, "and I think the kids focused and just took it one play and one day at a time (in the opening week of school). The energy level we had tonight was pretty awesome. If we can keep that going, we have a pretty good football team."

The Bees certainly made believers out of the county rival Bears in Friday's renewal of one of the longest-running prep rivalries in the state.

Allen carried the ball 15 times for a season-high 132 yards — a nifty average of nearly 9 yards per carry — and had scoring runs of 33 yards early in the second quarter and 3 yards just before halftime, helping Box Elder take a 29-0 lead at intermission.

"As soon as I got my first big run (that 33-yard TD burst), it opened up my confidence," said Allen. "It felt good, the whole game felt great.

"The line was making huge holes for me. They're not the biggest guys but they're tough, they're tough. Every time I'm down the field, they're down there knocking over guys. Even if it's 30 yards downfield, they're knocking guys over."

Williams added 56 yards rushing and two touchdown runs of his own, the first one coming when he knifed into the end zone from 10 yards out in the third quarter to make it 35-0, and the second one when he hammered it in from two yards out for the Bees' final score midway through the fourth quarter.

McKay Parrish scored Box Elder's other touchdown when he hauled in a 21-yard pass from Shad Watson late in the first period. Parrish had a big all-around night, kicking four PATs, running for a two-point conversion and recovering a fumble, too.

K.C. Lowry and Keaton Ayotte also had fumble recoveries for the Bees, and big Nate Wanner contributed a couple of sacks for a determined Box Elder defense that put plenty of pressure on Bear River quarterback Kyle Zundel all night long.

Box Elder was driving for another possible score late in the game, but Coach Gunter displayed plenty of class by having his quarterback twice take a knee deep in B.R. territory, allowing the clock to run out without inflicting any more damage.