Box Elder High School HOMECOMING

Teammate Taylor Ashcroft (background, No. 21) celebrates an eventual touchdown run by Dylan Rodriguez. Dylan Rodriguez tallied three scores, two on the ground and one in the air, putting up 116 yards on the ground on six carries, and pulling in one catch for six yards and a score.

Bees score early, late and often in shut-out win over Ogden

By Jeremy Jones
Staff Writer

The scores came early and often for the Box Elder High School football team last Friday night as they routed Ogden, 59-0, in a big homecoming victory for the Bees and their faithful.
With the score being so lopsided, many younger players for the Bees got to see varsity action and they made the most of their time as six different players for the Bees found the end zone.
One player found pay dirt more often than the others, however. Dylan Rodriguez tallied three scores, two on the ground and one in the air, putting up 116 yards on the ground on six carries, and pulling in one catch for six yards and a score.
Defensively, the Bees held Ogden to 106 total yards and just five first downs. Box Elder handed the Tigers three of those first downs with penalties. The Bees had six penalties worth 70 yards in the game.
Rodriguez opened up the scoring for the Bees after returning a punt from the Tigers on their opening drive 44 yards to give the Bees great field position on the 21-yard line.
Hayden Stender rumbled for 10 yards on a counter play and Rodriguez finished with a six yard touchdown run to put the Bees up 7-0.
On their following possession, quarterback Jarom Mecham found Taylor Ashcroft for a 17-yard strike and another score.
Following a punt from the Tigers, the Bees found the end zone again through the air as Mecham connected with Rodriguez from six yards out to push the lead to 21-0 at the end of the first quarter. Mecham finished completing 2-of-4 passes for 23 yards and two touchdowns.
On their next possession, the Bees weren’t able to find the end zone, but kicker Steven Thompson tacked on a 36-yard field goal once the drive stalled to push the lead out to 24-0.
The Bees had another short field to work with on their next possession following an interception by Kort Claybaugh that set up the offense right around midfield.
Mecham finished the drive with a one yard quarterback keeper, his only rushing attempt of the night, to push the lead to 31-0.
On the Bees first play from scrimmage following another punt from the Tigers, Rodriguez again supplied some fireworks as he found daylight on the right side of the line and streaked down the sideline for a 45-yard touchdown run to give the Bees a 38-0 halftime lead.
The Bees started the second half receiving the ball and stuck with the ground game as Dillon Brown found pay dirt from 3 yards out to cap off the drive.
The defense came up with their second interception of the night as Kuen Roberts got in front of a pass for the pick.
The next drive featured junior running back Kole Evans as he got seven of the eight carries, including capping the drive off with a 25-yard scamper for the score. Evans finished with 76 yards on 10 carries with one touchdown.
Roberts gave the Bees another short field for the next possession after he recovered a fumble from the Tigers on their second play from scrimmage.
With the game well in hand, the Bees gave sophomore Brock Hardy a chance to carry the ball and he made the most of his varsity debut, finding the end zone from 7 yards out for the final score of the game.
“The kids were excited to play in front of a good crowd for homecoming and they played precise,” said Box Elder coach Robbie Gunter. “That’s really what we asked of them today was to be precise and try to improve. I felt like that happened.”
The win moves the Bees to 2-5 overall on the season and 0-2 in region play. In their first year as an independent high school football team, the Tigers sit at 0-7.
Next Friday night, the Bees will travel to Salt Lake City to take on East. The Leopards currently sit at 2-0 in region play with wins over Bonneville and Bountiful and 4-2 overall on the season.
The game against the Leopards is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Bees beat Tigers, stretch win streak to five

By Jeremy Jones
Staff Writer

The Box Elder high school volleyball team continued their winning ways last Thursday night against Ogden as the Bees took the match in straight sets.
With similar styles of play, the Bees were the aggressors early in the first set and jumped out to an 8-0 lead.
The Tigers tried a couple of times to rein the game back in with timeouts, but the Bees kept the momentum and took the first set 25-12.
The Tigers started making more mistakes in the second set that proved costly as the Bees again jumped out to an early lead at 8-2 and never looked back en route to winning the set 25-15.
The third set started out much like the first two with the Bees getting an early lead at 8-1. A few hitting errors from the Bees during the set kept the game alive for the Tigers, but in the end, it was mistakes from the Tigers that did them in and the Bees took the final set 25-19.
On the night, Annie Mecham lead the Bees from the service line with four aces. Kylie Jeffs chipped in three.
Senior Nicole Hurd lead the Bees offensive attack with 10 kills on the night and Andreanna McKee chalked up seven from her outside hitter position.
Assisting the bulk of those kills was Mecham with 15 set assists and Jeffs, who tallied 11.
Bees head coach Kristine Harding said that her team had three main goals coming into the match against the Tigers and that they were met well by the team.


Sports Shorts

Box Elder Swim Team tryouts
The Box Elder Swim Team will be holding open tryouts for swimmers ages 6-18, on Thursday, Oct. 8, and Monday, Oct. 12, from 6-7 p.m. at the Box Elder High School Natatorium. Swimmers are expected to be able to swim 25 yards of freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. BEST is a non-profit, parent-run team which is part of USA age group swimming. For more information leave a message with Joelle at 435-225-3921.
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