Box Elder wins mistake-filled season opener against Logan
Bees quarterback Dylan Rodriguez was named MVP of the Rocky Mountain Kickoff for completing 17-of-26 passes for 215 yards and one touchdown. He also ran a team-high 11 times for 63 yards and one touchdown.
By Jeremy Jones
The Box Elder High School football team got their 2016 season off on the right foot last Friday night under the brand new lights at Maverik Stadium on the Utah State University campus as they squared off against Logan in the inaugural Rocky Mountain Kickoff.
Bees quarterback Dylan Rodriguez was named MVP of the event, which also featured a game where Sky View beat up on Riverton, 31-6. Rodriguez completed 17-of-26 passes for 215 yards and one touchdown. He also ran a team-high 11 times for 63 yards and one more touchdown and generated enough offense for the Bees to get the win 23-10.
The Bees were looking to strike right from the opening kick off as a long return from Cameron Iverson set the offense up on the Grizzlies’ 40 yard line.
But an early-season miscue killed the drive early as an errant snap went over Rodriguez’s head and the Grizzlies recovered on the Bees’ 25-yard line.
The Grizzlies fell victim to mistakes that forced them backwards and out of field goal range to keep the game level at zero. Penalties and turnovers killed several drives for both teams, as they combined for 170 yards in penalties in the game.
Following a punt from the Grizzlies, the Bees looked to have another scoring chance, but the drive was halted by an interception by Jace Perry inside the 10-yard line.
But the Grizzlies couldn’t flip the field position around and a shanked punt set the Bees up in the red zone to start their next drive.
Box Elder was able to capitalize on the field position as running back Kole Evans punched in his first touchdown of the season from seven yards out to give the Bees a 7-0 lead.
Following another punt from the Grizzlies, the Bees put together their longest drive of the game just before the end of the first quarter, which was capped off by a 23-yard scamper from Rodriguez to put the Bees up 14-0 after the first 12 minutes of play.
In the second quarter, the Grizzlies were out to prove they weren’t going to roll over easily. Sophomore quarterback Jonny Parkinson found some rhythm during the first drive of the second quarter, completing 4-of-5 passes, including a 21-yard touchdown strike to Brandon Dodd to cut the lead in half at 14-7.
Defense ruled the remainder of the second quarter as neither team could break through, especially on the ground.
The Bees had another chance to add to their lead late in the half, but were again thwarted by a turnover as Rodriguez threw his second interception of the game to Perry inside the 10-yard line.
Bees blowout Salem Hills, Bear River
By Sean Hales
The Box Elder High School girls’ soccer team completed its pre-season schedule last week with wins over Salem Hills, 7-1, and Bear River 4-1, bringing the Bees’ record to 3-1-0 heading into region play this week.
The Bees have won their last three games by a combined total score of 14-2 following a season-opening loss to Mountain Crest, 1-2. In the last three games, nine different girls have scored goals, with Emma Barnes leading the way with three.
“They’ve been doing a really good job of working together,” said head coach Kelly Marianno. “They possess the ball better and play smart.”
Two of Barnes’ goals came in a blowout win over Utah County’s Salem Hills.
“It was a big win for us,” Marianno said, adding that Salem Hills are no slouches on the pitch, and pointed to their successful, albeit short record this year.
The Sky Hawks have a record of 3-1, including wins over American Leadership Academy, 6-0, and North Sanpete, 9-1. Perhaps most significantly, Marianno pointed out their 2-1, win over Pleasant Grove, which earned a 1-0 victory over Timpview, last year’s Region 7 champions.
In the game against the Sky Hawks, the Bees were possessing the ball well in the first half, but they weren’t pushing to get the ball into scoring position and creating quality opportunities.
But that changed in the second half after a penalty kick at the end of the first half allowed Salem Hills to even the score, 1-1.
“That lit them up,” for the second half, Marianno said.
Once the Bees scored a couple more, Salem Hills started to play a little “scared” said Marianno, and the floodgates opened. The Bees put up six more goals while the defense, most notably keeper Markell Freeman, kept the Sky Hawks from scoring again.
Ansley Tueller, Brianna Powell, Barnes, Kambri Curtis, Kambrie Howard and Madison Murdock all scored in the contest.