The Morgan Trojans rushed to their first win of the season with seniors Austin Francis and Conley Breshears combining for 317 of the total 394 yards gained on the ground. Quarterback Tucker Skinner added 104 passing yards and 33 rushing yards to give the Trojans almost 500 yards in total offense.
After trailing early in the first quarter 0-3 and 7-10, Morgan took a 14-10 lead into the half. Scoring two touchdowns in the third period, while holding Payson to a field goal and touchdown, gave the Trojans a 27-20 lead going into the fourth quarter. Morgan added a final touchdown in the closing period to secure the lead and record their first win of the season 34-20.
After Payson’s early field goal, Skinner ran the ball 10 yards for Morgan’s first score. Grayson Charlton added the first of his four PATs on the night to put the Trojans up 7-3. Payson then connected on a long 74-yard pass for their second score of the night and finished the opening period up 7-10.
In the second period, Francis completed a 21-yard run by crossing into the end zone for Morgan’s second touchdown and the only score of the quarter. The Trojans entered halftime up 14-10. Francis broke for a 51-yard touchdown run early in the third period and Charlton added another PAT to put Morgan up 21-10. Payson answered with a 30-yard field goal to bring the Lions within eight, 21-13.
Next, Skinner linked up with Trevor Rose on a 39-yard reception for the Trojans’ fourth touchdown of the evening. Morgan attempted the two-point conversion, but was unable to complete the play. On the ensuing kickoff, Payson’s Braxton Perez returned the Morgan kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown to diminish the Trojans’ 14-point lead.
In the fourth quarter, up only by seven, 27-20, the Trojans handed the ball to Breshears, who scored the only touchdown of the quarter on an 11-yard rush to the end zone. Charlton added his fourth PAT on the evening and completed the night 4/4 for PATs. He also kicked for 207 yards on four kickoffs.
The Trojans earned 23 first downs compared to Payson’s seven, and more than doubled the Lions’ 159 yards of total offense with their 498 yards. Skinner passed for 104 yards, completing five of his 11 passes with his 39-yard touchdown toss to Rose as his longest completion.
Francis carried the ball 17 times for 218 yards with one fumble on the night. Breshears rushed for 99 yards on 17 carries. Skinner and Rose each added 33 yards rushing with Sam Fisher, Brennan Norman and Caden Peterson adding the remaining 11 yards. Rose recorded two receptions for 66 yards while Ben Millward caught three passes for 38 yards.
Jacob Allen led the Trojan defense with four solo tackles, three tackles for losses and one quarterback sack. Chase Trussell followed with three tackles, one assist, one sack and a tackle for a loss. Breshears added three solo tackles while J.J. Morley assisted on four and completed two solo take downs. Hayden Stuart also added two solo tackles as well.
The Trojans travel to Delta Friday, Sept. 9, and will be at home Sept. 16 against Juan Diego for their first 3A North region game of the season. On Sept. 23, Morgan will play Emery for the homecoming football game and the second to last home game of the season. All home games start at 7 p.m.
JV beats Payson 45-6
The junior varsity team “came out ready to play” on Thursday against the Payson Lions at home. Coach Kade Morrell commented, “They were ready to play and started off really well. They scored on their first three drives. We were kind of sluggish in the second quarter, but rebounded well after the half.” Morgan had three interceptions and three defensive take-aways.
The sophomore team fell behind early in their game and lost when the game was called early due to lightning.
Freshmen wallop Layton
Christian JV 40-0
The Class of 2020 continued their unbeaten season by defeating the visiting Layton Christian Academy Junior Varsity 40-0. In their second game of the season, the freshmen “continued to play well as team and did a good job,” according to Coach Dustin Rock. Having won their first two games by a combined 80-3 score, the ninth graders will test their mettle against Delta at home on Sept. 8 and at Juan Diego on Sept. 15.