Grand rallies to beat Wolves at Enterprise
by Jeff Richards
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Red Devil Koi Cook (10) runs the ball as teammates Keegn Richardson (59) and David Bentley (74) try to keep the Wolves at bay.                                         Photo by Jamie Day
Red Devil Koi Cook (10) runs the ball as teammates Keegn Richardson (59) and David Bentley (74) try to keep the Wolves at bay. Photo by Jamie Day

The Grand County High School football team won its fourth consecutive game last Friday, Oct. 5, defeating the Enterprise Wolves at Enterprise by the score of 36-20.

Although the Red Devils trailed 20-7 at halftime, they shut out the Wolves in the second half as Grand’s offense added four more touchdowns.

GCHS junior Koi Cook filled in for regular quarterback Jacob Francis, who sat out the game with a shoulder injury. Cook scored three rushing touchdowns, accumulating a total of 180 yards on 19 carries, and added a two-point conversion run. He also completed 7-of-12 passes for 113 yards.

Cameron Taylor accounted for Grand’s other two touchdowns, both on rushes. Sophomore Koby Sobremesana took over Francis’ kicking duties during the game, making all four of his extra point kick attempts.

“Even though we lost a crucial player, we didn’t skip a beat,” said Sobremesana. “The second half was different because we finally shut them down on defense and kept doing well on offense.”

Enterprise’s three touchdowns all came in the first half, as Wolves quarterback Jake Jones rushed for two scores and threw an 18-yard pass to Justin Prisbey for another.

GCHS head coach Dennis Wells said the Red Devils made some defensive adjustments during halftime that enabled them to shut down the Wolves’ offense in the second half.

Cook also led the team in tackles on defense with 18 tackles, 14 of which were solo. Senior Kamron Call added 15 tackles, eight of which were solo. Also for Grand, senior Wesley Rodda caught four passes for 56 yards, and recorded an interception, which he returned 49 yards. Sobremesana and Preston Walston also each recovered one fumble for the Red Devils.

This Friday, Oct. 12, the Red Devils (now 6-2 overall, 5-1 in region play) will host the Beaver Beavers in the regular-season finale for both teams. Beaver is 6-2 overall, 4-2 in region following last week’s 20-0 loss at home to undefeated San Juan, which has locked up the 2A South title.       

Grand is currently in second place in the region standings, and will finish second if the Red Devils win against Beaver. If Beaver wins and Richfield (also 4-2 in region play) defeats South Sevier, those records would create a three-way tie for second place that would be resolved by a coin toss, according to Wells. The Red Devils could drop to as low as the No. 4 seed under that scenario.

If Beaver should win and Richfield lose, Grand would be the No. 3 seed and Beaver would be No. 2, due to the head-to-head tiebreaker.

“We are in control of our own destiny,” Wells said, adding that Francis is expected to return to action against Beaver. “All we have to do is take care of business and win the ball game.”

The state 2A playoffs begin with lower-seed play-in games on Oct. 19, followed by quarterfinal games the following week, Oct. 26 at the home fields of the No. 1 and No. 2 seeded schools in the 2A North and 2A South divisions.

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