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MORGAN — And a sophomore shall lead them.
Morgan sophomore running back Kade Carrigan led a stable of hard-nosed runners out of the Morgan back field in going over and around the Ben Lomond defense to the tune of 155 yards and two touchdowns in a 49-0 homecoming victory.
The win gives the Trojans (4-1, 1-1) a much-needed victory following a heart-breaking loss to the Grantsville Cowboys last week to open league play.
"I was real impressed with a sophomore (Carrigan) that stepped up and kind of got us going,” Morgan coach Kovi Christiansen said. “I don't care where the leadership comes from, as long as it happens. He was juiced, and it got everybody going."
Carrigan gave props to his offensive line for opening huge holes for him to run through in the second half.
"We came out kind of slow to start the game, but in the second half we came out tough and played hard,” he said. “The o-line blocked really well, and we just took it to them."
The Scots (1-4 overall, 0-2 in region play) made life difficult for the Trojans in the first half by recovering two Trojans fumbles early on.
At one point the Scots drove to the Morgan 1-yard line early in the second quarter behind a beautiful pass from junior quarterback Austin Sullins to senior wide out Malcom Shipman, but were unable to punch the ball into the end zone before turning the ball over on downs.
The Scots would not sniff the end zone for the rest of the game.
A fired-up Trojan squad scored 28 points in the third quarter highlighted by recovering an onside kick to open up the quarter.
On the first play from scrimmage, Carrigan took the hand-off from quarterback Colby Skinner and scampered for 18 yards. Four plays later Carrigan scored on a two-yard run to give the Trojans a 14-0 lead.
The Trojans defense held the Scots to only four first downs for the game and 68 yards of total offense.
"Guts, straight up guts,” Carrigan said. “Those guys on defense played tough all game long."
The Trojans slammed the door in the third quarter on the Scots with junior running back Bridger Anderson scoring on a 6-yard run at the 8:00 minute mark; Carrigan adding his second rushing touchdown of the quarter at the 5:40 mark, and senior quarterback and three-year starter Skinner throwing a beautifully timed fade route to the corner of the end zone to 6-foot-7-inch senior Zach Kane with just over two minutes left in the quarter.
Skinner completed 7-of-10 passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns for the game.
Anderson, along with fellow juniors Joe Kippen and Kody Hoopes and senior Christian Winn, combined for 147 additional rushing yards for Morgan.
Shipman was the lone bright spot for Ben Lomond with 41 yards receiving, 44 yards in kick-off returns, and punting eight times for 300 yards.
Region 11 play continues next week for both squads when Morgan travels to Stansbury to take on the Stallions (4-1, 2-0), while Ben Lomond visits Bear River.
Bill Bateman enjoys covering Morgan Trojan athletics and attending as many events as humanly possible.