Prep football: Stansbury edges Morgan in OT
MORGAN • The game, and potentially the Region 11 title, hovered in the narrow space between the nose of the ball and the goal line, a mere 3 yards.
His team's undefeated season down to this, Chase Christiansen bruised his way to those 3 yards Friday.
Christiansen spun his way into the end zone on a quarterback keeper on a two-point conversion in overtime to give the Stansbury Stallions a 29-28 victory over the Morgan Trojans.
"They were clicking on offense, and we weren't playing very well on defense," Stansbury coach Clint Christiansen said about the decision to go for two and the win. "We took the shot to see what happens. I don't think we could have stopped them, so we just decided to go for it."
Chase Christiansen had scampered into the end zone on an 11-yard run a play earlier to answer the Trojans' three-play touchdown drive that opened overtime.
The Trojans were fortunate to make it to overtime. The Stallions led by a touchdown with just less than five minutes left in the fourth quarter. Rather than trying to run out the clock, they gambled on a pitch and pass play that K.T. Tibbitts intercepted in the end zone.
"I didn't know they called that play," Clint Christiansen said. "The last thing I told them, I said, 'Don't throw itrun it here.' But that's all right."
Given new life, the Trojans marched 80 yards and tied the game on Joseph Kippen's 16-yard touchdown run with just less than a minute left in regulation.
Both teams featured rush-heavy offenses. Kade Carrigan led the Trojans with 137 yards on 22 carries. Chase Christiansen carried the ball 13 times for a team-leading 61 yards.
The win put Stansbury (6-0) in firm control of Region 11. The Trojans (3-3) appeared before the game to be the Stallions' biggest challenger.