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Prep Football: Grantsville 28, Judge 14

Published September 4, 2012 6:47 pm

Prep Football • Physical Cowboys overpower penalty-prone Bulldogs
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Grantsville went into Judge Memorial's McCarthey Stadium on Friday night and dismantled the Bulldogs, 28-14.

Sophomore quarterback Nephi Meono led the way, running the Cowboys' offense like a veteran, while senior Jared Lambert dominated on both sides of the ball.

The Cowboys put Judge on its heels in the opening minutes when senior Kaleb Ware scored on a 22-yard run that was set up by Kelby Landon's interception.

Judge answered when junior Kaden Elliss connected with senior Pat Neville on a 22-yard pass, and senior Sofefo Falemaka punched it in on a 3-yard touchdown run.

Momentum favored the Bulldogs going into halftime. But it was then that Grantsville coach Tony Cloward laid down a challenge to his team.

"I asked them where their identity was," Cloward said. "They needed to play physical Cowboy football and impose our will."

The message got through to Grantsville. Lambert and Meono put their heads down and ran through a disjointed Judge defense. Frustrated by the Cowboys' physical play, the Bulldogs were flagged for seven penalties. Junior Ky Fisher finished the 6-minute drive with a 4-yard touchdown.

"Jared is a workhorse," Meono said. "He works hard on both sides of the ball."

Lambert's efforts on the defensive side of the ball earned him an interception he returned for a touchdown.

"We frustrated them and were able to make big plays," Lambert said.

Meono played with confidence, rushing for 58 yards and scoring on a quarterback keeper.

"He doesn't play like a sophomore," Cloward said. "When he plays within the system, he can run this team."

Judge, meanwhile, drowned in a sea of yellow flags. The Bulldogs were penalized 16 times total for 163 yards.

Big runs from Falemaka and Matt and Max Barnett were called back by penalties.