Tooele • His visiting white jersey was somewhere between gray and brown, a drastic dye resulting from the pouring rain and mud formed on the sopping wet grass at Stallion Stadium.
Juan Diego senior linebacker Harrison Jones searched for a summary of his team’s 37-16 road win Thursday over 3AA North rival Stansbury, a win that kept the Soaring Eagle undefeated at 8-0 with blood flowing from the bridge of his nose.
"We’re all business," he said.
Juan Diego asserted itself, showing that its variety-filled option attack was the dominant of the two at Stansbury High School. Quarterback Cole Nelson ran for two touchdowns. Running back Chase Williams ran for two more, while fellow tailback Jesse Springer started the game with a bang, following up a 50-yard run with a 1-yard touchdown run to give the Soaring Eagle an early 7-0 lead.
From there, it was a steady diet of Nelson, Williams and Springer, augmented by the stellar performance by an offensive line that created hole after hole.
"The game of football is a team effort and it’s the guys up front that give them a lot of running room," said Juan Diego coach John Colosimo. "I have to give them a lot of credit."
They deserved it.
Nelson followed Springer with a 25-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and after Nelson threw a pick-six to Stansbury’s Landon Stice, the Soaring Eagle quarterback responded with a quick six-play drive that resulted in a 36-yard touchdown run by Williams.
"They hit the holes and they hit them fast and they hit them quick, and we’re in the secondary sometimes before the other team even knows it," Colosimo said. "It’s just a tribute to them and that whole offense."
Later in the second quarter, Williams punched in a 3-yard touchdown. After Juan Diego recovered a Stansbury fumble, Nelson went 22 yards untouched to give Juan Diego a 21-point lead at the half.
It was all they’d need.
After the Soaring Eagle celebrated yet another region title on the soaked field in Tooele, Jones, his nose bloodied and his jersey stained from the victory said his team is inching closer to its goal.
"We’re close to hitting our final stride," he said.
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