Grantsville • The Class 3A North showdown between Morgan and Grantsville came down to defense Thursday night.
The Cowboys were good.
The Trojans were a bit better.
"Our defense was very good and their defense was very good," said Morgan coach Kovi Christiansen after his team's 17-14 victory at cold, rainy Cowboy Stadium.
"It was pretty much a battle all the way through. There was not a lot of footing [and] it was kind of an ugly game. But we'll take it."
With the victory, Morgan improved to 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the Class 3A North. Grantsville slipped to 6-2 and 2-2.
The Cowboys jumped to a quick 7-0 lead.
Two plays after an interception by Ky Fisher, the senior linebacker-running back turned the corner and raced 29 yards for a touchdown only 1:44 into the game.
Morgan countered on the next possession when the Trojans drove 83 yards on 10 plays.
After converting twice on third down including once on a 26-yard pass from quarterback Ben Saunders to tight end Bobby Cluff Morgan tied the game on Matt Murdock's 34-yard run.
Early in the second quarter, the Trojans grabbed a 10-7 lead on Dallen Calder's 21-yard field goal.
Morgan took possession at midfield after a Grantsville fumble and used a pair of fourth-down conversions to move to the Cowboy eight.
From there, however, three running plays gained only four yards and the Trojans settled for the field goal.
Grantsville followed with its best drive of the game, moving from its own 25 to a first-and-10 at the Morgan 32.
But an offensive pass interference call helped stall Cowboys with just over one minute until halftime.
With 19.9 seconds left in the third quarter, the Trojans bumped their lead to 17-7.
Defensive end Bridger Streadbeck put Morgan in position to score when he intercepted a pass by Grantsville quarterback Nephi Meono and returned it 40 yards to the Cowboy 11.
It took the Trojans seven plays to score, but Saunders finally ran in from inside the one.
The Cowboys didn't quit.
Meono scored on a 10-yard run with 42 seconds remaining, but Cluff recovered the onside kick to preserve Morgan's win.