The struggles continue for the Tooele Buffaloes after they took a tough loss to their rival, the Stansbury Stallions. The Buffs fall to 1-5 after the loss, and the Stallions climb to an impressive 6-0 on the season. This article will take a look at the buildup to the rivalry match-up, and then look at the stats of the game.
Before the game, I was able to catch up with Stansbury’s jack-of-all-trades, Dylan Hamilton. When asked about the rivalry match-up, Hamilton told me this.
“Well I feel pretty good about it,” Hamilton said. “I think we’re able to shut down the offense, that’s for sure. I think it’ll be a good experience. There are always good vibes going into Rivalry week, so I think it’ll be a fun time. We got [Mateaki] Helu, and he was [used to be] on Tooele, so it’ll be good.”
Hamilton was very confident about winning, especially shutting down the offense, and shut down the offense they did! The Stallions stopped the Buffs from scoring entirely. Hamilton was also talking about his teammate, Mateaki Helu, transferring from Tooele. Because of the situation with Helu, there was evidently bad blood on the field.
During pregame rituals, both student sections began mocking and heckling one another. There was a lot of booing and catcalling toward the other team on both sides. The energy was very thick, as both teams looked to win the game and bragging rights until next year’s game. The anticipation was in full swing as the Stallions got ready to kick the ball to the Buffaloes to start the game.
At a glance, it looks like Stansbury scored five touchdowns and held Tooele scoreless, but it really goes a lot deeper than that. Stansbury not only stopped Tooele from scoring but held the Buffaloes to just 74 total yards. The Buffaloes only had four rushing yards and 70 passing. Buffalo Quarterback Kaden Dean ended up throwing three interceptions.
The Stallions weren’t just stellar on defense, but their offense went crazy as well! Quarterback Ezra Harris threw for 141 yards and four touchdowns. Helu, the former Buffalo, led the Stallions in rushing yards with 159. He also had the sole rushing touchdown. Hamilton had two receiving touchdowns, leading the team. Trent Jones and Brock Wilson are responsible for the other two.
There was evident bad blood throughout the game. There were two scuffles between the Stallions and the Buffaloes. The first one was when Stansbury Lineman Dylan Chapman made his first sack coming off of an injury. Chapman chirped just a little too much after the play and ended up moving the Buffaloes forward fifteen yards with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
The second scuffle came after Stansbury Receiver Brock Wilson was hit late. He was angry and shoved the defender, tacking on his first unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, and backing the Stallions up a few yards.
When all was said and done, the Stallions and the Buffaloes came together to exchange pleasantries, before the players headed to the locker room. The Stallions are firing on all cylinders as they go into their Homecoming game vs. Cedar Valley on Friday, the 23rd at 7 PM in Stansbury. The Buffaloes continue to search for answers as they head over to Orem to play Mountain View on Friday, the 23rd at 7 PM.