MHS Sports ShortsAug 17, 2023 10:42AM ● By Liisa London Mecham
Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country
Morgan opened their season Saturday, Aug. 12 at the Premier Invitational at the Cottonwood Complex in Salt Lake. The boys’ team finished fifth overall in the 1A-3A race with junior EJ Lee placing second in the 1A-3A division with a time of 15:51.0. Emery, Grantsville, Carbon and Union finished in front of the Trojans. Junior Maverick Guymon was second for Morgan followed by sophomore Jonas Archibald, junior Esplan McClellan, and seniors Tucker Giles and Andre Johnson.
The girls’ team earned a third place finish in 1A-3A behind Carbon and Union. Top finisher for the girls was freshman Alexis Cox (21:51.1). Scoring second for Morgan was junior Brekyn Gossling. Junior Brooklyn Hill crossed third for the Trojans followed by seniors Katlyn Sampson, Heidi Rothermel, Lindsay Birt and MaKenna Terry.
Next up for the harriers is a Region 13 meet on Aug. 23 at the Oakley Fairgrounds.
After a very busy week, the boys’ golf team currently sits #1 in overall strokes in Region 13 with 628, but Ogden and Union only trail by one at 629. In their opening match at The Ridge last Thursday, they placed second to Union (300) by one stroke (301). Ogden placed third (309) and Grantsville (320) took fourth. At Ben Lomond on Monday, the Trojans, competing without their number one golfer, Lance Loughton, topped Union but fell to Ogden by nine strokes.
“It’s going to be a good competitive season,” Coach Dennis Peterson shared. The Trojans played at Roosevelt on Union’s home course Wednesday, and Thursday they competed in Vernal at Dinaland. They will golf at Mt. Ogden Monday and Oquirrh Hills in Tooele Tuesday.
In their season opener in St. George against 4A Crimson Cliffs, the Trojans fell 35-15, ending their 13 game winning streak. In the first quarter, Morgan scored first on a safety and then quickly followed with a touchdown on a 34-yard Tate Nelson reception from quarterback Beck Sheffield to go up 8-0. Crimson Cliffs scored 35 unanswered points against Morgan before Zak Sargent scored on a 52-yard run, and Beck Sheffield connected on the PAT with six minutes left in the game.
Head coach Jared Barlow commented on the game. “We were able to learn a lot of things last Friday. Crimson Cliffs is an excellent team and very disciplined in what they do. We are excited to work on a few things this week in preparation for Bear River. They are a much improved team from last year and are coming off a big win. It will be a good battle and test for us.”
The Trojans will play Bear River in their home opener on Aug. 18.
Thursday, Aug. 10, Morgan evened their record on the season to 2-2 with a big 7-1 win over Rowland Hall at home. After a 2-1 loss to Bear River on Tuesday, Morgan came back against the Griffins and scored five first half goals on enroute to their seven goal outing. Against Rowland Hall, Kaydence Wardell scored a hat trick while Lacie Poll earned a brace. Wardell also added two assists to her match total and Poll one. Kenzie Kendell and Saige Jones each added a goal. Macie Burton tallied three assists on the day.
“The team is coming along very nicely,” Assistant Coach Jesse Henderson reported. “The girls have done very well for the most part following the game plan, and the coaches are experimenting with different formations and tactics. We are excited to get region play started in a couple of weeks.”
Morgan faced Judge Memorial at home Tuesday, Aug. 15 and will take on rival Ogden August 29 at home in their first Region 13 game followed by another home game against Region 13 newcomer Union August 31. Home games begin at 3:30 pm.
Morgan began their season with a match on Tuesday against Sky View in Cache Valley and played Thursday at home against Salem Hills. Results weren’t available at press time. Come watch their next home game August 29 against Green Canyon! Varsity starts at 6:30 with JV/Freshmen at 5 pm and sophomores at 3:30. λ