Despite mistakes, Bees keep post-season hopes alive with 32-0 win over Bonneville

Box Elder defenders stop a Bonneville play behind the line as the Bees pitched a shutout against the Lakers.

By Jeremy Jones
Staff Writer

By Jeremy Jones
Staff writer

Despite some early mistakes, the Box Elder High School football team posted points in every quarter and pitched a shutout defensively to earn a crucial win on the road over Bonneville to keep their postseason hopes alive.
The Bees dominated the ground game throughout the night, racking up 275 of their 371 total yards through their rushing attack.
Kole Evans lead the way on the ground for the Bees with 97 yards on 14 carries and opened the scoring in the first quarter when he plowed in from four yards out to put the Bees on top.
Running back Travis Dixon helped the Bees stretch the lead in the second quarter when he took a sweep around the left side of the offensive line for six yards and a touchdown.
Dixon finished with 54 yards on eight carries and one touchdown.
A quick snap and run from quarterback Dylan Rodriguez gave the Bees two more points and a 15-0 lead with just over four minutes remaining in the second quarter.
The best chance the Lakers had to cut into the lead came with just 30 seconds left in the second quarter. The Laker defense forced a punt from the Bees and a muffed snap on the punt attempt set the Lakers up on the 17 yard line going in.
But the Bees’ defense was up to the challenge by forcing three straight incompletions and held the Lakers to a field goal attempt, which was missed wide right.
Rodriguez capped off the first drive of the second half for the Bees with a two yard quarterback dive to put the visitors up 22-0.
On the night, Rodriguez chipped in 79 yards on 19 carries and had one touchdown.
The Bees found some success through the air on their next drive and Rodriguez finished off the drive by finding a streaking Jeremy Kaleikini down the middle of the field for a 19 yard touchdown pass.
The Bees grabbed their final points of the game off a 25-yard field goal from Steven Thomson with around seven minutes left in the game to set the final score at 32-0.
After the game, Bees head coach Robbie Gunter gave a lot of credit to the defense for keeping the Lakers off the board early.
“Our defense played great,” said Gunter. “They were put in some tough spots and [the Lakers] moved the ball but our defense stood up when it counted.” Coach Gunter went on to say, “I really liked the energy our defense brought early on. Then, in the second half, our offense caught a little bit of that and that was great.”
The win gives the Bees their first region win of the season and lands them in a tie with Bountiful for the fourth and final playoff spot from Region 5.
As fate would have it, the Bees host the Braves tonight in a de facto play-in game where the winner will get that final spot.
The Braves are coming off a 31-10 loss to West Jordan last week and will be looking to recreate some of the magic they produced when they knocked off the Lakers two weeks ago for the team’s lone region win.
The game against the Braves is scheduled to kickoff tonight at 7 p.m.


Volleyball team flip-flops split results against Lakers, Wildcats

By Jeremy Jones
Staff writer

It seemed to be one step forward, one step back, for the Box Elder High School volleyball team last week as they overcame Bonneville, a team that beat them in the first half of the season, and then fell to Woods Cross, who the Bees had handled in their first meeting.
Last Tuesday, the Bees hosted the Lakers and were looking for their third win in four days over region rivals, since the two teams had squared off against each other at the Laker’s tournament the previous weekend. The Bees came out on top in both tournament meetings, but a region win would move the Bees a step closer to overtaking the second spot in the standings.
In front of their home crowd, the Bees came out firing and snatched the first two sets 25-19 and 25-23.
But the Lakers weren’t going to go down easily despite being down two sets and fought back in the third behind some scrappy defense and strong kills from the outside hitters.
The Lakers took the third set 25-21 and rode that momentum into the fourth set, which they also won 25-17 to set up a fifth and deciding frame.
Needing to turn the tide back in their favor, the Bees came out with some strong serving from Maddi Ewell, who lead the team with five aces, and Annie Mecham and Nyah DeRyke, who each came up with four aces on the night, and the Bees grabbed a slight edge in the fifth.
The Lakers continued to fight, but the Bees came up with a few more plays down the stretch and took the fifth set 15-12 to get the win.
After the match, Bees head coach Kristine Harding said, “That was a tough match at home. [The Lakers] played great. Their libero didn’t let a ball hit the floor. But I was proud of our girls for not giving up even though we were up 2-0 in the game series. Our serving was crucial to our win.”
On the offensive side, Andreanna Mckee led the way with 14 kills. Ewell finished with 10 kills along with her team-leading five aces and Emily Isaacson chipped in 10 kills of her own along with five blocks and nine digs.
Coming off the big win, the Bees were looking to ride that momentum into a tie for second place in the region when they travelled to Woods Cross on Thursday night.
But the home side had other plans as the Wildcats were coming off a big win of their own over Highland and are looking to make their own push before the state tournament.
The Wildcats came out as the aggressors and won the first frame 25-16. The Bees managed to squeeze out a 25-23 win in the second frame, but the Wildcats cleaned up their play in the third and hammered the Bees 25-13 in the third.
The Bees tried to mount a comeback in the fourth, but came up short as the Wildcats finished the match in the fourth with a 25-20 win.
The results from last week lands the Bees in third place in the region standings with a 6-4 record with two games remaining before the start of the state tournament.
Last night, the Bees played one of those matches when they hosted Highland (results not available by press time)
The Bees will be off the rest of the week for fall break and will be back in action next Thursday when they host Ogden for the regular season finale. The match against the Tigers is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.



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