Bees blanked by Lancers in defensive battle
Defensive end Blake Chase hunts down Layton’s running back in the backfield.
By Jeremy Jones
Running back Riley Burt carried the ball 16 times for 66 yards and Connor Udy completed 6-of-11 passes for 53 yards for the Bees in a 7-0 loss to the Layton Lancers last Friday night at Box Elder High School. Bees running back Casey Stephens also managed 55 yards on nine carries.
Defense was the name in the second game of the season for both teams, who were looking to get a win as each were coming off a loss from the previous week. The teams combined for less than 400 yards total offense. Box Elder put up 210 to Layton’s 184.
The tone of the game was set very early on as the Box Elder defense held Layton to three plays and a punt on the game’s first series. However, Riley Burt fumbled the punt and the Lancers recovered the fumble.
Turnovers plagued the Bees as they coughed up the football three times in the first half. The defense helped negate a couple of those by creating two takeaways of their own, both fumble recoveries.
The Bees were also hurt by penalties in the first half. For the game, the Bees were penalized nine times for 70 yards. Several of those penalties were against the offense and ended up negating big gains and putting Box Elder in a hole.
With both teams struggling to move the ball on the other defense, the game was still scoreless at the halftime break.
The Bees were lead defensively by defensive back Bryant Tingey who recorded 7 1/2 tackles, two tackles for loss and seven solo tackles. Defensive end Blake Chase notched 3 1/2 tackles, two of which were for losses, and put a lot of heat on the Lancer quarterback throughout the night.
Netters win big over Titans
The Box Eder girls’ tennis team earned a big team victory last week versus the Syracuse Titans, 4-1
The Bees were led with two straight set wins by their senior captains Hannah Harrison and Whitney Smith.
Smith defeated her opponent, 6-2, 6-2, in the first singles match, a match up of both team’s best player.
Harrison defeated her third singles opponent with a strong 6-0,6-1 performance.
“I feel like I played a lot better today,” said Harrison. “I felt like my serve was better and my forehand was on.”
“Really the whole team played better today. I think we have really learned how to play better together,” Harrison continued.
First doubles players Megan McRory and Ashlee Jeppsen picked up a win with a 6-4,6-1 victory. The second doubles team of Olivia Ewing and Lilly Decair added a straight set win of 6-2,6-1 as well.
The only loss of the match was in the second singles match of Shelby Argyle. Early in the match Shelby suffered a shoulder injury and was not in command of her shots.
Volleyball team’s defense steps up to beat Bears
Last Tuesday, the Box Elder High School volleyball team defeated cross-county rival, Bear River, in four sets, 23-25, 25-18, 25-14, 25-19.
The Bees jumped out to an early lead in the first set and looked to be in control, but the Bears regrouped after a timeout and battled back to tie the set at 9-9.
From that point on, neither team lead by more than two points for the rest of the set. In the end, Cierra Stokes, outside hitter for the Bee, came up with a kill followed by a block at the net to grab the first set for the Bears.
The second set started much the same as the first with the Bees jumping out to an early lead. And again, the Bears battled back and evened the set at 12 all.
However, some service errors hindered the Bears comeback. The Bees found a good passing rhythm and finished the set with three straight kills, knotting the match at one set apiece.
Once the Bees grabbed the momentum in the game, they did not let it go and rarely trailed the rest of the night en route to taking the final two sets.