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West Valley City Journal

Lancers don’t quit during bounce-back season

Oct 04, 2022 01:00PM ● By Greg James

By Greg James | [email protected]

The start of the football season at Granger High School has had some exciting wins and glimpses of a bright future.

“These kids don’t quit,” Lancer head coach Pala Vaitu’u said at the end of last season. “They play to the whistle and the end of the game. I am proud of them for that. We have learned a lot.”

That learning has produced results this season. Granger started the year off strong with a 30-7 victory over a team from Konawaena, Hawaii. It was the team's first win since last September.

The Lancers then lost two close games to Mountain Ridge and Davis high schools. The losses did not seem to affect them.

As they began region play, the Lancers seemed ready to have positive changes to this season.

“We want them to be positive in how we act and how we deal with adversity,” Vaitu’u said.

The Lancers traveled to Hunter for the rivalry matchup. A touchdown pass and a 59-yard interception return for a score helped them jump out to a 15-0 lead in the first quarter. A lead they never relinquished, beating Hunter 21-0.

The turnaround helped them to a 52-10 victory over Taylorsville. Helping them vault to 3-2 on the season.

Ricky Momone leads the team with six touchdown passes and over 500 yards passing part way through the season. Sophomore Chevas Gregory has the most carries and averages 5.9 yards every time he touches the ball.

Senior Matt Jones has amassed 11 sacks so far this season. He has become a leader on the defensive side of the ball.

They will close out the season against the two toughest region opponents, Roy on Oct. 6 and West on Oct. 12. The state playoffs are scheduled to begin Oct. 21.