OGDEN — If not for three fourth-down incompletions, the Lakers possibly could have rang up 50 points in their season opener.
The Tyler Gladwell era at Bonneville High School got off to a raucous start Friday with senior running back Colbie Bedford scoring two touchdowns, and first-year senior cornerback Casey Black snagging two interceptions in the Lakers’ 34-0 non-league victory over Ogden High at Maurice Conroy Field.
The Tigers have dropped five straight games dating back to last season, including back-to-back shutouts, and three total whitewashes.
Bonneville scored on two of its first three possessions.
“We just started executing our plays, the (offensive) line got off and the backs got a lot of good blocking,” said the 17-year-old Bedford.
Bedford, who plays slot receiver when Brock Kap is the lone back, scored on 58- and 22-yard runs.
Kap had a 9-yard touchdown run, Andrew Croyle scored the game’s first TD on a 10-yard run and Jaydn Peck had a 55-yard catch-and-run touchdown reception from quarterback Braxton Stofferahn at 1:34 of the third quarter.
“I like the spread offense better,” Bedford said. “It opens up a lot more of the field and pulls the linebackers up to try and stop the running game. I kind of expected us to score this much.
“This is just a glimpse of what we’re capable of,” he said. “We have a lot of weapons on this team. Today we ran a little more, but we can run it and throw it. We have a lot of players who can make plays in any position.”
The Lakers converted three Ogden turnovers — a fumble and two pass interceptions — into just six points.
Stofferahn tossed a third-quarter pick, but Bonneville forced a three-and-out by the Tigers.
“Coach Gladwell has brought a lot of enery to the team and we feed off of his enery,” Bedford said. “It’s a little disappointing not completing those three fourth-down passes, but for the majority of the game we executed our plays.
“I think we played pretty well for a first game,” he said. “We need to be smarter and get off the ball a little better. We also need to eliminate the stupid mistakes, and we had way too many penalties.
“We couldn’t get into the (double-wing) offense last year (under then-coach Randy Johnson),” Bedford said. “This year, we’re taking it it; knowing how to work with it. Everything came together pretty quickly during summer conditioning.”
The game was delayed for approximately 25 minutes after Tigers running back Josh Shackleford was injured after taking a hard hit to his lower back and fumbling the ball on his own 33-yard line at 4:10 of the second quarter.
Shackleford was attended to by trainers from both schools, and was seen moving his fingers after his gloves were removed.
He eventually was strapped to a backboard and taken off the field on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance. Shackleford was then transported to the hospital to be checked out.
“This will give us some confidence and show us what we can do in this offense,” Bedford said. “Coach Gladwell wants the four of us — Peck, Croyle, Kap and myself — to be the playmakers. He wants the ball in our hands, and it can be anyone of us in a given game. Today it just happened to come my way.”