MORGAN -- The last two weeks have been pretty emotionally draining for the Morgan Trojans. Last Friday they played their best game of the season and still dropped a heart-breaker to Stansbury. Then they had to turn around this week and deal with homecoming. On top of that, Friday was the Trojans' last home game of the year, so it was Senior Night. Oh, and by the way, they played their fiercest rival Bear River in a game that came down to the last few seconds on the clock.
For the Trojans, the ending was a huge sigh of relief. With just 22 seconds to play, the Bears had a first down on the Morgan 29-yard line and were well-positioned to either tie the game with a field goal or win it with a touchdown. But on Kyle Zundel's next pass, Morgan's Kade Carrigan stepped in front of the Bears' receiver for a clutch interception that sealed the Trojans' 24-21 victory.
"Every game this year has been down to wire," Morgan coach Kovi Christiansen said. "It's emotionally draining. I'm just happy for these guys."
Carrigan was injured after his interception, but eventually managed to walk most of the way off the field. About 15 yards from the sideline, defensive coordinator Jared Barlow did what every Morgan fan wanted to do and swept Carrigan up in his arms and carried him off like a sack of potatoes.
"Kade's been playing hurt," Christiansen said. "It was awesome for him to come up with the game-saving pick. We've got guys on this team that are gamers. They make plays when they have to make plays."
Lantzen Toomer also had a big night for Morgan. He rushed the ball 14 times for 59 yards and two touchdowns, including an 18-yarder late in the third quarter that gave Morgan a 17-14 lead. Toomer also had six pass receptions for 112 yards -- the first 100-yard receiving game by any Trojan in recent (or long term) memory. To top it off, Toomer was named Homecoming King.
"It was a fun game," Toomer said. "We ran a lot of the same (pass) plays and I just tried to get open across the middle. (Quarterback) Ben (Saunders) threw the ball well and the line was blocking. It worked out well.
"(Bear River) has been our rivals for as long as I can remember," Toomer added. "It's always fun to beat them and have parents come up to us and be all excited."
The Trojans also got a 45-yard, fourth quarter TD run by Ben Holland and a 40-yard field goal from Camen Gray that proved to be the difference in the game.
Zundel was spectacular for the Bears. He completed 15-of-36 passes for 229 yards and a touchdown -- a beauty to Wade Miller -- and rushed for 59 yards and two more touchdowns.