OGDEN — Tiger running back Josh Shackleford rushed for four touchdowns and threw for another as Ogden beat up on visiting Tooele logging a 35-3 win at Pete Conroy Field on Friday.
Shackleford ended with 178 yards on 15 carries while Ogden quarterback Michael Richardson caught a touchdown and rushed for 43 yards in the Tigers third win of the season.
“Our line did really well tonight and the scheme worked for what we had,” coach Troy Kolan said. “Shack (Shackleford) ran the ball tough. He broke some tackles and made some people miss and just ran hard.”
Ogden established a running game behind Shackleford early but struggled to find a consistent passing game through the night.
In what proved the game’s longest completion, Richardson handed off to Shackleford who ran left before he stopped, turned, and hit Richardson in-stride down the opposite side of the field for a 50-yard score.
“I just threw it down field and tried to give my quarterback a chance,” Shackleford said. “I have to thank the line for blocking for me and giving me a chance to get the ball in the air.”
Tooele’s only passing completion on the night was an interception as a staunch Ogden defense led by big-time play from Jusep “Juice” Uscanga and Brian Saunders kept pressure on Buffalo QB’s Adam Mikesell and Jake Brady sacking them twice and logging a pair of turnovers.
Tooele finally got on the board in the third quarter after a 35-yard carry from Adam Pace got the Buffalos inside the Ogden red zone and set up a 30-yard field goal from Alex Aragon.
Ogden will travel to Stansbury next Friday before hosting Morgan on Oct. 11.
• GRANTSVILLE 33, BEN LOMOND 0: At Grantsville, the Scots played hard to stay close early, but gave up 22 points before halftime and fell by 33 on the road.
Ky Fisher ran for three TDS and Ethan Steinfeldt added a long field goal in addition to his pair of PATs.
The Scots have two shots left to get a first win for coach Bill Mierzejewski: at home against Tooele next week, and at Stansbury.
Grantsville improved to 5-2 overall with the victory.