MORGAN -- If their first game of the season was any indication, the Morgan Trojans are as good as advertised.
Matt Murdock scored three touchdowns, Ben Saunders passed for two and the Trojans racked up 418 yards of total offense in a 35-0 drubbing of Delta on a drizzly night on Friday at Morgan High School.
The Trojans were off and running from the opening kickoff, which Kade Carrigan returned to the Delta end zone for an apparent touchdown. Unfortunately, a block-in-the-back penalty nullified the score. But it didn't really matter because just three plays later, Saunders found 6-foot-4 tight end Bobby Cluff open for a 72-yard touchdown pass.
On Morgan's next possession, a determined Murdock broke several tackles on his way to the end zone for the first of his three scores - a 19-yard touchdown run. Murdock later scored on a 53-yard pass from Saunders and added an eight-yard touchdown reception from backup quarterback Tyler Kelsey, who made a perfect pass on a fake field goal early in the fourth quarter.
The Trojans finished off the scoring when junior running back Jake Peterson sprinted in from 14 yards out with 5:46 remaining in the game.
Christiansen was pleased with the overall effort for the first game.
"(Delta) moved the ball pretty well on us," Christiansen said. "But we were helped out by a fumble or two and a penalty or two. It was a bit of a bend, but don't break. I would rather have three-and-outs myself and spend all the time on offense. But I was proud of how they hit. We've got to work on playing forward, but all that will come with time."
The Trojans' biggest question mark heading into the season was their inexperienced offensive and defensive lines -- Kyle Stapley notwithstanding. Christiansen threw nine or 10 guys out there trying to find the right combination. While they were blown off the line of scrimmage at times by a stout, if undersized, Delta team, Christiansen saw some good things from his linemen.
"We've got to give Delta a lot of credit," Christiansen said. "They're tough kids down there. We knew they were going to keep playing. But I thought (our line) did okay for a first game. We've definitely got a lot of holes that we've got to shore up. But overall I was pretty proud of their effort."
Murdock finished with four receptions for 109 yards, while Cluff had two catches for 100 yards for the Trojans. Strong-legged placekicker Parker Lucas went 5-for-5 on extra points.
* BEAR RIVER 42, NORTH SANPETE 20: At Mount Pleasant, the Bears rolled out to a big early lead and coasted on the road over North Sanpete.
* DUCHESNE 30, LAYTON CHRISTIAN 6: At Duchesne, only a weather delay kept Duchesne from victory.
After an hour delay for lightning, Duchesene marched to its 35th straight win. Matt Muir finished with 122 yards rushing and a TD, while Braxton Spencer added a pair of TDs in the home win.
Layton Christian got on the scoreboard with a late Jack Chandler scoring plunge.