LAYTON -- The Bees may have found their number one running back.
A week after rushing for a minus-1 yard on six carries, junior Riley Burt led a punishing ground game Friday with 115 yards on 12 carries in Box Elder's decisive 28-7 non-league victory over winless Layton High at Lancer Stadium.
Burt scored on 10- and 4-yard runs, respectively, in the first and fourth quarters and the Bees' defense converted three Lancers' turnovers into six points in winning their first game this season.
"We ran the ball better and we controlled the line of scrimmage," said Box Elder coach Robbie Gunter. "Today, Burt got going. Running between the tackles enables us to get to the edge.
"We were getting off the ball," he said. "It was a matter of controlling the line of scrimmage at the point of attack. When you start running downhill, it's just a mindset you want to continue with the offensive line and running backs.
"Burt ran well and he ran hard," Gunter said. "Today, he's number one and he needs to keep working hard to keep it. We have a couple of dudes who also want that top spot."
Box Elder leads the series 6-5 after playing the Lancers for the first time since 2004.
The Bees only committed one turnover, but Layton gave the ball right back on a subsequent fumble at 10:11 of the second quarter.
"I'm always happy when our defense plays like that," Gunter said. "Layton is such a good offensive team and seemed to always be knocking on the door. We saw good things out there on offense, defense and special teams, but they were countered by bad things on offense, defense and special teams."
Lancers quarterback Hunter Evans completed 10 of 24 passes for 112 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to wideout Jordan Jaramillo, who had six receptions for 77 yards.
Senior running back Davis Marriott rushed for 136 yards on 21 carries for Layton (0-2 overall), which finished with 313 total net yards.
Box Elder's Connor Udy and Teegan Hubbard each had an interception.