MORGAN -- Friday night's Homecoming game in Morgan was a cold, wet miserable experience. For Carbon, that is.
From the opening kickoff, which Morgan's Kade Carrigan returned to the Carbon 29 yard line, to the game's final play -- a bone-crushing tackle by reserve linebacker Brandon Anderson, the Morgan Trojans dominated the Dinos. Total annihilation may not be a strong enough way to put it.
Ben Saunders threw five touchdown passes in just over 12 minutes and Carrigan caught three of them as the Trojans knocked out Carbon, 61-0.
"We got a lot of kids in the game tonight and it was just an all-around good Homecoming," Morgan coach Kovi Christiansen said. "The weather this week messed with our practice plans, but I was happy with the way we came out and were ready to play."
Saunders was right on the money with nearly every throw. He completed 7-of-12 passes for 150 yards and was pulled from the game just 13 seconds into the second quarter and Morgan already up 42-0. And these weren't just passes to wide open receivers -- yes, there were some of those, too -- but were dropped in perfectly to receivers on a dead run.
"Ben's been throwing a great ball all year," Christiansen said. "He's leading 3-A in passing and I'm kind of proud of that, and we've got some receivers with some speed who can go and get it. It's kind of fun to have a little more of an arsenal like that."
Carbon never really had a chance. The Dinos had minus 40 yards at halftime and finished with negative 16 yards for the game. They earned only one first down the entire night and ran only two plays on Morgan's side of the field.
Conversely, the Trojans started every drive but one on Carbon's half. The short field made for easy work against a porous Dino defense. Morgan finished with 375 yards of total offense.
Touchdowns came fast and furious. Ben Holland started it off early in the first quarter with a 15-yard run up the middle for a 7-0 lead. Moments later, Holland recovered a fumble on the Carbon 30 yard line that led to a 9-yard scoring strike from Saunders to Carrigan.
On the first play of Morgan's next possession, Saunders hit Carrigan with a beautiful 45-yard touchdown pass. After another Carbon fumble, which was recovered by Carter Richins, Saunders found Matt Murdock for an 8-yard touchdown pass.
That's 28-0, barely halfway through the first quarter.
A short time later, Saunders found Carrigan again, this time from 26 yards out. Finally, on the first play of the second quarter, Saunders connected with tight end Bobby Cluff on a 42-yard scoring strike to give Morgan a 42-point lead. And with that, the starters found a coat and parked themselves on the sideline.
The remaining touchdowns came from juniors Parker Padelsky (5-yard run), Parker Lucas (8-yard run) and Chez Stout (50-yard sprint). Stout ended up leading Morgan's rushing attack with 84 yards on six carries. Carrigan finished with three receptions for 80 yards - all touchdowns - and one rushing attempt for 20 yards.
* STANSBURY 34, BEAR RIVER 22: At Garland, the Bears led 8-7 after the first quarter but dug a hole even their sterling offense couldn't get out of in suffering a second straight home defeat.
Alex Mackay rushed for three Stansbury touchdowns, and the visitors improved to 3-0 in 3-AA North play with the win over Bear River.
Bears QB Jardee Nessen tossed a pair of TDs, and rushed for another score in the loss.
Colton Jensen and Bryken Jensen were on the receiving end of the Bear River TD passes.