PLEASANT VIEW -- You can pick any number of reasons why Weber High waltzed its way to a convincing 43-0 homecoming victory over Roy High Friday night, and any one of them would be legitimate. But when it came right down to it, it was the performance of the Warriors offensive line, the down-and-dirty guys who rarely get the recognition they deserve, that made Friday night's victory a cake walk.
"Our line deserves a lot of credit," said Weber running back Preston Healy, who ran for 154 yards on 14 carries and one touchdown. "They gave us a lot of room to run through. You could have driven trucks through some of those holes."
Weber coach Rick Corbridge was equally impressed with the performance of his offensive line. "When they open holes like they did tonight, you expect to have some big gains and a lot of yardage. Our effectiveness in running the option depends on our line, and they did a tremendous job tonight."
Weber finished the night with 275 yards on the ground. And when they weren't opening mammoth sized holes, the offensive line gave quarterback Jantz Arbon enough time to connect on three touchdown passes. The first came on Weber's initial possession of the game.
Healy had a 49-yard TD called back because of a holding penalty on the Warriors first play of the game, but four plays later Arbon hooked up with Braxton DeFriez for a 31-yard score.
Weber went on to score on its next four possessions of the first half to take a comfortable 34-0 lead. Christian Thomas scored the first of his three TDs on a 17-yard run midway through the first period, and Healy made it 21-0 with a 13-yard touchdown run just seconds into the second stanza.
The rout continued when Arbon found sophomore Garrett Beckey all alone in the end zone for a 29-yard TD aerial. Thomas hauled in a 10-yard score from Arbon to give the Warriors a 34-0 lead with just under a minute remaining in the half.
A Tommy Steward 24-yard field goal in the third quarter and a fourth-quarter Thomas 5-yard TD accounted for the only scoring in the second half.
"I really liked the way our kids executed tonight," Corbridge said. "I also have to give our defense a lot of credit."