Fall Sports Seasons in Full Swing
As Fall rapidly approaches, the sports seasons for Football, Volleyball, Soccer and Cross Country have all officially opened. With a dominating performance in volleyball, a close opener in football, a good showing in Cross Country and a challenging initial soccer outing, the teams are all finding their footing and gearing up for long and hopefully successful seasons. New faces are making their ways into each of the sports, and returning stalwarts are hoping to continue building their legacies.
In Football this weekend, the Dragons played a tough game against the Lyman Eagles. Last season, the Dragons lost to Lyman in their opener 14-22, in what would begin an undefeated season for the Wyoming state champions. This year, the score reflects the nature of the game with Malad holding Lyman to 14, but not managing to score. To some extent, that disparity reflected the game, as the Dragons defense continually made great stops, with Sawyer Poulson, Hunter Wray, Joe Daniels, Kole Willie, Blaiz Wright and the rest of the defense keeping the Eagles away from the end zone other than a score and two extra in the first quarter, and a touchdown late in the game.
On offense, the running game had some success, although the Dragons were not able to convert for points. QB duties were split between a number of players, and while passing yards were not substantial, there were a number of great pays in the air and certainly signs of a good passing year once the QBs get more used to the position. Brady Showell runs against the Eagles, Ryan Hubbard, and Jaden Ward all had impressive offensive games, with flashes of what will hopefully become a precision machine as the season rolls on.
Some costly penalties kept both teams out of the end zone, including holding calls, a facemask, and a roughing the kicker penalty that eliminated a Dragons offensive possession. The Offensive line was solid, though, and provided plenty of time for the QB to playcall in the pocket most of the time.
While the team would obviously have rather come out of the game with a win, the initial outing was promising.
Coach Coby Crozier said “A lot of the times Game One of the season comes down to who makes less mistakes. Lyman is a team that has only lost one game since 2020, so they are very competitive. Now we know what we need to work on and we turn our eyes to Ririe.”
The Dragons will take the field in Ririe on Friday, September 2. The JV team will play prior to the Varsity at 4 p.m. The Varsity will take the field at 7:00 p.m.