Emery junior running back Marco Mota rushed for two touchdowns andВ actuallyВ threw for another in the Spartan’s 41-7 pounding of the Grand County Red Devils Friday night.
Emery (2-0, 0-0 2A North) racked up 429 yards on the ground en route to its second win. Junior cornerback/wide receiver Bailey Faimalo caught a 12-yard touchdown from Mota on a halfback pass and also returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown in the blowout. Mota ran for 108 yards on 10 carries while senior running back David Dyer tallied 153 yards on just eight carries with a touchdown. Junior Jared Shakespeare added another touchdown on 67 yards rushing.
Grand’s (1-1, 0-0 2A South) lone touchdown came late in the fourth quarter on a Jacob Francis one yard touchdown run.
Emery will next host Manti Friday night at 7 p.m. to open up region play. The Templars beat the Spartans twice a season ago by a combined score of 62-6. The teams met once during the regular season and then in the 2A quarterfinals in which Manti crushed Emery 34-6 en route to a 2A championship.
Manti (1-1, 0-0 2A North) is coming of a 28-6 loss at Juan Diego on Friday after winning its home opener against Delta 28-0.
The game will be broadcast live on ETV Channel 10.В Pre-gameВ will begin at 6:45 p.m.