|Josh Eden and Brandon Olson put the stop to this Union runner.|
On Aug. 22, the Emery Spartans traveled to Roosevelt, played the Union Cougars and lost 32-7. In Head Coach Kevin Reynolds debut, the inexperienced Emery Spartans played that way while the Union Cougars, with 10 starters back from last years team, played like the veteran team they are and won this first game of the season.
Emery received the opening kickoff with Isaac Bawden returning it 30 yards to the Emery 35 yard line. After an incomplete pass, an eight yard run by fullback Spencer Cook and another run by Cook for no gain, the Spartans lined up in punt formation. The Spartans were foiled as they attempted a fake punt. An errant snap led to the Cougars taking possession at the Emery 33 yard line.
Zeke Atwood sacked Union's quarterback on the first play for an eight yard loss but then the rest of the drive was all Union. An 11-yard pass, an 18-yard run, a 14-yard pass, and three more rushes and then a four yard touchdown pass. Union led 6-0.
Those first series by each team set the tone for the whole night. According to Coach Reynolds "We played apprehensively all night. We were nervous and it showed. It was first game jitters for all of us but I think we will be better by next game. We did play a lot better after halftime."
Coach Reynolds went on "Union controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, we will have to fix that in order to be successful." Emery quarterback Bowie Jeffs was under constant pressure all night but still completed 12 passes out of 23 attempts for 126 yards. He had two interceptions and one touchdown pass to Isaac Bawden of six yards. Bawden led all receivers with seven catches. Matt Stucki added two receptions and Cook had one. Wide receiver Atwood and tight end Mike Blomquist also had one.
Fullback Cook led the rushing attack with 11 rushes for 45 yards,
Stucki had two rushes for seven yards, Bawden one attempt for two yards and Jeffs six runs for five yards.
The Spartans finished with 185 yards of total offense. Union's quarterback was seven for 12 passing for 119 yards. The Cougars also added 224 yards rushing and an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to start the second half.
Coach Reynolds played a lot of players during this game, giving most ample opportunities to show their stuff. He said "We'll go back and breakdown the game film, we will evaluate the game and the players and make adjustments. Just about everybody got playing time so we should be able to see what happened."
SOUTHEASTERN REGION - updated Aug. 20
GENERAL: The DWR expects fishing success to gradually improve with the onset of cooler weather and the fall season.
BENCHES RESERVOIR Fishing has been slow to fair. Fly fishermen in float tubes and pontoon boats have had the best success with sinking line and brown and olive leech patterns. Spincasters have had luck by quickly retrieving a gold Jake's from the dam. Shoreline bait fishermen have experienced some success, using PowerBait behind a full bubble and long leader.
BLUE MOUNTAINS Conservation Officer Randall Scheetz recommends that anglers use spinners and flies in the mornings and evenings and bait during the day for trout at Foy, Monticello, Lloyds, and Blanding #3. Scheetz recommends that northern pike anglers troll with crankbaits at Recapture Reservoir.
BOULGERS RESERVOIR See "Benches Reservoir."
CLEVELAND RESERVOIR Fishing has been fair from shore with corn PowerBait. Fly fishermen from tubes or pontoon boats have had fair success with red crystal buggers on sinking line.
DUCK FORK RESERVOIR Duck Fork will be replanted with Colorado River cutthroat trout and fingerling tiger trout this fall. Duck Fork regulations will protect the Colorado River cutthroat population for future egg collection and fish transplant operations. The DWR hopes that this measure will help keep the Colorado River cutthroat from being listed as threatened or endangered. If that were to happen, traditional fishing in southeastern Utah could be dramatically impacted. Tiger trout are being planted to provide for sport fishing at this water.
ELECTRIC LAKE Fishing success has been sporadic, but is generally slow to fair. Fishing from small watercraft has been better than from the bank. The limit at Electric Lake is four trout which may be taken on any type of bait, lure or fly. In the tributaries, the limit is two trout, which must be caught with artificial flies or lures.
FAIRVIEW LAKES Shoreline fishing has been fair from the rocks on the west end, using PowerBait behind a full bubble with four feet of leader. Fly fishing has been best in the late evening with a black leech pattern. Spincasters have had luck with a gold Jake's.
FERRON RESERVOIR Shoreline fishing has ranged from fair to good with a salmon egg and worm combination for brookies on the northeast end. Fly fishermen have done fairly well from boats using olive leeches or chartreuse/red crystal buggers. The trout limit is four. However, anglers may take a bonus limit of four brook trout in addition to the normal trout limit.
GIGLIOTTI POND The reservoir is starting to refill. Last week, the Castle Country Bass Masters and DWR planted several hundred bluegill in the pond. On or before Sept. 15, 2,000 catchable-size rainbow trout will be stocked by the hatchery. A flow-through agreement is expected to keep the reservoir full from spring until fall, in spite of the leaks in the pond bottom. Bass and bluegill anglers are encouraged to use artificial baits and lures, and exercise caution when releasing a bass or bluegill. If you see that the hook has been swallowed deeply, please cut the line and release the fish. Most fish will survive until the hook becomes dislodged, dissolved, or passes through the digestive system.
GOOSEBERRY RESERVOIR Generally slow fishing continues. Anglers, on the west shoreline south of the campground, have had some luck with a night crawler, tipped with a floating Power Egg behind a full bubble and 4 feet of leader. Fly fishing has been best in the channel on the south end. Olive or brown leeches stripped quickly with sinking line have been effective.
GRASSY TRAIL RESERVOIR The reservoir is closed to fishing in 2003.
GREEN RIVER GOLF COURSE PONDS The limit is four fish in the aggregate for all species.
HUNTINGTON CREEK Low flows continue. Fish early or late for best results. Todd Munford reports success on the right fork with a #14 royal wulff or #18 griffiths gnat pattern. For left fork anglers, willing to hike several miles down from Millers Flat dam, good surface action can be had with a #14 elk hair caddis or tan/yellow hopper pattern. Good below-surface action can be had with a #14 beadhead pheasant tail/prince nymph or a #14 lil brassy. Special regulations on Huntington Creek are as follows: On the right fork (from Flood and Engineer's Canyon upstream to Electric Lake) only artificial flies may be used and the trout limit is two. On the left fork, only artificial flies and lures may be used, and the harvest of brown trout is encouraged.
HUNTINGTON NORTH RESERVOIR Trout fishing continues to be slow. More trout will be stocked in October as water recreation subsides. The bass limit is two; all largemouth bass over 12 inches must be immediately released.
HUNTINGTON RESERVOIR (near the top of Huntington Canyon) Angler Tom Ogden reported excellent fishing success from a float tube in 25 feet of water, using brown and olive leeches and sinking line. Most anglers have found fishing slow. Good results have been reported by boaters, trolling gold Jake's or brown/tan roostertails on leaded line. Todd Munford recommends using a straight night crawler behind a full bubble, cast out as far as possible. The reservoir is closed to the possession of cutthroat trout or trout with cutthroat markings.
JOES VALLEY RESERVOIR The boat ramp is now out of the water. Only hand-launched water craft can be used. Fishing success has been slow. The splake are holding in deep water. In 2003, the trout limit is 2. No more than one trout may be over 22 inches. All trout 15-22 inches must be immediately released.
KENS LAKE No recent report.
LASAL MOUNTAINS Conservation Officer Vance Mumford reports good fishing at Hidden Lake with PowerBait for 9-inch rainbow trout. At Dark Canyon, anglers have had good success for pan-sized trout, using live grasshoppers behind a bubble.