By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Preston got steam-rolled Friday night by the Shelley Russets 46-14 in an away game.
Shelley, one of the top-ranked 3A schools in the state, made a statement to the visiting Indians early in the first quarter, scoring three unanswered touchdowns in quick succession and led at the end of the first stanza 21-0. Preston never got much going until late in the third quarter and that was against the Russets’ second- and third-string defense.
Preston head coach Nick Hyde said it was a rough and tumble game for the Indians, which never got in any kind of rhythm.
“It just wasn’t a good game for us. From an offensive standpoint, we just couldn’t get anything much going. We would get a couple of first downs and then stall out.”
Preston seemed to have trouble again stopping the pass, just like it did during the opening game of the year against the Bear River Bears of Tremonton. Shelley quarterback Chad Lukington passed for five touchdowns during the game and consistently marched his team up and down the field.
Meanwhile starting quarterback Derek Fryar had trouble tossing the ball and the Russets intercepted him three times. Hyde pulled Fryar at mid-point of the third quarter and put in Bo Spackman to lead the Indians. Spackman started finding receivers against Shelly’s back-up defense and threw a 23-yard touchdown in the third quarter, bringing the score to 40-7. Spackman ended the night going eight for 17 with 130 yards.
Runningback Tyson Lumbreras ran for a fourth-quarter touchdown and ended up with 129 rushing yards.
Preston’s Taylor Smellie was injured when he was undercut by a Shelley player after jumping in the air to catch a screen pass. He was taken off the field on a backboard by an emergency response unit and later to a hospital to be checked out. Officials said he was walking around after the game and is going to a doctor to be evaluated.
Preston’s schedule doesn’t get any easier this week. They play the Blackfoot Broncos, who are one of the top-rated 4A schools in the state, in another away game on Friday night at Blackfoot.
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