Oilers Down #2 to Move to 5-0

Roosevelt, Utah-For the Oilers this game could be summed up with on one word, impressive. For the Mustangs only two words were needed, missed opportunities. Jake Ihde found his form again for the Oilers who displayed a well balanced attack both offensively and defensively to down the Mustangs 34-7 in Roosevelt, Utah. Ihde finished 6 for 13 with 141 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception while running for another 55 and another score. The ground score came first on the Oilers second possession when a mishandled snap forced Ihde to pick the ball off the field and run it 17 yards for the score. A missed PAT lead to a 6-0 score after one quarter. In the second quarter Ihde would find Travis Maxfield on an 8 yard TD completion for the second score of the game and the 5th TD reception by Maxfield on the season. On the ensuing drive the Mustangs would be led down the field by QB Ryan Schatt and one first and goal from the 3 Jared Ihde of the Oiler defense would strip the running back of the ball but it would find its way to a Mustang Lineman who would fall on it for the score completing every lineman’s dream. After an Oiler punt Schatt would leave a ball too high for his receiver and it would be picked off by Tyler Reinhardt and returned 54 yards for the defensive touchdown. After another miss PAT attempt the game would go to halftime with a score of 18-7.

The second half would see the Oilers go to a ground game to eat up some clock and the Mustangs throwing the ball in an attempt to make something happen. But the Oilers would again strike black gold as Andy Key would haul in a 70 yard pass for another score and after missing the first three PAT attempts the Oilers would decide to go for 2 because it would have just as much of a chance of being good. Backup QB Jonathon Stapp would find TE Keenan Harvey for the conversion. Stapp would be inserted at QB for the rest of the game going into the fourth quarter with the Oilers up 26-7. In the fourth quarter Stapp would have one of his 4 pass attempts intercepted by the Mustangs secondary which looked like it ignited a spark in the Mustangs. They would use various dips and dunks to move the ball down inside the 10 poised to score again, but on second and goal Schatt’s pass would be intercepted by LB Folau Lapuaho and returned 98 yards for the game’s final score of 34-7.

Andy Key would lead the team in tackles with 5 on defense. DE Marcel Borque would rack up 3 more sacks giving him 6 in only three games good enough for second in the entire AA. Chris Carter and Blake Meacham would add another sack apiece. Part of a defensive line that would harass Schatt and the Mustang’s backfield all game long. Next week the Oilers look to stay perfect as they travel to in state rival the Davis Vipers, meanwhile, the Mustangs look to rebound against the Mini-Cassia Diggers.

Oilers Edge Lancers Remain Perfect

Saturday, April 26, 2014
Union High School Field in Roosevelt, Utah

Dan Running for TDThe Idaho Lancers traveled to Roosevelt, Utah for a showdown with the undefeated Uintah Basin Oilers.  Last week, the Lancers were resting up on their bye week.  As for the Oilers, they were taking care of business as usual with their 20-0 victory over the Elko Warriors.  This week, both teams would battle to the final whistle only to see one team continue their winning streak.

Idaho’s offense was led by quarterback Matt Ferguson with six completions of 24 pass attempts for 80 yards and an interception.  Ferguson was also the leader in the ground unit with 16 yards on 18 carries, including the team’s only touchdown of the day.  Ronte Eaton gained 13 yards on just four carries for the team as well.  Ferguson’s key target for the game was receiver Danny Reyes with 46 yards on four receptions.

Uintah Basin’s offense struggled increasingly more than last week, as quarterback Jacob Ihde threw a career-high five interceptions against the Lancers.  Ihde completed seven of 21 pass attempts for 119 yards and a touchdown as well.  As usual, he was the leader in the ground attack with 45 yards on six carries and a touchdown.  Dan Yelenosky was the recipient of Ihde’s touchdown pass from 68-yards out, and would be his only catch of the day.  Keenan Harvey also caught one of Ihde’s passes for 21 yards.  The Oiler’s offense gained just 182 yards of total offense compared to their season average of over 200 yards a game.

Idaho’s defensive unit forced six turnovers against the high-powered Oiler offense, including five interceptions against one of the AA’s most prolific quarterbacks in Jacob Ihde.  Safety Ronte Eaton collected three of Ihde’s five interceptions, which he would return for a total of 67 yards with a long of 45.  Eaton also had his hands on two more potential interceptions as well as a blocked extra point.  Mark Moreno led the Lancer defense with four tackles, two for loss, an interception, and a forced fumble that he would also recover.  Defensive lineman Jason Oostra accounted for the other interception.  Linebacker Ace Chamberlain was responsible for the team’s only sack of the day. Team vs lancers

Uintah Basin’s defensive unit also had an outstanding performance as a team overall.  Linebacker Jared Ihde led the effort with seven tackles, two for loss, and one sack.  Also stepping in to the leader role was linebacker Chris Carter with 6.5 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, and two sacks.  Jared Lujan accounted for five tackles, one for loss, a sack, and a fumble recovery.  The Oiler defense forced two turnovers, including an interception by Blake Meacham returned for 32 yards.  They would also have four sacks as a unit.

Next week, the Idaho Lancers will host their home opener against the Mini-Cassia Diggers in Middleton, Idaho.  The Uintah Basin Oilers will host yet another game in Roosevelt, Utah against the second-ranked Idaho Mustangs.

Oilers Sweep Elko Warriors with 20-0 Win!

Duchesne, Utah- The second contest in three weeks between the Uintah Basin Oilers and the Elko Warriors proved to be a testament to both defenses as the game was a lot closer than the 20-0 final score would indicate. 2013 Return Champion Tyler Reinhardt in his first game of the year picked up where he left off and returned 2 punts for touchdowns in the game. The only other score was a 3 yard pass from quarterback Jake Ihde to Travis Maxfield in the 3rd quarter. The Touchdown was Jake Ihde’s 7th of the year matching his whole total from the 2013 season and it was also Maxfield’s 4th leaving him 1 TD short of last year’s mark. It would be a rough day for both team’s quarterbacks as Jake Ihde would finish 10-20 for 148 yards with a TD and 3 INTs and Elko quarterback Chris Rodriquez would finish at 3-11 for 18 yards.

Elko @ OilersThe excellence of both teams defenses can be summed up by looking at the offensive totals for both teams; the Warriors held the Oilers to a season low 207 total offensive yards and the stout Oilers D would hold the Warriors to just 57 total yards. As impressive as the total numbers are an even more impressive feat is that the Oilers won this game despite losing the turnover battle 4 to 0. The Warriors Dustin Irving would pick off Jake Ihde’s first pass of the game deep in Oilers territory but Elko would miss a field goal. At the start of the second quarter the Oilers were inside the 5 on a 4th and goal when RMFL all-star Shane Thomas made a great jumping pick of a pass intended for Jonathan Stapp. Ely DeJesus would strip Oiler Travis Maxfield as he was fighting for extra yards and Sen Tafiti would haul the third and final interception in the contest in the fourth.

On the ground the Oilers would be led by Reinhardt who would rush for 32 yards on 4 carries and Jared Ihde would add 24 yards on 7 attempts. Dan Yelenowski would haul in 4 receptions for 69 yards, Maxfield would also catch 4 passes but for 42 yards and the only offensive score and Jonathon Stapp would pull down 2 for 37. For the Warriors Nick Jarvis would carry the ball 21 of the teams 24 attempts for 35 yards. Ryan Niman, Jordan Anderson, and Nick Jarvis would catch a pass each with Anderson’s 10 yard reception being the longest.

Elko’s Shane Thomas would lead all tacklers with 7.5 and 1 tackle for a loss. Uintah Basin would be led by Marcel Borque with 4.5 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 tackle for a loss. This week the Elko Warriors (1-2) will travel to the Mini-Cassia Diggers (1-1) who are coming off a bye week in Burly, Idaho, kickoff at 5 pm. The Oilers (3-0) will host the Idaho Lancers (0-2) who are also coming off a bye week at Union High School in Roosevelt, Utah, with kickoff at 7 pm.