Regis dominates Class 2A title game

December, 2016 Posted in School, Sports & Recreation

title-historyThe Regis High School football claimed a state football title in emphatic fashion Saturday, taking a 54-14 win against Stanfield at Hermiston High.

The top-ranked Rams (11-2) won their eighth state football title and their first since 1987 with the win in the Class 2A matchup. The victory was Regis’ ninth in a row after a 2-2 start, which included a 20-14 loss at Stanfield on Sept. 23. The Tigers, ranked No. 2, also finished 11-2.

Regis used a combination of a brutally efficient passing game with opportunistic defense to take control. Quarterback Bryce Piete threw five touchdowns passes, all to Eric Gustin, and the Rams’ defense, which allowed six points per contest during that nine-game winning streak, forced five Stanfield turnovers. Brandon Piete added two touchdown runs for Regis, which only punted once and won the total offense battled 343 yards to 223.

Gustin caught 12-yard and 28-yard TD passes from Bryce Piete in the first quarter. The lead went to 27-0 on Brandon Piete’s 2-yard and 12-yard scoring runs in the second period. The Tigers cuts the margin to 27-7 at halftime on a 36-yard run by Dylan Grogan with 12 seconds left.

It was Bryce Piete-to-Gustin three more times in the third period. The 30, 10- and 40-yard TD collaborations gave Regis a 47-7 lead heading to the final period.

Brendon Woodcock caught a 34-yard pass from Adam Wiltsey for a 54-7 lead before Grogan closed the scoring on  a 21-yard TD run for Stanfield with 3:09 left.

Bryce Piete hit 8 of 15 passes for 139 yards. He did not throw an interception and his offensive line did not allow him to be sacked. Gustin caught seven passes for 136 yards. Brandon Piete rushed for 117 yards on 19 carries. Adair Pelayo added six PAT kicks.

Gustin topped the tackle chart for the Rams with eight. Brandon Piete added six, with Tanner Williams, Ryan Boyd and Brycen Schumacher collecting five apiece. Schumacher had two of Regis’ four sacks of Grogan, the Tigers’ quarterback, and Brandon Piete, Charlie Gescher and Grant Minten all intercepted Grogan. Williams and Julian Logan recovered fumbles for the Rams.

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