The Taylorsville Warriors played their first-ever home game under their brand-new lights on Friday night, but before long it was the Hunter Wolverines saying, "Turn out the lights, the party's over."
Behind a strong running game and an even stronger defense, Hunter crushed Taylorsville 41-3 to open Region 3 play in impressive fashion. And much of the credit has to go to the Wolverine defense.Which is not to slight the Wolverine offense. Behind the slashing running of Juan Johnson, who scored three touchdowns on runs of 9, 4 and 2 yards, and David Castro, who bulled his way in from the 1 for Hunter's final TD, the Wolverines had plenty of offense.
But it was the defense that really put the game away in the second quarter by scoring two touchdowns on two consecutive plays from scrimmage.
With Hunter in command but certainly not in control with a 14-0 lead midway through the second period, the Taylorsville QB served up an interception to Hunter's Chad Jex, who returned it 26 yards for the score.
Following the extra-point and the kickoff, Hunter's Castro launched a vicious hit on Taylorsville's returner, who coughed up the ball. Bryan Dean picked the ball out of the air and took it about 20 yards for yet another TD and a 27-0 lead.
And the Wolverines never allowed the Warriors a chance to mount anything approaching a challenge. For the game, Hunter allowed Taylorsville just 108 yards in total offense, unofficially - and just 35 of those yards came in the first half. As a matter of fact, half of Taylorsville's offensive output came on a 54-yard drive that ended with Michael James' 26-yard field goal with only 2:53 remaining in the game to break the shutout and delight the crowd of about 3,000 - a crowd that Taylorsville officials said was the largest in their history.
In running their record to 3-0, the Wolverines have averaged 50 points per game - and a bunch of those points have been scored by the defenders.
With the loss, the Warriors fall to 2-1 overall, 0-1 in region play.
West Jordan 29, Granger 26
The Jaguars had to hold off a fourth quarter charge by the Lancers and scored the winning TD with 1:42 left to prevent from being jousted by Granger at home.
Lance Swanson returned a kickoff 95 yards to get things off to a good start for West Jordan, but Granger answered with TD runs from Chris Culley and Randy Hunter. West Jordan tied and then took the lead on a 6-yard pass from Jason Nelson to matt Doman and an 11-yard run by Reagan Bates.
Granger's Scott Beames caught a 45-yard TD pass from Troy Farnsworth, and then moved ahead 26-21 on Mama Kula's 4-yard TD jaunt, with 2:03 remaining. Then Nelson found Doman on a 61-yard bomb to lock up the win for the Jaguars.
Cyprus 28, Hillcrest 7
Jeff Brimhall found Anthony Johnson for scoring strikes of 30, 70 and 14 yards as the Pirates romped all over the Hillcrest Huskies at Hillcrest Friday night.
Brimhall also added a TD on the ground and compiled 281 yards on 13-26 passing. Johnson caught 9 passes for 210 yards. For Hillcrest, Kelly Esplin scored on a 7-yard run in the thrid quarter.
Bingham 36, Kearns 16
The Miners jumped to a 23-0 halftime lead and cruised to victory. Brad Magee had seven receptions for 110 yards, including a touchdown pass from Phil Chase. Danny Harris and Jeremy Robinson added scores for the Miners, who posted their first win of the season.