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RAMS THRASH BRAVES IN UGLY CLASH

Even before Highland's Jorge Estrada fired a bullet shot for his third goal of the game, Bountiful coach Dave Wigham had a sickening feeling about Friday night's ugly clash with the Rams.

In a game featuring seven yellow cards, three red cards, harsh words, "taunting" dances and a looming scuffle just for good measure, Highland scalped the Braves 4-1 for the fourth-straight match in two years.Wigham's main concern until the two teams meet again is to forget Friday night's officiating that left his team in shambles.

"Two things can happen when a game's officiated like that," Wigham said, "you keep your composure and try to play or you can lose it. And we really lost ours."

Fueled by two of Estrada's first-half goals, both of which came from direct free kicks, Highland kept the Braves down with quick passing and strong defense.

"We came out and did what we needed to get the ball in the nets early," Rams' coach Brock Varoz said. "We've had a hard time finishing a play off and that was the focus."

Minutes before halftime, Bountiful forward Scott Beynon ended a weaving drive with a line-drive pass that hit Highland's near post. Standing uncovered for the rebound was Spence Mabey who shot the Braves' only goal.

By halftime, two red cards had been issued to Highland for taunting after each of its two scores. It would only get worse after Estrada's third score and then a final goal by Highland's Francisco Silva.

"Any time a team's down three goals the tempers start to flare," Varoz said, "and then the refs lose control of the game. I thought my guys kept themselves under control."

Beynon was later given a red card after a hard sliding tackle, and the ejection only pushed Bountiful into a deeper hole.

"For some reason we don't match well with Highland," Wigham admitted. "These guys make us look like we just don't belong."

The Rams move back into an identical region position as last season when they took the 5A state crown. "We have the exact same record as last year and have beaten the same teams," Varoz said. "I think we can play with any team in the state."

In other region results:

Region 1

Bonneville 2, Clearfield 0

At Bonneville, the Lakers' defense shut down second-ranked Clearfield along with keepers Mike Richardson and Scott Jarrett. Brad Bott and Travis Skeen both scored for Bonneville.

Roy 2, Fremont 1

At Fremont, the Royals moved back into a two-way tie for first with Bryan Freeman scoring the game-clincher with two minutes left. Also scoring for Roy was Curtis Larsen.

Layton 3, Northridge 1

At Northridge, Cale Robinson, Curt Whitesides and Brandon Peterson each scored a goal in the Lancers' road win over the Knights.

Region 2

Viewmont 2, Cottonwood 1

At Cottonwood, B.J. McNichols and Dave Smith scored once each as the Vikings escaped a threat from the Colts. Freshman Mike Blummer scored for Cottonwood.

Skyline 2, Davis 0

At Davis, the Eagles held the Darts scoreless on offense to stay alone in second-place in Region 2. Davis dropped to 2-4.

Region 3

West Jordan 2, Kearns 0

At Kearns, Landon Florence and Bryan Iverson scored both goals for the Jaguars, who are locked at 5-1 with Bingham. Tyler Llewelyn got the goalie shutout for West Jordan.

Bingham 2, Granger 0

At Bingham, Travis Cushing and Jimmy Dunn scored to blank the Lancers. Goalkeeper Jeremy Johnson shut down the Granger shooting attack for the Miners.

Hunter 1, Taylorsville 0

At Hunter, Eric Colledge scored halfway through the second half to seal a win against the Warriors. The win moves Hunter to 4-2 in region.

Region 4

Hillcrest 2, Mountain View 1

At Mountain View, Hillcrest's Andrew Faber hit the winning kick in the shootout to give the second-ranked Huskies (6-0) another region win.

Brighton 4, American Fork 0

At Brighton, Paul Moss, Brandon Murray each had first-half scores for the Bengals. Tim Sleeper and Dave Huber hit two more in the second to blank the Cavemen.

Alta 3, Orem 2

At Orem, led by goals from Mason Eves, Jared Carling and Robb Plehn the Hawks (3-3) led 3-0 at the half. Jason Embly and James Ransom had goals for the Tigers.

Region 5

Sky View 4, Bear River 3

At Sky View, Nic Butler scored twice for the Bobcats, as did Royce Egley for the Bears. Jared Marx hit the game-winning goal.

Box Elder 1, Logan 0

At Logan, Nate Bywater hit the only goal of the game to lift the Bees into sole possession of second-place in Region 5.

Mountain Crest 2, Ben Lomond 1

At Mountain Crest, Ryan Dorigatti scored with the game tied to lift the Mustangs over Ben Lomond. Mountain Crest jumped to 4-4.

Region 6

Granite 2, Jordan 1

At Jordan, Jared Reynolds and Matt Zito scored to lift Granite up to 3-2, 5-6 overall. Tyre Holfeltz scored for Jordan, now 2-3 in region.

Murray 3, Judge 1

At Murray, the Spartans picked up their second region win by taming the Bulldogs. Jon Oslowski scored the only goal for Judge.

Region 7

Woods Cross 3, West 0

At West, Aaron Collett had two goals and Terry Hammer added a third for the top-ranked Wildcats. Woods Cross (5-0,9-0) outfired West 35-12 in shots on goal.

East 1, Olympus 0

At East, David Gardner helped knocked in a loose ball for the Leopards in a big upset over third-ranked Olympus. Danny Lear made the goalie shutout.

Region 9

Dixie 4, Cedar City 1

At Dixie, the Flyers had little trouble knocking off the Redmen for their fourth region win.

Delta 3, Snow Canyon 2

At Delta, Robert Smith scored twice and Manny Lebbon had one goal in a region win over the Warriors.

Class 1A

Waterford 3, Mt. Vernon 2

At Mt. Vernon, John Hancock, Nathaniel Hancock and Sam Johnston all scored for the Wolves, who are tied with Rowland Hall at 6-0-1 in region play.