BRIGHAM CITY — If you don't jump on Class 4A No. 2 Box Elder early in the game, you're surely not going to catch the Bees at the end.
The Sky View Bobcats (3-2) found that out in Friday's 41-14 loss in the Region 4 opener for both teams.
The Bees scored 28 points in the first half to put the game away early. They have only been held scoreless in four of 20 quarters this year.
For the year, the Bees have scored nearly half their total points in the first half.
The Bees followed suit in the 27-point victory.
With 136 yards and three touchdowns (one was an 89-yard kick off return to open the second half), senior running back Beau Herbert has rushed for over 100 yards each game and has scored 11 touchdowns, which puts him among the top four in scoring in Class 4A.
Box Elder coach Wes Roesler summed up Herbert's performance with one word, "awesome".
The Bees took advantage of five Bobcat turnovers by scoring on four of them. Ryan Forsythe had two interceptions; Jon Kano had one and Jared Galvin had one that he returned for a 27-yard touchdown.
The defensive line, led by Matt Putnam's three sacks, finished with six for the game and held the Bobcats to just 190 yards total offense.
"That was our best complete game we have played all year," Roesler said.
Putnam, who has verbally committed to play at BYU, and Herbert both saw limited practice time this week due to injury. Putnam had a cracked sternum and Herbert had a bum knee.
It didn't seem to bother either.
Defensively, the Bees were stellar.
Sky View quarterback Ted Stokes had thrown for more than 200 yards in two games and 198 in another. He has seven touchdowns passes which is tied for second in Class 4A, but he was held to just 10 of 22 for 70 yards with no touchdowns and four interceptions.
The Bees have dominated the Bobcats in their previous two meetings in 2001 and 2002. The Bees recorded a 42-0 shut out in 2001 and posted a 40-11 win a year later.
For the year, the Bees have proven to be a tough team to stop. The average around 34.4 a game while giving up 13.2, and they scored just 15 in the season opener at Davis.
The Bees scored on four of their first six possessions thanks in large part to Sky View's turnovers.
Herbert scored Box Elder's first touchdown early in the first quarter before Cam Jones, Herbert and Galvin all scored in the Bees' 21-point second quarter to put the game out of reach.
The game was 41-0 until the last two minutes of the game when Sky View's Cameron Carter and Chuck Summers scored on runs of 1 and 25 yards, respectively.
The Bees amassed 348 yards total offense (132 passing on 4-of-6 from quarterback Andy Davis.
"Offensively, that was the best we played all year," Roesler said.
"Andy Davis threw the ball well and ran the option well."