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Falcons' 'D' dominates Bengals

CLEARFIELD — Before Friday's nonregion matchup against Brighton High School, Clearfield football coach Randy Johnson had a hard time deciding who his defensive standouts were. After a short pause, Johnson quietly replied, "The whole defense has been solid. I can't really single anyone out because everyone has played well."

The ensuing game more than proved his point. The Falcons' defense dominated the Bengals throughout en route to a 19-7 victory.

With the win, Clearfield remained perfect on the season at 3-0. Meanwhile, Brighton fell to 1-2.

The Falcons held the Bengals to just 191 total yards on offense, while recording 3 sacks. The team also forced three turnovers.

"We had kids running to the ball (on defense)," Johnson said. "We had lots of bodies flying around."

In the first half, Clearfield's offense scoring three touchdowns to take command of the game. Running back Kyle Howell scored twice on the ground from 20 yards and 7 yards respectively.

Clearfield quarterback Blake Parkinson found Austin Neville on a sweet 18-yard touchdown pass to give the Falcons a 19-0 advantage.

Things got interesting at halftime when a power outage delayed the game for nearly 30 minutes. Davis School District officials quickly dispatched a crew to correct the problem.

When play finally resumed, both teams struggled to establish any flow offensively. In fact, the only points scored in the second half came on a 38-yard interception return by Brighton's Mike Wilkenson.

"(The power outage) had an effect on us," Johnson said. "The kids didn't handle it well, and I didn't handle it well."

With their offense sputtering, it was up to the Clearfield defense to preserve the victory.

"Our defense really came through for us," Parkinson said. "We struggled as an offense in the second half, but the defense pulled it out."

With a glossy 3-0 record in nonregion play, the Falcons will look to continue their success in Region 1. Clearfield will open its region schedule next Friday when it hosts Weber.

"We're definitely not happy where we're at," Parkinson said. "We need to come together as a team and get better."

For Brighton, the task won't get any easier when it begins Region 2 play. Brighton will take on region favorite Alta next week before traveling to Bingham the following week.