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Bengals finally win while Huskies remain winless in Region 2

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS — Friday night marked the end of a long, miserable drought for one team — but for another team, the dry spell drags on.

Brighton and Hillcrest — a pair of teams that haven't tasted the sweetness of victory since August — were in a similar predicament coming into the game. Both teams shared a dismal record (1-7, 0-3). Neither team had playoff hopes.

With nothing on the line but pride, Brighton routed Hillcrest 42-10.

Both teams have struggled to put points on the board this season, but that changed for the Bengals in their six-touchdown effort on senior night.

"We've been playing well," coach Ryan Bullett said. "Our kids are excited. You know what, we've had great practices and our kids are fired up, so I'm excited for the kids, the seniors, to get a win on the field to finish the year," he said.

Brighton dominated the game from start to finish.

The Bengals got on the board first when Mike Hanna, whose athleticism caused problems for the Huskies from start to finish, nearly scored on a punt return. He needed 78 yards for a touchdown but got only 77.

Tripped up at the 15-yard line, Hanna kept churning his legs. His forward momentum landed him just short of the goal line, which set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Tommy Mifflin.

Hanna then scored on a 20-yard run early in the second quarter, giving the Bengals a 14-point cushion.

But Hillcrest wasn't ready to roll over and die. The Huskies scored 10 unanswered points in the second quarter, igniting the Hillcrest faithful.

Huskie quarterback Korby Koplin scored on a 1-yard, move-the-pile play — and suddenly we had ourselves a ballgame.

Feeling confident after narrowing the gap to one possession, the Huskies kicked and recovered an onside kick. That little bit of trickery led to a 27-yard field goal by John McCutchan.

With the score at 14-10, Hillcrest suddenly had new life — a new spring in its step. Unfortunately for the Huskies, it promptly fizzled out.

The Huskies' offense struggled for the remainder of the game, while their defense allowed Brighton to march up and down the field, scoring at a steady rate of three touchdowns per half.

With the game out of reach at 35-10, the Bengals put the final nail in Hillcrest's coffin when Brady Thomas intercepted a Hillcrest pass and took it back 58 yards for a touchdown to put his team up 42-10.

It was Brighton's second win of the season and its first in region play. Hillcrest remains winless in the region.