SANTA CLARA, Washington County — It was a game of big plays— ask Cedar's Logan Obering— and if you turned to say something to the person sitting next to you, you could miss a score.
That's how it was especially during one three-minute stretch of the second quarter in the regular-season-ending game between Cedar City and Snow Canyon on Friday night. With one eye on the scoreboard and one on the field, fans witnessed five long touchdown runs within about a dozen plays, as the Cedar Redmen defeated the Snow Canyon Warriors 36-28 on the Warriors' new home field.
"It was the weirdest game I have ever coached," Cedar's Todd Peacock said. "I didn't know how we would react, but I'm proud of our team."
Three of those five quick touchdowns belonged to Snow Canyon, but Cedar had built a 14-0 lead on first-quarter touchdown runs of six and 22 yards by Pat Gardner and Trent Grover and extra points by kicker Scott Rogers.
That's when the 3-minute home-run derby began— and Cedar City reacted.
Adam Timo— of course— scored from 37 yards out to pull Snow Canyon within one score at 14-7 after the extra point by Joe Warburdon. But Cedar's quarterback Obering, who was able to answer the door each time the Warriors came knocking, quickly scored with a 25-yard run of his own and Cedar went ahead 20-7.
On the next play from scrimmage, Timo raced 80 yards for another score, but no problem; the home fans were quieted within a few seconds as Obering scored again for Cedar from a mere 72 yards out.
That's three touchdowns in as many plays, and Cedar was still out in front by two scores.
But Snow Canyon wouldn't quit, and a few — very few — plays later, quarterback Kurt Henderson's 22-yard scramble and an extra point pulled the Warriors within a touchdown going into the half, 26-21.
The second half was relatively quiet. If you don't count another unbelievable run by Obering.
Midway through the third quarter, Cedar took over on downs after Snow Canyon faked a field goal that would have put the game even closer. Two plays later, Obering "reacted" and ran 85 yards for another touchdown, and just that fast the Redmen were almost out of reach 33-21.
Snow Canyon's Henderson connected to Dalton Groskreutz for another score, and Cedar's Rogers' 28-yard field goal finished the scoring for the night and the regular season.