WOODS CROSS — A team in the midst of a four-game losing streak will take any break it gets to come up with a win.
The Woods Cross High did just that to end their winless drought on a rainy Friday night. The Wildcats capitalized on Bonneville High penalties and miscues to come away with a 13-7 victory in Class 4A Region 5 football.
The Wildcats (3-5) took over on the Lakers' 2-yard line early in the fourth quarter when Bonneville punter Gavin Garside bobbled the snap and was tackled. Two plays later, Chandler Newsome ran it in from the 1 to give Woods Cross the lead for good. Newsome finished with 8 carries for 60 yards.
"Luckily we got the break at the end," said Woods Cross head coach Fred Fernandes. "We have not gotten those breaks the last four weeks, so we'll take it.
"In a game like this, the team that makes the least amount of mistakes will win," he said.
Not all the mistakes were weather-related. With Bonneville (3-5) leading 7-0 in the third quarter, Woods Cross was driving when Wildcat running back Johnathon Feller ran 10 yards into Laker territory. Feller was hit late out of bounds, and the Lakers drew another personal foul penalty after the play, which gave the Wildcats the ball at the Bonneville 17.
Woods Cross cashed in three plays later when Chris Haning snagged a Jordan Smith pass at the 3 and took it into the end zone for a game-tying 12-yard touchdown.
"We've just got to work harder and not have so many penalties," said Bonneville head coach Matt Williams.
The Lakers put together an impressive drive after a scoreless first half. Nick Clarke sparked the march on the first play with a 45-yard run down to the Wildcat 35. A 12-yard toss to Clarke set the Lakers up inside the 10, and fullback Marcus Matson punched it in from the 2 to give Bonneville the first score.
Woods Cross stepped it up defensively after that, keeping the visiting Lakers on their own side of the field for the rest of the game.
"(Bonneville) had an 80-yard drive and just jammed it down our throats," said Fernandes. "We said, 'We've got to answer right now.' "
The Wildcat defense, sparked by Tycen Flygare — who had two sacks — along with John Ferguson and Gio Salvatori, made clutch plays down the stretch to preserve the lead and the win. Woods Cross sacked mobile Bonneville quarterback Spencer Unga three times and batted down two of his passes on the Lakers' last possession to thwart any possibility of a comeback.
The Wildcats also held Clarke in check. The senior rusher had more than 200 yards in last week's win over Roy but was held to 64 yards on 12 carries Friday.
The Laker defense also held its own, with great tackling by linebacker Josh Cypers and defensive end Rob Dixon. Bonneville's Cameron Schroeder stopped an early Wildcat drive when he picked off Smith's pass at the Laker 38.
The first half was peppered with turnovers, as Woods Cross' Feller and Tyler Hall both picked off Unga throws deep in their own territory to keep Bonneville off the board.