CEDAR CITY — Bigger stage, same old Beaver football domination.
That was the story once again on Saturday afternoon at Southern Utah University as Beaver rolled past Enterprise 40-13 amid wet and windy conditions to advance to next week’s 2A state championship.
“Great win for us, we’re super excited to be playing next week,” said Beaver coach Jon Marshall.
Beaver racked up 415 yards of total offense and led 40-0 midway through the third quarter before the game was halted for roughly 45 minutes because of a lightning delay.
When the game resumed, Beaver’s JV players played it out to the finish line as the Beavers improved to 12-0 on the season and ran their winning streak to 25 straight.
With the win, Beaver advances to next Saturday’s 2A state championship at Dixie State at 12:30 p.m. Beaver will be the big favorite regardless of who it plays.
“Our expectations in Beaver are sky high and obviously that’s a great problem to have. These young men have done a great job,” said Marshall.
“Our expectations in Beaver are sky high and obviously that’s a great problem to have. These young men have done a great job.” — Beaver coach Jon Marshall
Beaver never trailed on Saturday after driving 80 yards on its opening drive with Crayton Hollingshead racing in from 21 yards out for the 7-0 lead with 8:29 left in the opening quarter.
Beaver didn’t score again until the second quarter, and even though its offense needed a few series to adjust to Enterprise’s defensive schemes, its own defense was sharp from the outset. It held Enterprise to just 24 yards of total offense in the first half and zero passing yards.
Enterprise finished with 176 yards of offense, but most of that game in the fourth quarter with Beaver’s varsity defense on the sideline.
Beaver started to pull away in the second quarter as it built a 27-0 lead by halftime. Conner Crum scored on a 19-yard TD pass from Treyson Hunter, EJ Allred scored on a 4-yard run and then Turner Williams tacked on a 14-yard score.
Marshall was quick to praise Hollingshead’s interception and big punt return in the second quarter for sparking the offense with great field position.
- Watch replay: Beaver 40, Enterprise 13
In the third, the lead quickly swelled to a running clock to the surprise of no one. After all, Beaver beat Enterprise 52-3 in the regular season and much the same was expected on the SUU neutral field.
Statler Wright hauled in a 37-yard TD pass from Hunter to push the lead to 33-0 at the 9:10 mark in the third, and then on the first play of Beaver’s next series Allred raced straight up the middle of the field on a 36-yard run for the 40-0 lead.
“Enterprise made some adjustments and got us a few times on some fourth downs (in the first quarter), but our kids kept pounding away and we kind of wear people down and I think you kind of saw that happen,” said Marshall.
Allred was the standout offensively for Beaver as he carried the ball 11 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns. As a team, Beaver rushed for 345 yards with nine different players carrying the ball.