SALT LAKE CITY — Despite limited returning experience this year, expectations were still pretty high for Lehi heading into the season.
A gut-punch 55-0 loss to American Fork in the season opener had everyone rethinking those expectations. Two weeks later though, and Lehi has settled in and looking the part of Region 7 contender.
After last week’s 36-0 win at Crimson Cliffs in St. George, Lehi continued to build on that momentum with a 28-18 win over 6A’s Riverton. (Box Score)
Quarterback Creyton Cooper connected with three different receivers to lead the way offensively.
“It seemed as if our passing game, especially third-down situations, was a big part of our success. I think Riverton exposed our interior defense tonight but we still managed to make a big stop late in the fourth quarter at the goal line,” said Lehi coac Ed Larson. “It was a good win for us against an up and coming 6A program.”
To say the guys were shocked that Creyton Cooper hadn't thrown a TD in the first 2 games would be an understatement. He made up for the tonight with 3 TDs with an outstanding showing against Riverton!@creyton_cooper @LehiFootball @LehiAthletics @RUN_PTD @wack_2 pic.twitter.com/QvV69U7WKT— Game Night Live Rewind (@GNLRewind) August 29, 2020
Lehi travels to Mountain Ridge for its region opener next week, which will be followed by two more nonregion games against Pleasant Grove and Provo.
Lehi wasn’t the only team that picked up an important win against a 6A team on Friday night.
After dropping a pair of close games the first two weeks, Highland finally snagged its first win on Friday with a 31-14 victory over previously-undefeated Granger. (Box Score)
“It’s a big one,” Benson said. “Always good to get that first one. Now we just need to start a streak,” Highland coach Brody Benson told the Deseret News afterward.
Highland scored on offense, defense and special teams, including an Ashton Olevao 83-yard interception for TD in the final minutes to officially seal the win.
Up in Region 5 it’s been a wild first three weeks, and Bonneville and Bountiful are the only teams above .500 as they both improved to 2-1 with strong wins.
Bonneville dominated Bear River 37-13 as quarterback Kamen Best toss five TD passes in the win. (Box Score)
“The Lakers this year epitomize team play. When they play as one they are really hard to beat. We played a very hard-nosed, aggressive Bear River team who is going to surprise teams in their tegion. Coach Wise is a great coach. Incredibly physical game tonight,” said Bonneville coach Jantz Afuvai.
“Kamen Best had another great game and utilized all his talented receivers tonight. O-line is coming along fine. Special shout out to Aaron Johnson for his leadership on our team and ensuring we run our defensive checks to a T. Great team win for the Lakers.”
Bonneville wraps up preseason play against Mountain Crest, another Region 11 team next week, before diving into Region 5 play.
Bountiful’s offense finally came alive in Week 3 as it polished off struggling Springville 28-10 to improve to 2-1 this preseason. (Box Score)
The Braves pulled away just before halftime as Corbin Cottle and Drew Bowles both scored on short TD runs to push the lead to 21-3 at the break.
“It was a great team victory on a bounce back week after a tough loss last week. The players played as a team and stuck together and picked each other up throughout the night,” said Bountiful first-year coach Jason Freckleton. “We had a good practice week and a great look from our scout team players. While we still have much to improve on, we showed we could overcome adversity against a really good opponent in Springville. It was a great team win and we look to get better this next week.”
Bountiful had only scored nine total points through its first two game, so getting the offense going a bit in Week 3 was important cause next week it faces high-flying Brighton. The Bengals rolled past Bountiful’s Region 5 rival Woods Cross last week, 35-14. (Box Score)
After dropping a tough double-overtime defeat to a Region 9 team in Week 1, Spanish Fork got even against a different Region 9 team in Week 3.
With his team trailing 18-14 heading into the fourth quarter, Spanish Fork quarterback Zac Dart threw a touchdown pass and ran for another during a three-minute stretch in the quarter as Spanish Fork pulled away for the 28-26 win. (Box Score)
“The key to our win tonight was overcoming mistakes and staying focused. We had a couple of mistakes that could have really hurt us, but the boys stayed focused and we were able to run the ball effectively and make big throws when necessary,” said Dustin Smith.
Dart finished the game with three TD passes.
For Deseret Hills, it was a discouraging loss after matching Spanish Fork’s four touchdowns, but it didn’t make any extra points on its first three touchdowns — otherwise Spanish Fork might’ve found itself in another overtime situation.