NS. GEORGE – In the opening week of high school football season, all three Region 10 teams that played at home won on Friday night. Snow Canyon and Desert Hills both took double-digit wins, while Hurricane held up a late Richfield rally and won by two points.
Meanwhile, Pine View won on the road in Salem Hills. The Panthers were the only Region 10 team to win away as Dixie, Cedar and Crimson Cliffs fell in their respective street games.
Snow Canyon 27, Cyprus 12
It wasn’t easy and it wasn’t nice for the Snow Canyon Warriors, but as they say in football, a win is a win.
A major third quarter touchdown pass from Junior Hunter Johnson to fellow junior Jake Hill opened a close game and Snow Canyon beat Cyprus.
Snow Canyon defeats Cyprus in a soccer game outside the region, St. George, Utah, August 13, 2021 | Photo by Aaron Crane, St. George News
“Jake is by far the fastest boy on our team and when I saw him on the corner I knew he had it,” said Johnson. “He can jump so high. He is one of our best recipients. I just blamed him for it and I knew he was going to execute. “
After Johnson began learning the Snow Canyon System in fifth grade, Johnson made his university debut and got off to a rocky start.
“I think we did pretty well, but we could have done better,” said Johnson. “It was a bit nerve-wracking at first. It shouldn’t have been me, but I was nervous and that showed in the first half. “
Snow Canyon hit the board in the second quarter when Johnson Brooks found Esplin for an 18-yard touchdown pass. Corbin Christian’s kick made it 7-0 for the home team.
Cyprus responded with their own touchdown pass, but the kick failed and the guests were 7-6 behind at halftime.
Johnson’s second TD throw was a 47 yard gem for Will Warner, and Christian’s kick made it 14-6 early on the third.
The action stalled for several minutes as both teams tried to gain momentum. That was when Johnson hit Hill from 18 yards in the quarter with three seconds to go.
Hill’s grave was the highlight of the game as he caught the ball and barely put a foot in the end zone when it was pushed out of bounds by a Cypriot defender.
Snow Canyon recipient Jake Hill plays against Cyprus in a soccer game outside the region, St. George, Utah, August 13, 2021 | Photo by Aaron Crane, St. George News
“We called the game and our quarterback knew he could toss it to me and I would go upstairs and get the ball,” said Hill. “He threw it in a perfect spot and I just went upstairs and got the catch.”
Christian’s kick failed, but the Warriors were finally in the lead 20-6. Cyprus bounced back on a 3 yard touchdown run in the middle of the fourth quarter to stand at 20-12.
But it only took Snow Canyon 41 seconds to react. After a great kickoff return from Brayden Jones, bringing the ball all the way to the Cyprus 18-yard line, Johnson crowned a quick drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. Christian’s extra points kick ensured the last lead.
Johnson made a memorable debut as QB1 at Snow Canyon, where he passed 187 yards and made all four Warriors touchdowns in the game.
Snow Canyon is busy, but all the signs on Friday night pointed to serious potential for the Warriors.
“We had a lot of kids who had never started uni before and by the first half they really locked themselves in and we were ready to go,” said Hill. “I think we can build on this dynamic and get even more victories.”
Hurricane 28, Richfield 26
At Hurricane, the Tigers faced 3A’s Richfield Wildcats in a rocking match and ended up making a couple of key defensive stops to maintain the two-point win.
Richfield Football at Hurricane, Hurricane, Utah, August 13, 2021 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News
“It wasn’t nice, but sometimes you have to take things where they came from,” said Hurricane coach Cory Ashby after winning his first game as the team’s new head coach.
The game was more than half an hour late to start due to a lightning delay, but when things started it was Richfield who got off to a better start, taking the lead 13-0 in the first quarter.
“It took us a bit to get started, but when we did it we did pretty well,” said Ashby.
After Richfield took a 13-0 lead in the final game of the first quarter, Hurricane’s Hunter Prince ran back the kickoff to start the second quarter 95 yards for a TD and put the Tigers on the board.
Minutes into Prince’s electrifying runback, Hurricane quarterback Carter Ashby, the coach’s son, found receiver RJ Wright in the end zone for a TD pass, giving the Tigers 14-13 lead. Later in the second quarter, Hurricane ticked off another pass touchdown, this time from Ashby to Ashton Williams, to take a 21-13 halftime lead.
Midway through the third quarter, Ashby found Wright again, this time for a 60-yard scoring pass that gave Hurricane a 28-13 lead.
Richfield rallied in the end and scored two late touchdowns to get back into the game. However, the Wildcats missed a field goal and later had a possibly game-determining two-point pass conversion attempt, which was deflected by the Tigers with 2:23 left.
Richfield made another attempt to get back within field goal range at the last minute, but Toryen Haynes intercepted the ball 10 seconds from time, sealing the win for Hurricane.
“The kids did a great job,” said coach Ashby. “They all came out to play tonight. We had some penalties early on that worked against us but we won’t find any excuses. We have to clean up a lot. But they didn’t give up – they just persevered and did what they had to do to get the victory. “
– written by Jeff Richards
Desert Hills 45, San Juan 20
Senior Awsten Turnbow made Thunder head coach Rick Berry a winner in his first game at Desert Hills when he intercepted four passes, two in each half, including a pick-six that iced the game in the fourth quarter.
Desert Hills Defense takes on San Juan in an off-area soccer game, St. George, Utah, August 13, 2021 | Photo by Aaron Crane, St. George News
The Thunder stormed out of the gate, scored three touchdowns in the first half after San Juan turnovers and raced at half time with 32:14 lead.
Desert Hills junior quarterback Noah Fuailetolo ran for two points in the competition and threw two more, the nicest on an 80-yard scoring bomb against Lincoln Holmes in the second quarter.
Holmes also ran for a touchdown in the big win and Turnbow got a touchdown pass. Jake Wilkins rumbled for a score and the Thunder piled the points for the win.
Pine View 38, Salem Hills 27
Front runner Pine View fought on the street in Salem Hills and fell 14-0 in the first quarter before winning by three points in the second quarter and two more touchdowns in the third.
Senior running back Keith Adams made a memorable debut for the Panthers, scoring three quick touchdowns on scampers of 60, 37 and 11 yards.
Byron Cullison threw a 17-yard touchdown pass at Kyson Milne and Ryan Jordan scored a 2-yard touchdown run in the Pine View win.
The Panthers defense locked themselves on Salem Hills in the second half and Pine View kicker Austin Kogan nailed a 29-yard field goal to get the final lead.
Green Canyon 17, Crimson Cliffs 13
After the Crimson Cliffs Mustangs took the 13-7 lead by a valiant performance at half-time in North Logan, the Green Canyon defense knocked out the guests in the second half and the Wolves prevailed in a highly competitive game.
Crimson Cliffs jumped 10-0 behind Ryan Woolley’s 25-yard field goal and a 46-yard touchdown pass from Chase Hansen to Kona Crowell.
Green Canyon took the swing back with a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown from Caden Stuart.
The Mustangs responded with an impressive 52-yard field goal from Woolley, 10 seconds behind in the first half.
But Crimson Cliffs wouldn’t find the end zone again, while the Wolves got 10 points in the second half to secure the competition.
Springville 41, Dixie 10
Dixie only managed a 35-yard field goal from Jonathan Bibiano and an 18-yard touchdown pass from Bronson Barben to Jaxon Barben in the Flyers’ loss to Springville on the road.
Cole Clement had two touchdown receptions and Seth Rigtrup ran for 116 yards and a touchdown for the Red Devils.
Spanish fork 34, cedar 7
In Spanish Fork, the Dons ran back the opening start for a touchdown and set the tone for a long night for the Cedar Reds. Cedar hit the board late in the game with a touchdown pass from DJ Warren to Koden Lunt.
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Eric George Goold came to St. George News from southwest Colorado where he worked as a radio reporter. He has worked as a journalist in five different countries for over 20 years. He holds a Masters in English from Kansas State University and also writes non-fiction. Goold was published in Sunstone Magazine and has given several public readings on local history. When he has free time, he enjoys chess, movies, and dogs.