Wednesday , October 18, 2017 - 10:39 PM
CLEARFIELD — With a spot in the playoffs out of reach, and not a lot to play for, Clearfield came up with a daring new game plan on Wednesday evening.
The Falcons decided they weren’t going to punt, even from their own 30 yard line with a 3-0 lead.
What first appeared to backfire worked out in the end, and Clearfield closed its season with a 17-10 non-region victory over Bountiful.
After the Braves (5-5) tied the game 3-3 early in the third quarter — a gift courtesy of the non-punt strategy — Clearfield (5-5) scored two touchdowns less than four minutes apart later in the period to take a commanding 17-3 lead.
“I told them coming into the game we had nothing to lose; we had nothing to prepare for next week,” Clearfield coach Andre Dyson said. “We were just going to leave everything on the field and we’re going to go for it every time we have a chance. We’re just going to play freely and for the most part, we did a good job.”
On going for it from his own 30, Dyson said, “You win some, you lose some. We just wanted to show the guys we trusted them. We trusted our defense and we’re gonna go for it. We got the look we wanted and unfortunately didn’t make that play.”
Clearfield took the lead back on a 26-yard scamper by quarterback Jaxon Mansfield with 6:13 remaining in the third quarter and added another touchdown on a 5-yard pass from Mansfield to Noah Hardy at the 2:40 mark.
“The guys are resilient. We put trust in the kids and sometimes they step up. Our guys didn’t panic and they made a couple of big pass plays, and that was that,” Dyson said.
Playing more traditional football, the Falcons punted for the first time early in the fourth quarter.
“We did it (went for it) for three quarters and then had to go back to real life. The kids played great. It was good for them to go out with a victory. I’m proud of these guys today,” Dyson said.
While Bountiful goes on to play at Region 7 champion Corner Canyon in the 5-A state playoffs next week, Dyson hopes Clearfield can build from a win like this.
“It’s been hard to get them prepared for games that mean something. I’ve been here for a few years and haven’t had many meaningful games and it seems like very time we play a game that means something, our guys didn’t know how to handle it,” Dyson said.
“So playing a game that doesn’t mean as much as far as playoffs, it means a lot to this program. Our guys played a little more free and I wish every game, if we played like that, our record would be a little better.”
Bountiful closed the gap to 17-10 on a long touchdown pass from Jaxon Wood to Tavin Dougher with 1:52 left in the fourth quarter and had one more possession, but the Falcons held for the win.
Colton Manning had seven receptions for the Falcons to help them get into scoring position in the second half.
DUCHESNE 33, LAYTON CHRISTIAN 7
DUCHESNE — Duchesne took a 26-0 lead into halftime and held off Layton Christian to claim the 1-A North region crown.
Duchesne (8-1, 3-0 1-A North) scored touchdowns on all four of its first half possessions, then its first possession of the second half.
LCA got on the board on a 35-yard screen pass from Jaice Holt to Ryleigh McCombs at the 6:01 mark in the fourth quarter.
Layton Christian (6-4, 2-1) will be a two-seed and host a 1-A first-round playoff game Friday, Oct. 27.
NORTHRIDGE 28, WOODS CROSS 17
WOODS CROSS — Northridge scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to turn a 17-14 deficit into a non-region victory over Woods Cross in the first-ever matchup between the schools.
Hunter Harris scored for Northridge on a 37-yard pass from Jackson Murphy and a 2-yard plunge. Murphy added a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter to give the Knights the lead, and Jacob Rhoades added a 30-yard fumble return touchdown to seal the win.
Woods Cross scored on a 23-yard pass from Ashton Fornelius to Justice Samuelu and a Tucker Goodfellow 30-yard field goal in the first quarter. Samuelu scored the Wildcats’ last touchdown on a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Northridge (6-3) is the four-seed from Region 1 and will play its 6-A first-round playoff game Friday, Oct. 27, at Region 3 champion East.
Woods Cross (6-4) will be a three-seed from Region 5 and play a 5-A first-round playoff game on the road Friday, Oct. 27.
BEAR RIVER 49, OGDEN 7
GARLAND — Bear River scored 42 straight points to break a 7-7 tie and beat Ogden in the non-region bout.
McCoy Christensen rushed for 184 yards and three touchdowns for Bear River. Jacob Olsen caught a Brady Brown touchdown pass and returned an interception for a touchdown. Easton Payne added a 15-yard scoring run. Senior quarterback Kaygen Canfield returned from injury to throw one pass, a 23-yard touchdown to Kelton Summers.
Ogden scored on a 5-yard pass from Carson White to Rhyle Hanson in the first-quarter.
Bear River (6-4) is the four-seed from Region 12 and will play its 4-A first-round playoff game Friday, Oct. 27, on the road against the Region 10 champion.
Ogden’s season ends with a 3-7 record.
BOX ELDER 38, BONNEVILLE 17
BRIGHAM CITY — Box Elder scored the game’s first 31 points to take a 31-3 halftime lead and beat Bonneville.
Box Elder’s Jeremy Kaleikini threw for three touchdowns and ran for one. Conner Stevenson, Hyrum Blanchard and Colton Kapp caught Kaleikini’s touchdown passes. Blanchard added a 69-yard touchdown run and Alex Stevens booted a 32-yard field goal.
Bonneville got a field goal from Aaron Eberhard, a touchdown run from Bronson Fox and a scoring pass from Jonah Nielson to Eberhard.
Box Elder ended its 5-A season with a 4-6 record.
Bonneville (4-6) will be a two-seed and host a 4-A first-round playoff game Friday, Oct. 27.
ROY 28, LAYTON 7
LAYTON — Roy scored a touchdown in every quarter in its non-region win over Layton.
Roy got touchdowns from Dionte Davis, Jax Weaver and two from Trace Tupe.
Layton added a touchdown in the fourth quarter and ends its season with an 0-10 record.
Roy (5-4) is the two-seed from Region 5 and will host a 5-A first-round playoff game Friday, Oct. 27.
GREEN CANYON 38, BEN LOMOND 13
OGDEN — Ben Lomond jumped to a 13-0 lead, but after that it was all Green Canyon in the non-region game.
Ben Lomond kicked two field goals and Tayshon Doss hauled in a 75-yard pass from DeVante Calderon to give the Scots a first-quarter lead.
Green Canyon responded with four touchdown passes, a rushing score and a field goal.
Ben Lomond’s season ends with an 0-10 record.
Justin Johnson contributed to score reports.
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