ST. GEORGE — The Dixie Flyers defeated Spanish Fork 31-20 within the state 4A football quarterfinals Friday afternoon.
Dixie Excessive’s Westin Banuelos breaks by way of the primary line of defenders on his means to a landing towards Spanish Fork, St. George, Utah, Nov. 2, 2018 | Photograph by Michael Rinker, St. George News
Dixie began sluggish, trailing 7-Zero after one quarter, because the Dons scored on their opening 89-yard drive, which culminated in a 18-yard TD move from senior quarterback Parker Swenson. Dixie’s first two possessions each ended with the Flyers punting after managing solely brief yardage positive aspects.
Spanish Fork then received backed up close to its personal finish zone earlier than being pressured to punt on fourth down. Dixie’s Nate Mahi returned the kick to the Dons’ 12-yard line, however the Flyers have been unable to put any factors on the board that possession, turning the ball over on downs lower than a foot shy of a primary down on the 2-yard line as the primary quarter wound to an in depth.
Following a Spanish Fork punt to midfield, the Flyers made their first scoring drive of the sport halfway via the second quarter when quarterback Reggie Graff related with receiver Westin Banuelos in the long run zone for a 12-yard TD. Joshua Stewart’s PAT kick was good, tying the rating 7-7 with 6:09 left within the first half.
Spanish Fork then launched into a 68-yard scoring drive that ended with a 13-yard TD move from Swenson to Trey Loftin. The Dons’ two-point conversion attempt failed, leaving them forward 13-7.
Dixie’s Myles Keenan lays out however can’t provide you with a cross throughout the center towards Spanish Fork, St. George, Utah, Nov. 2, 2018 | Photograph by Michael Rinker, St. George News
Dixie returned the following kickoff to midfield, after which they have been aided by two 15-yard penalties towards Spanish Fork within the span of three performs. On third down and 1, Banuelos ran the ball up the center for a 7-yard TD. Stewart’s PAT was good, giving the Flyers their first lead of the competition, 14-13, with 1:16 left within the second quarter.
On Spanish Fork’s subsequent play from scrimmage, Dixie’s Tyler Walden intercepted a Swenson cross and was tackled on the Dons’ 25-yard line.
Three performs later, on third down and 18, Graff related with Tyson Miller in the long run zone for a 33-yard TD move with 31 seconds left within the second quarter, and Dixie went into the locker room with a 21-13 halftime lead.
Dixie’s Travis Muir can’t fairly attain a excessive throw within the nook of the top zone towards Spanish Fork, St. George, Utah, Nov. 2, 2018 | Photograph by Michael Rinker, St. George News
Dixie head coach Blaine Monkres stated the Flyers have been in a position to shake off early lapses and make key performs on the finish of the primary half.
“Usually we end up starting with the lead and going to sleep, but this time we were able to come back,” he stated.
“That interception was huge. We scored with like 30 seconds to go in the half. So, our defense did their job, got the turnover for us, then our offense was able to go in and put some more points on the board right before halftime, so that was a huge part of the game.”
Dixie received the ball to begin the second half, however their drive was interrupted after about 40 yards when Spanish Fork acquired an interception. Three performs later, nevertheless, the Flyers obtained the ball again, thanks to a fumble restoration.
Shortly thereafter, Graff picked up 17 yards on a carry that took him to the Spanish Fork 1-yard line. The Flyers have been stifled on three straight dashing makes an attempt, nevertheless, and finally settled on a subject objective by Stewart that put Dixie forward by 11 factors, 24-13.
Dixie’s Tyson Miller almost will get an interception whereas defending towards a Spanish Fork broad receiver, St. George, Utah, Nov. 2, 2018 | Photograph by Michael Rinker, St. George News
Within the closing seconds of the third quarter, Spanish Fork managed to pull inside four, thanks to a dashing TD from 1 yard out that made it 24-20 in favor of Dixie.
Dixie wanted just some performs to rating once more originally of the fourth quarter, with Joshua Cazier catching a 30-yard TD cross from Graff with 10:29 left within the recreation. Stewart’s PAT kick made it 31-20, and that rating would stand because the final. Spanish Fork was unable to transfer the ball a lot the remaining of the best way, turning it over on downs and punting on its subsequent two possessions.
“In the fourth quarter. I think we ran, you know, seven, eight minutes off the clock on that last drive,” Monkres stated. “No, we didn’t score, but we got it down inside the five. That was huge.”
The win places the Dixie Flyers into the 4A semifinals subsequent week at Salt Lake Metropolis, the place they may face the Park Metropolis Miners, who edged beforehand undefeated Sky View 15-14 Friday night time. Park Metropolis scored a TD within the fourth quarter to pull inside 14-13, then made a profitable 2-point conversion run for the upset win.
The Dixie vs. Park Metropolis contest is scheduled for six p.m. Thursday at Rice Eccles Stadium on the College of Utah campus in Salt Lake Metropolis.
Pine View 65, Stansbury 41
After combining to rating probably the most factors in a playoff recreation in state historical past (118) final week, the Pine View Panthers offense confirmed up huge once more, giving the Panthers a win over Area 11 champion Stansbury and reserving their spot within the 4A semifinals.
Pine View led 14-7 after one quarter and prolonged its lead to 21-7 early within the second when Macloud Crowton discovered Dallin Brown for a rating. Operating again Tosh Wright added one other Panther rating later within the quarter, breaking into the top zone from 14 yards out to give them a 28-7 lead that held till halftime.
The Pine View offense continued to dominate within the second half, scoring 20 factors within the third quarter and 17 within the fourth, capping off a 65-41 victory.
Wright led the Panthers offensive assault, gaining 269 yards on the bottom whereas scoring two touchdowns. Brown added two dashing scores of his personal and Crowton threw for 2 touchdowns and rushed for a 3rd rating for the Panthers.
“The offensive line has been really great the last two weeks,” offensive coordinator Todd Shaw stated. “They’re getting progressively better each week and really opened up holes tonight for Tosh.”
The Panthers now tackle Area 10 champion Orem subsequent Friday, Nov. 9 at Rice Eccles Stadium on the College of Utah campus, Friday at 6 p.m.
“It’s going to be tougher to put up points, but I think we’ll be able to still score some points,” Shaw stated. “We’re going to put forth a good game plan and we’re going to do our best against them.”
— Written by Spencer Rodak
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