High school football: Snow Canyon cruises to blowout of Dixie

By Andy Griffin

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, Oct. 9 2010 12:35 a.m. MDT

ST. GEORGE – Austin Larsen couldn't believe his eyes.

The senior running back, who led his Snow Canyon team to a 42-21 win over the Dixie Flyers Friday night, turned the corner against Dixie early in the game and saw … no defenders.

"I was so excited, I couldn't believe it," Larsen said. "Yards have been hard to come by this year. But tonight the offensive line was blowing holes open."

Larsen turned that sweep into a 40-yard TD run and ended up rushing for 223 yards in the Warriors' rout.

"This means so much to me after losing the last two years to Dixie," Larsen said. "I feel like we finally put it all together tonight. All of coach's yelling worked this week, I guess."

Snow Canyon scored on all five of its possessions in the first half. Larsen had nearly 200 yards before halftime as the Warriors led 35-7 at the break.

"It's all about execution for us and we finally did it well," said Snow Canyon coach Jay Graft. "We were focused tonight."

Larsen's early TD made it 7-0. Dixie showed promise after that, tying the score with an 85-yard TD pass from Blake Barney to Zack Frei.

But that just postponed the inevitable. SC marched down the field, going 89 yards on 11 plays. Dillon Appel's end-around score made it 14-7 with 3:45 left in the first quarter.

Snow Canyon forced a pair of Dixie punts and scored after each one in the second quarter. Brayden Linde rushed one in from five yards out to cap the first drive. John Carty, despite a cast on his broken right arm, scored on a four-yarder that pushed the lead to 28-7.

After stopping Dixie on downs, the Warriors scored their fifth touchdown of the first half in the final minute before intermission.

It was Linde with his second score with 41 seconds left in the half that capped a 77-yard drive and pushed the lead to four touchdowns.

Snow Canyon then ended any Dixie comeback thoughts by starting the third quarter with an 11-play, 72-yard drive that made it 42-7.

The Warriors, 3-5 overall and 3-2 in Region 9 play, amassed 503 yards of offense, 371 of those on the ground.

Dixie, which dropped to 2-6 and 1-4, got a pair of late TD runs by John Matuauto. The Flyers were eliminated from playoff contention with the loss, while Snow Canyon travels to Pine View next Thursday for a key region match against the Panthers.

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