High school football: Syracuse rallies to down Box Elder, remain undefeated

By Tavis Stucki

Deseret News

Published: Friday, Sept. 9 2011 10:07 p.m. MDT

OGDEN — Syracuse came back from a 14-point deficit at halftime to beat Box Elder 20-14 in overtime at Weber State's Stewart Stadium on Friday.

The Titan defense stopped Box Elder quarterback Britton Gunter on a fourth-and-1 at the 15-yard line on the first possession of the overtime.

Syracuse quarterback Trevor Davis found himself on the 1-yard line looking in several plays later. On the final play of the game he handed off to junior running back Mason Woodward, who fumbled into the end zone. Senior wide receiver Gibby Eidem jumped on the ball to recover the fumble and win the game with the touchdown.

Davis said he couldn't see the ball at first.

"I was hearing fumble," Davis said. "I just saw the ball fly out of a huge pile and Gibby got on it."

Syracuse head coach Russ Jones said Syracuse lost three or four games in overtime last season.

"We just felt like we needed to come back and win it where we were 14 down," Jones said. "It's something that has kinda haunted us. This is something that we needed to get over the hump with right here."

Davis scored both touchdowns in regulation to force the overtime. In the third quarter and down by 14, the senior took a draw play 47 yards for the touchdown to make it 14-7. In the fourth, he scampered for a 19-yarder to even things up and eventually force a round of free football.

"Our linemen up front took care of business," Davis said. "We knew we could do it. We got the push and it just happened."

Davis completed 13 of 18 passes for 101 yards to go along with 23 carries for 199 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Jones said his team just pulled it together in the second half.

"The kids were down at halftime," Jones said. "We told a bunch of them, the seniors, they've got to step it up. This is your time to shine and let's get it done right now."

In the first half the Titans gave up two touchdowns on big plays. In the first quarter, Gunter connected with junior wide receiver Dallin Stewart for a 51-yard touchdown pass to score first, 7-0. On the first play of the second quarter, the Bees ran a halfback pass for 46 yards when running back and backup quarterback Shad Watson hit Stewart on the long pass up the side.

There were seven total turnovers in the game; three by Box Elder and four by Syracuse.

Box Elder drops to 3-1 with the loss and will next play Roy on Sept. 16 at 7 p.m.

Syracuse moves to 4-0 with the win, the first time the Titans have ever held an unbeaten streak this far into the season. They next face the Davis Darts on Friday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m.

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