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High school football: Braves blast Grizzlies with big second-quarter outburst

By Paul Kelley

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, Sept. 5 2009 12:14 a.m. MDT

LOGAN — Tyler Farr ran the opening kickoff back for a touchdown and the sixth-ranked Bountiful Braves used a 23-point second quarter to put away Logan 40-7 on Friday night.

"It helps to run the opening kickoff back, I thought that set the tempo and got them (Logan) on their heels a little bit," said Bountiful head coach Larry Wall.

Logan had no answer for Bountiful's run game as the Braves ran for 190 yards and two touchdowns. Senior Ben Lemon rushed for 21 yards and two touchdowns.

"I owe everything to the O-line. It's a team effort, the fullback blocks for me and the line blocks for me; they did a great job," said Lemon.

Logan showed signs of life midway through the first quarter, as it assembled a 13-play, five-minute drive. However, they could not capitalize on a fourth-and-10 and turned the ball over on downs.

Bountiful started its second-quarter assault with a two-yard TD run by Lemon. The Braves followed with a safety when they tackled the Logan punter in his end zone to take a 16-0 lead.

Speaking of his team, Coach Wall said, "They are a real dangerous bunch and you don't want to get them rolling. They get a quick score and it might be a whole different deal."

The Braves kept their next drive alive by converting on a fourth-and-1 with a seven-yard run by Mitch Johnson. Bountiful capped off the three-minute drive with another two-yard run by Lemon to put the Braves up 23-0 at the five-minute mark in the second quarter.

Bountiful's goal coming into the game was to control the ball with a solid running game. With the running game firing on all cylinders, it opened up the passing game for the Braves.

"That's kind of our bread and butter, we want to control the ball," said Wall. "To be honest with you, I was more pleased with the way we threw the ball today. I thought we were pretty efficient; we scored a couple touchdowns in the air, so that's a plus."

Senior quarterback Tyler Talbot threw two touchdowns and finished the night 5-of-11 for 98 yards passing.

"He did a nice job for us. ... He's a toughf kid and I am proud of him," said Wall.

Talbot connected with senior Ryen Rope on a 31-yard TD pass to finish the second-quarter scoring.

The Braves picked up in the second half where they left off, as Talbot found Helam Heimuli for a five-yard TD pass midway through the third quarter.

After an interception by Bountiful's Conner Winters, the Braves scored five plays later on a 38-yard field goal by Spencer Mohlman to put the Braves up 40-0.

Logan's Billy Phillips set up the Grizzlies' touchdown when he caught a 44-yard pass and was dragged down three yards short of the end zone. Tyler Stevens ran it in on the next play to give Logan its only score of the game.

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