High school football: Box Elder settles down after sloppy start to beat Region 5 foe Sky View
BRIGHAM CITY — Box Elder and Sky View's football teams were both so amped up for Thursday's KJZZ game of the week, both sides forgot about the basic fundamentals.
After a sloppy start that featured four fumbles — two each — in the first five minutes of the game, Box Elder settled down first, building a three-touchdown lead early in the second quarter en route to the 40-22 region victory.
"We came out with a lot of energy, but really dumb mistakes and turned it over," said Box Elder coach Robbie Gunter, whose team fumbled the ball on its first two possessions.
Sky View coughed it right back after Box Elder's first fumble, but the second turnover it took advantage of to build an early 7-0 lead.
That was the wake-up call the Bees needed.
Over a 12-minute span between the first and second quarters, Box Elder's dominant rushing game took over, scoring 28 unanswered points. Kyler Allen, who missed last week's win over Roy, accounted for the Bees' first three touchdowns.
"The line was pushing them forward, all we had to do was run through the holes," said Allen, who finished with 144 rushing yards on 21 carries.
Defensively, Box Elder was just as impressive during that dominant 12-minute stretch, forcing Sky View into one fumble and three punts.
"I think our kids just settled down and did what we do, and they started getting confidence and that makes all the difference," said Gunter.
Box Elder finished the game with 385 yards of total offense to remain unbeaten in Region 5 at 2-0.
"This was the region championship game for us, which sets up next week as the region championship game for us (against Mountain Crest). That's how we have to approach it in this region, every week is big," said Gunter.
After falling behind 28-7, Sky View started to play with a sense of urgency.
The Bobcats cut Box Elder's lead to 28-13 with 4:22 remaining in the half as Ethan Dursteler capped a 10-play scoring drive with a 2-yard touchdown run. Following a quick three and out from Box Elder, Sky View tacked on three more points before the half with a Nelson Griffiths' 36-yard field goal.
Sky View had a couple possessions to chip away at Box Elder's lead in the third quarter, but Box Elder's defense and special teams came up with three key plays. At the 5:10 mark of the third quarter, the Bees forced a Sky View incompletion on fourth and two at their own 20 yard line.
Following another disappointing three and out by the Bees offense, punter McKay Parrish pinned Sky View down at the eight yard line with a 72-yard punt. On the ensuing play K.C. Lowry sacked Sky View quarterback Braxton Godderidge in the end zone for the safety to increase Box Elder's lead to 30-16.
Sky View never recovered as the Bees increased the lead to 40-16 before the visitors tacked on a late touchdown.