High school football: Wasatch wins battle in the trenches, defeats Mountain View

Published: Saturday, Aug. 31 2013 11:50 a.m. MDT

The Bruins could get nothing going in the fourth quarter either as the Wasp defense continued to swarm to the ball.

After a Mountain View punt, the teaming of Davis and Durrant took the field for Wasatch and the show continued on. Durrant added a couple of large gains as he slashed off the edges of the Bruin’s defense and found his way into the defensive backfield.

With 6:10 remaining in the game, Wasatch put up the touchdown that allowed the home crowd to begin celebrating. With a third and goal from the five, Davis hit Purdy in the end zone. Southam kicked his third extra point of the game and Wasatch was up 21-3.

Southam’s ensuing kick-off flew into the end zone forcing the Bruin’s to start from their own 20. After failing to gain an inch and being forced to punt, the Bruin punter bobbled the low snap in the face of the onrushing Wasps who created the late game turnover to seal it.

Reiss returned to the huddle for Wasatch and called the number of junior wide-out Carson Law, who caught the final touchdown with 3:10 remaining. After the PAT by Southam, Wasatch had cemented a 28-3 advantage, which would hold up for a final.

The Wasp victory was an about face in intensity and Reiss credited his offensive line. “It all starts up front,” Reiss said. “Coach talked to us all week about better play calling, better execution and better blocking. I think we mixed the run and pass perfectly and were able to control things at the line of scrimmage tonight.”

The defense may have made the biggest impression on the Wasatch faithful on this beautiful Friday night in Heber. The line was consistently in the grill of Flakey repeatedly sacking him and forcing him out of the pocket. When the Bruin quarterback was able to get the ball off, the Wasp linebackers, Tagg Baxter, Cade Cloward and Pella were there to make the play.

Edler was nearly unstoppable for the black and gold as he recorded four sacks and a blocked punt. He came close to blocking a second punt and was in on numerous gang tackles along the front.

“I think we just needed to get past that first game and put it behind us,” Edler said. We sort of gave up on ourselves last week, but tonight we stayed aggressive and just fed off each other. I knew we would bounce back. We’re a good defense. It just feels great to get that first win.”

Coburn too said its good to get that first win. “Absolutely. It gets us over that hump. There’s confidence now and we can just keep working.”

Wasatch wins battle in the trenches

Kayden Conner third quarter touchdown reception.

Wasatch wins battle in the trenches, defeats Mountain View

Carson Law's fourth quarter touchdown reception.

Kenny Bristow is the staff sports writer for the Wasatch Wave and contributes to the Deseret News high school coverage for the Wasatch region. Email: kennywbristow@gmail.com. To contribute to DNews Preps for your area, enquire at 801.237.2143.