However Coburn got on them at the half, it worked in his squad’s favor. Wasatch was sharp in the second half on both sides of the ball. They eliminated their pre-snap penalties and were able to execute the ground control ballgame the coaching staff had drawn up.
As rain began to fall, so did the hopes of the home team. With 6 minutes left in the third quarter Reiss hit a wide-open Kayden Conner down the right sideline for a 70-yard touchdown play. The point after made it 21-0.
After again stuffing anything the Tiger offense would throw at them, the Wasps regained possession with just over two minutes left in the third.
Pella added his second touchdown run of the night a minute later with a 10-yard scamper putting the game out of reach for Ogden at 28-0.
Pella, who gained 79 yards on 16 carries, would credit his offensive line. “Yeah the line was blocking just great,” Pella said. “The holes were just opening up and I was able to get through. I love the plays were calling right now on the runs. And it was fun out there in the rain!”
The senior didn’t dwell too much on his team’s flat first half. “I think maybe we just came out a little over confident,” Pella said. “We need to give it our all for the whole game and not underestimate anyone.”
Wasatch used the final quarter to get some experience for sophomore tailback Matt Tate. The track star was quick to the perimeters and showed speed when he was able to turn the corner. It was yet another offensive weapon Coburn and his staff have in their arsenal.
“It was good to get Matt (Tate) in there,” Coburn said after the victory was sealed on Tate’s 5-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. “I thought he ran the ball well. So did Hunter (Pella). I’m happy with our second half performance.”
Tate’s score and Southam’s point after made the final 35-0. It was the second consecutive strong defensive performance for the Wasps and their offense is showing signs of breaking out.
“That’s the team we are—the one in the second half there,” Coburn said. “It’s great to get the first road win behind us. Next week starts region and everybody’s got a clean slate.”
Wasatch’ defense has only surrendered one field goal in it’s last two games, while putting nine touchdowns of their own on the board. That type of play will have to keep up for the young Wasps as they head to Provo next Friday for their first Region 8 match-up since moving to 4A this year.
High School Football: Wasatch shuts out Ogden 35-0
Wasatch tailback Hunter Pella punches the ball into the end zone from 2 yards out.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. To contribute to DNews Preps for your area, enquire at 801.237.2143.
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