High school football: Herriman clinches at least share of Region 4 title with 42-17 win over Lehi
LEHI — Herriman assured itself of at least a share of the Region 4 title with a 42-17 road win over Lehi on Wednesday night.
Led by Brandon Farmer, the Mustangs pounded away at the Pioneers to the tune of more than 400 yards rushing. The senior running back tallied a trio of touchdowns and big chunks of yardage — including a 79-yard TD scamper to give his team a commanding 28-10 lead at the half.
“That’s just what Brandon Farmer does,” said Herriman coach Dustin Pearce. “He makes so many great runs that I’m just used to it. He was great tonight, but he’s always great in every game we play. I can’t say enough about the kid.”
Farmer started the scoring for Herriman with a 3-yard run on the game’s first possession. Lehi traded blows and pulled within four points, 14-10, at the start of the second quarter when quarterback Derek Beeston hit Austin Whetzel for an 8-yard touchdown pass. But it was all Herriman from that point.
Led by a dominating offensive line, Herriman sustained long touchdown drives, controlled the clock and beat down an overmatched Lehi front.
“Our offensive line got it done tonight and they led the way — they always do,” Pearce said. “We have a good mix of experienced guys and some young guys and they deserve a lot of credit.”
The Mustang offensive line was perhaps at its best to open the second half. With the game somewhat in question, the O-linemen engineered a 13-play, 80-yard touchdown drive that chewed 5:34 off the game clock. The drive concluded with an 18-yard touchdown pass from Braydon Kener to Alec Blonquist.
Following a Lehi punt it was again Farmer — this time busting through for an electrifying 69-yard run to set up his team at Lehi’s 11-yard line. Three plays later he crossed the end zone for a 1-yard scoring run to put his team up 42-10.
The win moves the Mustangs to 4-1 in region play and guarantees they will at least share the Region 4 championship. The team currently stands alone in first place and will have a chance to win the region outright when it takes on Pleasant Grove a week from Thursday.
“It was obviously one of our goals to win region, but it wasn’t a goal to share it,” Pearce said. “We’re not looking to share this thing and hopefully we can win it outright.”
With the loss Lehi drops to 2-3 in Region 4, but can still make the postseason with a win against Lone Peak to finish out the year.
“Lehi is a great team and we wish them the best,” Pearce said. “We knew it would be a tough game tonight, but we had a great gameplan and we executed that gameplan extremely well. I’m just proud of all my players and the work they’ve put into this season, but we’re not done yet.”