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Rich High celebrates Senior Day by blowing by Diamond Ranch, 48-21

By Rob Leifson

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, Oct. 26 2013 3:05 p.m. MDT

Rich High senior quarterback McKay Jarman runs the option with fellow senior wide receiver Caden Barthlome leading the way.

Tammy Calder

RANDOLPH, Utah — The graduating class of Rich High players celebrated Senior Day by jumping all over the visiting Diamond Ranch Diamondbacks, 48-21.

The senior-laden offensive line helped the home team take the opening possession 85 yards in 12 plays, capped off by senior quarterback McKay Jarman scoring on a 10-yard run. Isaac Hopkin perfectly read a screen pass on Diamond Ranch’s first offensive play and took the ball down to the 2-yard line. It was Hopkin’s third interception of the year. Jarman literally walked into the end zone, untouched by the defense, and Rich had a quick 12-0 lead.

A miscue on a punt gave the football to the Diamondbacks on the Rebel 40-yard line. The Diamondbacks moved the ball down to the 12-yard line before a turnover proved costly again. A fourth-down pass at the 5-yard line bounced off linebacker Mitch Jarman’s back and landed in the hands of Koy Brown. Brown took the ball 65 yards the other way. A facemask penalty added on to the end of the return set the Rebels up at the 15-yard line. McKay Jarman handed off to his young brother Mitch, who found the end zone from four yards out. A two-point conversion pass from Jarman to fellow senior Caden Barthlome put the score at 20-0 with 7:25 left in the second quarter.

In the second quarter, McKay Jarman made a late pitch to Cache Sabey, who went 42 yards down the sidelines for the touchdown and a 27-0 cushion. A Diamondback fumble gave the Rebels one more possession before the end of the half. A heavy dose of the option led to a 15-yard scoring play again on a pitch from McKay Jarman to Sabey. The halftime scoreboard sat at 34-0. The Rebels racked up almost 300 yards on the ground in the first half. Diamond Ranch had 37 yards on the ground and 57 yards through the air.

In the second half, the Diamondbacks continued to attack the Rebels through the air. Quarterback Brayden Burnside escaped the defensive pressure to find his favorite target, Saxon Mingus, for a 65-yard touchdown pass and a 34-7 deficit. It took the Rebels only a play to answer back and build the score to 42-7. It was a 65-yard scamper by McKay Jarman. He also added the two point conversion with a run up the middle of the line.

Diamond Ranch put together its best drive of 16 plays topped off with a fourth-down touchdown run of two yards by Levi Dustin. Rich led 42-14 after this first play of the fourth quarter. The Rebels kept the football on the ground to keep the clock running. Senior fullback Ben Groll pushed through for the final touchdown of the day for two yards. The Diamondbacks added a late score by Dustin and a 48-21 final.

The majority of the senior Rebel players have been playing football together since fourth grade. Senior lineman Isaac Hopkin said, “You watch for years the seniors get recognized, and it’s weird that now it’s us.” Reflecting on his Senior Day, Barthlome said, “Definitely a sad moment. It has come way too fast, but I am grateful for all the crowd supporting us.”

Rich (7-2) will host a first-round playoff game on Friday or Saturday against the No. 3 seed from the South division. Diamond Ranch (5-5) is in the playoffs as well, but its seed is yet to be determined.

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