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High school football: Woods Cross cruises past Highland in big Region 6 matchup

Published: Monday, July 6 2015 9:34 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — The Woods Cross offense seemed to subscribe to something right out of Revolutionary War patriot Paul Revere's playbook.

Two by land, and two by air.

That's how the Wildcats' two senior quarterbacks, Luke Jowers and Clay Kidman, put points on the scoreboard as Woods Cross raced to a 35-0 halftime lead and cruised to an eventual 41-21 victory over Highland in the two teams' Region 6 showdown Friday night at Highland High.

Kidman connected with Sean Gallagher on an 11-yard touchdown pass and then found Xequille Harry on a 24-yard TD toss, with both of those scores coming in the second quarter as Woods Cross extended its 21-0 first-quarter lead to 35-0 by halftime.

And all Highland could do was try and play catch-up after that.

"We started out great; that's just how we wanted to start out coming off our win against Bountiful last week," Kidman said after the Wildcats improved to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in Region 6. "This week we just wanted to keep that momentum going, and we did that right from the start.

"At the end, we just made kinda some mistakes, but I thought we played a great game. They're a great team and we won and we won pretty good, so I'm happy.

"We tried to change it up a little bit today," Kidman said of Woods Cross' effective two-quarterback system. "I threw the ball more and (Jowers) did more of the running part, and it seemed to work really well. We scored 35 in the first half, so it was a good half. ... These last two games against two great teams in our region, and to win that and now if we can win out, we're going to have a good position in the playoffs."

Jowers slammed 3 yards for a first-quarter touchdown, then added a 2-yard TD plunge in the third period for the Wildcats' final score, putting them up 41-0 and essentially putting the game out of reach.

Braxton Gunther also had a 2-yard TD plunge for Woods Cross' first touchdown, and Deion Saumalu's 16-yard return of a Highland fumble accounted for the Wildcats' other score as they built their insurmountable lead.

After falling behind 41-nothing, it would've been easy for Highland to just throw in the towel. But the Rams (4-3, 2-2) refused to quit and got a 29-yard touchdown pass from Jamahl Greer to Brandon Jones in the third quarter, then added a couple of late touchdowns on Thomas Pembroke's 55-yard fumble recovery return and a 1-yard TD plunge by Greer to make the final score much more respectable.

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