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3A high school football semifinal: Judge thumps Juab, 41-20

Published: Friday, Aug. 28 2015 9:28 p.m. MDT

CEDAR CITY — Judge Memorial rushed for 260 yards and got touchdowns from five different players as the Bulldogs thumped Juab, 41-20.

Judge opened up the scoring with an eight-play 85-yard drive culminated by Michael Kearns' five-yard romp to put the Bulldogs up 7-0.

On the Wasps' second possession, starting quarterback Nick Robins broke his arm and was replaced by last year's starter, Jeff Rowley.

"Rowley did an awesome job stepping up for their QB," Judge head coach James Cordova said. "They were a scrappy bunch all night."

With Robins out, the Wasps turned to senior running back Dalton Harmon to get the job done as he rushed 19 times for 202 yards one rushing touchdown and also threw a touchdown on a 16-yard strike to Dedric Davidson in the second quarter that knotted the score at 7-7.

Judge did most of its damage on the ground by piling up 14 of its 19 first downs on the ground and wound up in only six third-down situations, converting on four of them.

With the score at 7-7 midway through the second quarter, a Scott McKerron interception set up a Bulldog touchdown as Kaden Elliss scored from 15 yards out, not to be outdone by Harmon's 80 yard scamper on Juab's next play to again tie the score at 13-13.

Elliss completed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Braden Pelly with 1:02 remaining in the first half to give the Bulldogs a 20-13 advantage at intermission.

Juab opened the second half with a defensive stop, causing Judge to punt. The Juab returner muffed the punt and Judge began its drive at the Wasp 30-yard line. Two plays later, Marc Barnett scampered 27 yards for a 26-13 lead.

"Once we scored and went up two scores on them, that helped us emotionally and psychologically," Cordova said. "Our fullbacks moved the pile all night and our line really worked hard."

Kayden Whiting cut the lead to 26-21 with a three-yard run with 6:37 remaining in the third quarter before Henry Garcia put the Bulldogs up 34-21 just three minutes later as the senior scored from four yards out.

Kearns scored the only touchdown for the Bulldogs in the fourth quarter with a 13-yard run. The Bulldog defense harassed Juab into four interceptions as McKennon had two.

Judge advances to the 3A championship game next week at Weber State against the winner of Morgan and Manti.

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