Less than two yards stood between Weber High and a 4A state prep football playoff berth. Make that less than two yards and a stingy Bonneville defense.
Weber was halted short on a two-point conversion attempt that would have given the Warriors a second overtime-possession victory over the Lakers in a special best-of-three-overtime-wins series to break a tie for Region 1's final berth in the 4A playoffs.Bonneville held Weber out and held on for the playoff spot, with the best- of-three-OTs score looking more like a three-match volleyball score.
Bonneville wins 7-14, 14-13, 14-7.
The Region 1 playoff was one of four region playoffs Tuesday, with two games being regular 48-minute games between a pair of opponents and the third a two-halves, three-teams tiebreaker game.
Bonneville over Weber, 7-14, 14-13, 14-7: In the first OT, Bonneville sophomore QB Ryan Webber tossed an 8-yard TD pass to Dave Blake, with Weber's Kip Norris answering with a 10-yard TD pass to David Weber. Bonneville's John Braun and Weber's John Blanchard kicked the respective PATs for an even 7-all score. Weber took a 14-7 lead on another Norris-to-Webster pass and Blanchard PAT kick, with the overtime triumph sealed with Ryan Jones' interception of a Laker pass.
Weber opened the second OT with a 10-yard Webster run and Blanchard conversion, while Bonneville answered with a 2-yard run by Bart Fawbush and Braun's kick. Bonneville went up 14-7 as Webber connected over the middle with Chris Paine for a 10-yard TD pass, with Braun kicking the PAT. Webster scored another Weber touchdown, this time on a 3-yard run. The Warriors decided to try to claim the playoff victory with a clinching second OT win by attempting a two-point conversion.
Weber's chances seemed greatly enhanced when the Lakers jumped offsides, moving the ball to a distance of a yard and a half away from the end zone. But Webster's dive was stopped short by the Bonneville defense, giving the Lakers the 14-13 overtime win and knotting the series at 1-1.
Weber needed four downs to score its first TD of the third OT on a 2-yard pass from Norris to Webster, and Bonneville waited until fourth down before Webber connected with a diving Mike DeGroot for a 12-yard scoring toss. Bonneville broke the 7-all tie as Fawbush carried twice - the second time a 4- yard scoring run for a Bonneville lead. Braun's kick made it 14-7.
After an incompletion, Weber's Norris scrambled on second down in search for a receiver. Realizing he crossed the point of no return - at the line of scrimmage - while on the run, Norris hesitated for a moment and was hit by a Laker defender. Bonneville's Fawbush fell on the resulting fumble, enabling the Lakers to win the overtime and the best-of-three OT series.
Bonneville now takes its 7-3 overall record into a 4A first-round playoff game against Cyprus. Weber, which only last week upset then-No. 1 ranked Davis, concludes the season with a 5-5 overall record.
Woods Cross 34, Murray 20: Jumping out to a 29-0 halftime lead, the Wildcats downed the Spartans to earn Region 6's final playoff berth - good for a Saturday 3A first-round game at Bear River. Kevin Case carried 17 times for 102 yards and two first-half TDs, while Ryan VanAlfen completed 9 of 11 passes for 1 TD and 134 yards while adding a running score as well. Marcus Rhoten started the scoring with a TD on a 72-yard draw.
The Spartans scored three touchdowns in the final quarter - two TDs on short passes from Tom Gourdin to Jeremy Winget. Murray finishes the year with a 5-5 overall record; Woods Cross advances to the 3A state playoffs with the same mark.
Olympus 14, Brighton 7: With the Titans afforded attractive field positions on several Bengal turnovers, its seemed like the only miscue that Olympus was going to capitalize on was its own. The Titans started the game with an 82-yard drive and an apparent TD run by Nick Gamangasso, who instead fumbled the ball into the end zone. But Olympus' Mike Hatch recovered the ball for a Titan TD and a 7-0 lead that lasted through the first half.
Olympus finally turned a Brighton turnover into a score, as Jim Hoggan returned an interception 35 yards for the second Titan touchdown. The Bengals' Steve Pearmain accounted for the sole Brighton score in the final quarter on a 3-yard run.
The Titans now take a 6-4 record into a 4A first-round playoff game Saturday at Orem as Region 2's fourth and final seed. Brighton ends with a 5-5 overall record, with the Bengals making a rare season exit before the start of the state playoffs.
Carbon 29, Wasatch 16; Uintah 35, Carbon 8: In the Region 7 doubleheader (of sorts) playoff, Uintah did unto Carbon in the second half what Carbon did unto Wasatch in the first.
The Utes' Lance Stevens opened the scoring with a 12-yard run, with the Uintah defense exchanging three turnovers for eventual scores. A fumble recovery set up Stevens' 40-yard TD reception from Billy Myers, a Jared McKeachnie interception resulted in a 16-yard scoring run by Brandon DeCol, and Rory Cook returned an interception 40 yards for the Utes' fourth TD.
Stevens later scored his third touchdown of the game on a 35-yard run. The Dinos' sole score was a 1-yard run by Bill Gilson.
Carbon had advanced to the second half with a first-half victory over Wasatch, with the Dinos quickly mounting a 29-0 lead, which included two Eric Llewelyn TD passes, a scoring run by Chad Feichko, and an interception return for a touchdown by Don Rutheford. Wasatch finished the scoring Barton Gertsch tossing a scoring pass apiece to Brian Hatch and William Summerhays, with Hatch also catching a couple of two-point conversion passes.
With the win, Uintah takes its 4-5 record into a 3A first-round playoff matchup against second-ranked Springville. Carbon and Wasatch both complete the season with 4-6 overall records.