Chris Jones rushed for 160 yards and two touchdowns, and Bountiful's defense thoroughly stymied Emery's powerful passing game as the top ranked Braves rolled to a rather easy 27-7 state quarterfinal victory Friday afternoon.
The Braves, now 11-0 on the year, ended all suspense early in this one, jumping to a quick 14-0 lead and substituting pretty much at will as the game went on.This contest was billed as a great passing duel between Bountiful quarterback Austin Lindsey and Emery field leader Gus Childs, but the battle never materialized. Lindsey came down sick Friday afternoon, so Bountiful turned to junior Brad Beck, a starter for most of last season. He responded by leading the Braves to touchdowns on their first two possessions.
Meanwhile, Childs was neutralized by the Braves' powerful defensive line, which pressured him all game long. Childs finished with just nine completions in 25 attempts, five of those against reserves in the final two minutes of the game.
Bountiful began the game with a 65-yard drive, most of it belonging to Jones. He rushed for 38 of those yards, and scored on a one-yard plunge with 6:54 left in the first quarter. Jason Haslam's PAT made it 7-0.
Emery dug itself into a hole on its first offensive series, fumbling at the Spartan 28, where Chris Godfrey recovered. From there, Bountiful scored in just five plays, Jones again diving in from the one. Haslam's PAT made it 14-0 with 3:50 to go in the quarter.
The Spartans' frustration on offense continued the rest of the first half, as Emery could amass only 31 yards total offense while Bountiful ran up 257 yards. The Braves added a 31-yard field goal from Haslam midway through the second quarter, and then a 41-yarder with three seconds left in the half.
Bountiful frosted the cake with another score on its first possession of the third period, a 70-yard, nine-play drive capped by an eight-yard TD run from sophomore Mason Jacobs. The speedy Jacobs, who spelled off Beck at QB in the second half, showed why he'll be a player to be reckoned with the next two years.
Emery's only scoring threat against Bountiful's regulars was thwarted in the third quarter when all-state linebacker Kory Andreasen picked off Childs at the Bountiful eight. From that point, it was cruise control for both teams until Emery broke through in the game's final five seconds with a touchdown pass from Childs to tight end Jared Butler. By then, it was much too little too late for the gutsy Spartans, who finish the season at 8-3.