BOUNTIFUL Who says you need to pass to keep a defense honest? Don't try to tell the Bountiful Braves that.
Of the 55 plays they ran from scrimmage, only two called for throwing. Jamie Rigby and Mitch Johnson took care of everything else, as Bountiful beat the Woods Cross Wildcats 24-7.
Both defenses came out energized, not allowing much. By the end of the first quarter, the farthest that either team had made it was when Woods Cross took the ball to the Bountiful 47.
Things got moving in the second quarter, however. After being pinned on their own 2-yard line from a John Ferguson punt, the Braves began grinding away. Thirteen plays later, Rigby found his way into the endzone with a juke that would have left NFL linebackers tripping over their feet.
After Bountiful's defense forced a Wildcat punt, Rigby passed the goal line again to put his team up 14-0.
Woods Cross seemed to be reeling.
Little seemed to begoing to go right for the Wildcats, when a false start forced the them to start 1st and 15 from their own 15, but they didn't quit. Instead, Woods Cross drove the length of the field, and quarterback Jordan Smith hit a jumping Chris Haning in the back of the endzone for the score to cut the deficit to seven going into half.
Bountiful forced another punt to start the third, and then Rigby and Johnson went to work. Behind an offensive line that had tough week in the loss against Mountain Crest last week, the Braves took control of the game.
Bountiful settled for a 34-yard field goal, then later set up the Braves' only pass play of record for the night, a 13-yard touchdown from Jason Maughan to tight end Ben Aird, which set the final score of 24-7. Maughan finished the game with a 158.3 QB rating after going 1-for-1.
The Cats tried to get some momentum going, but as they were entering Bountiful territory, Rigby intercepted a pass, killing any Wildcat attempt to re-establish themselves.
"We had our best week of practice," Rigby said. "We used last week as motivation."
Following the constant surges of the offensive line, he was able to tally 184 yards with 2 touchdowns.
"The offensive line was challenged all week in practice" said Bountiful coach Larry Wall, adding "this game was a statement for ourselves. We weren't trying to show anyone but ourselves."
Woods Cross probably wishes that Bountiful had picked a week other than the Wildcat homecoming to re-define theirselves.