BRIGHAM CITY Midway through the second quarter and leading by three touchdowns, the Box Elder Bees smelled blood.
Rally cries of "shutout" were cropping up on the defensive side of the ball.
The Bees did just that.
The Box Elder defense, which couldn't hold up when the offense scored 26 points or more four times this year, held Woods Cross to 77 yards of total offense in the 35-0 victory Friday night for the Bees' first shutout of the season.
The win, which also snapped a four-game losing streak, keeps the Bees (3-5, 1-4) alive for at least a tie for the final playoff spot in Region 4, but it will need a win over Bonneville next week at home in order to stay alive next Thursday.
"We never mentioned it (the postseason) at all," Box Elder coach Wes Roesler said. "We just wanted to win a football game. It's fun."
Box Elder running back Cam Greene rushed the ball 15 times for 132 yards and three touchdowns, while quarterback Roman Neville completed 5-of-6 passes for 80 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Bees.
"He had a great game, and sometimes I don't play him enough, but I said (to him) today that I was going to give him 20 touches," Roesler said. "He really ran well."
Greene nearly got to the 20-touch mark with several catches, but he didn't need that many to do the damage.
He provided the Bees all the scoring they needed with a 24-yard run three minutes into the game. For good measure he added a 1-yard run just into the second quarter and later Logan Leffler hauled in a a 26-yard TD pass from Neville to make it 20-0 at the break.
The Wildcats (3-5, 1-4) had their best scoring opportunity late in the first half with less than two minutes left when the recovered a fumbled punt on the Box Elder 31. Woods Cross, however, managed just six yards on the drive before losing the ball on downs.
Defensively, the Bees held the Wildcats to just 22 first-half yards and one first down, the offensively, Box Elder tallied 172.
Greene added his third touchdown of the game early in the third quarter, while late in the quarter Neville connected with Jake Robertson with a 31-yard scoring strike. It was Neville's second touchdown pass of the game.
The Wildcats made some offensive adjustments at halftime and recorded 74 yards in the third quarter but they couldn't manage any points. Two drives in the quarter ended in punts, while a third ended on a Jeremy Galvin interception.Box Elder finished with 347 yards total offense (240 on the ground). Fifty-one of the Wildcats' 77 yards came through the air.
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