BRIGHAM CITY— Bonneville assured itself a spot in the playoffs using big plays and a swarming defense to dismantle Box Elder 46-7 Thursday night.

The Lakers turned a tight game into a blowout with a four-minute stretch to end the first half. Spencer Unga put Bonneville up six on a 15-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter, but it wasn't until late in the second quarter that the Lakers decided the outcome. They got the ball on their own 10-yard line with 4:27 left in the half. One play and 90 yards later on a touchdown catch for Justin Zizumbo from Unga, the team got rolling.

The defense forced a punt from the Bees and got the ball back with 1:41 at the 44-yard line. This time it was one play and a 56-yard scoring grab from Matthew Holbrook that put the Lakers up 20-0.

They still weren't done.

Marcus Matson intercepted a Box Elder pass, but the Lakers fumbled it right back. The defense stepped up again as it forced yet another turnover on the Bees' six, and Matson ran it in from a yard out with just eight seconds remaining in the half and giving the Lakers a comfortable 26-0 halftime lead.

"We have always had that kind of big-play potential with these guys," said coach Matt Williams. "It has been a matter of the guys going out on the field and executing. Tonight, they showed what they can do."

While the offense exploded against the Bees with 46 points — the second half had Matson add his second score on a 10-yard run, and Colton Yard had two scoring runs, one a 47-yarder and the other from 38 yards out — the defense played its normal stellar game.

"Our defense has been good all year," said Williams. "They have kept us in almost every game. Our offense has had its moments, but the defense has always been there for us."

In all, the defense forced six turnovers and did not allow Box Elder to score — the Bees' one touchdown came on an 88-yard fumble recovery by Jake Robertson. If the Lakers can put together a matching performance, they could be dangerous next week in the playoffs.

"We knew we could play like this," said Yard. "We have some great players on this team and a great group of guys. We just need to go out and play our game, and I think we have a chance."