SANDY A player with Sausan Shakerin's talent should have a better nickname.
"Shak" just doesn't cut it. Besides, it's taken by a certain NBA player we all know well.
Alta High School's often-injured tailback broke loose Friday night, rushing for 147 yards as the Hawks finished the regular season with a 35-12 win over rival Jordan on a windy evening on the Hawks field.
The victory gave Alta the Region 2 championship and erased several weeks of bad feelings the Hawks felt after Jordan achieved a higher ranking based on its early victory over then top-ranked Bingham.
The Hawks made a lot fewer mistakes in this game, and rode on the back of their 6-foot-3, 210-pound back.
"Shak ran tonight like he ran last year," said Alta coach Les Hamilton. "The wind was brisk, and we were able to run against it."
If "Shak" is looking for a new nickname, perhaps he should look at the MasterCard commercials for an idea. His running style, which allowed him to break dozens of tackles, made him "priceless" to his teammates.
Most of his yards came in the second half and, even when Jordan defenders were able to stop him, rarely could they put him on the ground. On many occasions, officials had to blow their whistles to stop play when his forward progress had appeared to be stopped.
Shakerin didn't play as big of a role in the first half. Alta still held the lead, though, thanks primarily to a goal-line stand just before halftime.
Early in the third quarter, though, the Hawks took advantage of a bad snap on a Jordan punt. After several carries by Shakerin, he was used as a decoy when quarterback Ryan Rosenvall hit Parker Webster on a short pass to give the team a 21-6 lead.
On successive drives, Alta continued to feed Shakerin the ball. He ran for a 3-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter and was the primary carrier until Rosenvall ran for the team's final score.
Jordan, which fell to 7-3 and dropped its second-straight game, was the victim of its own mistakes.
The Diggers rose to their top ranking earlier this year, primarily on the strength of their offense. But they couldn't count on their offense Friday. On a few occasions, they moved the ball at will. But they also lost a fumble at Alta's 1-yard line that could have tied the score at halftime.
"You can't turn the ball over," said Jordan coach Alex Jacobson, shaking his head. "If we make those plays ... "
A touchdown before halftime would have helped, but Jordan also had problems on special teams. The Diggers had two bad snaps, and they allowed Parker Walbeck to scamper for a long kickoff return for a touchdown, but it was called back due to a penalty.
Running back Hayden Moss was one of the team's bright spots, rushing for 71 yards on 13 carries. Quarterback Chaun Cook completed 11 of 26 passes for 134 yards and ran for 43 more.