FILLMORE Hurricane went on the road and made an early statement with a stunning 39-6 win over Millard on Friday.
Against a team being touted by some as an early favorite to win Class 2A, the 3A Tigers dominated both sides of the ball and took no prisoners in their eye-opening win.
About the only thing Hurricane struggled with was its kicking game it missed three extra points. But that was two more PATs than Millard even had a chance to attempt, and everything else was running in high gear for four quarters.
"The kids were really hungry," Hurricane coach Chris Homer said. "Experience is a big deal and it showed tonight. Our leadership from our seniors has been excellent all offseason ... All the credit goes to our kids."
Things didn't look so good for the Tigers in the opening minutes. Hurricane fumbled on its first play from scrimmage, and then watched Millard march all the way down the field inside the 1-yard line. But a big stop on fourth-and-goal changed the momentum.
With the ball just inches from the goal line, the Eagles tried a roll-out option that was blown up in the backfield.
"That just gave us some confidence," Homer said. "We needed some. We only won three games last year."
After stuffing the fourth-down play, Gordie Dotson ripped off a long run deep into Eagle territory and scored a few plays later on a 3-yard dive.
Zach Sorenson caught a short pass and sprinted 75 yards down the sideline for a touchdown later in the first quarter to make the score 13-0.
On the Tigers' next possession, Jace Langston threw a 26-yard TD pass to Tommy Hirschi, and then scored on a 1-yard QB sneak to make the score 26-0.
During that span, Millard managed only one first down.
The Eagles finally got on the board when Clancy Mortensen broke loose for an 80-yard touchdown run just before halftime, but that was their only bright spot of the night.
The Tigers made all the big plays and quickly snuffed out any threat Millard tried to pose.
"We didn't give them a whole lot of momentum," Homer said. "I think our team speed we knew was going to be pretty solid, and it was. And our D-line, it seemed like they were in on tackles and taking on two blockers."
Any chance of a second-half comeback quickly ended in the third quarter with Sorenson's second touchdown a 22-yard sweep.
Jacob Pugh closed out the scoring with a seven-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
Hurricane outgained Millard 430-277 in total yards and also forced three turnovers, turning two into touchdowns.