COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS The Spanish Fork football team has a new nickname. They call themselves the "homewreckers."
They proved that Friday night as quarterback Breck Lewis passed for three touchdowns and ran for another as the Dons beat Brighton 28-14, spoiling the Bengals' homecoming party.
"This is awesome," said Lewis, shortly after accepting congratulations from his parents, who made the trip north.
"We had our homecoming last week, and for the next three weeks, we are someone else's homecoming (opponent)."
Thus, the new nickname.
Lewis was a one-man wrecking crew Friday. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound senior said he has spoken with representatives from Utah State, Utah, Southern Utah and Weber State, and had to impress any of those college scouts in the audience with his strong arm and accuracy.
He completed 19-of-29 passes for 241 yards and looked good doing it.
In the second half, Lewis was the only offense, for either team. Besides his passing stats, he also rushed 23 times for 85 yards. He was on the field a lot, too, because Brighton managed just 65 second-half yards and one first down.
Brighton's second-half woes were a key factor as the game was tied 14-14 at halftime. Brighton actually scored first and sophomore quarterback Derek Newell, back after an injury sidelined him for two games, was moving his team as well as Lewis.
Brighton is now 0-4, and obviously in a rebuilding stage. But if the Bengals rebuild around Newell, they're going to be good. In the first quarter, Newell tossed a 24-yard scoring pass to Nate Finch. A few minutes later, he outran the Spanish Fork defense on a 46-yard touchdown run.
"They came out hungry," said Spanish Fork coach Matt Christensen, whose team is now 2-2, with losses to 5A power Alta and 4A leader Timpview. "We had to hang in there and find a way to come out on top at the end."
So, they put the ball in their quarterback's hands, and Lewis found smooth receivers like Trevor Randolph (five receptions), Chase Loftin (five receptions), Richard Wilson (three) and Travis Still (three).
With Spanish Fork ahead 21-14 and looking for a way to hold on to the ball late in the game, Lewis instead chose to throw the ball on a third-down play and found Loftin in the end zone to seal the win.
"Wow, that was amazing," said Brighton coach Ryan Bullett. "There's only a few guys (high-school QBs) who can do that. We knew we were playing a good team.
"We played hard. We played physical," he added. "We're not there yet, but we're getting closer."
Newell was Brighton's offensive star, completing 7 of 17 passes for 81 yards. He also ran for 63 yards on 11 carries, including the long TD run. Newell, however, was injured on Brighton's final offensive play and his status is unclear.
If he's hurt, it might mean an even longer season for Brighton, a school with an impressive football history that is trying to find it again.