We’re happy for the win, but those kids weren’t satisfied. They understand we had chances to really have a great game. We turned a great first half into a second-half nightmare. —Clearfield first-year coach Andre Dyson
When it mattered most in Week 2, numerous defenses came up huge.
Five teams tried two-point conversions Friday night to either win a game in overtime or tie it up late, and incredibly the defenses denied all five.
Dixie and Summit Academy both prevailed in overtime by stuffing two-point conversion attempts, while Clearfield, North Summit and Union all hung on to win when they denied tries in the fourth quarter.
North Summit’s stop was certainly the most noteworthy, as it snapped Duchesne’s 48-game winning streak with the 14-12 victory.
“We told them all week that it was going to be a battle both physically and mentally. Our coaches did a good job in preparing a good game plan, but it was the kids, they just battled like crazy,” North Summit coach Devin Smith said.
There was still 8:15 remaining when Duchesne missed the two-point conversion, but North Summit came up with another big stop on a fourth and 4 in the final minute to the seal the victory in the 2A vs. 1A showdown.
Duchesne wasn’t the only 1A team snake bit by a failed two-point try — a painful reality for the Rich Rebels.
Last season they lost the 1A title game after getting stopped on a two-point conversion in the final minute, and it happened again on Friday as Summit Academy prevailed 21-20.
Summit Academy scored first in overtime, but Rich responded with a Koy Brown 1-yard touchdown on a drive aided by a big third-and-25 reception by Wyatt Muirbrook. Despite converting both regulation extra points, Rich’s coaching staff didn’t hesitate going for two in overtime on its home field.
Summit Academy’s defense got a ton of pressure on Brown though as he rolled out to pass, and he had no time to make an accurate throw.
“It was a big win for us. They beat us the first year we played in 1A, and they beat us last year, and they beat us in both JV games too,” said Summit Academy coach Scott Gorringe.
Dixie beat Lehi in double overtime 49-48 in similar fashion to Summit Academy when it forced an incompletion on a two-point try.
Lehi initially lined up to kick the extra point, but after a timeout decided to go for two. Dixie coach Blaine Monkres said he never considered going for two after his two overtime touchdowns, but admits sometimes it’s just a gut feeling to try.
“You get a feel for how the flow of the game’s going, if you’ve got a chance to make it, if you have something that works,” said Monkres.
Dixie went to that well with 3:48 remaining in the game after Trenton Miller gave Dixie a 33-28 lead on an 18-yard TD run. Monkres knew his team needed to try for two, and McLane Keenan converted with a run, increasing the lead to 35-28.
It proved to be a very important conversion as Lehi tied the game at 35-35 with 28 seconds remaining.
Union beat North Sanpete 23-21 when the Hawks came up short on a two-point conversion with 4:21 remaining.
Clearfield beat Bonneville 42-40 by stuffing a two-point try with 4:15 left in the game. It capped a wild second half in which Clearfield nearly wasted a 35-7 halftime lead with five second-half turnovers.
“We’re fortunate to get out of there with the victory. We cannot let that happen again,” said Clearfield first-year coach Andre Dyson. “We’re happy for the win, but those kids weren’t satisfied. They understand we had chances to really have a great game. We turned a great first half into a second-half nightmare.”
Fortunately for the Falcons, like four other teams in Week 2, they made the key defensive play when they had to.
James Edward is the Deseret News prep editor and Real Salt Lake beat writer.