PREP FOOTBALL: Bonneville outlasts Ben Lomond in low-scoring region battle

Friday , September 29, 2017 - 10:40 PM

BOB JUDSON, Standard-Examiner Correspondent

WASHINGTON TERRACE — At halftime, the Bonneville public address announcer plays Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” over the loudspeakers.

There were as many “bop bops” in the chorus as there were points scored Friday evening, but when your defense holds its opponent to only three points, nine is enough.

Bonneville’s revamped defense kept Ben Lomond without a touchdown and the offense put just enough points on the board for the Lakers to capture a rugged 9-3 victory in Region 11 play.

“Our defense has done a hell of a job in the last couple of weeks; they’ve really tightened things down,” Bonneville (3-4, 2-1 Region 11) coach Jantz Afuvai said. “We fixed a couple of things from earlier in the season.”

Ben Lomond (0-7, 0-3) had 11 possessions in the game. Seven ended on punts, two on turnovers, one on downs, and the other on a 28-yard field goal from Armando Diaz to break the shutout at the 4:57 mark of the final frame.

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“We made a few changes, moved some personnel around after the Ogden game. Not only personnel, but schemes. We’re really rocking and rolling right now,” Afuvai said. “The defense brings energy and it’s contagious. They play hard and they’re pressuring the quarterback. They’re in the right spot at the right time.”

The Laker offense had just enough to get the job done when Aaron Eberhard broke a scoreless first half by kicking a 38-yard field goal with six seconds left before halftime.

Quarterback Jonah Nielson connected on a 3-yard pass to Jeffrey Criddle with 1:39 remaining in the third period for the game’s only touchdown.

“We’ve got to find a rhythm on offense. There are way too many three and outs. We’re punting way too often,” Afuvai said. “We’ve just got to get back to the business of getting first downs.”

Elijah Mason set up the Bonneville touchdown with a 38-yard punt return and also had a fumble recovery to key the Laker defense.

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