PREP FOOTBALL: Willard’s OT scamper gives Bountiful 13-10 win over Woods Cross

Friday , September 29, 2017 - 10:53 PM

RYAN COMER, Standard-Examiner Staff

WOODS CROSS — Where there’s a ‘Will’ard, there’s a way.

Bountiful High junior quarterback Brig Willard scampered 19 yards on a zone read for the game-winning touchdown in overtime Friday to give the Braves a 13-10 win over rival Woods Cross.

“I just read it … it was there and I took it,” Willard said.

Willard said the play was called earlier in the game and it was open for him, but he instead elected to give the ball to the running back.

He lobbied for the play to be called again because he said he knew it would be open for him.

“I knew if we went back to that side, (the defensive end) would have gone in again, so I pulled it … it was just open,” Willard said.

Willard has guts for a quarterback who started the season third on the depth chart. Starting quarterback Spencer Jorgensen tore his ACL and second-string quarterback Zach Riordan suffered a concussion.

Bountiful (4-3, 2-1 Region 5) offensive coordinator Jason Freckleton, who Willard lobbied to call the play, said he called it with full confidence in Willard.

“You can count on him,” Freckleton said. “In a moment when you need someone to step up, he’s the guy.”

Bountiful desperately needed someone to step up after a number of blown opportunities in the second half.

The Braves recovered a muffed punt at the Woods Cross 32 with 5:39 left in the third quarter and the score tied 7-7, but after taking the ball to the 6, Willard was intercepted by Nick Howe in the end zone.

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A long punt return gave Bountiful the ball at the Woods Cross 42 with 8:14 left in the fourth quarter, but the Braves subsequently went three and out. With 3:11 left in the fourth, Bountiful recovered another muffed punt on the Woods Cross 34.

After gaining nine yards, Howe blocked a 42-yard field goal attempt.

Woods Cross (5-2, 1-1) took over on its own 20 with 1:22 left in the fourth but fumbled the ball on the second play. Once again, the Wildcats were bailed out when the Braves missed a 34-yard field goal attempt as time expired.

Woods Cross got the ball first in overtime and Tucker Goodfellow booted a 30-yard field goal to give the Wildcats a 10-7 lead.

Then it was Willard’s turn. After running six yards on the first play of the drive, he scooted into the end zone.

Bountiful took a 7-0 lead with 7:05 left in the first quarter after driving 50 yards on its opening possession of the game. Willard ran for a 1-yard touchdown.

Woods Cross evened the score with 3:05 left in the first half on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Ashton Fornelius to Franklin Jacobsen on fourth-and-5.

Woods Cross did not move the ball past midfield in the second half.

Contact Standard-Examiner sports reporter Ryan Comer at rcomer@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @RyanComerSe and on Facebook.

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