OGDEN – By the time the Ben Lomond offense finally started clicking Friday, Juab was too far ahead for it to make a difference.
Juab found its way into the end zone three times in the first quarter and eventually built a 30-0 lead on its way to a comfortable 58-34 win over Ben Lomond.
Juab outgained Ben Lomond 181 yards to minus-10 in the first quarter.
“We’re just not fundamentally sound on the defensive side of the ball,” Ben Lomond coach Eric Alder said. “I’ve got to take some responsibility for that and teaching the basic fundamentals of the game. We’ve got to go back to the basics. Run fits – our kids need to understand better how the whole defense works together. Make no mistake, we’re going to at least do our best to get our run fits down and do a better job. It’ll be a long year if we can’t keep other teams from scoring.”
The Scots allowed 48 points in a season-opening loss to Union last week.
Ben Lomond made a surge in the second quarter with 147 yards of offense and cut Juab’s lead to 37-20 early in the third quarter, but couldn’t get any closer.
Juab scored the next three touchdowns to build a 38-point advantage.
A scary moment occurred midway through the third quarter when Ben Lomond senior wide receiver Ambrosio Ramirez went up for a catch and landed wrong on his back. Ramirez stayed on the ground for several minutes before finally being taken off the field on a stretcher.
”I think it’s just the way he landed on the ground that tweaked his back and his spine,“ Alder said. ”He had feeling. He was in a lot of pain, there’s no doubt about it, but the doctor thinks he should be fine. But they’re just going to do (a CT scan) to make sure.“
The rest of the game was played under the mercy rule with a continuous clock.
Ben Lomond quarterback Rigo ’Nova’ Vasquez completed just 13 of 34 passes, but threw for 226 yards with a pair of touchdowns. He also rushed for another.
UINTAH 28, LAYTON CHRISTIAN 21: At Layton, Uintah overcame a 14-13 halftime deficit to defeat Layton Christian 28-21 Friday.
Markiece Gross-Gibson rushed for all three of Layton Christian’s touchdowns.
Layton Christian quarterback Grayson Jackson, who didn’t complete a single pass in the Eagles’ season-opening loss to Duchesne, threw for over 100 yards against Uintah.
“We played well. We definitely improved,” Layton Christian coach Doyle Holt said. “Going into our league season, I don’t want to brag or say anything crazy, but we definitely improved, and we’re going to make some noise in the 2-A ranks.”
BOUNTIFUL 21, VIEWMONT 14: At Viewmont, Jared Barnum returned a kickoff for a touchdown to help Viewmont establish a 14-0 first-quarter lead, but Bountiful responded and shut the Vikings down the rest of the way to win 21-14 Friday.
Despite the blown lead, Viewmont coach Scott Ditty was proud of his defense – particularly Tate and Hunter Burt.
“They were warriors,” Ditty said.
DAVIS 29, HUNTER 7: At West Valley City, Tyler Hinds returned the opening kickoff of the game 96 yards for a touchdown and Davis never trailed, defeating Hunter 29-7 Friday.
Mason White carried the ball 15 times for 112 yards and a touchdown, and Parker Christiansen completed 10 of 16 passes for 114 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Darts.
LAYTON 7, BOX ELDER 0: At Brigham City, Atlas Armstrong rushed the ball only three times for 24 yards, but one carry resulted in a 17-yard touchdown and the only score Layton would need in a 7-0 defeat of Box Elder Friday.
Layton held Box Elder to just 160 yards of offense.
SKY VIEW 50, MAPLE MOUNTAIN 36: At Spanish Fork, Alex McCrae hauled in 19 receptions for 155 yards and a touchdown, Bryce Mortensen caught six passes for 133 yards and two more touchdowns and Sky View defeated Maple Mountain 50-36 Friday.
Garrison Beach completed 28 of 40 passes for 328 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for another touchdown for Sky View.
Isaac Herrmann also had a big night for the Bobcats, carrying the ball 24 times for 138 yards and a touchdown.
MOUNTAIN CREST 35, BEAR RIVER 14: At Hyrum, Mountain Crest scored touchdowns on four of its first five possessions to jump out to a 28-14 halftime lead and cruised to a 35-14 victory over Bear River Friday.
Bear River receiver Cole Fronk caught nine passes for 144 yards, while Bridger Beus caught six passes for 47 yards and both of Bear River’s touchdowns.
Mountain Crest held Bear River to minus-5 rushing yards.
AMERICAN FORK 33, LOGAN 7: At Logan, American Fork totaled 584 yards of offense while holding Logan to just 157 Friday, cruising to a 33-7 victory. American Fork carried the ball 40 times for 235 yards, while Logan finished with just eight rushing yards.
After blistering Bear River for over 200 receiving yards a week ago, Logan’s Chad Artist was held to just five catches for 28 yards. Hartman Rector caught nine passes for 79 yards and a touchdown for the Grizzlies, who went on to allow the final 20 points of the game.
WOODS CROSS 27, JUDGE MEMORIAL 14: At Woods Cross, Woods Cross scored 13 unanswered points in the second half to defeat Judge Memorial 27-14 Friday and open the season with its second straight win. The Wildcats defeated Maple Mountain 19-7 in their season opener.
BRIGHTON 30, FREMONT 22: At Cottonwood Heights, Brighton scored the first 20 points of the game and then survived a Fremont rally to win 30-22 Friday.
Fremont scored two straight touchdowns to pull within six, but Brighton responded with 10 straight to put the game away.
Fremont tight end Paxton Merrill caught 11 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns while Haze Hadley carried the ball for the Silver Wolves’ other score.
WESTLAKE 45, OGDEN 0: At Ogden, Westlake opened up a 17-0 halftime lead and went on to blast Ogden 45-0 Friday.
OTHER SCORES WITH FULL GAME REPORTS:
CLEARFIELD 42, BONNEVILLE 40
MORGAN 28, SOUTH SUMMIT 21
NORTHRIDGE 11, OLYMPUS 7
ROY 27, WEBER 6
SYRACUSE 24, HIGHLAND 21
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