WASHINGTON TERRACE -- While the pregame hype may have focused on Bonneville High coach Randy Johnson facing his former team, it was all forgotten when the Lakers took the field against Clearfield Friday night.
What will be remembered is a grind-it-out, methodical 17-14 win by the Lakers at Budge Field that helped them enter Region 5 play with a 3-1 mark.
As for the Johnson-Clearfield connection, it was barely mentioned at Bonneville this week.
"It was just a calm practice most of the week," Johnson said. "We didn't really talk about it or emphasize that in any way. We just wanted to come out and try to get another win and get better at what we do."
After falling behind 14-7 on two second quarter touchdown passes from Clearfield quarterback Connor Parry to receiver Dakota Balthrop, the Lakers took advantage of a failed onsides kick with just 38 seconds left in the first half.
With the ball near midfield instead of deep in Laker territory, quarterback Morgan Unga drove Bonneville downfield by going 3-for-3 for 51 yards, culminating with a 22-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Mitch Hansen with seven seconds left. Hansen caught the pass in the end zone and barely hung on to the ball, using both his legs and arms to maintain control of the football.
Unga finished the first half 6-for-7 for 113 yards and two touchdowns. For the game, Unga completed 9-of-13 for 148 yards.
Neither team could find the end zone in the second half, but at the end of a 45-yard drive that consumed much of the fourth quarter, Bonneville kicker Carson Fackrell booted a 27-yard field goal for the winning points with 4:13 left to play. The Laker defense finished it off from there.
"It's different and it feels weird," Johnson said of facing his former team. "I wish we would have played a little bit better. But we'll take the win. It was a gutsy, hard-fought game."
With the loss, the Falcons drop to 1-3 and face a daunting task against one-loss Highland next week.
* ROY 22, MURRAY 12: At Roy, Week 3 Pick the Prep winner Jake Trujillo has another big game, scoring twice for the Royals (3-1 overall) in their homecoming game. Jace Weaver added a 70-yard rushing touchdown.
Roy QB Tyler Skidmore hooked up with Trujillo on a short TD pass to open the scoring, and had two-point PAT.
* EAST 23, FREMONT 20 (OT): At Plain City, the Wolves (2-2 overall) took a 13-0 lead in the first quarter but couldn't hold off East, which won on a 39-yard field goal in overtime.
Fremont had a 13-0 lead early thanks to TD passes from Cooper Kelley to Luke Hollingsworth and Nick Vigil to Travis Stringham. A blocked PAT on the second touchdown allowed the game to get into overtime.
Vigil added a late scoring run.
* MOUNTAIN CREST 42, WEBER 7: At Hyrum, Joseph Carlsen caught two touchdown passes and rushed for another, while quarterback Eddy Hall threw for three scores to lead Mountain Crest (2-2 overall) to a rout.
Brad Boswell scored the lone touchdown for the Warriors (0-4 overall), who allowed 28 points in the first half and couldn't mount much of an attack against the Mustangs.
* WEST SIDE (IDAHO) 36, LAYTON CHRISTIAN 14: At Layton, visiting West Side broke open a relatively close game with 20 points in the final quarter. A fumbler and interception did LCA in at home.
Layton Christian's Brandon Faison scored twice for the Eagles (0-4 overall). Kyle Yockey led LCA with 162 passing yards.
Defensively, Josh Hawes had a dozen tackles, while Colin Greenhill had 10 tackles.
* NORTHRIDGE 36, WESTLAKE 15: At Saratoga Springs, the Knights fell behind 7-0 but won the second half 21-0 to move to 3-1.
Northridge put the contest away with 15 fourth-period points.
* BRIGHTON 28, SKY VIEW 3: At Salt Lake City, the Bobcats managed just a second-quarter field goal in their road game.
* LOGAN 48, SPANISH FORK 28: At Spanish Fork, John Schmidt caught three touchdown passes from D.J. Nelson and ran for another as the Grizzlies (4-0 overall) tore apart the Spanish Fork defense.
Chase Nelson added two TDs on the ground and Jake Thompson hit two field goals and six extra points for Logan.
* VIEWMONT 17, BOUNTIFUL 13: At Bountiful, the Vikings' Josh Staples found Haden Heath on a 10-yard pass for the winning touchdown with five seconds left.
It was the second Staples-to-Heath connection in the second half for Viewmont (2-2 overall), which came back from 13-0 down at halftime with 17 unanswered points.
Teau Satuala and Jakob Hunt scored rushing touchdowns for the Braves (1-3 overall).