LAYTON -- High school football games last 48 minutes and unfortunately for the Lancers, they struggled during the final 24.
Bountiful cut loose from a tie through the first two quarters with three second-half touchdowns to capture a 31-10 non-league contest over Layton on Friday evening.
"This was important to be able to step out of region, play a tough game and no one got hurt," said Bountiful coach Larry Wall.
With a steady diet of big Houston Heimuli up the middle, the Braves wore down Layton after a 10-10 knot at the break.
Heimuli scored two fourth quarter touchdowns on runs of two and 22 yards to stake the Braves to their final margin of victory.
"He's one of our captains and sets the tone by running hard all of the time," Wall said. "We got back to our roots in the second half; run the ball and control the clock.
"I really liked the second half. We talk about being in great condition and it showed after the tie at the half," Wall added.
The teams traded scores in the first half, with Nels Haltom nailing a 45-yard field goal and Samuel Merrill catching an eight-yard pass from Jordan Hayes for the Braves, while Layton countered with a 25-yard field goal from Christian Cook and a 34-yard pitch and run by Hunter Evans to Mason Huff.
Bountiful took the lead in the third quarter when Ryan Curtis went in from 14 yards out on a pass by Trevor Lloyd with 3:18 remaining in the period.
"It's all about balance," Wall said. "It's hard to key on one guy when you have a lot of players involved like we did tonight."
* LAYTON CHRISTIAN 9, NORTH SEVIER 7: At Salina, the Eagles might look back on this win as the key to their season.
Layton Christian found a way to win on a night when the offenses took a back seat to the defenses.
Ilari Laine nailed a 27-yard field goal in the first half, and Markeice Gross scored on a 9-yard TD run in the second half to give LCA the lead.
Host North Sevier scored late but were denied any more points on the game.
* STANSBURY 42, BEN LOMOND 16: At Stansbury, Jonathan Gross passed for a score and ran for a TD, but it was not enough as the Scots fell in their 3-AA North opener.
Gross and Julian Gomez connected on a 38-yard TD pass for the Scots, still looking for their first win.
Huston Conrad ran for three TDs to lead the Stallions. Alexander Mackay added two TD runs.
* MORGAN 42, EMERY 7: At Castledale, the Trojans marched into town and ran wild on the Spartans in this 3-A North battle.
Morgan's Kade Carrigan ran all over the Emery defense, amassing 155 yards and two touchdowns on just 12 carries.
Ben Holland chipped in a pair of rushing scores, and also caught three passes for 46 yards and a TD. Matt Murdock caught a TD and ran in a score.
The Trojans are now 4-1 on the season with a pair of home games up next.