LAYTON -- When the Layton Christian Academy football team looks back at its 2013 season, it'll be hard not to see marked improvement.
It will also be hard not to see what could have been.
Layton Christian (5-5) committed seven turnovers as Parowan (6-4) defeated the Eagles 27-17 in the first round of the 2-A playoffs Friday.
"We had our opportunities, but turnovers will kill you," LCA coach Doyle Holt said. "We could have been playing anybody today and seven turnovers, that's not good enough."
Layton Christian proved unable to hang onto the football from its very first drive when, on just the game's fifth play, quarterback Ayan Burton botched a snap on third-and-1 at the Parowan 45.
The Eagles managed their way out of the turnover unscathed after the Rams missed a 37-yard field goal attempt, but Burton turned the ball over again on the LCA's next drive from their own 37.
This time, Layton Christian's defense was unable to hold as Parowan's Jake Topham scored from five yards out three plays later.
"We were a little tight, I think," Holt said. "We pressed a little bit too much. I don't know. (Turnovers have) been an issue all year. I thought we had it fixed last week and it came back to bite us."
Despite the early miscues, and despite another Layton Christian fumble inside its own 20 that led to a Parowan field goal, the Eagles' offense pieced together a pair of touchdown drives that helped give LCA a 17-10 halftime advantage.
Burton took a keeper two yards into the end zone capping a nine-play 68-yard drive to tie the score at 7-7 and then found tight end Leroy Sisnett wide open for a 74-yard touchdown catch-and-run to give Layton Christian a 14-10 lead.
The Eagles could have opened their lead even more after recovering a fumble at the Parowan 20 and starting the final drive of the first half at the Parowan 41 with 37.8 seconds remaining, but managed just three points out of both drives.
The Rams orchestrated a bruising 13-play drive to start the third quarter which led to a field goal, cutting Layton Christian's lead to 17-13, and yet another fumbled snap on the Eagles' next possession gave Parowan the ball at the Layton Christian 44. Three plays later, Parowan was back in the end zone on a 20-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Caleb Murphy to Justice Walker.
The Rams tallied another touchdown on its next drive to push their lead to 27-17 and Layton Christian turned the ball over three times in its final four possessions to erase any chance of a comeback.