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Prep football: Layton Christian blows out Ben Lomond 60-6

By Bob Judson - Special to the Standard-Examiner | Aug 20, 2021

OGDEN — There may be too much background noise to call Layton Christian Academy’s 60-6 non-region victory over Ben Lomond on Friday an upset.

While Ben Lomond has 4A population, but 3A participation rate at best, tiny LCA is a 1A school with a pick of the litter, albeit a smaller pool of players.

The Eagles put up four touchdowns in the first half — three in the second quarter — racing to a 27-6 edge at the break. Then they added five more in the second half to win going away.

Junior back Jessaia Giatras tallied three touchdown runs to lead the Eagle attack. His second, a 64-yarder, made it 34-6 with 8:27 left in the third quarter.

Showing he can also carry the load from close range, Giatras plunged in from 1-yard out and a 41-6 bulge just before the end of the period.

Manu Viataki gave the Eagles a score in each quarter, adding his second rushing touchdown midway through the final fame (47-6), then defense stepped up with its second touchdown of the game, a fumble recovery by freshman Iverson Report and a massive margin of 54-6.

Ilai Tagidugu returned his second interception of the game for a touchdown late in the fourth and the rout was completed, 60-6 at the end.

LCA (2-0) took the opening kickoff and held the ball for 6:01 before cashing it in on a 5-yard run by Giatras and an early 7-0 lead.

Malik Johnson opened the second stanza with a 51-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Tucker Prescott and a 13-0 lead at the 8:03 mark.

Ben Lomond (0-2) countered with a 14-yard touchdown catch by Davian Munoz via quarterback Austin Herbert, cutting the margin to 13-6 midway through the period.

The Eagle offense turned the ball over twice in the first half, so it was their defense who put them on the board again, this time when Tagidugu returned a 61-yard interception for the score, boosting the lead to 19-6.

A 14-yard scamper by Viataki closed out the onslaught, as the Eagles led huge, 27-6, at the half.


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