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Receiver Hudson Schenck (left) of Weber catches the ball for a touchdown against Granger defensive player Lasalle Mailei Laita (4) in a 6A first-round playoff game Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, in Pleasant View.

PLEASANT VIEW — Weber junior quarterback Kohl Hogan wasn’t talking in third person when he said the Warriors had to get the ball in the hands of their playmakers.

He was talking present company included when he referenced the need to put the pigskin in a position to score after a sluggish first half.

The Warriors broke free from a first-half deficit with a trio of touchdowns after halftime and rolled to a 35-14 rout of Granger in the opening round of the 6A playoffs Friday evening.

Hogan ran for two second-half touchdowns and threw a pair of TDs in the first half to secure a home game in the quarterfinals next week against American Fork.

“At halftime, we just talked as a team to get the ball to our playmakers more and just came out hot,” Hogan said. “We knew what we needed to do and we executed it.”

Weber started the second half on the Granger 30 after Hudson Schenck — who the Lancers avoided in the first half for good reason — sparked the comeback with a big kick return.

Hogan scored from 12 yards out with 10:44 left in the third quarter to put Weber up 21-14, then raced home on a 45-yard scamper midway through the fourth.

“The blocking was awesome; I just followed my lead blockers and they did all the work down to the end zone,” Hogan said.

Granger (3-7) marched easily down the field on its first possession, scoring on a 9-yard run by Mosese Sonasi with 9:11 left in the initial quarter.

Weber (7-3) countered with a 61-yard touchdown pass from Hogan to Schenck on its first and only play from scrimmage in the period.

The Lancers regained the lead at 14-7 on a 2-yard quarterback keeper by Lasalle Laita early in the second stanza.

After a Weber punt, senior safety Hunter Neilson squashed Granger’s next drive, recovering a fumble at the Lancer 45 and Weber was in business on a short field.

Hogan found Schenck alone in the left flat for a 13-yard catch and run with 3:18 left in the half, but the point after failed and the Warriors went to the locker room down 14-13.

“(Schenck) runs those routes exceptionally well and the O line was blocking amazing, so I had all the time in the world to do my reads and put the ball in a place where he could make a play,” Hogan said.

Neilson capped the scoring with a 1-yard run late in the fourth quarter.

“We didn’t come out like we’d like on defense, but we rallied in the second half and played really well,” Hogan said. “Then our offense got the ball to playmakers and made plays.”

Humble Hogan included.

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