Prep Football: Brighton 21, Davis 14

Prep Football • Bengals play smash-mouth to grind out season-opening win
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Kaysville • Uaea Masina shed his helmet in the wake of Brighton's 21-14 win over Davis on Friday night, revealing a steady stream of blood trickling down the bridge of his nose.

If one were looking for a gridiron cliché, it could have been found in this matchup. The Bengals' win came the hard way, the second half a testament to smash-mouth football. Brighton scored 15 unanswered points in the second-half by simply lining up and running it down the middle.

"We ran it down their throats," is how mammoth left tackle Jackson Barton, a University of Utah commit, described it all.

"We were challenged by our coaching staff in the locker room at halftime, and we wanted to come out and make a statement. We really felt we were the better team."

The stats backed him up. Brighton rushed for 276 total yards, many of them coming after halftime. Masina, also a Utah commit, dominated in the second half. In all, the running back rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown on 21 attempts. Osa Masina gained 81 yards on the ground on only eight touches.

Led by Barton, the Bengals offensive line played so effectively that passing the ball was hardly needed in the second half. On each play, the Brighton backs found big holes to run through. As if to be reminded that Troy Hinds no longer wears a Davis uniform, the Darts were smallish on the defensive line, and they eventually wore down.

"We wanted to win this by running the ball," Uaea Masina said. "We didn't play well in the first half and we definitely wanted to come out and redeem ourselves. We just needed to regroup at halftime and then come out and play."

Alec McArdle, a junior cornerback, made perhaps the biggest play of the game, intercepting Gage Cook with four minutes remaining to give Brighton the ball. From there, the Bengals were able to run out the clock.

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