First three drives end in TDs; defense allows only 26 rushing yards.
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Woods Cross • After finding the end zone on its first three drives Friday, the Woods Cross offense never scored again. Instead, its defense clamped down to preserve a 26-23 win over Mountain Crest and an undefeated record.
Silenced after taking an early 20-point lead, Woods Cross leaned on a stout defense that shut down the Mountain Crest running game. The visiting Mustangs rushed for just 26 yards, relying almost solely on the arm of quarterback Jamison Webb.
The senior threw for 337 yards and two touchdowns on 23-of-29 passing, but made costly mistakes in the last four minutes of the game. Woods Cross' two-way star Sean Barton had just sacked him to pin Mountain Crest back on the 30. Facing a third-and-18, Webb's errant pass was snatched by senior Junior Vailolo.
With the help of Barton's block, Vailolo scampered 70 yards for his team's first touchdown in more than 33 minutes one that gave Wood Cross a 26-17 lead.
" 'I sure hope I can block for him to get it in there,' [I thought]," Barton said. "I wasn't sure our offense could. He's got to score it."
Mountain Crest scored one more touchdown, but it wasn't enough. Barton and quarterback Skyler Farnes had run wild on the Mustangs early, each breaking out runs of at least 90 yards.
Barton, who sat out just four plays the entire game, finished with 174 yards on 17 carries.
Farnes threw for 159 yards, but 44 came on one touchdown pass. He balanced spotty passing 11 of 28 and an interception in the end zone with an impressive 150 yards on 14 carries.
Woods Cross forced a fumble to start the second quarter, but mustered only a three-and-out. The Wildcats reeled off more big plays afterward but never regained their first-quarter form.
"They made adjustments we didn't really have an answer for," Barton said. "I don't know what to tell you exactly. They were stumping me too. … We just weren't converting well."
Woods Cross 26, Mountain Crest 23
R Woods Cross scores touchdowns on its first three drives to take a 20-0 lead.