Prep football: Syracuse overpowers Box Elder

Prep Football • Syracuse limited Box Elder to three possessions in the first half.
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Odgen • Box Elder's defense had not allowed a point this season entering Friday night's game against Syracuse at Stewart Stadium.

The Titans apparently were unimpressed.

Senior quarterback Brock Anderson passed for two touchdowns, ran for another and kicked a field goal as Syracuse stayed unbeaten with a convincing 31-14 victory over the Bees. The Titans improved to 4-0, while Box Elder dropped to 3-1 after allowing an opponent to score for the first time.

"We knew about it — that they had shut out three teams — because it's always in the paper," Syracuse coach Russ Jones said. "But we just wanted to prepare our team and play our game [against] them."

Anderson was the key for the Titans.

"He did a good job," Jones said. "He's really smart. He knows where he has to be, where the ball has to go in certain formations and against certain defenses. He's a good guy."

Syracuse took a quick 7-0 lead with help from the Bees.

A fumbled punt kept the Titans' opening possession alive, and Mason Woodward ran 5 yards for a touchdown with 7 minutes, 45 seconds left in the first quarter.

But Box Elder quickly countered.

Following a 70-yard pass from Shad Wilson to McKay Parrish, fullback Kyler Anderson ran 5 yards for the tying touchdown.

But Syracuse dominated the rest of the half.

First, the Titans went 71 yards in 14 plays to grab a 14-7 lead when Brock Anderson hit Diante Mitchell with a 21-yard touchdown pass. Mitchell made an acrobatic catch in the end zone for the score, which was the first play in the second quarter. After Syracuse forced a Box Elder punt, the Titans continued rolling. They drove 91 yards in 15 plays and consumed more than eight minutes on the clock.

Kiwa Mo'o caught a 6-yard pass from Brock Anderson to give the Titans a 21-7 lead with 45 seconds left in the half.

Box Elder, which had only three possessions before halftime, committed four turnovers in the second half to prevent any chance for a comeback.

"I was pretty happy with the first half," Jones said. "We just got a little sloppy in the second half, a little careless with the football and too many penalties." —

Box Elder had not allowed a point this season entering Friday's game.

Syracuse's defense forced four turnovers in the second half.