Prep football: Hurricane keeps home-win streak alive against Dixie

Football notes • Tigers rally to extend win streak to 18 games.
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The last time Hurricane lost a home football game, there was a Bush in the White House, and folks were clamoring for the new iPhone — the original.

The Tigers nearly ended their five-year streak of home-field wins on Friday night, as Dixie powered its way to an 11-point, third-quarter lead. Hurricane went on a 20-point run to come back for the victory and extend its overall winning streak to 18 games.

For a while, coach Chris Homer had his fears realized.

"My biggest concern is that we thought we were going to catch some early breaks like last year and coast," he said. "I think our kids thought we could go in there and blow them out of the water."

The Flyers had no interest in being a punching bag — they took some jabs of their own behind running back and receiver Drew Batchelor, who had two rushing scores and a touchdown reception.

Homer said his assistant coaches didn't mince words laying into the Tigers at halftime.

"I think this winning streak creates some entitlement issues," he said. "Every week, you've got to coach a little harder. I credit my staff for really making those adjustments. We just executed."

A big part of that was the running game, which got its gears going in front of running backs Adam Thompson and Jared Edwards. Homer says Patrick Sanders, a 195-pound two-way player in the trenches, was particularly a catalyst in the second half, helping lead the line to a more successful outing.

Hurricane is now the sole undefeated team in Region 9, considered the toughest region in 3A. The Tigers are defending champs, but it's common to see a few of their region rivals make a postseason run as well.

Timpview QB putting up big numbers

If anyone has tacked on to their stock this season, it's the Thunderbirds' prolific quarterback. Jake Lloyd is quickly getting a reputation as one of the best — if not the best — pocket passers in the state.

Aside from a season-opening loss to Alta, Lloyd has had three or more touchdown passes in every game this season for a total of 17, against only one pick. Friday night was no exception, as the senior put up nearly 300 yards on Maple Mountain in a 38-7 win.

"He does have the tools, but the tools in and of themselves don't make you successful," coach Cary Whittingham said. "Our system lends itself well to his skill set. He's one of our captains, and kids respect him. I believe that's one reason we've progressed in leadership this year."

Lloyd doesn't lead 4A in touchdowns this season, but you don't have to look far to find who does: That's Orem's Taylor Camp, who was among the top passers in the state last year and has 19 touchdowns this year. Lloyd and Camp are set up for a meeting Sept. 28 on Timpview's homefield. The passing fireworks could be quite memorable.