3A football: Halftime plow aids Judge in title grab

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Mark Henderson would have been proud.

Henderson is the man who drove a snowbrush onto the field to clean the snow off the spot where the New England Patriots were going to attempt a field goal against the Miami Dolphins on Dec. 12, 1982. The Patriots made the kick from the cleaned spot and won 3-0.

The act wasn't nearly as questionable Saturday at Weber State's Stewart Stadium, but it was just as effective for the Judge Bulldogs.

A steady snow created a winter wonderland that limited the offensive options during the first half of the Class 3A state title game.

But the field was plowed during halftime and the snow let up some. That combination made all the difference for the Judge offense in the Bulldogs' 36-22 victory.

"I think that helped a lot because a lot of our offense is around the edges," Judge quarterback Kaden Elliss said. "We have a lot of speed people. So when we were able to spread them out and not just go up the middle all the time, it helped us out a lot."

Judge only gained 90 yards in the first half before the plowing. The Bulldogs collected 215 yards after the tractors did their work.

"I think it was more than anything we decided we were going to move the ball," Elliss said. "The first half, I think we only had two or three possessions. We didn't get the ball that much."

Judge earned 11 first downs in the second half and completed its lone pass of the game after the intermission.

"We knew we could achieve greatness," Judge fullback Henry Garcia said. "Our offensive line was phenomenal." —