Desert Hills’ Braden Bailey wraps up a Snow Canyon ball carrier in the Thunder’s 7-3 victory Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at Thunder Stadium.
ST. GEORGE – It wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t what the home crowd expected either, but the Desert Hills football team came away with a 7-3 victory over the Snow Canyon Warriors.
Ironically, both of these teams met almost exactly a year ago, with Desert Hills also coming away with a 7-3 victory over the Warriors.
“It’s crazy. It’s the exact same score as last year,” head coach Carl Franke said. “For some reason we cannot get over the hump.”
Wednesday’s game turned out to be a very bizarre game as Desert Hills seemed to be doing everything in its powers to give the Warrior’s the victory. The Thunder not only had two interceptions on the day, but lost a fumble, and turned the ball over on downs twice, deep in Warrior territory.
“Our defense got it done tonight,” senior running back Bridger Cowdin said. “Our offense moved the ball pretty well for the most part; we just didn’t finish in the red zone and turned the ball over too many times.”
After a scoreless first half, Snow Canyon was the first to get on the board thanks to a 22 yard field goal from Kolton Barber. The home crowd was stunned and did everything they could to fire up the Thunder football team. And it worked, thanks to the great play of Cowdin.
On the very next possession, Cowdin took the handoff from Thunder quarterback Nick Warmsley and ran 75 yards to set things up inside the Warriors’ 5 yard line. Two plays later, Warmsley faked the handoff to Cowdin and snuck his way into the end zone to put the Thunder on top.
Warmsley’s touchdown not only gave the Thunder its first lead of the game, but quickly shifted momentum back over to the Thunder sidelines. Thankfully for the home crowd, that was all that the Thunder needed as they beat the Warriors 7-3.
“My lineman told me they (Snow Canyon) were crashing, and to look at taking it outside. So I took it outside and fortunately I was able to make a big play for my team,” Cowdin said about his 75-yard run.
While there weren’t many positives to take away on the offensive side of the ball, Franke was pleased with the play of Bridger who carried the team Wednesday night.
With a packed house on senior night, the Thunder not only wanted to go out as winners, but wanted to leave the home crowd with something to smile about.
“It was fun to play with such a great crowd,” Cowdin said. “I feel like we let them down tonight since we didn’t play our best. Time has definitely flown by, I’m just glad we were able to get the victory tonight.”
With the win, the Thunder improve to 8-1 on the season and 4-1 in region play. With the loss, the Warriors fall to 4-5 on the season and 2-3 in region play.
With the regular season coming to a close next week, Desert Hills will travel to Hurricane to take on the Tigers, while Snow Canyon hosts the Dixie Flyers in its final home game of the season. Both games are scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m.
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