ENTERPRISE – Michael Dougherty contributed a punt return for a touchdown, and quarterback Brandell Shumway scored four total touchdowns to lead the Enterprise Wolves over the Parowan Rams on Friday.
It used to be a region rivalry, but is now separated with Enterprise in 2A and Parowan in 1A. The Rams played it that way by holding the Wolves back before the second half blowout.
Parowan’s Brenen Rowley connected with receiver Hunter Little on a 20-yard fade to the end zone, and that cut the lead to 13-6 in favor of Enterprise with 5:47 to go until halftime.
Enterprise scored the first two touchdowns — a 50-yard TD pass from Shumway to Jayson Holt down the sideline, followed two minutes later by the 85-yard punt return for a touchdown by Dougherty.
The senior Dougherty raced to the end zone for the Wolves after fielding the punt at his own 15-yard line. The Enterprise blockers set up a wall on the left side, and Dougherty zipped down the side of it with only the Parowan punter to beat.
“I saw one guy and had to beat him,” Dougherty said. “The punter was the one left. I saw my guys blocking well, and it was off to the races.”
After halftime, the Rams and Wolves traded turnovers. At the 7:41 mark, senior Cole Stratton recovered a fumble and returned it to the Parowan 12-yard line. That set up an abbreviated drive where Shumway rushed into the end zone from 1 yard out to make the score 19-6.
The defense and special teams stepped into the highlight reel for Enterprise with the heroics of Brady Tullis and Jaylon Gardner. Tullis and Gardner sacked Parowan’s Rowley together to set up fourth down, and Tullis followed that with a blocked punt and recovery at the Parowan 34-yard line.
Starting the drive on Parowan’s side of the field again, Shumway launched a pass down field to Kaleb Nay, who didn’t have a Ram defender within 10 yards of him. Nay scored on the touchdown reception to give Enterprise a 25-6 lead at 2:59 in the third quarter.
Shumway scored one more time as the clock ran out in the third quarter, a 40-yard quarterback keeper sprint for a 32-6 lead. Finally, Stratton came in to play at QB in the fourth quarter and scored on a fake pitch option play from 26 yards out to make it 39-6.
“The coaches talked to us at halftime and made adjustments with the blocking to help the line,” Shumway said. “We played with more intensity in the second half, and once we started hitting more the sideline got pumped, and then the receivers made catches.”
Enterprise hosts North Summit next week, and Parowan hosts Altamont.
CANYON VIEW 53, EMERY 20
The Canyon View Falcons unleashed a ferocious rushing attack on the Emery Spartans for seven total rushing touchdowns to pick up a blowout win.
Payton Higgins rushed for three touchdowns, and Jackson Vasi and quarterback Michael Musto both accounted for two more apiece. Musto also threw one touchdown pass.
HURRICANE 32, UNION 21
Jacob Carr rushed 21 times for 158 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Hurricane Tigers to victory over the Union Cougars on Friday at home.
Carr scored a touchdown in every quarter Friday. Carr scored in the first quarter and second quarter to give Hurricane a 14-7 lead at halftime, and then he added his last two touchdowns in the third quarter and fourth quarter to put Hurricane on top 26-21.
Josh Parker threw a touchdown pass to Kyler Blackmore for the insurance points that gave the Tigers a victory in their home opener.
PINE VIEW 23, UINTAH 0
All of Pine View’s scoring came in the second half on the road against the Uintah Utes to pick up a shutout victory.
The Panthers scored three touchdowns in the third quarter, and the defense forced a Uintah safety in the fourth quarter, ending with the 23-0 final score in favor of Pine View.
SNOW CANYON 26, COTTONWOOD 13
Jackson Nowatzke connected with Jake Rhea on a 41-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter with Snow Canyon leading 10-7, and that gave the Warriors the cushion they needed to beat Cottonwood in Salt Lake County.
Josh Barnes added a 2-yard touchdown run in the same quarter to make it 23-7, and Andrew Day kicked home a 22-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Cottonwood scored one late touchdown for the eventual final score.
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