That’s more like it.
When first year head coach Josh Bennett took over the Cedar program and installed the spread offense, he envisioned big plays and whole lot of points. He envisioned what happened on Friday night.
Behind a big performance from quarterback Mason Fakahua, Cedar routed Virgin Valley (Nev.) 41-7, to claim its first victory of the young season.
“I thought we played a quality team,” Bennett said. “I was happy by how we responded from last week’s performance. Our whole focus this week was to get better and to work on the things we need to work on. The kids did a good a job that.”
After being stymied for much of last week’s game against Provo, the Redmen came out with a goal to score on its first drive. They took care of that rather quickly.
On Cedar’s first play from scrimmage, Fakahua rolled out and connected with Berick Englestead on a 61-yard touchdown to give the home team an early 7-0 lead. It was only the beginning of a big night for Fakahua and the Cedar offense.
The junior quarterback threw for 123 yards in the game, but where he really did his damage was on the ground. Virgin Valley simply couldn’t stop Fakahua. He ran straight up the middle, he got around the corner and pretty much ran where ever he wanted.
In the first half, Fakahua had 166 yards and two touchdowns, including a 52-yard run into the end zone, to help Cedar take a commanding 27-0 lead into the break. He finished with 205 rushing yards on the night.
“He’s definitely a threat running that ball so that was part of our game plan going into this week,” Bennett said. “We really stressed that we need to get better blocks and we need to sustain our blocks. I thought the guys did a much better job of that tonight.”
The quarterback agreed, praising the young men up front for aiding in his performance.
“Our line worked harder than ever,” Fakahua said. “That’s what brings us fire is our line. They did great, they helped us get down the field.”
Junior running back Drake Lewis also benefited from the offensive line’s hard work, finding pay dirt twice in the contest.
But the night wasn’t all about offense. The Cedar defense also played a big role in the blow out, intercepting Virgin Valley four times, including three in the first half, and keeping them off the scoreboard until the middle of the fourth quarter.
With Cedar up 41-0, Virgin Valley backup quarterback Tony Urias ran a quarterback draw into the end zone to end the shutout. Urias played much of the game under center for Virgin Valley after regular starter Hogan Fowles was injured in the first quarter.
It was a much better performance from Cedar, but the Redmen know they have to keep moving forward.
“We’ll point out the positives, but we can’t be satisfied,” Bennett said. “There obviously things that still need to work on. It’s a process, you just have to keep getting better every week.”