Cedar shook off a three-game losing streak and picked up its first region win of the season with a thrilling 37-29 win over Hurricane on Friday.
Trenton Maurer ran for a pair of second-half touchdowns to help the Reds offset a huge performance from Hurricane’s Jaron Cordova and move Cedar to a 1-3 record in the 3AA South Region.
Braden Garrett stepped in at quarterback for the injured Mason Fakahua, throwing one touchdown and getting the job done leading some impressive drives for Cedar.
“I was a little nervous. It’s a big role to fill,” Garrett said. “It went well, my backs really did a lot tonight.”
Cedar had to be at the top of its game all night because Hurricane came to town with a ton of offense.
Cordova had touchdown runs of 64 and 70 yards and moved through the line with relative ease for most of the contest.
But one huge play changed the course of the game and put Cedar in control for good.
The Reds held a 28-21 lead with just over eight minutes left in the game when Hurricane was flagged for intentional grounding in its own end zone.
The safety pushed the lead to 30-21 and seemed to quiet the Tigers’ crowd.
Luke Maggio added insult to injury on the ensuing kickoff, slicing his way through a crowd of defenders on his way to a 67-yard touchdown that all but killed any hope Hurricane had of coming back.
“I gotta give all the credit to my blockers because they’re the ones who cleared the way,” Maggio said. “I just ran it, it was all up to them.”
The score put Cedar ahead 37-21 but with so much time left in the game and with the way the Tigers’ offense had played, everyone knew it was far from over.
I celebrated for a second after my touchdown,” Maggio said. “But I knew we had to get back to work.”
Hurricane scored on its next drive, going 65 yards in seven plays to trim the lead to 37-29 on a nine-yard touchdown pass from Josh Parker to Tobie Swenson with 6:15 to go.
Cedar fumbled away a chance to put the game on ice with under a minute to go, giving Hurricane one last set of downs from its own 31.
Parker took his team to midfield and fired off his final shot of the night with 0.07 seconds left, but couldn’t find his man and the clock ran out on the Tigers’ comeback.
“We knew we had to control the ball coming into this,” said Maurer who had both of his touchdowns in the third quarter. “We came out together as a team, got up and built all the momentum we needed for the rest of the game.”
The Reds move on to play at Pine View next week while Hurricane (1-3), who has now lost three in a row will try to get back in the win column with a contest at Dixie.