A pair of touchdowns on each side of halftime helped Canyon View blow open Friday’s contest against Richfield, and the defense put the hammer down in a dominating 32-8 win.
Stockton Rigby threw three touchdowns, two of them to Isaiah Shearer, and the Falcons stymied the Wildcats’ offense for most of the game to remain unbeaten in Region 12.
“The confidence level is definitely on the rise,” Rigby said of the 2-0 start to the region schedule after going winless in four tries during the preseason. “We just come out and we want to work hard. This team’s got a lot of heart and a lot of hard-working kids.”
The teams spent most of the first quarter trading punts before Canyon View was able to turn a short field into a score.
The Falcons got the ball at the Richfield 30-yard line after the Wildcats had to punt from their own end zone.
Shearer and Barlow Johnson combined for 24 yards in the five-play drive that ended when Shearer punched it in from two yards out to give Canyon View a permanent lead.
With the offense getting warmed up the Falcons’ defense pitched in late in the second quarter with a fumble recovery at its own 6 yard line that ended a 63-yard Richfield drive.
What followed was nothing short of a masterpiece as Canyon View drove 94 yards in seven plays to take a two-score lead into the half.
After getting sacked for a five-yard loss Rigby hit Abe Huxford for 39 yards and Porter Miller for another 30 on consecutive plays.
He then connected with Shearer on a pair of passes, going 4-of-5 on the series for 87 yards, the last one to the end zone from 18 yards out as time expired in the second quarter.
“(Shearer) is just my go-to,” Rigby said. “Incredible player, incredible athlete and always just working his (backside) off.”
That drive gave the Falcons the momentum they would need as they came out of the locker room and built the lead to 24-0 with a five play drive that covered 71 yards in two minutes.
Rigby threw his second touchdown pass of the game to Colten Shumway and Canyon View was rolling.
Another TD to Shearer on the first play of the fourth quarter made it 32-0 and Richfield finally got on the board with a pass to McKay Lewis with 7:16 to play.