That’s been the difference between Snow Canyon (3-4) and Cedar (3-4) in three of the past four meetings and it was no different tonight.
With a 17-14 lead and with 56 seconds left in the game, Cedar lined up for a potential game-tying field goal. However, Blake White-Schreibman’s 36-yard attempt went wide to give the Warriors its first region victory of the season.
“Honestly, in my heart I knew they weren’t going to make the field goal,” junior quarterback Matt Kitchen said. “I felt like we were either going to block it, or that they were going to miss it.”
Kitchen completed 27 of 46 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Warriors to the victory. The win was an important one after Snow Canyon has been on the end of some heartbreaking losses this season.
“It feels freaking amazing to get our first region win tonight,” Kitchen said. “We’ve had so many close games this season and to be able to pull it out at home was special. Our offensive line played amazing and it was a total team victory.”
Not to be left out, Kitchen also gave a shoutout to his barber, who gave him a fresh cut this week.
“A got a haircut this week and my barber told me if we won that I had to give him a shout out,” Kitchen said. “I might have to go get another cut next week.”
For the game, both offenses were able to move the ball for most of the night, but penalties and turnovers kept it low scoring. The Redmen had a game-high 320 of total offense with the Warriors right behind at 309.
Know for its balanced offense, Snow Canyon ended up airing it out as eight receivers had at least one catch.
Zach Nowatzke had a game-high 10 catches for 79 yards and a touchdown. Brooks Samspon, Brecken Anderson and Tyson Deland combined for 12 catches and 116 yards and a touchdown.
“The offensive line played the best they have all year and gave Matt so much time back there,” said Nowatzke. “We have a lot of weapons on offense and guys are just ready to make plays.”
Cedar quarterback Mason Fakahua had a great game before going down with an injury late in the fourth quarter. His status is uncertain for next week’s game. The senior completed 11 of 24 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown. He also ran 96 yards on eight carries and a touchdown. Jade Bulloch had an interception in the loss for the Redmen to setup a 17-yard touchdown pass from Fakahua to Derek Ball.
“I’m proud of our effort tonight,” said Snow Canyon head coach Mike Esplin. “Cedar is a great team and we knew it was going to come down to the last play. It always does, but to be able to pull it out is huge for our team. It really feels like the weight has been lifted off our shoulders.”
Up next for the Warriors is another home game against the Dixie Flyers who are coming off 31-22 victory over Desert Hills. Cedar will host Hurricane as both teams look to get back on track.