SALT LAKE CITY – Bridger Cowdin scored a pair of touchdowns and the Desert Hills defense kept West out of the end zone in Friday night’s 26-3 non-region victory for the Thunder.
The game was marred by a plethora of unsportsmanlike penalties and a brawl.
“I don’t want to say too much, but I’m pretty sure we’ll never play West again,” DH coach Carl Franke said. “They were a dirty team. We won, but that’s about the only good thing about tonight.”
Nick Warmsley and Cowdin scored in the first half to stake the Thunder to a 13-3 lead at the break. The Panthers managed just an Alex Cody field goal.
Jordan Hokanson streaked for a 50-yard touchdown on a fly sweep early in the fourth quarter, then Cowdin iced the game with a short TD run.
“Bridger played great,” Franke said. “They were really stacking the box, but he still got his yardage. We made some bad decisions on offense. We just didn’t play very well. It was a tough night.”
Any joy over the win was tempered by what looks like a serious injury to star lineman Brock Doman. Franke said Doman took a cheap shot in the open field from West High player. Doman was undergoing an MRI at a Salt Lake City hospital after the game and Franke said he fears the worst.
“It looks like his ACL,” Franke said. “There’s always a hope that it’s just a hyperextension, but it doesn’t look good.”
The Thunder have allowed just 19 points in three games this season while running off to a 3-0 start. Desert Hills plays at Cedar next Friday night.
With about two minutes left in the game, frustration boiled over for Desert Hills and West as the two teams squared off in an onfield brawl. The brouhaha was quickly quelled and both coaches, as well as administrators from both schools were called onto the field. After a brief conference, the two teams resumed and the Thunder clinched the win.
West is 1-2 on the year.
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