STGNews gamenight quickblast: Desert Hills 35, Pine View 21

Desert Hills vs. Pine View, St. George, Utah, Sept. 26, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Desert Hills 35, Pine View 21

ST. GEORGE — Nick Warmsley threw a pair of touchdown passes and Desert Hills forced five Pine View turnovers as the Thunder rolled to the victory.

Desert-Hills-smPine-view-smPine View led 21-13 midway through the third quarter after a Kody Wilstead to Blake Ence 36-yard TD pass. But the Panthers could generate very little offense the rest of the game.

Desert Hills answered with an impressive drive of its own. After a long kick return by Stetson Wood, the Thunder had the ball near midfield. A few plays later, Nick Warmsley hit Mason Palmer with a 13-yard TD strike. The two-point conversion was good on a pass from Warmsley to Brayden Bailey, tying the game at 21-21 with 2:10 left in the third.

Nick Warmsley, Desert Hills vs. Pine View, St. George, Utah, Sept. 26, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News
Nick Warmsley, Desert Hills vs. Pine View, St. George, Utah, Sept. 26, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Pine View got the ball back, but had a three-and-out. On fourth down, the long snapper hiked it over punter Mitch Stephenson’s head. The Pine View punter kicked the ball out of the end zone, but he booted it while it was still at the 1-yard line and the officials ruled it would either be a safety or Desert Hills’ ball at the 1. The Thunder, of course, took the ball and punched it in with Boogie Sewell.

Desert Hills’ defense ruled the rest of the night and the Thunder improved to 6-0 on the year, 3-0 in 3AA South. DH plays at Dixie next Friday.

Pine View, 4-2 overall and 2-1 in region, got 105 yards rushing from running back Pano Tiatia. Pine View hosts Cedar next week.

Stats: Box Scores for Pine View @ Desert Hills

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  • S. Carter September 27, 2014 at 3:23 am

    O-VER-RATED!!! Good job DH in exposing Costco High yet once again

  • Tori September 27, 2014 at 7:23 am

    DHHS is low class. P.V deserved the loss with more turn overs than anyone. However when they hurt P.V QB DHHS started cheering on the kids that injured him.. WOW!! That’s as low class as you can get, good luck snob hill!!! BTW I do not have a kid that plays for either school I went to watch the game because my little girl was in half time for there cheer camp, never again will I support a school, who showed the worst sportsmanship I have ever seen, I was discusted!!

    • JOHN DENVER September 27, 2014 at 8:57 am

      You obviously weren’t watching the game at all. As Kody GOT TO HIS FEET AND WALKED OFF THE FEILD they were chanting his name as a way of support, please pay more attention to the game before you make these assumptions because they are false. DESERT HILLS IS NOT RUN THAT WAY AND NEVER WILL BE.

    • A. King September 27, 2014 at 9:09 am

      Hi Tori,
      I beg to differ. On the play that Kody was hurt, Nephi Sewell had intercepted his pass. On his return run, a PV player ripped off his helmet. Nephi nonetheless continued into the end zone. The fans were cheering Nephi’s apparent touchdown. I couldn’t even see a PV player down until the endzone cleared out. Nephi suffered a gash to his head because he crashed head on (without a helmet) into a PV player into the end zone. Unfortunately, because his helmet was removed, it’s an automatic dead ball at the spot of the incident. DH got the ball on the 5 yd line. So yes, the fans were cheering. They thought they had a touchdown. When DH realized that a player was down, the players on the field took a knee and waited. Nobody cheers for a player getting injured. When Kody finally got up and walked off, both sides of the field stood up a clapped and cheered him on. I don’t know what game you were at, but I saw no poor sportsmanship last night…from either team. PV is a class act. It was a tough game. But you’re right, the team that makes the fewest mistakes wins. As you stated, “PV deserved the loss with more turn overs”. However Desert hills EARNED that win…by scoring more points that PV. 🙂

    • Just Sayin' September 27, 2014 at 11:19 am

      The Pineview fans and crowd were yelling taunting cheers all night and NOT once did the DHHS crowd retaliate! It was all good for PV when they were winning, but when the game turned, now DHHS is low class? I’m not saying there aren’t bad apples in all crowds, but to make the blanket comment you did shows you are low class, not DHHS!

      As for your comments about the DHHS and the PV QB, apparently you don’t understand the game of football! The DHHS crowd was not cheering because Wilstead went down, they were cheering because they had just intercepted the ball on the 5 yard line and run it back for, what appeared, a TD (that’s a touchdown BTW). After it became apparent that Wilstead was down, the whole DHHS team took a knee out of respect. When Wilstead finally got up, the DHHS crowd gave him a standing ovation, and most, if not all were glad he was ok. He’s a class kid and a great athlete and even though I am a DHHS fan, I love watching him play. That being said, it is OK for me to cheer when something good happens for my team.

      I don’t understand why it’s NOT ok for DHHS to play hard and win and for its fans to cheer when something good happens for them? As for you not supporting DHHS, good riddance!! If you are a PC person who can handle the bantering that goes back and forth in high school sports, it’s best you not be involved!

      There’s a good chance these 2 teams will go at it again this year. It will be a spirited, hard-fought battle, on the field and from the stands and one team will win and one will lose. At the end, just like last night, when it’s over, they will shake hands, pat each other on the back and move on with, or without, your support!!!

    • S. Carter September 27, 2014 at 11:22 am

      Nice try. I was at the game as well and the kids were cheering because DH intercepted the ball on the same play, NOT because someone got hurt

    • Mr Smith September 27, 2014 at 1:12 pm

      I don’t know what you think you heard but the cheers for Nephi was for the interception and touch down which ultimately ended up with Nephi getting an injury on his eye. The kids then chanted Cody’s name as he laid on the ground. I wish people would stop drawing their own conclusions of what is going on and the publicly defame other people or organizations. It’s ignorant and rude.

    • Coffeelarge September 29, 2014 at 9:47 am

      Low Class? Always an excuse. Maybe PV should just practice more.

    • BOREC September 29, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      Tori, I know it’s difficult to see the south end zone from the north end bleachers (where all the mom mini cheerleader moms sit). However, after reading all the explanations of reality, you still feel that your daughter would be better off cheering some place other than DH, there is such a thing as open enrollment! Also, I hear the mini cheerleaders at PV are working on a routine to the Hosner Rap and space is wide open. No need to rush over! (Yes, silly comments will be replied to with silly commentary!)

  • Ansel C September 27, 2014 at 7:45 am

    There was a lot of controversy over the official’s call when the PV punter booted the ball out of the end zone from his own one-yard line. First of all, very unique situation. I like many others felt that it should have been a safety. But doing a little research I discovered that this is “intentional grounding” by the punter. The enforcement for this penalty is 10 yards (or in this case half the distance) and loss of down. So the officials were correct in offering DH the choice of safety (refusing the penalty) or the ball after enforcement.

  • Frank September 27, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Well DHHS should win with 1500 students in their school.

    • A. King September 27, 2014 at 4:45 pm

      I don’t understand your reasoning Frank. What does student enrollment have to do with winning last night’s football game? Did ALL 1500 DH students play last night?
      According to, last year’s enrollment for Desert Hills was 1004, Pine View was 951. Do those extra DH 53 students make a difference in every single sport they play in?

    • Brian Daniels September 27, 2014 at 5:56 pm

      Frank, if you have better enrollment numbers than please share with us. As far as I’ve seen 2014 numbers have not been released yet as they are taken every October. See for the reported numbers of ever school in the State for the past 10 years. Scroll down the page and under the section titled “Fall Enrollment by School, Grade, Gender, Race/Ethnicity” you can see the numbers in an excel file for 2013 and 2012 or older. As you will see by looking at these the following were the 2013 Enrollments for 10, 11, & 12 grades: Desert Hills (432,376,358= 1166), Pine View (387,320,287=994), Dixie (364,387,352=1103), Snow Canyon (398,393,348=1139), Hurricane (312,274,282=868). The following were 2012 Enrollments for 10, 11, & 12 grades: Desert Hills (370,366,278=1014), Pine View (342,323,305=970), Dixie (373,361,316=1050), Snow Canyon (401,358,336=1095), Hurricane (292,301,259=852)…. Canyon View consistently stays around 700 students and Cedar consistently stays around 800 students. As a percentage difference between the 2012 & 2013 enrollments per 10, 11, & 12 grades: Desert Hills (+17%,+3%, +29% with a total increase of 15%), Pine View (+13%, -1%, -6% for a total increase of 2.5%), Dixie (-2.5%, +7%, +11.4% for a total increase of 5%), Snow Canyon (-1%, +9.8%, +3.6% for a total increase of 3.2%), Hurricane (+7%, -9%, +9% for a total increase of 2%). Assuming the overall increased rate of enrollments from 2012 to 2013 remained the same it would place the 2014 enrollments at each school at: Desert Hills 1340, Pine View 1019, Dixie 1102, Snow Canyon 1130, Hurricane 885. According to you, Desert Hills experienced an increase of 29% over last years enrollment? Prove it. Finally I will say this, for a number of years Hurricane High School experience significantly lower enrollment numbers than all these other 4 HS’s in Saint George but yet Hurricane Football dominated and got to 4 State Championship games in 5 years and won once. There were times that Desert Hills, Pine View, and Snow Canyon weren’t even in the game. In fact, they would often play in their schedule 4A and 5A teams at the beginning of their schedule and they would play them very evenly and often beat them during those years. While enrollment can have an effect on the number of quality players a team can get it doesn’t have to define you. YOU MAKE YOUR OWN EXCUSES frank. Much of sports has to do with a mental attitude and your kids ability to buy into a program.

  • VAASA September 27, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    @Frank, LOL you got to be kidding me, by the way they have an enrollment of 1250.

  • Herd September 27, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    duh, football

  • Polytics September 28, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Kody is over rated! Not the team! and the Thunder Family is the Sewel Family, they wouldn’t have a chance without them. They have nobody else! We will see the thunder or should I say the sewel family in the playoffs. LOL next meeting Circle Black for the win and State!

  • Frank September 28, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    That is a lot more than Cedar. If enrollment doesn’t make a difference then why do they make classifications? I guess Cedar should be playing Bingham. Having a third more students than a few of the Region 9 teams should give them many more students to choose from. It looks like common sense in the DHHS area lacks far behind that in Cedar.

    • BOREC September 29, 2014 at 4:32 pm

      Frank, Cedar could always file a request to transfer to 3A and play Canyon View! Football only of course because that’s the only sport enrollment matters, right?

  • VAASA September 28, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    POLYTICS- Can’t we say that about almost any team. Look at the long list of families PV has had over the years to make them good. Ence, Dias, Katoa, Bangerter, Orr, Foote, Stephenson, Boyer, Stott, Tia Tia, Seamanu, Olds, Asaasa . So to say that only the Sewell’s are the ones that give DHills a chance to win is laughable. There are many others who contribute and would start at PV if they were over there. Kody drives you crazy because he gets the headlines and your poly brothers don’t. Sorry, but that is the culture that Hosner has created. At least at DHills, all the kids are mentioned and are treated special, not just the good players.

  • Koolaid September 29, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Has Desert Hills become a football high school, one that recruits students/players for the best football team? Did you see the 4A game between two unbeaten teams? The way the referees were calling penalties against one team, it seemed the winner was predetermined long before kickoff.

  • shaun September 30, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Old people fights

  • Tbone September 30, 2014 at 8:42 am

    It was a game riddled with miscues and poor execution. Concerning the play when PV’s longsnap sailed over the punters head. The punter kicked the ball backwards from the 1yd line through the back of their own end zone. The officials conferenced and decided to apply the incorrect rule giving DH the choice of taking it on the 1 or taking the 2 pt safety. PV coach pleaded with the official to cunsult the NFHS rule book. The following Sat. morning PV head coach was given a courtesy call from the head official from the night before apologizing for a misapplication of rules concerning the official rule states it as a kicking infraction and gives opposing team the option of takin the 2pt safety or PV redo the punt. The official rule and the ruling on the field is a huge difference and is argueable game changing. No matter what end of this anyone is on. The kids all lose when these mistakes are made. In Utah there is no grading system for officials. No greivance or check and balance for them. Understandedly people make mistakes but in this case there is no consequence.

  • Vaasa September 30, 2014 at 11:47 am

    TBONE – Perfectly said!! The apology was to both schools. Also, Head Coach of Desert Hills spoke to the officials when they came to him for their ruling on the play and also told them that they were wrong in their ruling and they told him that they were 100% sure they were correct. Comes from a close source. Coach also told them that this isn’t how the game should be decided. Both teams have class acts for coaches.

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