Dixie and Snow Canyon both found the life on the road to be difficult Thursday night as the Flyers dropped their season-opener at Richfield, while the Warriors fell to 0-2 with a loss at 5A Brighton.
Richfield 54, Dixie 48
The Flyers imploded in the final eight minutes, blowing a six-point lead to the Wildcats in the new Richfield High gymnasium.
Region 9 preseason MVP Tyler Bennett had 22 points and Dixie held a 38-32 advantage heading into the final stanza. But the Wildcats, led by Jaxon Hunt, outscored the Flyers 22-10 in the fourth quarter to come away with the win.
It was Richfield’s third game of the season, all wins, while Dixie was opening up its 2015-16 campaign. The matchup featured two of last season’s state contenders. The Wildcats lost to Pine View in the state semifinals and Dixie fell to the Panthers in the championship game.
Bennett didn’t get much help in the scoring column. Conner Dyches had seven points, while three Flyers, James Eardley, Nate Crockett and Richard Guymon, had five points each.
Hunt had 15 to lead Richfield, while Matt Griffin added 13 and Porter Robinson had 11.
Dixie will battle in the 3A Preview this weekend, facing Grantsville at 11:30 a.m. Friday (ESPN SportsRadio 97.7 FM) and Logan at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, a game of special interest as those were the two teams that battled for the 3AA football crown just a couple of weeks ago. Both games are at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield.
Brighton 68, Snow Canyon 47
The Warriors were no match for the 5A Bengals, giving up size and quickness in the blowout loss.
Simi Fehoko, an all-state football player who had 1,500 receiving yards for BHS, showed he’s pretty sharp at roundball, too, as he poured in 25 points to lead the Bengals to a win in their season opener.
Hunter Hammer had 10 points to lead the Warriors, who dropped to 0-2. Brock Staheli and Justin Loveless added eight points apiece.
SC will complete its Salt lake County road trip with a game at Juan Diego Friday night at 7 p.m.
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