SANDY — With a run of 21 consecutive seasons making the playoffs, Alta coach Alema Te’o and his Hawks could finally breathe a sigh of relief as Alta bounced Brighton from the playoffs with a 56-38 road win Wednesday night.
Quarterback Will Dana threw four first-half touchdown passes, three of them to Donovan Spillers, as the Hawks clinched the No. 3 seed in Region 7 and finished the regular season (3-2), 5-4 overall.
“Offensively we did exactly what we needed to do out here tonight, we came out and exploded,” Te’o said. “Our starting defensive guys, I’m proud of those guys and their efforts, especially in the first half.”
The win sends Alta to the 5A playoffs where Te’o said his team would likely play Roy.
Dana said the win was just what Alta needed after a tough loss last week.
“It means everything,” Dana said. “We suffered a tough loss at Corner Canyon and we needed to come out here to get a good seed in the playoffs so this is just what we needed.”
Alta, fueled by Dana completing passes of 23 and 24 yards, took its opening drive 80 yards in seven plays with Zach Engstrom scoring on a 13-yard run.
After an exchange of possessions, the Bengals coughed up the football. After Alta recovered the loose ball, the Hawks struck on their first play when Donovan Spillers hauled in a 28-yard strike from Dana to give the visitors a 14-0 lead.
Brighton got on the board early in the second period with a 37-yard field goal from Justen Smith.
With the lead cut to 14-3 Alta struck again as Dana delivered a strike to Engstrom. The senior caught the ball over the middle and ran untouched for a 50-yard score and a 21-3 lead.
The Bengals looked done after a three-and-out punt gave the ball right back to Alta. But the Hawks fumbled and Bengal Sione Angilau recovered and took it back to the Hawks 11-yard line. Two plays later Evona Hall scored on a 3-yard run to cut the deficit to 21-10.
And the Bengals’ defense wasn’t done. On Alta’s next possession, Dana was intercepted by Brooks Johnson, who returned the ball to the Hawks’ 26. Two plays later, Brighton quarterback Alexander Zettler scored on a 20-yard keeper as Brighton 21-17.
Fueled by back-to-back sacks from Singi Pututau the Hawks defense stiffened while Dana hit Spillers with two, 25-yard touchdown passes that capped the first-half with Alta …read more
Source:: Deseret News – Sports News