High school football: Alta tops Brighton in high-scoring affair

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

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Wildfires worsen housing crunch in famously costly Bay Area

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SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Even before fire wiped out the home she rented for 17 years, Suzanne Finzell had thought about leaving this city on the edge of the San Francisco Bay Area because of rising prices. A spike in housing and other living costs had driven her friends to Nevada and Oregon.

Now, Finzell wonders if that will be her fate too, as the wildfires that charred California wine country send thousands of people who lost their homes scrambling for new places to live in one of the nation’s tightest and most expensive housing markets.

Before the fires, the rental vacancy rate was a mere 1 percent in Santa Rosa and 3 percent in surrounding Sonoma County. Then the city lost an estimated 5 percent of its housing stock to the flames.

“We had a housing crisis before the fires,” Mayor Chris Coursey said Wednesday. “It’s magnitudes worse now.”

Meanwhile, authorities reported more progress against the flames. The deputy chief of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said crews had stopped the movement of all fires.

Firefighters were helped by cooler weather and the lack of wind. Forecasters expect a tenth of an inch of rain in the affected areas on Thursday — not enough to quench any fires outright but still welcome.

The fires that swept through parts of seven counties were the deadliest and most destructive series of blazes in California history. At least 42 people died and 6,000 homes were lost.

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Homeowner Martha Marquez looks over her burned home in Santa Rosa, California on Oct. 10, 2017.
Firefighters encouraged by weakening winds were battling 17 large wildfires on Tuesday in California which have left at least 13 people dead, thousands homeless and ravaged the state’s famed wine country.

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Fire damage is seen from the air in the Coffey Park neighborhood on Oct. 11, 2017, in Santa Rosa, California
More than 200 fire engines and firefighting crews from around the country were being rushed to California on Wednesday to help battle infernos which have left at least 21 people dead and thousands homeless.

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Ben Pederson find’s a school yearbook in the remains of his bedroom after his family’s home was destroyed by wildfire in Santa Rosa, California, Oct. 11, 2017.
The death toll from some of California’s worst ever wildfires rose to 17 as thousands of firefighters battled to bring the infernos under control. The fires which …read more

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The Back Half #4: Philip Pullman, Ghostwatch and the CD single

The new NS culture podcast with Tom Gatti and Kate Mossman.

On this episode of the New Statesman’s new culture podcast, The Back Half, we welcome guest Philip Pullman to discuss his return to the world of His Dark Materials with new book La Belle Sauvage, the first instalment in The Book of Dust trilogy. Then hosts Tom Gatti and Kate Mossman discuss creepy BBC TV special Ghostwatch and celebrate the noniversary of that much-missed music format the CD single.

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Relevant links:

Get a copy of La Belle Sauvage.

Read Rowan Williams review of the book in the New Statesman.

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Kate’s piece about Ghostwatch.

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Our theme music is “God Speed” by Pistol Jazz, licensed under Creative Commons.

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