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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Jazz notes: Hayward’s injury came on lob play he ran regularly in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — Gordon Hayward’s injury came on a play that was familiar to the Jazz last year with him coming off a screen on the right side for a lob from the left side. This time, he got hit in the air a bit and landed awkwardly, resulting in the terrible injury.

“Every situation that comes up could be dangerous in a certain context,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “It’s a good play for him, he scored a lot of points and got a lot of dunks. That could have happened last year and, God forbid, it could happen again.

“Players don’t think about that stuff, they’re just playing and there’s always that risk. Dante’s injury wasn’t as traumatic or gruesome, but we can’t not have Dante drive to the basket but hopefully both those guys can make a quick recovery.”

“We ran it once a game at least, it was a good way to get him a bucket,” added Joe Ingles, who usually threw the lob to Hayward. “We all saw him fall over from it or get hit in the air from it, but obviously never to the extent of what happened last night. It was a pretty unlucky thing.”

LYLES RETURNS: Trey Lyles’ first NBA game after being traded by the Jazz following two seasons here happened to be Wednesday night at his old stomping grounds at Vivint Arena. Lyles, who was Utah’s first-round pick two years ago, was dealt in June to Denver as part of the trade that brought the Nuggets’ No. 13 overall pick to Utah in the form of Donovan Mitchell.

Lyles had nothing but positive things to say about the Jazz and his new situation in Denver.

“I was surprised by it but coach (Quin Snyder) called me before and told me what was going down, so I was OK with it,” Lyles said. “They had to do what they had to do. We both moved our separate directions, It was a good thing for me to come to a team like this where I think I can flourish.”

Lyles said he was happy to be to be back with guys like Gary Harris, who is also from Indiana originally. He said he has kept in contact with Jazz players such as Joe Ingles and Rodney Hood as well as some of the coaches.

“I see a young man who is really skilled on the offensive end. I …read more

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Lillard scores 27, Trail Blazers beat Suns by 48 points

PHOENIX — Damian Lillard scored 27 points and the Portland Trail Blazers opened the season by handing the Phoenix Suns the most one-sided loss in the franchise’s 49-year history, 124-76 on Wednesday night.

Pat Connaughton added a career-high 24 points, making 4 of 6 3-pointers. The Trail Blazers outshot, outrebounded and outhustled the Suns from the opening tip.

The 48-point rout exceeded Phoenix’s previous record, a 44-point loss to Seattle (151-107) on April 2, 1988.

The Blazers dominated even though they were without one of their best players, guard C.J. McCollum, who was suspended one game for leaving the bench area during a tussle involving Phoenix’s Alex Len and Caleb Swanigan in a preseason game a week ago.

Portland led 60-35 at the half and outscored the Suns 64-41 in the second. The Blazers led by as many as 58, for a time flirting with the most one-sided game in NBA history, a 68-point blowout of the Miami Heat by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Dec. 17, 1991.

The Suns shot 31.5 per cent to Portland’s 49 per cent, made 7 of 27 3-pointers to the Blazers’ 14 of 24 and were outrebounded 57-33.

Phoenix had the league’s second-worst record last season at 24-58 and looked at least that bad throughout the opener.

Eric Bledsoe scored 15 points on 5-of-18 shooting. Devin Booker added 12 on 6-of-17 shooting. Bledsoe was 1 for 6 on 3s, Booker 0 for 3.

Portland’s bench outscored Phoenix’s 61-26.

After Booker’s 13-footer tied it at 17, Lillard sank a layup and the Blazers bolted away from there.

Bledsoe’s three-point play cut the lead to 45-35 with 4:38 left in the third quarter, but Portland scored the final 15 points of the half and was up 60-35 at the break.

The Suns shot 29 per cent in the first half (14 for 49) to Portland’s 44 per cent (22 for 50). Phoenix was 1 for 11 from 3-point range in the first two quarters to the Blazers’ 7 of 13. Most tellingly, the Portland bench outscored its Phoenix counterparts 24-0.

The Blazers led a numbing 98-55 entering the final quarter.

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