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Prep football: Power outage forces Brighton, Davis to 0-0 draw

Published August 20, 2011 12:05 am

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There was plenty of electricity in the crowd and on the field for Friday night's season opener between visiting Davis and Brighton.

But that electricity wasn't where the Darts and Bengals needed it most – the light towers surrounding the field.

The stadium scoreboard lost power minutes before kickoff and Rocky Mountain Power workers were unable to get power to the lights, forcing the teams to end the game in a scoreless tie after two quarters.

"I just thought the scoreboard was turned off," Davis quarterback Tyson Denney said. "I didn't know the lights weren't going to come on."

Said Brighton coach Ryan Bullett: "I'm disappointed for the kids. I don't think both teams would have had the same opportunities if we had started the third quarter. … It's disappointing we didn't get to finish it on the field."

According to Utah high school football historian George Felt, the last time a game between Utah teams ended in a tie was in 1984 when American Fork and West played to a three-overtime, 30-30 draw that was called due to darkness. Friday marked the eighth tie since 1974, when Utah instituted overtime.

Had the scoreboard been working, it wouldn't have gotten much use. The teams combined for just one real scoring threat and each turned the ball over twice.

Brighton's first possession ended with a fumbled snap on a first-and-goal from the Darts' 1-yard line.

"We got the snap count a little confused," Brighton quarterback Andy Jones said. "It was my fault. We had a communication breakdown."

The Bengals moved 58 yards on their first drive, but managed just 32 yards the rest of the half.

Davis had a punt blocked and fumbled on its first two drives, then managed to move the ball through the air. Denney completed 10 of 16 passes for 132 and threw one interception.

"Obviously Davis High is a good measuring stick and they are good every year," Bullett said. "We went toe to toe with them. I feel good battling with those guys."