West Valley City • Hunter senior running back Trevon Johnson turned the Wolverines’ homecoming game into his own personal coming-out party Friday. Hunter rode Johnson’s career night to a 34-14 victory over Granger.
“We came in as the underdogs, but we had to show that we still run the West,” Johnson said. “We’re trying to bring back smash-mouth football, and as you can see, it’s working.”
Johnson has typically been Hunter’s No. 2 back, but with Hyrum Purcell sidelined with a knee injury, Johnson was called upon to be the go-to guy, and he responded. The two-sport star ran for 219 yards and a career-high four touchdowns, all of which came in the second half.
“I played for him [Purcell],” Johnson said. “I told him that I would put this team on my back with him gone.”
Johnson has now eclipsed the 200-yard mark twice this season. In this performance against Granger, it took a little something extra. The Lancers knew that Johnson was going to get the ball consistently throughout the night, and they keyed in on him. It didn’t matter. Johnson was too fast and too strong. On two of Johnson’s touchdown runs, he went untouched all the way to the end zone. When he did get hit, he dragged a pile of Lancers 4 or 5 yards almost every time.
Fortunately for Johnson and the offense, they didn’t have to do it alone. The Hunter defense was unbelievable, holding Granger to just 16 yards of total offense. The Wolverines shut out the Lancers’ offense, and Granger didn’t even get a sniff of midfield in the second half.
“I don’t have to worry about my defense,” Hunter coach Scott Henderson said. “They just play their assignments and do what they’re supposed to do. They just go out and take care of it.”
Hunter now sits atop Region 2 with the win. With a playmaker like Johnson and an unstoppable defense, the Wolverines have a realistic chance at staying there for good.
-Hunter senior running back Trevon Johnson set a career-high with four touchdown runs.
-Johnson dashed for more than 200 yards for the second time this season.
-The Hunter defense held Granger to 16 yards of total offense.