Prep football: Elliss carries Judge past Manti
Kaden Elliss scores four TDs to lead Bulldogs to a key Class 3A win.
By Christopher Kamrani
| The Salt Lake Tribune
First Published Oct 16 2013 10:54 pm
Last Updated Oct 16 2013 11:45 pm
He had nowhere to go.
Kaden Elliss was immersed in a swarm of defensive linemen, linebackers and defensive backs, all of whom tried to bring down the Judge Memorial quarterback 10 yards from yet another touchdown.
But Elliss didn’t go down. He wiggled on, kept his legs moving, spun around eventually out of the mess and suddenly stood alone in the end zone as the pile of Manti Templars could do nothing but look on.
"I just wanted to put the game away," Elliss said. "I wanted to win it. I had a drive this game that I don’t know if I’ve had for a while."
In what was a crucial swing game in Class 3A football, it was the Bulldogs who ran their winning streak to seven in a 49-20 victory at McCarthey Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Elliss accounted for four touchdowns, running for three and throwing for another. His 19-yard pass to Braden Pelly in the fourth quarter included a wicked hit Elliss took on the play.
After he saw Pelly waltz into the end zone, the Bulldog quarterback lay on the turf to soak in the moment.
While Elliss and the Bulldog offense produced points, it was the Judge defense that opened an avenue to do so. In the first series of the game, Manti fumbled the ball, leaving Mark Barnett open to pounce on the 1-yard line. He walked in for a touchdown on the next play.
"We definitely got some big breaks," Judge coach James Cordova said.
But the Bulldogs helped out their own cause. Judge had back-to-back interceptions by Mark and Max Barnett, both of which led to touchdown runs by Elliss.
"Mark did a fantastic job tonight," Cordova said.
Henry Garcia’s fourth-quarter 6-yard touchdown run — his second of the night — capped a phenomenal night for the Bulldogs.
Next up is Morgan, a team that stomped Judge 30-0 in 2012, for a shot at the 3A North title.
"We’ve got to capture that magic, that momentum — whatever it is — and try and keep it harnessed," Cordova said. "They’re high school kids. ... Who knows what can happen in a week and a half?"