Prep football: Syracuse overpowers Box Elder
Odgen • Box Elder's defense had not allowed a point this season entering Friday night's game against Syracuse at Stewart Stadium.
The Titans apparently were unimpressed.
Senior quarterback Brock Anderson passed for two touchdowns, ran for another and kicked a field goal as Syracuse stayed unbeaten with a convincing 31-14 victory over the Bees. The Titans improved to 4-0, while Box Elder dropped to 3-1 after allowing an opponent to score for the first time.
"We knew about it that they had shut out three teams because it's always in the paper," Syracuse coach Russ Jones said. "But we just wanted to prepare our team and play our game [against] them."
Anderson was the key for the Titans.
"He did a good job," Jones said. "He's really smart. He knows where he has to be, where the ball has to go in certain formations and against certain defenses. He's a good guy."
Syracuse took a quick 7-0 lead with help from the Bees.
A fumbled punt kept the Titans' opening possession alive, and Mason Woodward ran 5 yards for a touchdown with 7 minutes, 45 seconds left in the first quarter.
But Box Elder quickly countered.
Following a 70-yard pass from Shad Wilson to McKay Parrish, fullback Kyler Anderson ran 5 yards for the tying touchdown.
But Syracuse dominated the rest of the half.
First, the Titans went 71 yards in 14 plays to grab a 14-7 lead when Brock Anderson hit Diante Mitchell with a 21-yard touchdown pass. Mitchell made an acrobatic catch in the end zone for the score, which was the first play in the second quarter. After Syracuse forced a Box Elder punt, the Titans continued rolling. They drove 91 yards in 15 plays and consumed more than eight minutes on the clock.
Kiwa Mo'o caught a 6-yard pass from Brock Anderson to give the Titans a 21-7 lead with 45 seconds left in the half.
Box Elder, which had only three possessions before halftime, committed four turnovers in the second half to prevent any chance for a comeback.
"I was pretty happy with the first half," Jones said. "We just got a little sloppy in the second half, a little careless with the football and too many penalties."
Box Elder had not allowed a point this season entering Friday's game.
Syracuse's defense forced four turnovers in the second half.