Prep football: Alta overcomes blown lead to top Brighton
Sandy • As Don Bosco Prep scouts footage of Alta, the Hawks can hope that the national powerhouse only sees the second quarter of Friday's 48-31 win over Brighton. Let them think the Hawks are always so sloppy, always so fallible.
In their final game before playing nationally ranked Don Bosco at Rio Tinto Stadium next week, Alta's special teams scored two touchdowns before the offense ever got on the field. When it finally did, quarterback Chipper Lucero threw five touchdowns.
Of course, the game wasn't without its drama. The Hawks watched a 14-0 lead disappear and then breathed a sigh of relief their offense unleash a flurry a big plays in the second half to overcome a halftime deficit.
A week after losing to top-ranked Jordan, Alta (5-1) got a much-needed win against previously undefeated Brighton (5-1) in its most-crucial stretch of the season.
"It was so important," wide receiver Harrison Handley said. "You can't put importance on that. Everyone knows we've got to come out here and get a win."
When Alta led 14-0 in the first quarter, before its offense had even played a down, the Hawks seemed well on their way. A 99-yard kick return for a touchdown Taylor Ogden was followed by a 92-yard punt return by Mack Richards. It was the first of three touchdowns on the night for Richards, who also caught scoring passes of nine and 10 yards.
However, the Hawks stumbled offensively in the first half, and Brighton capitalized on an interception and fumble recovery en rout to a 24-point second quarter.
"We kept shooting ourselves in the foot the whole first half," coach Bob Stephens said, "causing self-inflicted wounds."
Despite struggling in the first half, quarterback Chipper Lucero responded to finish 17 of 28 for 303 yards with five touchdowns and one interception.
After freshman quarterback Drew Jensen delivered touchdown passes of 42, 32 and 25 yards in the second quarter, the Bengals' offense was held in check in the second half. Brighton's only score after halftime was an 82-yard kick return by Uaea Masina in the third quarter.