West Valley City • Opening night was a quite a bit like a roller coaster ride for the Hunter football team and senior Nathan Uhi.
Although the lows were there, Uhi and the Wolverines always rebounded for some big highs. And when a 19-12 victory over visiting Layton was accomplished, Uhi admitted his hands were all over the football on Friday night.
"Probably too much," Uhi said.
The first score of the game came when Layton quarterback Hunter Evans threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Jaramillo to cap a 75-yard drive. But Jaramillo was the beneficiary of a fortuitous deflection as Uhi, playing defensive back, had the ball go off his hands before careening forward another five yards into the end zone.
All of that would be largely forgotten as Hunter came back from a 12-0 deficit thanks to 208 yards rushing from Uhi.
When he ran for a 59-yard scoring jaunt late in the third period, a play where Uhi spun loose from an arm tackle 20 yards past the line of scrimmage, the Wolverines got their first lead of the game at 13-12 when Nick Hafen tacked on the point-after kick.
The ride wasn't over, though.
Uhi, increasingly the workhorse for Hunter as the game wore on, fumbled at midfield early in the fourth quarter and Layton (0-1) worked the ball to the 15-yard line. That's when Uhi stepped in front of an Evans pass for an interception that stuck this time.
Hunter added an insurance score with 3:21 left in the game when sophomore quarterback McKay Meidlinger hit wideout Ikaika Ete on a quick-hitter and Ete then sprinted to the end zone for a 66-yard scoring play.
"It's kind of cliche, but it's won or lost on the line," said Uhi of his rushing total.
Lancers senior running back Davis Marriott also had a big night, as he totaled 151 yards on the night.
"I think you saw two pretty good backs. I know my kid is one of those that doesn't seem to tire very much," Layton coach Jim Batchelor said. "That's why I like him late in the game he just keeps chugging away.
"â¦ With both offenses going no-huddle, I think it took it's toll on the defense," he added.