Bountiful • When Woods Cross senior Xequille Harry and his sophomore classmates took the field against Bountiful two years ago, a regular-season defeat to the Braves was the 23rd time in a row that the Wildcats took it on the chin from their crosstown rivals.
But it's like that streak never happened. Not to Harry anyway.
Woods Cross (5-1, 2-1) beat Bountiful 22-14 on Friday night for its second consecutive victory in the series.
"This team always comes together," Harry said. "We always had beat them in little league. We just knew we were going to beat them from Day 1, the first scrimmage."
Harry had a good deal to do with the Wildcats' fast start against the host Braves.
On Woods Cross' first offensive play from scrimmage, Wildcats quarterback Clay Kidman found Harry open running down the right sideline and hit him in stride. The receiver raced to the end zone to complete the 80-yard scoring play.
The visitors' second possession was a little more drawn out, in the form of an 11-play, 47-yard march, but it was just as successful. A 2-yard quarterback sneak from the Wildcats' other signal caller, senior Luke Jowers, followed by a conversion pass from Kidman to Sean Gallagher put Woods Cross up 15-0.
Although the Wildcats didn't have much in the way of sustained offense the rest of the way, they did have the big plays on their side.
After Bountiful (3-3, 1-1) trimmed the lead to eight following a 7-yard run from Houston Heimuli, Woods Cross junior Brandon Kinsey fielded the ensuing kickoff at his own 6.
Kinsey spotted an opening in the middle of the field, sped to it and outran the Bountiful pursuers for a 96-yard touchdown.
"That kid does that like six times a week in JV," Woods Cross coach Justin Spencer said. "We've been trying to get him to step up his game to the varsity level. That's his second one, and it couldn't have come at a more important time."
Bountiful added another Heimuli touchdown run late in the third quarter but wasn't able to threaten again in the fourth.
"We heard a comment that this team wasn't as good as the team we had last year," Spencer said. "This team is 60 players who work together and there isn't a star. We have a bunch of kids who are truly becoming a family."