Draper • Timpanogos senior quarterback Jackson Dunford was transported by Life Flight to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray on Friday night after a hit against Corner Canyon left him briefly unconscious.
Timberwolves coach Ed Larson said Dunford was "alert and coherent" late Friday following a series of tests performed on the Timpanogos quarterback. Larson said the Life Flight from Corner Canyon was mainly for precautionary reasons following a hit that made Dunford lose consciousness on a tackle that Larson said "didn't look anything out of the ordinary."
"It took a while to get him up to speed on the field," Larson said. "We finally got him up and as we walked off, he had the effects of the nausea that those kinds of hits have set in. We felt like we needed to sit him back down because we don't know what could end up happening."
Larson said Dunford's breathing patterns checked out well by attendants on hand and that he was "in good shape" while in the hospital late Friday night.
"Every kid responds to those hits differently," Larson said.
Dunford had full movement from the neck down and was scheduled to undergo a CAT scan, before Larson added that hospital staffers "triple-checked" his spine. Dunford threw for 1,376 yards and 14 touchdowns through the first five games of the season.
"I spoke to Jackson's dad and he said that Jackson is doing great, is answering questions and knew where he was," Larson said.
The game was called with 7 minutes, 11 seconds left to play when both Larson and Corner Canyon coach Don Eck agreed to call the game as Dunford lay on the turf.
The Chargers won their annual Homecoming Game against their new Region 7 rivals Timpanogos 35-7. Dunford scored the Timberwolves' lone touchdown.
"It's too bad," Eck said. "That kid is a great player, one of the best players in our region."
In the first minutes of the game, Corner Canyon picked up a fumble deep in Timberwolves territory only to turn over the ball seconds later on an interception. But then Hayden Lee intercepted the ball right back for the Chargers, who took the lead on a 12-yard Riley Ogden run.
Corner Canyon's defense dominated most of a frigid evening in a sloppy, penalty-filled game.
"We didn't capitalize on all of the turnovers, but we got enough of them that we were able to build up a lead in the first half," Eck said.
The Chargers moved to 3-0 in region and 3-3 overall in their first year of competition.
"The way we looked at it at the beginning of the year, these guys and Olympus were the teams to beat," Eck said. "We were fortunate to win both games."
Offensively, Ogden and quarterback Michael Ebeling did most of the damage for Corner Canyon, which enjoyed great field position much of the night thanks to Timpanogos miscues and excellent defense.
Ebeling scored on touchdown runs of 2, 5 and 6 yards, and Ogden had scoring scampers of 12 and 3 yards for Corner Canyon.