The prep football realm suffered a scare Friday night when Timpanogos star quarterback Jackson Dunford was transported by Life Flight helicopter to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray after a hit against Corner Canyon briefly left him 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."
Dunford returned home Saturday morning. He threw for 1,376 yards and 14 touchdowns through the first five games of the season.
Corner Canyon defeated Timpanogos 35-7. The game was called with 7 minutes, 11 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter when Larson and Corner Canyon coach Don Eck agreed to end the game due to Dunford’s injury.
Wild, wild, Wildcats
Currently behind Class 4A East and Sky View in highest scoring outputs in the state is 2A South Summit (6-0), which is obliterating its competition this season. The Wildcats average 44 points per game — 52 points per outing in their last four games — after putting up 65 points against Gunnison on Friday night.
It’s always been about the ground game for Jerry Parker’s Wildcats.
Thirty-one of South Summit’s 35 touchdowns have come on the ground, a rushing attack highlighted by Colby Averett, Ty Jones and Isaac Tillett, who have scored 23 rushing touchdowns in six games.
Having seen their lead evaporate on a broken play with less than a minute to go, Amone Finau and the Kearns Cougars kickoff team told their coach, Matt Rickards, they’d win the game.
Finau, a University of Utah commit, returned the Fremont kickoff 95 yards with 12 seconds remaining to give Kearns its second win of the season in dramatic fashion.
"We thought they were going to squib-kick the ball in the ground, which they’d been doing most of the game because they didn’t want Amone to get the ball," Rickards said. "We switched things up."
It worked, and Kearns beat Fremont 42-41.
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