Draper • A halftime defensive adjustment and the discovery of a passing game was all Woods Cross needed.
The Wildcats overcame a halftime deficit and blanked host Corner Canyon in the second half in a runaway 35-17 non-region victory Wednesday night.
The victory was the fifth in a row for Woods Cross (8-1) — ranked No. 4 in The Tribune’s Class 4A rankings — which closes the season next week against Cyprus.
Corner Canyon (4-5) lost its second straight game after a four-game winning streak, but it can clinch the Region 7 title with a victory next week against last-place Murray.
Woods Cross linebacker Deion Saumalu was one of several Wildcats employed to spy on Corner Canyon quarterback Michael Ebeling in the second half. Saumalu intercepted a pass, recovered a fumble for a touchdown and batted down a third-down pass in the third quarter.
"I was at the right place at the right time," Saumalu said about his 2-yard fumble return after a bad snap to Ebeling. "Jared Clark, our D-end, hit him and caused the fumble, and I scooped and scored."
The score seemed to spark the Wildcats offense. After Woods Cross quarterbacks missed on their first eight pass attempts, Clay Kidman found Xequille Henry for a 25-yard pass. The next play went 44 yards to Sean Gallagher for a 28-17 lead.
Ebeling earlier scrambled and passed the Chargers to a 17-14 halftime lead — one that could have been bigger if not for two missed field goals. Then came the halftime adjustment.
"In the first half, we couldn’t contain their QB," Saumalu said. "We adjusted to that, and we stopped them on the edge."
The Chargers managed just 68 yards in the second half. Riley Ogden ran for 119 yards and scored two touchdowns for Corner Canyon.
Harry returned a kickoff 95 yards for the Wildcats’ first score.
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