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5A football: Brighton outlasts Herriman to reach semis

Published November 8, 2013 9:20 pm

5A quarterfinals • Brighton to face Jordan in semifinals.
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Herriman • Drew Jensen sure looked comfortable running Brighton's wildcat package during Friday's Class 5A quarterfinal playoff game.

The sophomore, who was the Bengals' starting quarterback before breaking his wrist earlier this season, scored all five of his team's touchdowns to help Brighton reach the semifinals for the first time since 2005 with a 41-36 victory.

In a game where only three possessions didn't result in points, Jensen engineered the final drive that culminated with his 2-yard run with 41 seconds left.

"Our offensive line definitely killed it, even if they knew the play was coming," a winded Jensen said. "With that offensive line and their blocking, it's unbelievable. You feel as safe as can be. We didn't focus on the score. On offense, we focused on going down and scoring and our defense stopping them."

Brighton got that key stop early in the fourth quarter when it forced the only punt of the game. Jensen's 8-yard scoring run on the ensuing drive put Brighton ahead 35-29 before Herriman quickly reclaimed the lead. Not to be outdone, the Bengals put together a 71-yard scoring drive to go up 41-36.

Herriman drove to the Brighton 30 with time winding down, but Braydon Kener's pass fell incomplete in the end zone as the clock expired.

"When we needed a stop, our kids stepped up and said enough is enough," Brighton coach Ryan Bullett said. "We knew this would be a hard game on the road and a tough game to win."

With Herriman's defense focused on stopping Osa Masina, Jensen found plenty of room to roam. He rushed for 137 yards on 14 carries — the majority on keepers out of the shotgun. Masina added 174 yards on the ground, setting up Jensen's scores with several long gains of his own.

"He's been throwing the whole year, but we decided to run him more," Bullett said about Jensen, who still wears a cast to protect his wrist.

"He's definitely an X-factor out there, especially when teams key on Osa. He just did a fantastic job of finding the end zone."

Meanwhile, the loss spoiled a solid outing by Herriman, which matched Brighton in total yards (448). Brandon Farmer had 264 yards (187 rushing) and three touchdowns, including a 71-yard reception. Kener added 95 yards on the ground and another 132 through the air. —

Brighton 41, Herriman 36

O Drew Jensen's 2-yard run with 41 seconds left proves the difference.

• Osa Masina rushes for 174 yards in the win.

• Herriman senior Brandon Farmer finishes with 264 yards and three TDs. —

Playoffs glance

5A quarterfinals

Brighton 41, Herriman 36

Jordan 62, Pl. Grove 42

Bingham 43, Riverton 10

Lone Peak 41, Alta 22

Semifinals

Friday at Rice-Eccles Stadium

2:30 p.m. • Brighton vs. Jordan

6:30 p.m. • Bingham vs. Lone Peak

4A quarterfinals

Olympus 23, Logan 21

Timpview 49, Sky View 17

Woods Cross 21, Salem Hills 7

East 59, Corner Canyon 10

Semifinals

Thursday at Rice-Eccles Stadium

2:30 p.m. • Olympus vs. East

6:30 p.m. • Woods Cross vs. Timpview

3AA quarterfinals

• Juan Diego 42,Snow Canyon 28

Dixie 45, Cedar City 14

Desert Hills 31, Stansbury 14

Pine View 63, Hurricane 28

Semifinals

at Rice-Eccles Stadium

11 a.m. Thursday • Juan Diego vs. Pine View

11 a.m. Friday • Dixie vs. Desert Hills

3A semifinals

Judge 41, Juab 20

4 p.m. Saturday • Morgan vs. Manti

Title game

Nov. 16 at Weber State

11 a.m. • Judge vs. TBD

2A semifinals

Saturday at Southern Utah University

11 a.m. • North Summit vs. Grand County

1:30 p.m. • Beaver vs. South Summit

Title game

Nov. 16 at Weber State

4 p.m. • Semifinal winners

1A semifinals

Rich 18, Kanab 13

• Duchesne 42, Diamond Ranch 14

Title game

Nov. 16 at Weber State

1:30 p.m. • Rich vs. Duchesne