Nephi Sewell had his usual monstrous impact when he was handed the ball by quarterback Quinn Kiser for Desert Hills in the 3AA title game against Pine View.
But when the Thunder needed a final push to come back from a 13-point deficit, Sewell's biggest impact came while taking direct snaps from the shotgun.
Facing stacked defensive boxes and too many stalled offense drives, Desert Hills coach Carl Franke said the team took a new approach to pounding the ball — turning to the wildcat formation.
"We got behind the sticks a couple of times, so I just felt like Nephi in that fourth quarter in the wildcat, spread the field out and have those guys running around is an advantage to us," Franke said. "It was a big momentum-changer, I thought."