Falcons football on edge of breakthrough

In the 20-year history of the Cedar-Canyon View football rivalry, there had been only one football game to finish in a shutout. On Oct. 1, 2004, the Redmen posted a 48-0 rout over the Falcons.

CV came within five minutes of evening the score 13 years later on its home field. By the time those five minutes were up, the roof caved in and Cedar turned a 10-0 deficit into a 19-10 victory, its second fourth-quarter comeback in as many weeks.

The Falcons were doing all the little things well enough to earn its second win in three years in the rivalry. They stopped one Redmen drive with an end-zone interception and turned away another with a fumble recovery in the red zone

For the first time since 2014, the Falcon special teams even came through with a field goal, a 35-yarder from Tyson Davis in the third quarter.

But the same issue that bugged CV in its overtime loss to Timpanogos the week before reared its ugly head once again. The Falcon secondary was torched by a big pass play.

Once Luke Maggio’s 65-yard touchdown catch from Jaxon Garrett got them on the board, Cedar’s defense got the three-and-out it needed to have and turned it into the game-winning touchdown with under two minutes to play.

Maggio figured in the winning drive as well, coming up with a 40-yard punt return that put the Redmen in business at the CV 15.

It would have taken a serious dose of outrageously good fortune for the Falcons to deny the Redmen that close to its goal line. And big plays are a big part of why they’re still searching for their first win under new head coach Skyler Miller.

If there was a description that makes sense for the state of Canyon View football right now, they’re taking baby steps, even running a bit before falling down again.

Once the Falcons can get firm footing in Miller’s system on both sides of the ball, the confidence will only grow from here – especially when Cedar is on the other side of the line of scrimmage.

-That’s more like it: Southern Utah football got back on the winning track last week with an impressive 51-14 road rout over Stephen F. Austin. They may have given up 703 yards in the season-opening loss at Oregon, but the T-Birds turned it all around and produced 633 yards against the Lumberjacks, including 414 passing yards from quarterback Patrick Tyler to go with four touchdowns.

But next up, Northern Iowa comes calling to Eccles Coliseum for the home opener. Like SUU, the Panthers rebounded from a season-opening loss with a 45-38 overtime win at home over Cal Poly. UNI had to overcome two scores in the final two minutes of regulation by the Mustangs, but held on for the victory.

-Killebrew seals win: Miles Killebrew had his moment in the spotlight Sunday afternoon, coming up with his first career interception return for a touchdown that sealed the Detroit Lions’ 35-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals at Ford Field.

The play capped a 26-point second-half rally and was the former T-Bird’s second career interception. His first came last season in a road win at New Orleans.

-Explain this: On Aug. 25, the Los Angeles Dodgers were sitting pretty with a 91-36 overall record, by far the best in Major League Baseball. They had a 21-game lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League West.

But oh, what a difference two weeks makes.

Through Sunday, the Dodgers have lost 10 in a row, 15 of their last 16, and 12 full games off its lead over the Diamondbacks in just 16 days. They have a nine-game lead with 19 still to play.

While the Dodgers’ control of the division is still reasonably secure, there’s another team with an even better chance to overtake them for the best record in the National League, which carries home-field advantage potentially through the World Series.

The Washington Nationals, who clinched the NL East title Sunday, sit only four games behind L.A. and will face the Dodgers at home for a three-game series that starts Friday.

There have been many memorable collapses in the stretch drive in baseball history. If the Dodgers can’t hang on at the very least to the NL West crown, they may stand alone as the worst one of them all.

Follow Tom Zulewski on Twitter @TommyZee81 or email tominator19@yahoo.com.



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