By Tom Zulewski
Iron County Today
The Cedar Redmen had the end of a long losing streak to the Dixie Flyers in its sights. Reggie Graff and Westin Banuelos had other ideas.
Graff threw two touchdown passes and Banuelos added two fourth-quarter touchdown runs as the Flyers rallied from a second-half deficit and beat Cedar for the eighth straight time, 30-16, in the Region 9 opener for both teams played Sept. 7 at Walt Brooks Stadium in St. George.
Cedar (2-2, 0-1 Region 9) had taken a 16-7 lead through three quarters on the strength of touchdown runs from Drake Fakahua and Jaxon Garrett along with a Zane Montgomery field goal.
Graff struck on the first play of the fourth quarter when he found Myles Keenan for a 3-yard score that cut the lead to 16-15 after the two-point conversion. When Banuelos scored on an 11-yard run with 9 minutes, 19 seconds left, the Flyers took the lead for good.
Banuelos added an insurance touchdown for Dixie (3-1, 1-0 region) with 4:30 remaining on a 16-yard run. Graff threw his other touchdown pass to Travis Muir from 12 yards out to get the scoring started in the first quarter.
The Redmen will return home Friday to host Canyon View in a 7 p.m. kickoff.
DIXIE 30, CEDAR 16
Cedar 0 13 3 0 — 16
Dixie 7 0 0 23 — 30
D – Muir 12 pass from Graff (Stewart kick)
C – Fakahua 2 run (kick failed)
C – Garrett 59 run (Montgomery kick)
C – FG Montgomery 21
D – Keenan 3 pass from Graff (Mahi pass from Graff)
D – Banuelos 11 run (2-point conversion good)
D – Banuelos 16 run (Stewart kick)