Redmen beat Falcons with fourth-quarter rally

By Tom Zulewski

Iron County Today

CEDAR CITY–For 43 of the game’s 48 minutes, the Canyon View Falcons were in control against Cedar in search of its first shutout in 20 years of the cross-town rivalry.

In one fell swoop, Luke Maggio and Trenton Maurer help the Redmen pull off another fourth-quarter comeback and get Region 9 play off on the right foot.

Maggio caught a 65-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jaxon Garrett, and Maurer delivered the winning score on a 3-yard run with 1 minute, 57 seconds remaining as Cedar put together a rally over the final five minutes to come away with a 19-10 victory before a packed house at the Canyon View football field.

For the second week in a row, the Redmen (1-0, 2-2 overall) found just enough offense in the final quarter. Head coach Josh Bennett said Maggio was the catalyst at the most important times.

“He’s one of the staples on our team, a great leader,” Bennett said. “If we need a big play, that’s who we go to. We said ‘let’s try to get him on a curl-and-go on the outside,’ and he stepped up. Jaxon made a great throw, and that’s the spark we needed.”

It was the first of two sparks Maggio provided. With 5:07 left, the Canyon View lead was down to 10-6 after Zane Montgomery missed the extra point.

After CV went three-and-out on its next series, Maggio came through again when he took an R.J. Batt punt and returned it 40 yards to the Falcon 15-yard line with 3:24 showing on the clock.

Less than 90 seconds later, the Cedar comeback was complete.

“I know we can push through anything,” Maggio said. “All week long in practice, we said ‘next play,’ next play.’ Don’t let our highs get too high and don’t let our lows get too low. There’s a different feel here when you’re in a region game. It’s huge.”

Canyon View had to start on its final possession from its own 12 after a personal foul was called on the kickoff return. When a fourth-down pass from quarterback Colten Shumway fell incomplete with 55 seconds showing on the clock, the celebration began for the Redmen as the Axe trophy returned to campus for the second year in a row.

Drake Fakahua finished the scoring on the game’s final play with a 9-yard touchdown run.

Canyon View got its first touchdown in similar fashion to last week’s game against Timpanogos when Shumway – on his first pass attempt of the night – found Tyler Nelson on third down for a 15-yard touchdown early in the second quarter for a 7-0 lead. Later in the period, Cedar had a touchdown called back on a holding penalty and the Falcon defense blocked a 42-yard field goal attempt by Montgomery.

In the second half, the Falcons would get a good punt return from Brayden Cavalieri and had the ball at the Cedar 24 after a personal foul. The drive would stall and Tyson Davis hit a 35-yard field goal – the team’s first since 2014 – to extend the lead to 10-0 with 3:10 left in the period.

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