By Tom Zulewski
Iron County Today
The Cedar Redmen got off to a running start in its 2018 home opener Aug. 24 against the Juab Wasps. In the end, the defense had more than enough to deliver a victory.
Senior Drake Fakahua scored rushing touchdowns on the game’s first two drives, and Cedar made it stand up comfortably on the way to a 20-7 victory over Juab to even its record on the season at 1-1. It may have been a non-region matchup, but head coach Josh Bennett said there was a lot to correct, including 14 Redmen penalties that totaled 100 yards.
“We moved the ball effectively in the first quarter, and then we stalled,” Bennett said. “We’ve got to get out of our own way. We had a good drive going in the third quarter, and a penalty pushed us back. That’s a momentum killer.”
After accepting the challenge from the coaching staff, Fakahua ran over, around and through the Juab defense, capping off the game’s opening 69-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown, then finding a big hole on the second Cedar possession and running in on a 62-yard score that made it 14-0 with four minutes left in the first quarter.
“Overall, we just need to keep working,” Fakahua said. “We got the win and we’re happy with that, but there’s still a lot of work to do.”
Try as the visiting Wasps (1-1) might, they were turned away at every opportunity by the Cedar defense, especially in the third quarter. In those possessions, Juab turned the ball over on downs twice and fumbled once, all deep in Redmen territory.
Cedar delivered the clinching touchdown with 1 minute, 43 seconds left as quarterback Jaxon Garrett threw a 19-yard pass to Tayvien Brown. After a roughing-the-passer penalty on the Redmen preserved the drive, Juab was able to break the shutout with less than 30 seconds left on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Easton Wright to Cade Bowring.
Cedar will play its final non-region game at home Friday against North Sanpete, with kickoff set for 7 p.m.
Elsewhere in games involving Iron County schools:
-Parowan got three touchdowns from senior quarterback Porter Wood – two rushing, one passing – but couldn’t overcome a 20-point second quarter as visiting Millard came away with a 34-24 win at Alma Richards Stadium on Aug. 24.
The Eagles took a 20-6 lead at the half and held on for the victory. The Rams will be idle this week and play next at Monument Valley on Sept. 7.
-Colton Shumway threw two touchdown passes and Brady Lowry added another as Canyon View broke an 11-game overall losing streak with a 35-6 rout over Kingman Academy on Aug. 25. The matchup played in Flagstaff, Ariz., was called late in the third quarter due to lightning.
Despite giving up the game’s first score to the host Tigers, the Falcons had all the offense the rest of the way, building a 27-6 halftime lead.
Brayden Cavalieri caught a 60-yard touchdown from Shumway in the first quarter. Shumway finished with 168 passing yards in the win.
CV will finish its non-region schedule on the road this Friday when they travel to Timpanogos in Orem for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
CEDAR 20, JUAB 7
Juab 0 0 0 7 — 7
Cedar 14 0 0 6 — 20
C – Fakahua 1 run (Montgomery kick)
C – Fakahua 62 run (Montgomery kick)
C – Brown 19 pass from Garrett (kick failed)
J – Bowring 5 pass from Wright (Jones kick)
CANYON VIEW 35, KINGMAN ACADEMY 6
Canyon View 14 13 8 0 — 35
Kingman Acad. 6 0 0 0 — 6
Scoring plays not available.
MILLARD 34, PAROWAN 24
Millard 0 20 7 7 — 34
Parowan 0 6 6 12 — 24
Scoring plays not available.