Canyon View’s offense has been impressive to say the least over the first six weeks of the season, but something just wasn’t right on Friday against Juab.
Fighting through an ankle injury suffered last week against Richfield, quarterback Michael Musto played well enough to give Canyon View an early lead against the Wasps.
But as the game wore on, the leader of 3A’s highest scoring offense was less and less effective against Juab’s surprisingly quick defense, and Canyon View suffered a 36-26 home loss.
“Juab’s one of the best competitors in our region. We knew it would be a tough game coming in,” said Canyon View receiver Xavier Stoker who caught three touchdowns from Musto in the loss. “We just missed our assignments a few times and it cost us big.”
Even with solid performances from running backs Payton Higgins and Jackson Vasi, not having Musto fully healthy allowed Juab’s defense to stymie the Falcons’ offense the way no other team has done this year.
“It’s huge,” head coach Robby Robinson said. “He can’t run and when you take away that part of our option it makes a big difference.”
Musto’s injury was not obvious early in the game as Canyon View took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.
The defense had stopped Juab on its first two drives and Musto dutifully moved his team downfield on each ensuing possession, throwing two touchdown passes to Stoker.
“We started off really good and everything was clicking,” Stoker said. “But (Juab) made some big plays that shifted the momentum.”
Trailing by two scores the Wasps got their first big play with less than a minute to go in the opening quarter when Payton Bowring took a pass from quarterback Ryker Osborne and ran 64 yards to the Canyon View 12.
Diego Carmona ran it in on the next play and Juab completed a three-play drive in just 30 seconds’ time.
With the offense finally rolling, the Wasps started finding weaknesses in the Falcons’ line, often around the edges, and pulled off a series of quick scoring drives.
Their next possession covered 40 yards in four plays and ended with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Osborne to Nolan Nielsen to knot the score at 14-14.
After Canyon View’s second turnover on downs Juab used a little razzle dazzle and scored on a 73-yard bomb to Alex White on the first play of the possession.
Higgins ran one in with 3:20 left in the half to cut Juab’s lead to 21-20, but the Wasps matched it with one second left on the clock and took a 29-20 lead into the break.
In all Juab scored 23 points in the second quarter, while the Falcons managed just six while turning it over three times.
Shawn Nielsen added a score with a 62-yard run on the Wasps’ first possession of the second half to push the score to 36-20 and Stoker caught his third touchdown with 10:10 left in regulation to bring the final count to 36-26.
HURRICANE 35, CEDAR 19
Hurricane Tigers pushed themselves into a three-way tie for first place with Desert Hills and Dixie after beating Cedar at home Friday night.
Angel Bulloch scored three touchdowns and rushed for 113 yards in Hurricane’s win.