Quick hits: Defense, rushing attack lift Cedar over Juab

File photo by Robert Hoppie, St. George News

CEDAR CITY – The Cedar Redmen proved they have one tough defenses again Friday as they went out and dominated Juab 33-6 at Redmen Stadium.

There wasn’t any scoring in the first half until Cedar took an eight-minute, 14-play and 85-yard drive for a touchdown, capped off by a 4-yard run by Mason Fakahua. The snap was botched on the extra point attempt, leaving the score at 6-0.

cedar-logoTwo of Cedar’s team captains weren’t too happy about the way the team had played by halftime though.

“We had some senior captains that stood up and said, ‘Hey, we’re better than this,'” Cedar head coach Josh Bennett said. “We came out that second half and (the team) responded to that challenge from some of our captains: Jade Bulloch and Mason Fakahua.”

The defense had only allowed 78 yards total by halftime, so it was mostly the offense that needed to do better.

Cedar scored on each of its drives in the second half until the final drive to run out the clock.

Cedar worked the clock again in the first drive of the second half by taking six minutes off the clock while scoring on another 4-yard rush by Fakahua.

Quaid Murray (55), file photo from Cedar vs. Pine View, Football, Cedar City, Utah, Oct. 9, 2015, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News
Quaid Murray (55), file photo from Cedar vs. Pine View, Football, Cedar City, Utah, Oct. 9, 2015, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

After getting the ball back, Fakahua would once again find the end zone on the ground. This touchdown came from 56-yards out.

For his fourth rushing touchdown of the night, Fakahua ran from 38 yards for the score.

Cedar’s Quaid Murray recovered a fumble on the next play from scrimmage. This time though, Fakahua would go to the air for the touchdown. Drake Lewis caught a 15-yard pass for the final Cedar touchdown.

Juab would score with 1:34 left in the game, ending Cedar’s chance at a shutout. Juab’s Joey Aagard rushed for 3 yards and the score.

Cedar, 3-1, only allowed 127 passing yards and 83 rushing yards in the game.  Juab falls to 1-3 on the year.

Fakahua finished the game with 175 rushing yards, 64 passing yards and five total touchdowns.

Next week, Desert Hill will visit Cedar to kickoff region play in a battle of the two preseason favorites. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday night.

For more on this game and the rest of the 3AA South Friday night lights, including photos, quotes, stats and insight, go to Saturday Breakdown on St. George News.

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