ST. GEORGE — Kolton Barber kicked a 23-yard field goal with 4:22 remaining in the game to lift Snow Canyon to a 17-14 3AA South Region win over Cedar City on Friday night.
Matt Kitchen completed 27 of 46 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Warriors (1-2, 3-4). Mason Fakahua completed 11 of 24 for 151 yards to lead Cedar (0-3, 3-4). Fakahua also had a 96 rushing yards and a 37-yard touchdown run.
The win was the Warriors’ first in region play after two six-point losses this season. Snow Canyon won just one region game in each of the last two years.
“A three-point win against Cedar, that’s a big win,” said SC coach Mike Esplin. “It wasn’t pretty, but against Cedar, that’s a big win.”
Cedar rallied late and had a game-tying field goal try with under a minute to play. The Redmen had gotten the ball to the Snow Canyon 17-yard line. But a loss of two yards on a run on second down and then a sack by Warrior Jayden Lacayo on Fakahua on third down netted a loss of eight yards, pushing the field goal try out to a 42-yard attempt.
The boot, by Cedar kicker Blake White-Schreibman, was plenty long, but sailed wide left and sparked a celebration by the Warrior faithful.
For Barber, it was his sixth field goal of the year. He was 1 for 2 in the game after a rough week against Pine View in which he had a pair of field goals blocked.
The game-winning drive for SC came after a blocked punt. The Warriors took over at the Cedar 43 and Kitchen completed all four of his pass attempts on the drive, which took SC to the Cedar 6-yard line. The three-minute drive was capped by Barber’s perfect kick, which broke the 14-14 tie.
Snow Canyon led 7-0 seven minutes into the game when Kitchen hit Zack Nowatzke on an 8-yard TD pass. Cedar tied it in the first minute of the second quarter when Fakahua scrambled for his 37-yard score.
SC regained the lead with 56 seconds left in the second quarter when Kitchen got his second TD pass, an 18-yarder to Brooks Sampson, making it 14-7.
The Redmen once again tied the game, this time Fakahua going to the air for a 17-yard strike to Derek Ball, making it 14-14 with 3:56 left in the third.
Barber missed a field goal early in the fourth quarter, but the Warrior defense got a stop and then a blocked punt to set up the eventual Barber game winner.
Snow Canyon, which got a great receiving day from Nowatzke (10 catches, 79 yards), improves to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in region. The Warriors host Dixie next Friday night.
Cedar, which drops to 3-4 and 0-3 on the year, has a home game against Hurricane next Friday.
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