It started out pretty for the Wasps.
In its third Region 8 contest of the season, Wasatch, as it had done in every game so far this season, put up the first score on a precision drive, taking a 7-0 lead.
Then, as the pink and purple skies over the stadium turned to darkness, things got pretty for the home team as the Golden Eagles answered with a touchdown and extra point to tie it up 7-7.
After that, however, any resemblance of a beautiful offensive performance — from either team — went by the wayside.
“It wasn’t the prettiest of wins,” said Wasatch head coach Steve Coburn. “It was the kind of dogfight that we’re accustomed to playing against a good team like Maple Mountain. Traditionally we have really good games with them. As it went on, we knew we were going to have to win this one on guts and determination.”
Wasatch took the opening kickoff and found pay dirt in less than two minutes on a Brock Cloward 35-yard TD pass to receiver Brydger Purdy. Matthias Dunn made the extra point, and the Wasps were up early.
The Golden Eagles had a first drive plan of their own and marched up the field, mostly on the legs of running back Jesse Harness, who dodged a flat-footed Wasp defense and darted 22 yards for a touchdown. Hayden Nielsen hit the extra point and the game was tied with over half of the first quarter remaining.
That would be the only time either offense would find the end zone — especially uncharacteristic of Wasatch, which had been averaging over 31 points per game in 2018.
Wasatch appeared to be on its regular offensive pace on its second drive, but a third-down pass attempt fell incomplete from the Golden Eagles’ 7-yard line, forcing a field goal attempt. That 25-yard offering was good by Dunn, and the visitors were up 10-7 with 3:16 left in the quarter. To read more please click on the Deseret News link.