SALINA – North Sevier High Schools’ football team hosted and lost, 54-6, a bout against the second ranked Beavers in Salina Friday night.
The Beavers’ first offensive series consisted of four ground plays and one through the air to gain 37 yards, when the ball was fumbled and recovered by Hunter Higgs for the Wolves on the Beaver’s 30-yard line.
The Wolves offense began with a pass from Taylor Crane to Colt Ekker, which picked up seven yards. The next play was a pitch from Crane to Gabe Wilcox for a gain of six yards and a first down. The Wolves then went to the air with a 35-plus-yard pass attempt to Burke Mickelsen, which garnered a pass interference call against Beaver and moved the Wolves 15 yards closer to the end zone.
The Wolves went to the air again on their next play, and Crane connected a pass with Higgs for a 47-yard touchdown. The snap for the PAT attempt was bobbled and the Wolves took a 6-0 lead at the eight-minute mark of the first quarter.
Thereupon Beaver took control of the remaining 44 minutes and amassed 54 points, while thwarting the Wolves from scoring again. A 13-yard pass from McCoy Smith to Kaleb Barney and a PAT by Dylan Bartlett put the Beavers up by one point, 7-6, with 1:52 left in the first stanza.
The Beavers scored three times in the second quarter. The first was a four-yard pass from Smith to Nathan Brown. Bartlett’s PAT was good, which put the Beavers up 14-6. Turner Williams ran 13 yards and into the pay dirt for six more points, after which Ryker Albrecht hit Cobe Carter with a 23-yard pass for another TD. Bartlett nailed the PAT and the teams split for the halftime break with Beaver leading 27-6.
Beaver added 20 points to their lead during the third stanza with a 19-yard pass from Albrecht to Statler Wright, an interception and 11-yard run by Crayton Hollingshead and a one-yard run into the end zone by Albrecht. Bartlett made two of three PATs for a 47-6 Beaver advantage at the close of the third quarter.
Over the course of 10 plays, the Wolves’ offense moved the ball 26 yards and then turned the ball over when the Beavers held the Wolves on a fourth-and-10 at their 35-yard line. Beaver stuck to the turf, rushed 65 yards and across the goal line via a five-yard run by Jayton Jessup. Bartlett hit the PAT to increase the Beavers’ tally to 54 with 2:09 left in the game.
The Wolves’ next two matchups will be on the road. The first will be a battle of the Wolves in Enterprise Friday, Sept. 13. The Wolves will then travel to Kanab for a bout against the fifth ranked Cowboys Friday, Sept. 20. The Wolves will host the third ranked Eagles of Millard for their homecoming game Friday, Sept. 27. All games will kickoff at 7 p.m.