SANTA CLARA – Coming into the the 2011 football season, the Snow Canyon Warriors had high hopes last night. Returning are their starting Quarterback and three running backs that played varsity last season, along with a defense that was returning three starters, including what many teams are calling the best linebacker duo in the region, Curtis Bulloch and Trevor Nelson. But Olympus had other plans.
Olympus quarterback Scott Porter went 17-33 for 278 yards and four touchdowns in a 27-7 victory over the Snow Canyon Warriors. The Titan defense caused five turnovers, including an interception by Nate Sorensen, who also had a touchdown catch.
“Porter is an outstanding quarterback and he picked us apart. We missed our spots a few times on defense and they beat us with the long pass,” said Warriors coach Jay Graft. “Even though we only had six penalties, they were very costly. It seemed every big play we had in the second half was called back.”
Graft said he “expected a little of that because they were so young,” but he was pleased with how physical the boys played.
A few bright spots for the Warriors were their running backs, Taylor Johanson (8 carries, 63 yards), Brandon McFarland (14 carries, 55 yards), and the defensive line who only gave up 24 yards rushing.
Brayden Linde was rushed for most of the game, going 12-26 for 139 yards. Linde was taken out of the game with 8:33 remaining after being blindsided though he walked off under his own power. He told the coaches after the game he did not remember that play. The Snow Canyon staff is calling him questionable for next week.
Cooper Robinson had a few great returns, giving the warrior offense great field position and two catches for 42 yards, including the Warriors only touchdown – a 30-yard pass from Linde on the first drive of the third quarter.
The Warriors take the field again Friday in Las Vegas against Las Vegas High School.
MVP: Cooper Robinson
Copyright St. George News 2011