Quick hits: Desert Hills romps past Foothill on Warmsley’s big night

The Thunder defense clamps down on a Foothill ball carrier, Desert Hills vs. Foothill Nev., Football, St. George, Utah, Aug. 28, 2015, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Senior quarterback Nick Warmsley ran for three touchdowns and passed for four more as the Desert Hills Thunder cruised to an easy 50-6 win over the Foothill Falcons from Henderson, Nev., Friday night at Thunder Stadium.

dhthunder189_FoothillDesert Hills scored three breakaway touchdowns in the game’s first nine minutes to run out to a big lead early. Overall, the Thunder had 513 yards and averaged nine yards per play.

“We executed a bit better early on,” DH coach Carl Franke said. “I thought we had really good quarterback play and we limited the turnovers tonight.”

Zak Fuchs (32), Desert Hills vs. Foothill Nev., Football, St. George, Utah, Aug. 28, 2015, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News
Zak Fuchs (32), Desert Hills vs. Foothill Nev., Football, St. George, Utah, Aug. 28, 2015, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

Big plays were the order of things in that impressive first quarter. Warmsley opened the scoring with a 43-yard option read run for a TD right up the middle of the field. He then found speedster Garrick Sharp for a 65-yard TD pass on a straight fly route. Moments later the senior signal-caller hit Zak Fuchs for a 73-yard catch and run and it was 21-0 less than nine minutes into the game.

By halftime it was 31-0 as Christian Cottle hit a 23-yard field goal and Warmsley hooked up with Fuchs again, this time from 19-yards away.

Foothill briefly showed some life with a TD in the third quarter, cutting it to 31-6 on a 44-yard TD run by Justice Jackson. But D-Hills answered right back with a four-play, 80-yard drive to make it 37-6. Warmsley ran it in from 8-yards out for the TD two plays after hitting Logan Hokanson on a 53-yard pass play.

Nick Warmly (5) makes a pass for the Thunder, Desert Hills vs. Foothill Nev., Football, St. George, Utah, Aug. 28, 2015, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News
Nick Warmly (5) makes a pass for the Thunder, Desert Hills vs. Foothill Nev., Football, St. George, Utah, Aug. 28, 2015, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

“It’s just confidence for me,” Warmsley said. “You have to have confidence out there. Plus my line is awesome.”

The Thunder, 1-1, play at Roy next Friday. The Royals lost to Jordan by a touchdown Friday night.

For a full report on this game, including highlights and photographs, see our St. George News Breakdown story Saturday morning.

Stats: DH 50, Foothill 6

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