Quick hits: Dixie Flyers only undefeated team left in region after 20-3 win at D-Hills

Dixie celebrates its victory over Desert Hills, Desert Hills vs. Dixie, Football, St. George, Utah, Sept. 25, 2015, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — One thing was apparent in the first half of the Dixie-Desert Hills battle. They were fighting for first place.

dixie-smdhthunderIt was the Flyers who emerged from the battle as owners of first after a 20-3 win at Thunder Stadium Friday night.

Both defenses stepped up and played smash-mouth football. Preseason region Player of the Year Tre Miller was continually met in the backfield on his carries by the likes of Zak Fuchs, Ryan Hoppie and Justice Alo. Miller had eight yards on 10 carries in the first half.

Zac Harrah (1) makes a deep throw for Dixie, Desert Hills vs. Dixie, Football, St. George, Utah, Sept. 25, 2015, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News
Zac Harrah (1) makes a deep throw for Dixie, Desert Hills vs. Dixie, Football, St. George, Utah, Sept. 25, 2015, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

The Thunder could not take advantage however and actually lost the yardage battle in the first half 139-123. Quarterback Nick Warmsley got 61 of those yards on the ground and 45 through the air. But the only points either team could muster were field goals from their kickers. Both kickers scored on their second attempts after failing earlier in the half on their first attempts.

In the second half two key plays put the game out of reach for the Flyers. On Desert Hills’ first possession, they went three-and-out. Punting from the Thunder 27-yard line, the ball went almost straight up into the air. It landed 15 yards down field but took a Dixie bounce, netting the Thunder only 13 yards on the punt.

Dixie took over in Thunder territory at the 40. Nine plays later, Dixie quarterback Zac Harrah found wide receiver Bret Barben on a 7-yard out route in the end zone for the first touchdown of the game, making it 10-3.

On Desert Hills’ second possession of the half, Warmsley was intercepted by Flyer defensive back Payton Wilgar at the 35-yard line. Wilgar returned it to the Desert Hills 6-yard line. But the Thunder D stood tough and held Dixie to its second field goal of the game. It was 13-3 with just under four minutes remaining in the third.

Desert Hills quarterback Nick Warmsley (5) is tackled by Dixie's Malachi Fakahua (37), Desert Hills vs. Dixie, Football, St. George, Utah, Sept. 25, 2015, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News
Desert Hills quarterback Nick Warmsley (5) is tackled by Dixie’s Malachi Fakahua (37), Desert Hills vs. Dixie, Football, St. George, Utah, Sept. 25, 2015, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

The backbreaker came on Dixie’s next possession. Pinned deep in their own territory by a 56-yard Thunder punt, the Flyers would start at their own 13-yard line. Four plays later Harrah dropped back to pass. He was flushed from the pocket and ran to his left. He found wide receiver Hobbs Nyberg 10 yards downfield. Nyberg caught the pass, shed one would-be tackler and then raced down the Dixie sideline for an 81-yard touchdown.

Neither team would threaten again and the score remained 20-3 giving Dixie a 2-0 start in region play.

The Flyers, 5-1 overall, host Snow Canyon next Thursday. Desert Hills, now 2-3 overall and 1-1 in region, visit Pine View Friday night.

Make sure to check out Saturday Breakdown tomorrow on St. George News, with highlights, more photos, quotes and insight from Friday night’s games.

Stats: Dixie 20, Desert Hills 3

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8 Comments

  • Mean Momma September 26, 2015 at 6:42 am

    Tre Miller only got 8 yards in the first half? Do you think the O-line could have helped him out a little?

    • BlacknBlue September 26, 2015 at 9:00 am

      The O-line is a huge problem, they are really bad at picking up blitzes and allowed both Harrah and Miller to get hit in the backfield all night. Disappointing to see a great RB like Miller get tackled for a 3 yard loss every time he gets the ball because his boys up front refuse to do their job.

      • Mean Momma September 26, 2015 at 3:14 pm

        Amen!

      • Bubbasheepherder September 27, 2015 at 9:24 pm

        You must be Miller’s dad. Why don’t you go coach then? I am sure you are willing to commit to working all of those hours, while ignoring your other kids, for no financial compensation. The film watching, meetings, and time on the field should be easy for you. I am sure you know some kind of O-line strategy that will change them. Maybe Miller is the problem.

      • pAyaso1 September 29, 2015 at 6:41 pm

        To the PROBLEMS,
        It is people like you that cause cancers in teams of all kinds. Interested only in your own glory and willing to throw blame at anyone to get yours. For the sake of Dixie I hope your friend Tre is not so selfish. What an embarrassment to parents everywhere! I would pay good money to see you block D-Hills defensive front haha I am laughing just thinking about it!

    • sky2k1 September 29, 2015 at 11:20 am

      They didn’t start out great last year either, but they got better as the season went on. I haven’t been able to watch any of the games this season, but I’m sure they will pick it up like they did last year. They can’t be too awful if Dixie is 2-0 in region, and one of those wins being against desert hills.

  • Dexter September 26, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Whiners

  • htown September 29, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    To the Dad?

    BubbaSheepHerder may have hit a nerve.

    I thought the O-line did a great job, they protected the QB well. The running back is no Nate Cater, Adam Timo (Hine) or Bridger Cowdin. He has good straight ahead speed but does not have as much side to side moves as the other all-staters. The middle was clogged up on his regular dive plays. Then it looked like Dixie tried to run him outside on sweeps and little dump passes, but the D-Hills backers had too much speed that he wasn’t able to turn the corner. I hear he was minus 3 yards on 18 carries for the entire game. He has to own some of that. Those other backs faced eight in the box their whole careers.

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