Prep football: Late-game mistakes cost Tigers in Thursday loss to Skyline

File photo from Hurricane at Cedar, Cedar City, Utah, Sept. 19, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

HOLLADAY, Utah — Hurricane ‘s defense played brilliantly against a big Skyline team, but a couple of costly miscues — one on special teams and one on offense — ultimately sank the Tigers boat in a 17-3 loss against the Eagles Thursday night.

hurricane-smHurricane scored the only points of the first half on a field goal by Jaden Stone with 8:32 to go before intermission. The 21-yarder came at the end of a classic Hurricane drive in which the Tigers ran off 17 plays and consumed 7:08 of clock time. Jake Carr was the workhorse on the drive, carrying seven times for 33 yards and catching a 9-yard pass.

But on third-and-goal from the 4, Josh Parker’s pass fell incomplete and Hurricane settled for its second field goal attempt of the night. This one was true and the Tigers led 3-0, an advantage that would stand up until a 50-yard field goal by Skyline’s Joe Madsen in the last minute of the third quarter.

With the score tied and the defenses ruling the night, it seemed a critical mistake would swing things and it certainly did.

Nick McDaniel
Nick McDaniel

On fourth down from its own 35, Hurricane went back to punt. The punter mishandled the snap and a rushed lefty kick went straight in the air, actually netting minus-10 yards on the play.

The Eagles took advantage of the short field, marching the 25 yards in six plays. with quarterback George Weeks rifling a slant pass to favorite target Riley Sharp, who wrestled his way nine yards into the end zone. The TD and extra point with 10:03 left in the game made it 10-3.

After an exchange of possessions, Hurricane made its second big mistake of the night. Parker tried to hit a receiver on a deep slant, but Sharp read the play and stepped in front of the pass. Fourteen yards later he was in the end zone for the game-clinching pick-six.

Parker did pass for 131 yards, 77 of those going on connections with Lucas Stout. The Tigers played most of the game without Nick McDaniel. The speedy playmaker was held out for precautionary measures after hyper-extending his knee late in the first quarter.

Seth Kaelin had 130 rushing yards for Skyline, while Sharp caught seven passes for 75 yards and scored both TDs.

The Tigers return home for a battle with Union next Friday night at 7 p.m.

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