ST. GEORGE — With nearly 1,100 yards and 97 points, Friday’s game between Dixie and Canyon View was an offensive clinic and a defensive nightmare.
But the Flyers made enough plays on defense in the second half, allowing just 14 points after intermission, to hold on for a 55-42 victory over a much-improved Canyon View program Friday night at Walt Brooks Stadium.
“Hey, that’s a good team over there,” said Dixie head coach Andy Stokes. “We learned a lot about ourselves tonight and our players showed a lot of character.”
Quarterback Zak Harrah threw for 344 yards, most of them in the first half, and had six touchdowns without a single interception.
“I just had to get it out there to my great receivers,” Harrah said. “If I get it up there and over the defenders, my guys can go and make plays. It was a lot of fun.”
Dixie trailed 12-0 early after a long CV drive and then a Falcons pooch kickoff that was recovered at the Dixie 17-yard line.
The Flyers took a 13-12 lead, but by halftime, Canyon View had retaken the lead at 28-27. It could have been worse, but the Falcons were stopped inside the Dixie 10 when time ran out in the half.
The Flyers opened up a 55-34 lead early in the fourth quarter on two long Tre Miller TD runs. The Dixie defense also got another stop in the red zone on a nice fourth-down tackle against CV star Payton Higgins.
Dixie has won three straight after starting the year 0-1. The Flyers, who had more than 500 yards of offense against the Falcons, will open region play next Friday at home against Cedar.
Canyon View, also 3-1, got 156 rushing yards from Jackson Vasi.
For more on Friday night’s Dixie win, including highlights, photographs, quotes and insight, see the Saturday Breakdown tomorrow morning on STGNews.com.
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