GRANTSVILLE — Desert Hills was firing on all cylinders Friday night as the Thunder cruised to a 50-0 win over the Grantsville Cowboys.
Missing from the Desert Hills lineup all season have been two key players, Nephi Sewell, the Region 9 preseason co-player of the year and Ryan Hoppie, an honorable mention preseason selection at defensive back.
On the Thunder’s first play from scrimmage, Quinn Kiser found Nephi Sewell across the middle for a 51-yard touchdown. Ryan Hoppie led the defense with 10 total tackles, seven of them solo, and an interception.
The Thunder outgained Grantsville 610-145 yards. Kiser completed 7 of 12 passes for 237 yards. Logan Hokanson caught two passes for 77 yards. Brock Parry had 102 yards on the ground on only seven carries.
Both sides of the ball were dominated up front by the Thunder lineman. The Thunder offense averaged over 14 yards per play. Each player that traveled got to play.
DH held a 43-0 halftime advantage. Thunder head coach Carl Franke pulled the starters midway through the third quarter.
In the past three games, Desert Hills has allowed just seven points and has two shutouts. Week 1 opponent Jordan, which scored 28 on the Thunder in mid-August, scored 91 points in regulation time against Taylorsville Friday night.
The Thunder, 3-1, are at Cedar next Friday night to open the region season for the two teams. The two teams were picked to finish first and second in the preseason coaches and media poll, with Sewell and CHS’s Mason Fakahua garnering preseason co-MVP honors. The game is at 7 p.m. at Redmen Stadium.
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