Region 9 football: Late Juab pick-6 seals second loss for Cedar

NEPHI – The Cedar Redmen dropped to 0-2 Friday night with a defensive contest on the road against Juab, 14-3.

So far, it’s been a good news/bad news type of year for the Redmen. The good news: Cedar has only allowed three offensive touchdowns to opponents in two football games in 2017. That’s impressive defense, producing results like no other team in Region 9.

But the bad news is this: The Redmen have played two full games, 48 minutes each, and have just one touchdown and one field goal to show for their efforts.

On Friday in central Utah, the Redmen scored first on a 46-yard field goal by kicker Zane Montgomery in the second quarter. The score stayed that way going into halftime.

But the go-ahead score by the Wasps occurred in the third quarter on a 13-yard run by Joey Aagard.

The defensive war continued deep into the ball game. The Redmen were driving late in the fourth quarter. With 2:01 on the clock, and down by just a 7-3 count, Cedar embarked on what it hoped would be a game-winning drive.

Instead, with under a minute remaining, Juab’s Kolbe Ballow intercepted a CHS pass attempt and ran it back 38 yards for the pick-six. The turnover turned into the game-clinching points for the Wasps, who improved to 1-1 on the young season. Juab lost by seven to Delta in Week 1.

The Redmen will stay on the road and travel to Mount Pleasant to take on North Sanpete next week. The Hawks are also 0-2 with their loss to Union on Friday night, 27-21. North Sanpete opened the 2017 campaign with a blowout loss at home at the hands of Tooele.

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