BY SHAIN GILLET
Clipper Sports Editor
BOUNTIFUL – The Woods Cross High School football team beat the Bountiful Braves Friday night 22-14 behind a complete team effort by every player who stepped on the field that night.
That’s just the way Justin Spencer, Woods Cross’ coach, planned it.
“We played really awesome on defense,” Spencer said following his second straight win over Bountiful since taking over as Wildcats’ coach. “They’re the heart and soul of our team. We battled and our coaches put together a great plan.”
Both of Woods Cross’ first quarter possessions ended in touchdowns, giving the Wildcats a 15-0 lead after the first quarter. The Wildcats’ opening drive lasted just one play when Clay Kidman found Xequille Harry for an 80-yard catch and run touchdown for a 7-0 lead.
After holding the Braves to a three-and-out, Woods Cross went on a nine-play, 53-yard drive that ended after Luke Jowers found the end zone from two yards away.
Woods Cross decided to go for a two-point conversion after a Braves penalty on the extra point attempt. On the play, Kidman threw to Sean Gallagher for the conversion and a 15-0 lead.
Bountiful cut into the Woods Cross lead late in the first half after Houston Heimuli scored a seven-yard touchdown with 1:49 remaining in the half. The point after attempt missed, making the score 15-6.
Woods Cross responded to the late touchdown by scoring a touchdown of its own. On the ensuing kickoff, Brandon Kinsey caught the ball at the six yard line and scampered 94 yards for a touchdown.
The score proved to make the biggest difference in the game, said Spencer.
“It’s huge, it was huge,” he said. “He probably does that five or six times a week in (junior varsity). It couldn’t have come at a more important time because that was the difference in the ball game.”
The Braves’ final touchdown of the night came with under one minute remaining in the third quarter after Heimuli powered the ball to the end zone from five yards away. On the two-point try, Trevor Lloyd scored on a two yard run, cutting the deficit to eight points.
Bountiful’s final attempt to tie the game fell short when Lloyd was sacked on fourth down.
“We heard a comment that this team wasn’t as good as our team last year,” said Spencer. “Our team last year had some phenomenal football players, and it was a great team. This year, we have 60 kids with character, and 60 kids that work together.”
The win moves the Wildcats one game behind Region 6 leading East, and have won five of its six games this season overall.
Woods Cross will battle Highland at Highland High School Friday night at 7 p.m.