BY SHAIN GILLET
Clipper Sports Editor
WOODS CROSS – The Woods Cross Wildcats football team may have fallen behind early, but the entire team picked itself up from that point on Friday night against the Kearns Cougars.
The resulting pick-me-up saw Tomasi Giles and Braxton Gunther score three touchdowns each, and the Wildcats pummeled Kearns 47-14.
“Our guys are picking up steam, and our offense is clicking,” said Wildcats coach Justin Spencer. “We were able to run the ball tonight, and that was huge for us because they took away a lot of the things that we had success with last week.”
Woods Cross responded quickly after Kearns scored the initial touchdown in the game, going on a six-play, 75-yard drive that ended after Gunther scampered for an 18-yard touchdown to tie the game.
After forcing a three-and-out, Woods Cross took the lead when Giles found the end zone from four yards away.
“He’s been playing mostly defense, but we’ve been trying to get him into the offense and running the ball,” said Spencer. “Tonight, we got him the ball and we saw what he’s capable of.”
Giles scored his second touchdown of the game on Woods Cross’ next drive, which started after the special teams was able to recover a fumble. Giles’ one-yard touchdown run capped off a seven-play, 46-yard drive, and gave the Wildcats a 21-7 lead.
Giles completed his trio of touchdowns in the third quarter as he powered his way into the end zone from a yard away.
Special teams helped the Wildcats get their next touchdown. After a punt, the ball grazed off a Kearns player and was recovered by Woods Cross at the four yard line.
Gunther scored on a four-yard touchdown run on the ensuing play, giving the Wildcats a 35-14 lead.
Xequille Harry capped off the Wildcats’ scoring with an interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
“Our defense is what we thrive with; it’s our foundation,” said Spencer. “Give credit to Kearns. We had a really good game plan and they came out and really did a good job moving the ball.”
Woods Cross improves to 7-1 overall this season, and have won four straight games. In each of the last four games, the defense has allowed 14 or fewer points, which Spencer says is a credit to the players and the coaches.
“These kids listen, and they listen to their coaches, and we really do focus on ‘one at a time,’” he said. “That’s what I love about them. They don’t get too high or too low; they’re just a steady group and I’m proud of them.”
The Wildcats will face Corner Canyon Wednesday at Corner Canyon High School. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.