The Alta Hawks rebounded from last week’s loss at East and dominated the Farmington Phoenix in Friday night’s home opener. The Hawks started the game down a few key players. Starting QB Indy Hanson was out with an ankle injury, running back and linebacker Gooch Malieitulua had an injured knee and strong safety Misi Tuitahi was also out with an injury. All three injuries were from last week’s game against East.
The Hawks opened up the scoring 3 minutes into the game with a strike from Cinco Lucero to Daniel Thomason. Lucero continued the scoring with a QB keeper with 4:30 left in the first to make the score Alta 14 Farmington 0.
In the second quarter the Alta defense made a statement with an interception by Eric Folau as Farmington was driving deep into Alta territory. The offense continued the scoring in the second quarter with Lucero completing 2 touchdown passes to Samson Peaua. One with 7:13 left in the second (extra point was no good) and the second with 40 seconds left in the 1st half. The 1st half ended with Alta up 27-0.
Peaua continued the scoring for Alta in the 3rd quarter when he caught a long pass from Lucero with 7:49 left in the 3rd quarter. Alta then made a 2 point conversion making the score 35-7 for the Hawks. Alta scored again with 2:24 left in the 3rd with a short run by Dallin Pan. The 3rd quarter ended with Alta ahead 42-7.
The 4th quarter had 1 score by the Hawks. Dallin Pan took another handoff in with 7:15 left in the game making the score 49-7.
Several underclassmen were able to get quality playing time in the 4th quarter, including freshman QB Seth Roberts. Junior running back Ray Tuitahi also came in and made some impressive runs.
The Hawks will face the defending Region 1 (6A) champion Weber Warriors next week in the second of four-straight home games.