Jamie Bawden takes the ball to the hoop in Manti’s opening game of the 2016-2017 season. Bawden led the Lady Templars with 11 points. - Bob Bahlmann / Messenger photo

Jamie Bawden takes the ball to the hoop in Manti’s opening game of the 2016-2017 season. Bawden led the Lady Templars with 11 points. – Bob Bahlmann / Messenger photo

Lady Templars drop season opener to 4A Uintah, 48-28

 

Bob Bahlmann

Staff writer

12-1-2016

 

MANTI—Despite a 20 point loss to Uintah on Tuesday, Nov. 22, the Manti girls basketball coach, Roger Watson, was pleased with his player’s efforts.

“They never quit,” Watson said following the 48-28 loss. “They never gave up.”

The team is quite inexperienced, having lost six key players to graduation last year.

“We have to find our own identity,” Watson said before the game. “You’re going to see a lot of new faces in a lot of new positions.”

With starting point guard Avalin Cook sidelined due to an ankle injury she suffered in the final game of the soccer season, the Lady Templars had almost no varsity experience at that spot for the Uintah game. That inexperience was evident as they turned the ball over 30 times in the game.

On the flip side, the team played good defense to force the Utes to give up the ball 26 times.

There were some first-game jitters as the Templars shot an ice-cold eight percent from the field in the first half to trail 12-1 after the first quarter, and 30-10 at the half.

The second half was a different story as the girls came out with more defensive intensity and more confidence on offense. Manti matched the Utes point-for-point in the second half, but couldn’t close the gap against the solid 4A team. The Templars shot a respectable 40 percent in the second half.

Every player on the Manti bench got into the game as the team gained some valuable floor time in a real game.

“Auri (Squire) exceeded her total points from last year,” Watson said. “I expect Jamie (Bawden) and Kjerstin (Birch) will exceed theirs next week.”

Bawden led the team with 11 points, all in the second half. Auri Squire had seven, three from behind the arc. Birch had five, Amie Squire had three and Leah Howe had two.

Birch, Howe and Amie Squire made their presence known in the paint as they helped the Templars out rebound Uintah 28-23.

This week the Templars hosted Maeser Prep on Tuesday (score unavailable) and will host American Leadership today before traveling to North Sanpete tomorrow.

Daymon Murray, shown here against Scottsdale, had 241 yards rushing, nearly half the total yardage gained by the Badgers, in Snow’s 42-14 win over Phoenix. - Bob Bahlmann / Messenger photo

Daymon Murray, shown here against Scottsdale, had 241 yards rushing, nearly half the total yardage gained by the Badgers, in Snow’s 42-14 win over Phoenix. – Bob Bahlmann / Messenger photo

 

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The Badgers "execute with exactness" on offense. Here Calief Samon (No.1) blasts through a hole opened up by Tucker Hurd (left No. 79) and Brandon Jones (right No. 89). - Bob Bahlmann / Messenger photo

The Badgers “execute with exactness” on offense. Here Calief Samon (No.1) blasts through a hole opened up by Tucker Hurd (left No. 79) and Brandon Jones (right No. 89). – Bob Bahlmann / Messenger photo

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Badgers post 21-0 shutout win over Eastern Arizona, now face Scottsdale

 

Bob Bahlmann 

Staff writer

11-3-2016

 

THATCHER, ARIZ.—The Snow College Badgers moved up in the Western States Football League (WSFL)  standings with an impressive 20-0 win over Eastern Arizona on Saturday, Oct 29.

The win moves Snow into third place behind undefeated Arizona Western and Mesa, the only teams to beat the Badgers so far this year.

In a game that was closer than the score indicates, the Eastern Arizona Gilas pretty much matched Snow’s running game with 170 yards compared to 168 for the Badgers.

Eastern completed six of 15 passes for 75 yards. Snow QB Justin Miller was eight of 17 for the Badgers for 49 yards and a TD.

Daymon Murray led the Badger running attack with 115 yards on 18 carries. He had two rushing touchdowns. Calief Samon had 36 yards, Kiwa Mo’O had 12, and Miller ran for 5 yards.

Miller mixed it up among his receivers. Alex Croyle had two catches for 15 yards while Brandon Jones caught two for 8 yards. Ruben Saint Jean had a catch for 10 yards; Mo’O had one for 8 yards; Samon had a catch for 7 yards; and Emerson Woods had a 2-yard TD reception. Blake Miller intercepted a Gila pass.

Ofa Latu led the Badger defense with 17 tackles, four for a loss. Hunter Burt had nine tackles while Dax Eisinger had eight. Blake Miller, Jojo Henderson, Jantz Arbon, Connor Taylor and Sione Tu’Ikolovatu had seven each. Alani Pututua had six, 3.5 of them for a loss.

The win improves the Badger record to 3-2 in league play and 6-2 overall. Snow will wrap up regular season play with a pair of home games.

On Saturday, Nov. 5, the Badgers host Scottsdale Community College. The Artichokes are 1-7 on the year. Saturday, Nov. 12 will see Phoenix College coming to Ephraim. The Bears are 5-4 overall.

Morgan ends Manti Templar playoff hopes with 20-0 shutout

 

Bob Bahlmann

Staff writer

11-3-2016

 

MORGAN—For the fourth year in a row the Manti Templars took the field against Morgan in the 3A football playoffs.

In what may have been the best defensive game of the year for the Templars, Manti mostly kept Morgan’s potent offense out of the end zone, but still lost the semi-final game to the Trojans, 20-0.

Twice the Trojans moved the ball deep into Manti territory and had to settle for a field goal. The only other Morgan scores came on a pick-six and when Morgan’s punter turned a fake punt into a 60-yard touchdown run.

The Templars responded to that TD with a nice drive of their own that had them in the red-zone and looking to score. A Morgan interception at the two-yard line ended the drive late in the first half. The second half was scoreless.

Coach Cole Meacham was a little concerned about how his players would respond after a discouraging loss the previous week to Juab.

“I was proud of the kids,” he said. “They played really well. They left everything out there on the field.”

The Morgan running game was dominant, yielding 294 rushing yards. The Trojans completed one of five passes for 6 yards.

Manti ran for 70 yards. Mac Stevens carried the ball nine times for 38 yards, Lance Fowles ran six times for 23 yards, Tanner Rasmussen had 5 yards, Marshall Dotson had 3 and Austin Robinson had 1.

Dotson completed six of 16 passes for 40 yards. Stevens had three catches for 32 yards. Rasmussen had one catch for 8 yards.

Fowles led the Templar defense with nine tackles, Michael Alder had eight, Dotson had seven and Rasmussen had five.

The trip to Morgan for the semi-final game made it 20 years in a row that the Templars have participated in the state championship playoffs.

The loss ended Manti’s 2016 football season with a 3-7 overall record. The Templar victories were over Carbon, Richfield and North Sanpete.

Going into the season, coaches had some concerns about team chemistry and senior leadership.

“The kids came together really well,” Meacham said. “I was pleased with that aspect of our season. They came out and worked hard every week.”

 

Alex Croyle goes high for a touchdown pass reception that gave Snow the lead in the fourth quarter against Pima. Croyle was part of the Badger passing game that accumulated 456 yards. - Bob Bahlmann / Messenger photo

Alex Croyle goes high for a touchdown pass reception that gave Snow the lead in the fourth quarter against Pima. Croyle was part of the Badger passing game that accumulated 456 yards. – Bob Bahlmann / Messenger photo

Snow comes from behind for exciting homecoming win

 

Bob Bahlmann

Staff writer

10-20-2016

 

EPHRAIM—The Snow College Badgers got back on the winning track with an impressive late-game surge to defeat Pima 43-37 during their homecoming game on Saturday.

The win moves Snow into a tie with Eastern Arizona for third place in the Western States Football League.

In a pre-game interview, Badger coach Britt Maughn felt like his players needed to own the line of scrimmage.

“We need to control their speed and make them pass,” Maughn said.

The Badgers held Pima to 173 yards rushing but failed to establish their own running game. Snow netted only 46 yards running. As a result, the game turned into a fast paced aerial shoot-out with nearly 700 passing yards from the two teams combined.

Snow found themselves in a hole early when the Aztecs scored on their first possession and then again late in the first quarter to go ahead 13-0.

The Badgers got on the board on the second extra-point attempt when Jantz Arbon blocked the kick and then scooped it up to run 98 yards for the two-point score.

Snow narrowed the lead to four points when Justin Miller connected with Brandon Jones on an 80-yard touchdown pass. Three minutes later, the Badgers took the lead on another long pass play, this one for 79 yards to Kiwa Mo’o.

With no time left on the clock, the Aztecs regained the lead on a one-yard run to go ahead 20-16 at the half.

The third quarter saw Pima score twice more with a field goal and then a touchdown to take a 30-16 lead, but the Badgers would not quit.

Starting from their 26-yard line, Miller completed back-to-back passes to Alex Croyle to move the ball to the Pima five-yard line, where Damon Murray ran it in to narrow the lead to seven points.

Next, it was another pass from Miller to Mo’o, this one a 41 yard touchdown completion to tie the game. The go-ahead score came on a 25-yard pass to Croyle for a touchdown and then the Badgers went ahead by 14 when Calief Samon blasted through a hole opened by his blockers on a 37-yard scoring run.

Samon led the Badger ground attack with 45 yards; Murray added 30. Miller completed 24 of 44 passes for 456 yards. Croyle had seven catches for 156 yards, Mo’o had three for 129 yards and Jones caught five for 102 yards.

The Badgers will have a bye this week before traveling to Eastern Arizona on Oct. 29.

Mac Stevens spins away from the defense in the Templars’ loss to Juab. - Photo courtesy Kenny Kirkham

Mac Stevens spins away from the defense in the Templars’ loss to Juab. – Photo courtesy Kenny Kirkham

Manti Templars fall big to Juab Wasps, still headed for playoffs

 

Bob Bahlmann

Staff writer

10-20-2016

 

NEPHI—After clinching a playoff berth, the Manti High football team lost to the undefeated Juab Wasps, 35-3, last week in the final game of the regular season.

All year the Templars have struggled to stop a good running attack. The game at Juab on Friday Oct. 14 was no different. The Wasps ran for nearly 200 yards and added another 190 in the air. They had a total of 388 yards in offense.

“They have good speed and good size,” said Manti coach Cole Meacham, who expressed disappointment with Manti’s performance. “It’s tough to find any positive spin to it.”

Manti finished the game with 76 rushing yards and 41 passing for a net of 117 yards.

The only Templar score of the game came in the fourth quarter when Jorge Lemus booted a 41-yard field goal.

The Templars 2-3 league record is good enough to earn them the fourth-place seed from the 3A South region. That sets up a matchup with Morgan, the top team from the 3A North and also the top-ranked 3A team in the state.

Manti will travel to Morgan on either Friday Oct. 28 or Saturday Oct. 29 to take on the Trojans.

Morgan has an overall record of 7-2. They lost their first two games of the year to Bear River, 14-0, and then South Summit, 22-20. Since then, the Trojans have won seven straight with one more non-league game on their schedule, a contest with North Sanpete this Wednesday.

The Templars do not have a game scheduled for this week.

 

Avalin Cook makes a crossing pass in Manti’s season-ending loss to Summit Academy. - Bob Bahlmann / Messenger photo

Avalin Cook makes a crossing pass in Manti’s season-ending loss to Summit Academy. – Bob Bahlmann / Messenger photo

Manti out of playoffs with 3-2 loss to Summit Academy Saturday

 

Bob Bahlmann

Staff writer

10-20-2016

 

MANTI—After a dominant 9-0 first round win over American Preparatory Academy, the Manti girl’s soccer team saw their state championship hopes come to an end against Summit Academy in a 3-2 loss on Saturday.

For the second year in a row, the Templars season came to an end on a freaky goal in the closing seconds of a double-overtime game against a private school. The Bears slipped a long shot just over the outstretched fingers of Jentry Young and just below the crossbar for the 3-2 win.

Against American Preparatory, the Templars were unstoppable, getting six goals in the first half and then coasting to three more in the second.

Brynlee Golding scorched the net for four goals, Avalin Cook and Jamie Bawden had two each and Meg Larson had one.

The game against Summit Academy was a battle from the get-go, with the Bears matching Manti’s speed and skill level.

Manti drew first blood six minutes into the game when Larson dropped a free kick over the defenders and in front of Bawden who was open down the center for the goal.

Summit Academy responded when a lucky bounce came off the far right goal post and went in to tie the game 1-1.

Second half action saw the Lady Templars playing more aggressively, with Cook earning a yellow card before leaving the game with an ankle injury.

Manti regained the lead with about five minutes left in the game when a shot from about 20 yards out found the left corner of the net.

The Bears answered with a free kick score just out of reach to the right corner, forcing overtime. The first ten minutes of extra play went scoreless, and it looked like the game was headed for a shootout when a long distance shot by the Bears squeezed between Young’s fingertips and the cross bar to give Summit Academy the win with just seconds left in the second overtime.

The Templars finished the season as undisputed Region 15 champions. They were undefeated in region competition and had an overall record of 10-4-1.

 

Unbeaten Hawks volleyball team rolls over Richfield, 2-1

 

Matt Harris

Staff writer

10-13-2016

 

RICHFIELD—The North Sanpete High School (NSHS) volleyball team is on fire, and showed it by posting an 8-0 record at the Sevier Valley Center Tournament in Richfield last weekend.

The Lady Hawks’ string of victories is a major part of a 16-game winning streak dating back to Aug. 27, when they lost the Wasatch Silver Bracket Championship game to 4A power Skyridge, 2-1.

“I know that it’s cliché, but the strength of our team is our team,” head coach Rickie Stewart said. “We have talented players who work hard, enjoy each other, and most importantly are good teammates.”

Prior to the tournament, North Sanpete faced two region competitors in Juab and Carbon last Tuesday, Oct. 4, and last Thursday, respectively. The Lady Hawks took both victories with relative ease, winning 3-0 in each match, before preparing for the tournament the next day.

The Lady Hawks faced 2A teams in the first day, with matches against South Summit, Grand, and South Sevier, dismantling all three teams without losing a set.

North Sanpete then faced 1A power Panguitch. Although the match was not the dominating effort the Lady Hawks were used to, as they dropped a set for the first time in six matches, North Sanpete still came away with victory over the Lady Bobcats, 2-1.

It was only the first match of five that the Lady Hawks played that day, as North Sanpete consecutively conquered Panguitch, North Sevier, Piute, Richfield, and North Summit with only the one set loss in the streak.

“We continue to improve in all aspects of our game,” Stewart said. “A few areas are fairly consistent for us, as our defense has been solid throughout. We have struggled at times with serve reception, but overall our passing and ball control has steadily improved.”

Stewart also says that the best performers of the weekend were juniors Shelby Ison and Madisyn Allred and senior Maria Hafen. “We had a good weekend offensively with [them] leading the way,” Stewart says.

With the success in the tournament, North Sanpete’s overall record stands at 21-3, with their only losses being against 4A Skyridge, 5A Pleasant Grove, and 3A powerhouse Dixie.    During the Lady Hawks unbeaten streak, they have only given up four sets. Their only non-tournament loss has come against Dixie, and they are currently 6-0 in region play.

“We’re looking to finish out the region schedule this week strong,” Stewart said.

The Lady Hawks will travel to face Canyon View this Tuesday before returning to host Richfield, one of the teams that have won a set against North Sanpete during their streak, this Thursday.

Their last game will be against 4A power Maple Mountain, who are currently on an eight-game win streak of their own, next Tuesday. All games are set for 6:30 p.m.

 

 

Tanner Rasmussen (No. 22), shown here in an earlier game, scored every time he touched the ball last week against Richfield. Rasmussen leads 3A football in interceptions with five and is second in tackles with 8.6 per game. - Bob Bahlmann / Messenger photo

Tanner Rasmussen (No. 22), shown here in an earlier game, scored every time he touched the ball last week against Richfield. Rasmussen leads 3A football in interceptions with five and is second in tackles with 8.6 per game. – Bob Bahlmann / Messenger photo

 

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Playoffs?
Host of variables will determine fate of local teams

 

Bob Bahlmann

Staff writer

10-13-2016

 

All three Sanpete County high school teams will be playing for their football lives this Friday as region play comes to an end.

 

2A

Gunnison (1-3), currently tied with American Leadership Academy (ALA), will be on the road against Millard (0-4). ALA will travel to Summit Academy (4-0).

The likely scenario is that Gunnison wins and ALA loses.  If that happens, the Bulldogs would be the fourth-place seed and earn the right to host the No. 5 team from the 2A South Region.

At this point, that team could be Grand, South Sevier or possibly North Sevier. With Grand playing San Juan and South Sevier taking on North Sevier this week, that opponent will probably be Grand.

If the Bulldogs and ALA both lose, there will be a three-way tie between Gunnison, ALA and Millard. A coin toss would determine the fourth place seed with the other two teams playing and the winner going in as the fifth-place team. The loser would be eliminated.

That fifth place team would travel to meet the South Region No. 4 team, probably South Sevier.

If Gunnison loses and ALA wins, the Bulldogs would be tied with Millard for fifth place. Those two teams would need to play again, with the winner going on as the fifth- place team and the loser being eliminated.

All of these first-round games would be played on either Oct. 21 or 22.

 

3A

In 3a, the picture is equally complicated.

Manti will travel this week to Juab. The Wasps are undefeated in league play and are heavy favorites to win.

If the Templars upset Juab, they would finish the season at 3-2 and be guaranteed a playoff game as either the third or fourth seed.

In such a scenario, if North Sanpete wins at Canyon View, Manti will be in third place. North Sanpete would be tied with Canyon View, forcing the two teams to play again. with the winner going into the playoffs as the fourth place team and the loser being eliminated.

If the Hawks lose, Manti will be tied with Canyon View and a coin toss would determine the third and fourth seed.

If the Templars lose and North Sanpete wins, there would be a three-way tie between Manti, North Sanpete and Canyon View. A coin toss would determine the No. 4  seed, with the other two teams playing again. The winner would go in as the three seed and the loser would be eliminated.

Another scenario would be a Manti loss at Juab and a North Sanpete loss at Canyon View. That would give the Templars fourth place and eliminate the Hawks.

The 3A South third-place seed will travel to play the 3A North No. 2 team, possibly Juan Diego, Grantsville or Emery. The four seed travels to Morgan. These games will be played on Oct. 28 or 29.

 

 

Manti soccer finish soccer with perfect record

 

Bob Bahlmann

Staff writer

10-13-2016

 

SPANISH FORK—The Manti girl’s soccer team wrapped up region play last week with a 3-0 win over American Leadership Academy (ALA).

The win give Manti a perfect record in league play and the undisputed Region Championship.

Manti controlled the tempo of the game, getting 19 shots on goal and allowing only seven by the Eagles.

Lady Templar Jentry Young had the seven saves for a shutout, her sixth of the year.

Manti scored once in the first half and added two more goals in the second for the win. Jamie Bawden, Meg Larson and Megan Olson had the goals for the Templars.

Single elimination state tournament action gets underway this week with the Templars hosting American Preparatory Academy on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 4 p.m.

The Eagles are the fourth-place team from Region 14. They are 2-8 on the year with both of their victories coming over winless Layton Christian.

A win over the Eagles would advance Manti (9-3-1) to the quarterfinals on Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. The Lady Templars would then host the winner after Summit Academy plays Parowan. This contest will be a whole different world from American Prep.

Summit Academy Bears (8-3-1) are the second seed from Region 16. The Bears lost to Uintah and Logan in their first two games of the year. In region play, their only loss is to Maeser Prep. The Bears also played the Lions to a 2-2 tie.

Parowan is the third seed from Region 13 and currently ranked number four in the state. The Rams are 11-3-0 on the year with loses to Cedar City, Millard and Delta.

 

 

Nate Lee (center with the ball) battles toward the end zone. His carry set up a 1-yard TD run by Mac Stevens that gave Manti a 10-7 halftime lead over Juan Diego.

Nate Lee (center with the ball) battles toward the end zone. His carry set up a 1-yard TD run by Mac Stevens that gave Manti a 10-7 halftime lead over Juan Diego. – Photo courtesy Nate Lee

 

Manti Templars almost beat top ranked Juan Diego in 21-17 football battle

 

By Bob Bahlmann

Staff writer

9-1-2016

 

MANTI—When Juan Diego, the top-ranked team in 3A football, came to Manti last Friday, it was the heavy favorite to win the game.

The Templars nearly took the game away from the Soaring Eagle with five fumble recoveries. Unfortunately, Manti gave up nearly 300 rushing yards in the second half and ended up with a 21-17 loss.

Although known for a  high-powered running game, Juan Diego got off to a slow start when Manti’s Mac Stevens recovered a fumble on the Soaring Eagle’s first possession.

Looking at fourth and goal from the 1-yard line, Manti coach Cole Meacham was screaming for a timeout, but the only people who didn’t hear were wearing stripped shirts.

The Templars were flagged for a procedure violation and then, on the next play,  delaying the game. They settled for a field goal attempt that went wide left.

Sacks by Stevens and Connor Meacham stopped the next Juan Diego drive and forced a punt. The Templars moved the ball into field-goal range again, and this time, Ivan Garcia split the uprights for a 3-0 Manti lead.

Juan Diego took the lead early in the second quarter on a 9-yard TD run, but the Templar defense took control of the final 11 minutes, with fumble recoveries by Stevens, Seni Latu and Austin Robinson preventing any additional scoring by the Soaring Eagle.

Manti regained the lead on a 1-yard second-effort run by Stevens to go ahead 10-7 at the half. The Templar defense limited Juan Diego to only 15 first-half plays compared to 42 attempts by Manti.

In the second half, Juan Diego got its running game going, gaining 275 yards on 39 runs to control the tempo of the game.

But it was Manti that scored first in the third period. Forcing a Templar punt, a Juan Diego player got a hand on the kick, and the ball, live after being touched by a defensive player, fluttered downfield where Lance Fowles scooped it up. Following the urging of the Manti coaching staff, Fowles took off down the sideline for a touchdown and a 17-7 Templar lead.

Alas, that was to be the final score for Manti while Juan Diego pounded the ball downfield for two more touchdowns and the four-point win.

Before the game coach Meacham said the Templars would need to control the Juan Diego running game. Manti was able to do that in the first half by forcing turnovers, but still gave up about 7 yards per carry on the game. Juan Diego had 366 yard on the ground.

Tanner Rasmussen led the Manti defense with 12 tackles, Michael Alder had seven and Cort Olson had five. Nate Lee and Sam Tiatia had four each.

Meanwhile, Manti averaged 4.6 yards per carry for 227 yards rushing. Stevens rushed for 90 yards, Fowles had 63, Marshall Dotson ran for 31, Lee had 20, Parry Cooper had 12 and Robinson had 11.

Dotson completed five of nine passes for 45 yards. Stevens and Fowles had two receptions each for 27 and 12 yards respectively, while Cooper caught one for six yards.

This week will be another tough test for the Templars when Pine View visits Manti. The Panthers are ranked second in 3AA and are coming off two big wins.

They beat Judge Memorial, 34-7, in their opening game and knocked over Uintah, 47-3, last week. Pine View has been averaging around 500 offensive yards per game. The team’s passing and rushing yardage is identical at 238 yards per game rushing and 255 passing.

Meg Larson (No. 7) moves the ball between a pair of Rowland Hall defenders in Manti’s 4-0 loss to the Winged Lions.

Meg Larson (No. 7) moves the ball between a pair of Rowland Hall defenders in Manti’s 4-0 loss to the Winged Lions. – Bob Bahlmann / Messenger photo

Lady Templars still looking for first win in tough pre-season competition

 

By Bob Bahlmann

Staff Writer

9-1-2016

 

MANTI—The Manti High girl’s soccer team dropped to 0-2-1 last week with a tough overtime loss to Millard 3-2 on Tuesday and then a disappointing 4-0 loss to Rowland Hall on Thursday.

Despite the winless record, coach Eleshia Steinfeldt, is pleased with her team. “We’re a really young team with a lot of injuries,” she said.

Starters Lexie Alder, Sarah Cluff and Ashton Wood are all sidelined, but expected to be back on the field when Manti hosts North Sevier in the first league game of the year this Thursday.

By the time the Templars played Waterford on Tuesday this week (the game happened after the Messenger deadline), they had faced four of the top five teams in 2A soccer and were ready to take on Region 15 competition.

Against Millard, the Templars “played a good game that day,” Steinfeldt said. Manti was down one, tied it up and then went ahead 2-1 at the half.

“We controlled most of the game at 2-1, but got burned with 1 minute left.” Millard tied the game in the closing minute and then went on to win in overtime.

Against a strong Rowland Hall team, Manti was again short handed, but the replacements “played their hearts out and ran themselves into the ground,” Steinfeldt said.

Manti found itself on the defensive end of the field most of that game. “We have a lot to learn and we’re going to grow a lot,” the coach said.

Calief Samon dashes for the end zone on a 91-yard kickoff return, hurdling a would-be tackler on the way. Samon’s TD was the icing on the cake in the Badgers 55-13 win over the Utah Shock.

Calief Samon dashes for the end zone on a 91-yard kickoff return, hurdling a would-be tackler on the way. Samon’s TD was the icing on the cake in the Badgers 55-13 win over the Utah Shock. – Bob Bahlmann / Messenger Photo

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