MORGAN—It’s been a rollercoaster of a season for North Sanpete, and like many rollercoasters, it ended with the Hawks hitting the brakes hard.
North Sanpete football’s season ended last Friday, Oct. 29 at the hands of an overpowering Morgan squad as they lost, 56-19, to finish their season at 5-7 overall.
The 37-point loss was the most lopsided loss for the Hawks since their appearance in the 2018 3A championship game where they lost, 55-18. Morgan’s 56 points were the most allowed a North Sanpete team had allowed since Juab did it in 2013.
“Our worst enemy this year has been being behind the chains. We got behind the chains too much against those guys, and you can’t do that against them. Morgan is phenomenal.”
The Hawks were down, 42-6, at halftime and were down, 56-6, heading into the fourth quarter. “I looked at our seniors at halftime and told them, ‘You only have 30 snaps left of playing football,’” Bird said. “You can’t just pick up a helmet and shoulder pads, go in the backyard and play…I told them to make sure every rep counts.”
As time was winding down, the senior class played for their pride and scored two more touchdowns, including an almost poetic ending as senior quarterback Landon Bowles, a four-year varsity player and three-year starter for the Hawks, threw a touchdown pass to his brother, senior Morgan Bowles, in the corner of the end zone on the very last play of the game.
Bird said. “It was awesome to see those two find each other,” Bird said.
Senior Dante Lowe, the late-season revelation for the Hawks, led the receiving game with three catches for two touchdowns. Lowe, playing football for the first time since seventh grade, ended his season with six touchdown catches, all in his last three games.
Bowles finished an illustrious career, completing 12 of 25 passing attempts for 180 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. He finished the season with more than 2,000 yards passing and 26 touchdowns.
Bowles will graduate having thrown for 72 touchdowns, rushed for six, and caught another, culminating in an astounding 79 career touchdowns, according to his page on MaxPreps.com.
A bit of luck kept the Hawks from being shut out of the first half. With a few minutes remaining after North Sanpete punted, the Trojans ran back around their own 40-yard line. Morgan botched a fake handoff, which fell on the grass right in front of junior defensive tackle T.K. Akauola, who fell right onto it for the turnover.
Two plays later, Bowles found Lowe on a deep inside slant, and Lowe outraced the Trojan secondary to the end zone for the 33-yard score.