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Manti bests Emery for homecoming

Senior wide reciever Cooper Parry catches and runs about 30 yards, breaking would-be tackles as he goes, on a drive that resulted in one of the Templar touchdowns early in Manti’s homecoming game against Emery on Friday, Sept. 8.

 

Manti bests Emery for homecoming

 

James Tilson

Staff writer

Sept. 14, 2017

 

MANTI –The Manti High School Templars erupted for three touchdowns in the second quarter to dominated the Emery High School Spartans and win the Manti homecoming game, 35-14 last Friday, Sept. 8.

The game started out slowly, with the two teams trading possession twice without result, until late in the first quarter when the Spartans took advantage of a Templar fumble and went nearly the length of the field in two passing plays to score the first touchdown.

From there on, it was all Templars as the Manti team asserted its running game against the Spartans. On the next series of plays, the Templars returned the kick-off to the Spartan 35 on an Adam Huff return. Four plays later, Lance Fowles ran the ball into the end zone to make the score even at 7 apiece.

On the Spartans’ next possession, the Templars intercepted Spartan quarterback Kyson Stilson to get the ball back at the 50-yard line. Manti ran six straight plays to score its next touchdown, again by Fowles, to make the score 14-7.

On the next possession by the Spartan, the Templars forced a three-and-out, then drove down the field for the third score of the quarter to make it 21-7. This time, Templar quarterback Travis Thompson threw to Huff for the touchdown.

The second half was more of the same, as the Templars got their fourth touchdown on an 11-play drive topped off by a 12-yard run by Thompson. The Templars took advantage of a bad punt by the Spartans to score their last touchdown of the night on a nifty 37-yard run by Fowles.

The Spartans were able to score once more in the game on a busted-coverage pass play after Coach Cole Meacham had pulled out his starters.

The Templar rushing attack was led by tailback Lance Fowles, who had 116 yards on 12 carries, and wingback Dallin Rasmussen, with 72 yards on 7 carries. Quarterback Travis Thompson had an efficient night, throwing for 68 yards and one touchdown, and completing 7 of 11 attempts, with two interceptions.

On Friday, the Templars travel to Bluffdale to take on the undefeated Summit Academy Bears at 7 p.m.