North Sanpete Hawks finish season with sound beating of Cougars, 41-14
By Matt Harris
MT. PLEASANT—The North Sanpete football team ended their regular season on a high note last week, and with the playoffs around the corner, it was just what they needed.
The Hawks got a few players back and put on a show at home against Union on Senior Night, beating the Cougars, 41-14.
Sophomore quarterback Tyler Allan completed 25 of 34 passes for 304 yards and five touchdowns with one interception. Senior receiver Magnus Clawson caught three touchdowns as part of an 8-catch, 181-yard performance. Senior receiver Brady Jacobsen had another multi-purpose day with 11 receptions for 76 yards, and he threw for a 14-yard touchdown on a trick play. The Hawks led 21-0 at halftime.
Senior Jordan Watts returned to the field and led all rushers with 12 carries for 52 yards as the Hawks totaled 90 yards on the ground.
Coach Rhett Bird was unavailable to comment.
After the Hawks scored in the first quarter, the ensuing kickoff return had an unsightly result. Union junior Coy Jackson fielded the kickoff and returned it 14 yards but was wrapped up by junior Andy Mower who took him down with a wrestling move that had the unintended consequence of Jackson being dropped on his head. Jackson was down on the field for nearly 20 minutes before an ambulance took him away. His condition is unknown at this time.
Early in the second quarter with North Sanpete up 7-0, the Hawks recovered a fumbled punt attempt on the 14-yard line in Union territory. Two plays later, Allan threw a screen pass left to Jacobsen, and Jacobsen threw a dime on a double-pass to sophomore Beau Jacobsen for the touchdown, Beau’s first touchdown of the season.
A touchdown pass to senior tight end Cole Mickel, his 12th of the season, put the Hawks up by three scores at the half.
After Union got on the board with a touchdown late in the third quarter, it was Clawson who put away the Cougars for a good, taking a screen pass behind two blockers and racing 47 yards for a touchdown.
With the win, North Sanpete ended the regular season 8-2 and earned a No. 5 ranking in the final RPI. Their ranking gives them a first round matchup with No. 12 Delta at home this Friday.