Big plays in the second half propel Farmington Phoenix past the Weber Warriors 35-7 in the Thursday night matchup

Big plays in the second half propel Farmington Phoenix past the Weber Warriors 35-7 in the Thursday night matchup

by James Tate

Mitch Nielsen and Easton Wight lead Phoenix’s offense

Quarterback Easton Wight found the tight end, Mitch Nielsen, for three of his four touchdown passes on the night to lead the Phoenix over Weber. Wight threw for 312 yards in the game and now has 1,022 yards and 12 touchdowns on the year. Nielsen’s 160-yard night now gives him 387 and 6 touchdowns on the year. This dynamic duo has the Phoenix off to a 4-0 start and 1-0 in region play with the victory of the defending region champions Weber Warriors.

Special teams ignite a sluggish start for the Phoenix

Farmington used a Jed Judkins first-quarter blocked punt for a touchdown to get the scoring going for the Phoenix. The Warriors responded with a time-consuming drive that resulted in an Aidan Carter to Braylon Parker touchdown with 3:54 left in the first quarter. Punter and kickoff specialist Andrew Marks consistently pinned the Warriors back with excellent punts and touchbacks on kickoffs.

Warriors’ miscues

Weber had a good game plan in the first half, control the ball and keep Farmington’s potent offense off the field. The Warriors just could not keep up the effort with 4 fumbles, an interception, fielding a punt inside the 5-yard line, and stepping out of bounds on a kickoff at the 3-yard line.

Second-half explosion

Farmington came out in the second half and took charge from the kickoff with Wight finding Ben Stucki for a 65-yard touchdown. Boston Reinhold added the 2-point conversion to make the score 21-7. The ensuing kickoff saw the Warrior’s return man mishandle the kickoff out of bounds at the 3-yard line. With no movement from the offense and a punt, the Phoenix found the end zone again with Nielsen catching the pass from Wight. The scoring ended with another Wight to Nielsen touchdown to make the final score 35-7.

Phoenix Defensive pressure

Farmington pressured Weber standout quarterback Aidan Carter all night with their front seven. Linebackers Luke Hansen and Jed Judkins have outstanding games with 13 total tackles each. Judkins contributed as well on special teams with a blocked punt and recovery for a touchdown, and a blocked field goal attempt as well. The Phoenix defense held Warrior’s freshman standout receiver Salesi Moa to 5 catches for 56 yards. The Warriors had a standout performance from linebacker Crash Croggins with 9 tackles and Teeghan Humphries added an interception.

Photo by James Tate of Farmington Phoenix Mitch Nielsen

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