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November 18, 2020
MAKING HISTORY • The JHS Wasps had surprisingly never won a state football title in 65 years that the program has existed. They broke that “Juab Jinx” on Saturday night at Trailblazer Stadium in St. George against last year’s champion Morgan in a rematch. Defense proved key in the game as the Wasps held on for a 17-14 victory and the first state title in school history. Above, Coach Mike Bowring celebrates with the team while holding the trophy aloft.
By Sadie Nielsen
The Juab High School Wasp football team brought home the school’s first ever 3A championship trophy after denying the Morgan Trojans a repeat crown, in a hard fought battle last Saturday at Dixie State University. The Wasps had 227-yards rushing and were led by seniors Bodee Blackett and Trey Lund who each scored a touchdown in the suspense-filled game.
Juab took the lead early on a 1-yard run by Trey Lund, with an extra point kick by Ryker Richards putting Juab up 7-0 in the first quarter. The momentum continued in Juab’s favor in the second quarter after senior Trey Lund intercepted the ball and took it to the 36-yard line. Senior Jakob Bailey put the Wasps into scoring position on a great catch, but an ensuing penalty and a sack forced Juab to settle for a field goal, added by Richards on a 37-yard kick, giving the Wasps a 10-0 lead.
Senior Brayden Lawton picked off a Morgan pass and returned it to the 30-yard line, creating another opportunity for a Juab touchdown. However, Morgan was able to cause a fumble during the drive, shifting the momentum towards the Trojans who got on the board with two quick scores at the end of the second quarter (Morgan quarterback Ryder Lish scored on a 16-yard run and William Lance added another Morgan TD with a 2-yard run) putting the Trojans up with a 14-10 lead at the half.
The third quarter was a defensive battle for both teams, but Juab’s Bodee Blackett found a hole, and came up with the play of the game. In an incredible 83-yard sprint down the sidelines, outpacing and dodging Morgan defenders, Blackett scored the final touchdown of the game, giving Juab the lead and cementing the 17-14 victory for the Wasps, after both teams came up scoreless in the fourth.
“We are just thankful and blessed to be able to play football this year,” said Coach Mike Bowring. “We really didn’t know if we were going to be able to play this year. That is what makes this night so special for our players and the community, and it’s something that I’m never going to forget.”
This is Coach Bowring’s first state title coaching the Wasps in his 16 years at Juab.
The long-awaited championship title was the culminating highlight of a phenomenal season that showcased the Wasps’ tremendous teamwork and featured contributions from every member of the team. Sophomore quarterback Alex Jackson anchored the team throughout the season and led with a strong, steady performance during Saturday’s outing. Sophomore kicker Ryker Richards delivered consistent performances throughout the season in support of Juab’s kicking game. Seniors Dawson Olsen, Daylen Christensen, Boden Ballow, Shan Jackson, and David Phillips all led with big plays throughout the season and on Saturday to help secure the championship win for the Wasps. Congratulations to the new reigning 3A Champs, the Juab High School Wasps!