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BOUNTIFUL - In one of the most highly contested regions in the state, the Bountiful Braves came out proving that they deserve the number one seed going into the postseason as they pummeled the Olympus Titans 56-14.
Thursday night's game against the Titans had many implications associated with it, as the winner had the potential to claim the region 6 title or drop to fourth place going into postseason. With the Braves' win and an East loss to Highland, Bountiful secured the region 6 title.
The Braves absolutely took control of the game early, scoring four touchdowns in the first quarter. Everything the Titans did to stop the Braves was unsuccessful as Bountiful forced its way into the end zone.
It was like a region championship on the line and it really meant a lot for our seniors.
The beating continued in the second quarter with Bountiful adding 21 more points to their score, going up 49-7 at the half.
It seemed that once the Braves were able to touch the ball, it ended up in the end zone, scoring on five of their six possessions in the first half, which doesn't account for the two returned touchdowns from Titans interceptions.
Early in the first quarter, senior Kyle Pawlowski of Bountiful intercepted a pass from Titans quarterback Scott Porter for a 75-yard touchdown. Teau Satuala of Bountiful also got in on the action, picking off Porter on two separate occasions in the first half, returning one for a 62-yard touchdown.
By all accounts, Bountiful was bigger and stronger, completely shutting down Olympus' passing and running game, holding them to 214 total offensive yards.
|25||Teau Satuala||8 yards|
|8||Kyle Pawlowski||75 yards|
|7||Cam Zollinger||1 yard|
|44||David Coffman||1 yard|
|34||Spencer Schmidt||12 yard|
|25||Teau Satuala||61 yards|
|44||David Coffman||5 yards|
|30||Jakob Hunt||1 yard|
"It was huge," said Satuala. "It was like a region championship on the line and it really meant a lot for our seniors."
Not only was it an important game for the seniors, but for the team as a whole. The opportunity to have the number one seed going into the postseason is a great advantage, allowing the Braves home field advantage for the first game.
"When we play as a team we're a really good team," Satuala said.
Bountiful quarterback Cam Zollinger said: "It just feels great to win this really tough region."
The last time Bountiful has won the region title was back in 2002 when the Braves went on to win the 4A championship game.