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GAME BLOG: Juan Diego 35, Wasatch 14


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:00 Fourth Quarter
Juan Diego 35, Wasatch 14

Wasatch put up a good fight and their spread offense was fun to watch but it wasn't enough to dethrone the defending champs. Juan Diego's ability to run the ball was the difference. The Soaring Eagle had 312 of their 421 offensive yards come on the ground. Tana Vea had 30 carries for 187 yards and 3 scores. Wasatch was held to just 228 yards of total offense and 23 points below their season average. The win for Juan Diego didn't come without a cost. We confirmed after the game that star receiver and defensive back Keegan Anderson suffered a broken leg early in the 3rd quarter and will miss next Friday's state championship game against the winner of the Hurricane/Park City semifinal on Friday morning.

3:13 Fourth Quarter
Juan Diego 35, Wasatch 14

Juan Diego found the end zone again. Tana Vea scored on a one yard dive, his third touchdown of the game, and the Soaring Eagle lead 35-14. I am heading down to the field to gather post-game interviews. I will return as soon as possible to wrap this up with some stats and thoughts. We are also efforting to post highlights and interviews within an hour of the conclusion of this game. Thanks for following the game blog!

5:50 Fourth Quarter
Juan Diego 28, Wasatch 14

Time is running out for Wasatch. On 3rd and 2 Juan Diego has no trouble getting a first down. They are on the Wasatch 22 as the clock continues to wind down.

7:54 Fourth Quarter
Juan Diego 28, Wasatch 14

Wasatch is forced to punt deep in their own territory. Juan Diego returns the punt to the Wasps 46 yard line with 7:54 left in the game.

9:30 Fourth Quarter
Juan Diego 28, Wasatch 14

Big play for Juan Diego. Running back Tana Vea broke a tackle and took off 24 yards for a score right up the middle of the Wasps defense. With 9:30 left the Wasps have a big hill to climb but have the offense to get it done.

9:35 Fourth Quarter
Juan Diego 21, Wasatch 14

More bad news for Juan Diego. Lars Gunderson has left the game with an injury. It doesn't look as serious as the injury suffered by Keegan Anderson. Anderson was carted off early in the 3rd quarter with a leg injury.

11:47 Fourth Quarter
Juan Diego 21, Wasatch 14

The 3rd quarter has come to an end with Juan Diego holding on to a 7 point lead and posession on their own 32 yard line. They start the quarter with a big running play around the end by Lars Gunderson. The Soaring Eagle are in Wasatch territory at the 43 yard line.

1:25 Third Quarter
Juan Diego 21, Wasatch 14

The Wasatch drive stalls and they are forced to punt. Juan Diego takes over on their own 20 yard line.

3:30 Third Quarter
Juan Diego 21, Wasatch 14

Wasatch just converts on 3rd and 13 with another nice pass and catch from Davis to Nielson. They needed 13 and they got 18. they are now at their own 43 yard line.

4:10 Third Quarter
Juan Diego 21, Wasatch 14

The Juan Diego offense was once again deep into Wasatch territory but on 4th and 2 the Wasps come up with a big stop and take over on downs. You have to give Wasatch credit. They are big underdogs in this game but midway through the 3rd quarter they are in this game but now face a 3rd and 13 on their own 21 yard line.

9:03 Third Quarter
Juan Diego 21, Wasatch 14

Bad news for Juan Diego. Star Receiver and defensive back Keegan Anderson was injured on that 3rd down stop. He had to be carried off the field with what looked to be an ankle injury. We will see if his departure impacts the Soaring Eagle on both sides of the ball.

9:03 Third Quarter
Juan Diego 21, Wasatch 14

Wasatch received the opening kickoff and drove to the 35 yard line but were stopped on 3rd and 5.

:00 Second Quarter
Juan Diego 21, Wasatch 14

The Wasps dodge a bullet. They just got a stop on 4th and 15 and take over on their own 39 yard line with 21 seconds left in the half. Both teams head into the locker room with Juan Diego on top by a touchdown. The Wasps will get the ball 1st in the 2nd half. Thanks for following us from work or home and a big thanks to Kyle P. who is following along from Iraq.

:40 Second Quarter
Juan Diego 21, Wasatch 14

Payton Davis has been brilliant so far today until just now. He was just picked off by Frankie Sutera and Juan Diego has the ball at the Wasps 35 yard line with 40 seconds left in the half.

1:19 Second Quarter
Juan Diego 21, Wasatch 14

I said Wasatch needed to get a stop. We'll, they just got one. Juan Diego is forced to punt and the Wasps have a chance to work their two-minute drill and tie this game before the half. They will start their drive at their own 15 yard line.

2:42 Second Quarter
Juan Diego 21, Wasatch 14

Wasatch quarterback Payton Davis just scrambled 20 yards to get into the red zone and then Michael Davis scored his 2nd touchdown of the game on a 4 yard carry and the Wasps and staying in this game down just 7. The Wasps defense really needs to come up with a stop on this next posession.

3:41 Second Quarter
Juan Diego 21, Wasatch 7

The Wasatch offense deserves a lot of credit. Payton Davis does a great job running their spread offense and they are moving the ball well. The ball is in Juan Diego territory at teh 24 yard line facing a 3rd and 1

5:46 Second Quarter
Juan Diego 21, Wasatch 7

The Soaring Eagle offense is executing at a very high level. They just marched down the field with very little resistance...until they got to the 1 yard line. Wasatch came up with three big stops forcing a 4th and 1 but Juan Diego went for it and Tana Vea easily found the end zone for a 21-7 lead. The Soaring Eagle are dominating the line of scrimmage running the ball well between the tackles. Also, A big "your welcome" to utefan4life! We'll be here all day.

11:56 Second Quarter
Juan Diego 14, Wasatch 7

The Wasps are on the board after a 4 yard dive into the end zone by Michael Davis. This was a score they had to have to stay in this game. Juan Diego is doing whatever they want to do offensively. The Soaring Eagle return the kickoff to the 20 yard line where they will start their next drive. Can the Wasps make the adjustments needed to get stops on this drive?

12:00 Second Quarter
Juan Diego 14, Wasatch 0

The quarter has come to an end with Wasatch facing a 3rd and 1 on the Juan Diego 4 yard line. The Wasps really need a touchdown on this drive.

0:57 First Quarter
Juan Diego 14, Wasatch 0

Wasatch Quarterback Payton Davis completed a pass to Cory Nielson for 25 yards down to the 13 yard line. The Wasps are in the red zone.

1:42 First Quarter
Juan Diego 14, Wasatch 0

Wasatch has found a groove offensively. They just converted on a 3rd and 15 and are on the Juan Diego 39 yard line.

3:54 First Quarter
Juan Diego 14, Wasatch 0

Juan Diego converted twice on 3rd and 1 and once on 4th and 1 before Cody Stevenson threw a strike to Trever McFalls for a 27 yard touchdown. The Soaring Eagle are in total control with a 14-0 lead.

9:23 First Quarter
Juan Diego 7, Wasatch 0

Three and out for Wasatch and the Wasps are forced to punt. Once again, Juan Diego has great field position at their own 38 yard line. Wasatch needs a stop badly. You can't afford to fall behind Juan Diego by two scores. They are too physical and too effective running the football.

10:15 First Quarter
Juan Diego 7, Wasatch 0

It took Juan Diego less than two minutes to drive 65 yards down the field for a touchdown. QB Cody Stevenson found WR Keegan Anderson for a 36 yard touchdown. Anderson made a diving catch and landed just inside the pylon for the score. Anderson will play for his dad Gary at Utah State next year. He showed with that play and with plays that he's made all season that he can play at the division I (FBS) level.

12:00 First Quarter
Juan Diego 0, Wasatch 0

The opening kickoff went out of bounds giving Juan Diego the ball at their own 35 yard line. You can't afford to give the Soaring Eagle good field position to start the game. They will take advantage.

12:00 First Quarter
Juan Diego 0, Wasatch 0

Good morning and welcome to the Wasatch-Juan Diego live game blog on KSL.com. We are just moments away from kickoff. Juan Diego has won the toss and will receive the opening kickoff. Feel free to drop any questions you may have in the comments section and we will try to answer them as quickly as possible. We will post highlights within an hour of the conclusion of this game.

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