When he does get the opportunity, he doesn’t let it go to waste.
Friday night against the Cyprus High School Pirates, Zollinger made the most of his 13 attempts, throwing for 119 yards on seven completions with four touchdowns as the Braves mauled Cyprus 41-10 in their Region 6 opener.
Zollinger’s four passing touchdown effort was only the second of his career, the first coming against Spanish Fork in the 4A state playoffs on Nov. 5 of last season. That night he had similar numbers as well, throwing for 116 yards on eight completions.
Zollinger’s first touchdown pass Friday night went to Luke Larsen, a 40-yard catch-and-run that gave the Braves a 21-3 lead at the time. It wasn’t the last time the duo hooked up for a touchdown in the game either, as they connected again from 10 yards away to give Bountiful a 34-3 lead.
Sandwiched in the middle of the pair of touchdown’s between the two was a 28-yard touchdown catch by Teau Satuala. It was Satuala’s only reception of the game to go along with 37 yards rushing on eight carries.
Mo Manu, who also only had one catch in the game, caught a 10-yard pass from Zollinger to close out the Braves’ scoring for the night, building up a 41-3 lead before the fourth quarter began.
The Pirates had a tough time getting anything going against the Braves after losing all of their preseason games entering Friday night. A 37-yard field goal by Andres Torres in the second quarter marked one of the two times they saw the score board, adding a touchdown in the fourth quarter when Austin Henroid threw a pass to Trevor Gillett from three yards away.
Jakob Hunt, Bountiful’s biggest rusher so far this season, scored the first two touchdowns for the Braves. Both of Hunt’s scores came in the first quarter, a 14-yard and 10-yard run that gave the Braves a 14-0 lead after the quarter.
Hunt finished with 108 yards on 13 carries in the game.
Larsen was Zollinger’s favorite target Friday night, catching three balls for 60 yards and two touchdowns. Rylee Gautavai led all defenders for Bountiful with seven tackles, while Zollinger and Adam Alvey each had an interception.
The Braves will stay home to take on Highland Friday night.
It will be Bountiful’s final home game until they face Woods Cross on Oct. 14 to close out Region 6 play.
Bountiful’s final game of the year will be against Layton on Oct. 19.