In all that time, he’s lost to the Woods Cross Wildcats just once.
A streak that began in 1989 and has never changed is the hope the Bountiful Braves will carry with them heading into their Region 6 finale as they take on the cross-town rivals. The game will be at Bountiful High School Friday night.
Last week the Braves took a step back in the race for the Region 6 crown, dropping to East 27-0 while being held to just 111 yards on the ground. The biggest difference in that game came down to the Leopards defense, which held Bountiful as a whole to under 150 total yards of offense and forced a pair of turnovers.
Both turnovers, as it turned out, immediately turned into points for the Leopards. One was an interception return on a short screen pass, the other turned into an 84-yard scoop and scamper on a fumble by the Braves.
With the strong history the Braves have on their side, however, the Braves could prove to be a pretty tough beat this week. This season the Braves have already learned how to bounce back from losses, posting strong wins after losing to Lone Peak to open the season.
They also followed a pair of losses (the first time the team lost back-to-back games since 2006) to Logan and Viewmont with convincing wins over Cyprus and Highland, the latter team competing for a spot in the 4A state football playoffs.
The team’s formula for winning, however, hasn’t changed. With the team’s forte of running the football practically every down, the Braves have continued to win. Sticking with a tradition of Bountiful football won’t change either. The team nearly lives and dies by running the ball, regardless of who’s behind the quarterback.
This season Cam Zollinger has remained at the helm under center, with the senior having a lot of success through the air until last Friday.
Before the Braves’ game against East, Zollinger threw for over 100 yards and at least one touchdown in three straight games after being held out of both of the first four games of the season.
Zollinger still has a better touchdown to interception ratio (seven to five), proving that he can run the offense just as Wall likes it with the intelligence to handle the football correctly.
And even though he may not finish anywhere near his last season total (1,300 yards with 15 touchdowns), he’ll still be one to watch this Friday night.
Behind Zollinger this season is Jakob Hunt, Jack Fabrizio and Teau Satuala, who was a late addition to the team this year due to off-the-field troubles.
Hunt seemingly has done equal the amount of work done by predecessor in David Coffman, who rushed for 735 yards and eight touchdowns last year.
Fabrizio is a good second running back behind the three-headed carrying monster of himself, Hunt and Satuala. While averaging 4.7 yards per carry, Fabrizio has 357 yards on the ground with Satuala sitting third on the team with 218.
On defense, Rylee Gautavai anchors a team that still averages giving up less than two touchdowns a game since entering Region 6 play (11.75 through four games). His 78 tackles with two interceptions leads or ties him with the team lead, making him one to watch while the Braves try to clinch at least a share of the Region 6 title.