By SHAIN GILLET
Clipper Sports Editor
BOUNTIFUL — Jakob Hunt led the Bountiful Braves with four rushing touchdowns Friday night at Larry Wall Stadium as the Braves took down the Eagles 35-6 in the first round of the 4A playoffs.
The Braves offensive line, which kept quarterback Taylor Holman clean during the game, bolstered Hunt’s scoring efforts. Hunt scored two of his touchdowns in the second quarter in four-yard and five-yard efforts that gave the Braves a 14-0 lead with 1:05 remaining in the first half.
In the second half, Hunt engineered the Braves’ third touchdown of the game, carrying the ball seven times during an eight-play drive that ended with Holman finding Mosese Manu for a 16-yard touchdown pass.
Hunt’s seven carries accounted for 40 yards on the drive, and Holman got a clean pass away to Manu for the 21-point lead.
After surrendering a quick touchdown on Skyline’s next possession, the Braves responded by scoring on an 86-yard scamper by Hunt for a 28-6 lead. The drive lasted only two plays, and Hunt carried the ball both times on the scoring drive.
Then, Hunt scored from nine yards away after the Braves picked off a pass from Skyline. That play in the closing minutes of the game capped off the scoring for the night.
Friday’s playoff game was Hunt’s third four-touchdown game this season.
He also scored four touchdowns against Cyprus on Sept. 14 and had four rushing touchdowns against Mountain View. Hunt has 22 total touchdowns this season and has eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing.
Holman’s touchdown pass was his third of the season and was his second consecutive game throwing a passing touchdown. Since coming into the season as the third quarterback, Holman has thrown for 117 yards and three touchdowns, with only one interception.
On Friday night, the Braves will face Mountain Crest, which beat Timpanogos 36-6 last week.
That game represents the next round of the 4A playoffs. It will be played at Mountain Crest High School.