BY SHAIN GILLET
Clipper Sports Editor
CLEARFIELD – Tanner Redding had another game to remember Friday night for the Bountiful Braves football team.
With three receiving touchdowns on offense, and an interception on defense, the senior was a big part of Bountiful’s 44-7 blowout victory over the Clearfield Falcons.
Redding’s first receiving touchdown was also the Braves first in the game, a 27 yard touchdown from Trevor Lloyd with 5:06 remaining in the first quarter.
Two plays later, Redding intercepted Clearfield quarterback Brayden Schoolcraft, halting a quick drive by the Falcons.
The Braves took advantage of another turnover in the second quarter when Jordan Hayes recovered a fumble in Clearfield territory. Five plays later, Houston Heimuli scored on a two-yard touchdown for a 16-0 lead at the time.
Another fumble recovery for Bountiful, this time by Sam Merrill, turned into an immediate touchdown for the Braves with under three minutes left in the first half. On the play, Kelly Thorpe’s forced fumble jumped right to the hands of Merrill, who scampered 20 yards for a touchdown and a 23-0 lead.
Redding scored his second touchdown of the game in the closing minutes of the first half, catching a 29-yard touchdown from Jordan Hayes for a 30-0 lead halftime lead.
“All those kids are playmakers,” said Bountiful coach Larry Wall. “They work at what they do and do it well. I’m glad they’re on our team.”
Redding’s final touchdown of the night happened on the Braves opening drive of the second half. Bountiful went on a quick three-play, 48-yard drive that ended with Redding’s 30 yard touchdown reception from Hayes. The score allowed for the “running clock” rule to be put in place.
The final touchdown for Bountiful came on a one yard touchdown run by Heimuli with 1:58 remaining in the third quarter.
“We’ve really been looking forward to this because it’s the start of our league,” said Wall. “That’s why we play the preseason so it prepares us for these league games.”
Clearfield’s lone touchdown came on a nine-yard run by Thorpe with 3:28 remaining in the game.
The Braves will have one more non-region game against Layton next Friday. Despite the game being placed unusually on Bountiful’s schedule, Wall said the team will still be prepared.
“You can’t just turn it on and then turn it off,” he said. “Every week is a new week, and the year is short enough as it is. Every game is critical for us, and hopefully we’ll learn some things from this game that will make us better next week.”
Kickoff for next Friday’s game is 7 p.m. at Layton High School.