The Flyer offense took off quickly in the Thunderdome Friday night, despite losing the coin toss thrown by Governor Gary Herbert.
Dixie jumped out to a quick start behind a strong defensive core and quarterback Blake Barney, who got the Flyers off to a 17-0 start. Desert Hills battled their way back in the first half, scoring 14 consecutive points to pull within three. The Flyers managed to score one more touchdown right before the first half closed out, giving Dixie the 24-14 advantage at halftime.
This game was a battle for bragging rights, and the upper hand in Region 9. Both teams were 4-1 heading into Friday night, with Desert Hills looking to improve to 3-0 in region 9 play, and 1-1 in region Dixie looking to bounce back from their tough loss at the hands of the Hurricane Tigers last week.
The Thunder continued to climb their way back into the game in the third quarter, outscoring Dixie 20-7 in the period, to take the 34-31 lead in the third. In the end, Desert Hills had too much power in their offense and survived a late-game surge from Dixie. The final score: Desert Hills 41, Dixie 38.