The Thunder Mountain High School Falcons fell prey to end-zone hunting Dominick Brown and Noah Doneen in a 56-0 loss to California’s Viewpoint Patriots on Tuesday night at TMHS Field.
Despite 17 tackles by Falcons’ senior Ben Jahn at the linebacker position, Brown ran for three touchdowns and Doneen caught two and ran for one.
“We were really worried about Jahn,” Viewpoint coach Chris Adamson said. “He was our focal point, getting him blocked on defense and containing him offensively. He is even better than advertised. He is a heck of a football player. He put some licks on us on defense.”
Turnovers were key for the Falcons as they fumbled three times and were intercepted twice in the first half, falling behind 49-0 in the rain and chill of late summer.
“I was really happy with our defense,” Adamson said. “I thought we did a really good job of containing Jahn and that was a huge focus of ours. That and pursuing the football. Jahn is a big kid, we wanted to make sure we had multiple guys making tackles.”
The biggest play of the night was not given by Viewpoint’s Brown or Doneen, but by senior captain Ben Jahn from TMHS.
After a teammate’s fumble and dejected body language, Jahn placed his hands on the young man’s shoulder pads and reassured him that the game still had time to play.
TMHS never stopped playing as the night wore on. Brown and Doneen never seemed to tire on the night and the Falcons never flinched.
“We really wanted to stick to our strengths, our speed and quickness and stay out of a fist fight between the tackles,” Adamson said. “We were outsized and tried to stick to our game plan. Dominick had a big game for his first time as a starting varsity tailback.”
The game was not won by the home team on the scoreboard. That honor went to the visiting Patriots.
The Falcons’ game was won by actions on the playing field. Overmatched and overrun, they trenched down in three-point stances and lowered their shoulders until the final whistle.
Passing- Zach Chulak- 6-16 55 yards, 2 Touchdowns, 1 Interception.
Rushing- Dominick Brown- 15 rushes, 172 yards, 3 TD’s; Adam Balaban- 9 rushes, 59 yards, TD; Spencer Bernstein- 8 rushes, 44 yards, TD; Noah Doneen- 1 rush, 2 yards, TD.
Receiving- Noah Doneen- 4 catches, 52 yards, 2 TD’s.
Defense- Spencer Bernstein- 2 fumble recoveries, INT; Scott Lipman- 8 tackles; Noah Doneen- INT.
Passing- Ben Jahn- 0-5, 3 INT’s.
Rushing- Russell Smith- 8 carries, 2 yards, 3 fumbles.
Defense- Ben Jahn- 17 tackles; Sam Bluett- 7 tackles; Riley Olsen- INT.
1st quarter / 7:00 VHS- Dominick Brown 27 yard TD run (Webster kick) 7-0
4:16 VHS- Adam Balaban 3 yard TD run (Webster kick) 14-0
2nd quarter / 8:38 VHS- Noah Doneen 3 yard TD reception from Zach Chulak (Webster kick) 21-0
6:49 VHS- Dominick Brown 12 yard TD run (Webster kick) 28-0
4:59 VHS- Dominick Brown 1 yard TD run (Webster kick) 35-0
3:15 VHS Noah Doneen 1 yard TD run (Webster kick) 42-0
1:16 VHS Noah Doneen 25 yard TD reception from Chulak (Webster kick) 49-0
3rd quarter / 5:22 VHS- Spencer Bernstein 6 yard TD run (Webster kick) 56-0