The Kanab Cowboys needed a quick fix after their disappointing loss to Monticello in their regular season finale on October 19. They got the perfect medicine when Milford came to town last Friday night in the first round of the 1A state playoffs. Kanab scored early and often, building up a 40-0 halftime lead, before letting the reserves get valuable experience in the second half as they dominated the Tigers 47-8.

Merrill Terry was back to his usual self after struggling against Monticello. He ran for 138 yards and three touchdowns on just five carries, while throwing three touchdowns on 10 of 13 passing for 148 yards ... all in the first half!

Kanab’s first score came with 7:03 left in the first period, when Terry hooked up with Hadin Jones on a 16 yard scoring strike.

After Dan Ramsay sacked Milford’s wideout on a reverse for a three yard loss, the Tigers punted to midfield.

On the first play after a false start penalty on Kanab, Terry broke through the line and was off to the races, scoring on a 55 yard gallop. The score came with 4:45 left in the first and made it 14-0 Kanab.

After the ensuing kickoff, the Milford quarterback fumbled on the first play from scrimmage and Nate Coleman recovered for the Cowboys on the Tiger 40 yard line. It took Kanab just three plays to reach the end zone once again. And once again, it was Terry rambling the final 31 yards to paydirt. This made it 21-0.

Early in the second stanza, Terry sprinted 41 yards on an option keeper to make the score 28-0. The 67 yard drive only took five plays, with a Terry to Conner Jackman pass for 15 yards the biggest play until the touchdown run.

On the next Milford drive, middle linebacker Madison Knape sacked the quarterback for a five yard loss on third and 13, forcing another punt. Milford got their first big break in the game when Jones fumbled the punt, and the Tigers recovered on the Kanab 38. The defense held, and a couple plays later Aaron Foster scooped up an errant pitch on the bounce and recovered for Kanab on the 36.

A nice sweep by Luke Crosby netted 15 yards, followed by another sweep the other way by Davin Houston for 17 yards, and the Cowboys were threatening again. A quick pass to Houston, followed by some nifty running on the receiver’s part, ended up being a 34 yard scoring play and Kanab led 34-0.

The final score came on a 22 yard pass from Terry to Ramsay to make it 40-0 at the half. That was enough for me.

Rich beat a good Monticello team at home 26-17 in the other half of Kanab’s bracket, so the Cowboys play them at SUU in Cedar City on Friday at 1:30 p.m. Duchesne faces Diamond Ranch at 11 a.m. in the other semifinal game.