The Kanab Cowboys started off the season with a convincing 41-0 shutout of South Sevier.

Kanab dominated this game from beginning to end. The Cowboys racked up 451 yards of offense, with 157 via the ground and 294 through the air.

Junior quarterback Tavin Ott threw for 267 yards and four touchdowns. He completed 19 of 30 passes, but was intercepted three times. Ott was also the leading rusher in the game, with 64 yards on eight carries.

Workhorse Porter Johnson gained 52 yards on 16 attempts, scoring once.

Tight end Monte Glover hauled in eight passes, including two that went for touchdowns. He had 90 yards receiving to lead the team.

Kason Whitesides caught six passes for 74 yards, with one going for a TD. He also threw a 27 yard touchdown pass to Layne Anderson.

Anderson gained 23 yards rushing on four tries, while hauling in six passes for 81 yards, and one score.

Kicker Cameron Fryer was good on five of six extra point attempts.

Just as the offense was prolific, even though they started a little slow in the first half, the defense was even better, allowing only six South Sevier first downs in the game. The Rams were completely shut down by the Cowboy “D,” gaining only 39 yards on the ground on 23 carries, and 42 yards through the air on four of 13 passes.

As proud as head coach Bucky Orton was with his offense, he was even more elated with his defense. “The defense really got after them, and they played a great game for all four quarters,” said Orton.

Orton singled out Kason Whitesides on defense and Monte Glover on offense as having really good games. He also thought Tavin Ott played well in his first varsity start, especially in the second half.

Defensive coach Klint Glover’s unit forced and recovered two fumbles, as well as getting an interception. Parker Collins was the leading tackler with eight, while Jake Shakespear had seven.

Coach Orton is excited about his team this year. “We have some really good athletes who have been playing since they were sophomores who will really help in our spread offense.”

It took Kanab only one play to get on the scoreboard after Tyler Swapp hit the Ram QB, causing a fumble, which he recovered on the South Sevier 26 yard line. Ott hit tight end Parker Collins on a quick pass, that Collins took to paydirt. The score came with 3:42 left in the first period. It was set up on two consecutive tackles for loss, the first a three yard loss by Matt Glover and Whitesides, and the second on a seven yard loss by Anderson and Morgan Barton.

The next score came early in the second stanza when Porter Johnson ran it in from four yards out. The seven play drive covered 69 yards, with the big play being a 34 yard pass play from Ott to Monte Glover. The extra point kick was good and Kanab led 14-0 with 9:37 left in the second.

After a Ram interception, South Sevier had their best chance of scoring when they drove to the Kanab 33. Monte Glover stopped that drive with an interception at the four yard line when the Rams went for the big pass play.

The half ended with South Sevier only down 14-0. This game wasn’t over yet...not until the third quarter anyway, when the Cowboys erupted for 20 points to put it away!

Kanab chewed up a little over six minutes on their first drive of the second half. Monte Glover had a nice kick return to the Cowboy 47. Kanab capped off the 10-play drive on a five yard pass from Ott to Whitesides. With the PAT, Kanab led 21-0 with 5:52 left in the third.

The Cowboys scored two touchdowns in 42 seconds late in the third frame to seal the deal.

Ott hit Monte Glover on an eight yard touchdown pass play with 2:08 left in the third to make it 28-0. On the first play after the kickoff, South Sevier QB Caleb Barton fumbled the ball and Whitesides recovered on the Ram 30. After an incomplete pass and a short run, Whitesides threw a strike to Anderson and he took it in from 27 yards out. The Cowboys led 34-0, with 1:26 left to play in the third.

Kanab scored their final TD halfway through the fourth quarter on a 12 yard pass from Ott to Monte Glover. The score capped off a 70 yard, 10 play drive, to make the score 41-0 with 5:24 left in the game.

This week, Kanab hosts arch-rival Beaver on Friday night, with kickoff at 7 p.m. at the coolest football field in all of Utah, picturesque Arlyn Hafen Stadium.