The Kanab Cowboys won their season opener with a convincing 23-7 victory over South Sevier last Friday night. Kanab scored in each quarter on their way to the win.

The first score came with 2:09 left in the first period when senior quarterback Tavin Ott hooked up with junior wide receiver Kayden McDonald on a 43 yard scoring play. The score capped an eight-play, 69-yard drive. Carter Jackman booted the extra point through the goal posts, and Kanab led 7-0.

Ott kept the ball himself for the next touchdown on a two yard scamper in the second quarter. Another Jackman kick and the Cowboys led 14-0. The nine-play drive, which took a little over three minutes, covered 55 yards, with the score coming with 3:24 left until the half.

The stiff Cowboy defense forced a three and out on the first drive of the third period and Kanab received the punt on their own 42 yard line. This time they drove to the end zone in eight plays, with Ott connecting with wide receiver Dillon Rios on a 17 yard scoring strike. After a Jackman PAT, Kanab led 21-0 with 8:06 left in the third.

South Sevier’s defense perked up and kept Kanab out of the end zone for the rest of the game.

The Cowboy “D” got the final points for Kanab when linebacker Matt Glover sacked Ram quarterback Peydon Wood for a 10 yard loss in the end zone for a safety. That came with 5:28 left in the contest.

Kanab lost the shutout when punter John Simms fumbled the snap and South Sevier took over on the Cowboy 32 with 2:40 left in the game. A roughing the passer penalty on Kanab, folowed by a 20 yard pass play, and the Rams had a first and goal at the Cowboy five yard line. Running back Tyson Chisholm took the handoff and scored from five yards out ... with only 22 ticks left on the clock ... to make the final score 23-7.

Kanab picked up 11 first downs in the game, while South Sevier had 13.

The Cowboys were held to only 62 yards rushing, but gained 143 through the air. Ott completed 11 of 16 passes and two touchdowns, while running for the third score. Parker Collins led the rushing attack with 50 yards on nine attempts.Kanab tallied 205 yards of total offense.

South Sevier only attempted five passes in the game, completing three, with the 20 yard completion at the end of the game the big one. They only had 42 yards through the air. On the ground, Chisholm led the way with 115 yards on 19 carries. But the rest of the Rams netted only 11 more yards on the ground.

The Rams fumbled four times, losing two of them to the Cowboys. Kanab’s fumbled snap was their only turnover.

Kanab’s defense was led by Jaxson Giddings with nine tackles, including two for losses. Matt Glover had five tackles, with two of his sacks as well, including the safety.

Kanab has a tough battle this Friday, as they travel to Beaver to face the defending 2A state champions. Beaver walloped Canyon View 46-0 last week.

In other 1A/2A action: Milford 49, Gunnison 14

Duchesne 15, American Leadership 6

Parowan 53, Altamont 0

Grand 39, Monticello 6

Millard 24, Enterprise 14

Layton Christian 14, North Summit 0

North Sevier 54, Wayne 7

South Summit 51, San Juan 8

Richfield 21, Emery 14