They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.
However, as seniors grow older, sometimes they cannot live independently without someone by their side to provide care. Unfortunately, some older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.
Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live in the comforts or their home rather than in an assisted living community. Home care in La Verkin, UT is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.
Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they age. We are proud to have helped tens of thousands of seniors to maintain a higher level of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of home care available so that they may live happily and independently.
Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs.
The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home care services in La Verkin, UT. Always Best Care is here to help.
Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.
The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.
At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.
To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:
If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes or Parkinson's or Alzheimer's.
Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.
Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite activities and hobbies while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.
According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy other activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress helps reduce the risks of caregiver burnout.
When it comes to non-medical home care, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible. If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.
Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:
While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.
In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.
How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?
A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in La Verkin, UT, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.
Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.
For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.
More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.
With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in La Verkin, UT gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.
In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.
Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.
At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.
When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.
Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.
At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in La Verkin,UT understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.
Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.
Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.
The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:
An assessment of your senior loved one
An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home
Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs
A new rebate program offered through Washington County could pay residents up to $2 per square foot to remove grass lawns and replace them with more water-efficient landscaping.The Washington County Conservancy District announced Thursday it was opening up its Water Efficient Landscape Rebate to local residents, promoting the plan as a way to cut back on water use as the desert community faces drought, fast-paced population growth and significant challenges to its plans to draw water from the Colorado River.A typ...
A new rebate program offered through Washington County could pay residents up to $2 per square foot to remove grass lawns and replace them with more water-efficient landscaping.
The Washington County Conservancy District announced Thursday it was opening up its Water Efficient Landscape Rebate to local residents, promoting the plan as a way to cut back on water use as the desert community faces drought, fast-paced population growth and significant challenges to its plans to draw water from the Colorado River.
A typical grass lawn in Washington County uses 37 gallons per square foot, per year, while xeriscaping or other water-efficient landscaping uses just nine gallons per square foot, district officials say.
“We’re a rapidly growing desert community with one water source that is experiencing the same drought plaguing most of the southwest,” said Zach Renstrom, the water district's general manager. “Incorporating more sustainable landscapes throughout our community is essential to extend our limited water supply.”
Under the program rules, participants could receive $2 per square foot for the first 5,000 square feet they remove and $1 per square foot thereafter, with up to $50,000 available per property. Projects would need to receive pre-approval from the district and must be located in a municipal area served by the district, including St. George, Santa Clara, Washington, Ivins and La Verkin.
Turf removal programs have proven successful in desert cities like Las Vegas, dropping per-capita use but have been slow to develop in Utah, with water managers often citing a lack of funding. In southwestern Utah, the hottest and driest corner of the state, the demand for a program has increased in recent years due to drought, declining reservoir storage and controversy surrounding the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline.
While state and local officials continue to advocate for the Lake Powell Pipeline, they have been bigger advocates for conservation in recent years. At the water district's direction, area municipalities earlier this year instituted the state's most restrictive ordinances on new construction, banning "non-functional" grass, requiring new homes and businesses be built with water-efficient appliances, and placing limits on water-heavy properties like car washes and golf courses.
Getting tough on turf:Citing drought and climate change, Utah governments are starting to tear out grass lawns
Washington County has generally proposed water-saving measures ahead of the rest of the state, something Gov. Spencer Cox said he hoped would lead to similar efforts statewide. After a meeting this fall with representatives from the Washington County Water Conservancy District, Cox said he agreed that conservation needed to be the first step toward securing a more stable water supply.
“Responsible, sustainable growth will only occur if Utahns work together to conserve water,” he said. “We need to be smarter stewards of this precious resource, and this begins with conservation.”
Interested residents can apply online at wcwcd.org.
LA VERKIN — A new hot springs resort is coming to LaVerkin: Zion Canyon Hot Springs. Its source will be the Pah Tempe Hot Springs, also known as the LaVerkin Hot Springs, and the resort will be built from the ground up once design plans are finalized. The successful resort Iron Mountain Hot Springs in Glenwood Spring, Colorado has officially contracted 15 acres of land for the resort, with three acres being leased from the Washington ...
LA VERKIN — A new hot springs resort is coming to LaVerkin: Zion Canyon Hot Springs. Its source will be the Pah Tempe Hot Springs, also known as the LaVerkin Hot Springs, and the resort will be built from the ground up once design plans are finalized. The successful resort Iron Mountain Hot Springs in Glenwood Spring, Colorado has officially contracted 15 acres of land for the resort, with three acres being leased from the Washington County water conservancy.
Zion Canyon Hot Springs plans on pumping spring water 2300 feet straight from the spring to the resort’s estimated 16 individual pools.
Mogli Cooper, a co-owner of the company and leader of the Zion Canyon Hot Springs development, explained the long road it’s taken to get to the design phase of the project.
“I shared my vision with Corey Cram of the county water conservancy in 2018 and he said if it would happen, it’d be a long process,” Cooper said. “But I figured, what else am I going to do?”
Once she met with Cram, the pursuit of Cooper’s vision began. But since the target hot spring is on government land, Cooper said, the process crawled along.
“We met with LaVerkin city council, the mayor, the city engineer,” Cooper said. “We began the very public forum for the land procurement, qualifying through the government based on our experience with Iron Mountain Hot Springs, financial capabilities and how to run the resort. We qualified for all those and were picked, but since it was during COVID, it took even longer.”
Cooper emphasized that Zion Canyon Hot Springs won’t be a “family-pool, tidal-pool” resort. Instead, she said, it will be a lot like Iron Mountain Hot Springs.
“It’s going to be first class. It’s a class act. It’s not your run-of-the-mill hippie dip,” she said. “We have individual pools that seat six to eight people comfortably. We may have one larger pool, but every pool is individually fed from the springs, and they always turn over for fresh water.”
“We don’t chlorinate our water, so it’s pure mineral water. We also extract the heat out of the water at the end of the day. In Colorado, we run the hot water through pipes under the sidewalk to defrost the walkways.”
Due to the contracted land being close to private property and other homes, Cooper said, the project has worked closely with its neighbors to develop plans according to local desires.
“The neighbors worry about their privacy, which is a legitimate worry to have, since this is a commercial business moving into their backyards,” she said. “Over time, I think they’ve come to see we’re not going to be a temporary, obtrusive, pass-by business.
“We had a public forum where they told us what they’d like to see. One person had a concern about having handicap ramps, which we’ve considered and adopted. Another thing we’re implementing is privacy fences and walls around the parking lots to have a visual barrier from residential neighbors.”
Along with co-owners Steve and Jeanne Beckley, Cooper built the Iron Mountain Hot Springs from Glenwood Springs in Colorado from the ground up in 2015.
“Very similar to LaVerkin, very active in the late 1800s, went through many owners, then bulldozed in 1995 until we bought the land,” Cooper said. “We wanted to bring back the hot springs in a novel way. We have 16, soon to have 26 pools in Iron Mountain. That’s the vision we have for LaVerkin, for Zion Canyon Hot Springs.”
Steve Beckley, Cooper’s business partner, was a petroleum engineer in Colorado, and he frequently spelunked mountain caves. He fell in love with Glenwood Caverns, and he and his wife reopened the caves to the public since being closed in 1917. Beckley and Cooper joined forces and set their eyes on Glenwood Springs, finishing Iron Mountain Hot Springs resort in 2015.
Cooper did not share an estimated construction date.
According to Washington County’s water conservation website, the Pah Tempe Hot Springs are currently closed to public access due to environmental and safety issues. The hot springs are located on the Virgin River between Hurricane and LaVerkin, and they produce more than seven million gallons of 107-degree water a day. The springs feed about 109,000 tons of salt into the Colorado river a year.
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LAVERKIN — Vitalpax Inc. plans to create new jobs and invest in rural Southern Utah after receiving a post-performance tax credit in April.The Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity awarded Vitalpax Inc. with a temporary, marginal tax reduction as part of the Legislature’s Economic Development Tax Increment Finance program, according to a recent press release....
LAVERKIN — Vitalpax Inc. plans to create new jobs and invest in rural Southern Utah after receiving a post-performance tax credit in April.
The Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity awarded Vitalpax Inc. with a temporary, marginal tax reduction as part of the Legislature’s Economic Development Tax Increment Finance program, according to a recent press release.
“Utah does not provide upfront cash for corporate retention and recruitment,” the release said. “Instead, the state offers a post-performance tax credit after the company meets specific obligations, including capital investment, new high-paying jobs, and additional state tax payments.”
Vitalpax may receive up to 30% of the additional state taxes it will pay, qualifying for a portion of the total tax credit each year it meets the criteria outlined in its 10-year agreement with the state, via the Rural Economic Development Tax Increment Finance tax credit, according to the press release.
Vitalpax’s CEO and founder Dalyon Ruesch said the tax credit will save the company funds that will be used to purchase production equipment, which will increase revenue. The company will put additional revenue toward adding new jobs.
Southern Utahns can expect Vitalpax to create up to 40 new, high-paying jobs over the next 10 years, per its agreement with the state, the release states. Among them are manufacturing, laboratory-based and warehouse jobs, Ruesch said. The company offers its employees health benefits, paid time off and a 401(K).
Vitalpax is also partnering with local universities to provide internship opportunities, he said.
Additionally, Vitalpax will invest $5 million in rural Utah through infrastructure enhancements, such as repurposing existing buildings. The company has a preliminary goal of building a 50,000-70,000 square-foot facility, which will allow Vitalpax to put on “the right dog and pony show for customers,” Ruesch said.
Vitalpax also plans to invest in Artificial Intelligence-driven automation, Ruesch said.
“We have equipment that is automated, but AI is going to be the way of the future when it comes to production facilities,” he said.
The potential expansion has at least one economic official excited.
“We’re excited to see Vitalpax continue to grow in La Verkin, Utah,” Dan Hemmert, the Office of Economic Opportunity’s executive director said in the press release. “The company’s dedication to its local community has been obvious throughout our discussions, and we wish Vitalpax continued success.”
Vitalpax was founded in 2014 and manufactures dietary supplements and personal care products that are sold to other businesses, Ruesch said. According to Vitalpax’s website, the company will print, package and ship products as part of their full-service contracts.
Vitalpax’s vision is advancing vitality and promoting health and wellness, Ruesch said. While looking for inspiration and guidance, Ruesch read his great-grandmother Mattie Woodbury Ruesch’s autobiography, part of which focused on her health concerns.
In a chapter titled, “My Quest for Health,” he said she wrote about vital fruits and vegetables, which helped him to create the company’s name: “vital” for his great-grandmother and “pax” for packaging.
A picture of his great-grandmother hangs in the lobby with her creed framed underneath.
“To serve. To grow. To seek beauty, goodness and truth everywhere,” the beginning of the creed reads.
Ruesch said the company is focused on the well-being of its colleagues, customers and community, adding that employees are referred to as colleagues as part of the corporate culture to promote a more equal environment.
Vitalpax is working with Talent Ready Utah’s Adopt-a-School program, through the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity to create a service-based partnership with La Verkin Elementary, Ruesch said, adding that while the partnership agreement is still in process, it’s an exciting way for the company to serve its community.
Ruesch said it’s easy to be biased about Southern Utah, considering the perks of living, recreating and owning a business in what is “arguably, America’s playground.”
“I couldn’t think of, you know, doing it any other way,” he said. “You know, there’s just so many opportunities. There are challenges – absolutely – but if it were easy, it may not be as exciting.”
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LA VERKIN, Utah (KUTV) — At first glance, you wouldn’t notice anything amiss on 560 West in the La Verkin Overlook neighborhood of Southern Utah.But neighbors said they have watched the threat of a slow-moving landslide inch closer and closer to their homes.“For a while it seemed like it was going to be ok, and then it wasn’t ok,” homeowner Clarence Dorsey told 2News.The landslide, which La Verkin city officials call the "Overlook Slide," forced two homes on the west side of the st...
LA VERKIN, Utah (KUTV) — At first glance, you wouldn’t notice anything amiss on 560 West in the La Verkin Overlook neighborhood of Southern Utah.
But neighbors said they have watched the threat of a slow-moving landslide inch closer and closer to their homes.
“For a while it seemed like it was going to be ok, and then it wasn’t ok,” homeowner Clarence Dorsey told 2News.
The landslide, which La Verkin city officials call the "Overlook Slide," forced two homes on the west side of the street to be torn in 2020. Neighbors said it has creeped much closer to the road over the last three months.
“There may be cracks under this road that we don’t know about, that’s a concern for everybody in this neighborhood," said homeowner Stephen Bird. "We bought down here in good faith that all the geologic studies had been done. It’s our retirement home."
Utility crews have been at the site of the Overlook Slide this week to secure utility lines. Superintendent Michael Chandler of the Ash Creek Special Service District, which handles the sewer lines, said the slide is starting to strain utility lines.
“The road overlays our sewer line and it’s starting to pull the existing laterals from the previous homes out. It’s starting to threaten some of our infrastructure,” Chandler said.
The Overlook Slide is mostly to blame on water problems related to soil erosion as result of water runoff, according to a 2021 study by Sunrise Engineering that was given to La Verkin city officials.
The report recommends a regiment of drain systems, testing and monitoring at the site to prevent further erosion.
La Verkin city officials referred comment to Sunrise Engineering. Neighbors said they have not been told any specifics about what the plan is as the erosion gets closer to their street.
“Had it been like this, I would have never bought my lot, I would have never built in this neighborhood,” Dorsey said. “I think the city’s responsibility is to only issue building permits on lots that are suitable to build on.”
A similar situation happened to homes in Riverdale between 2017 and 2019.
A landslide in North Salt Lake damaged homes and a sports club in 2014.
ST. GEORGE — Friday was a night of blowouts in Region 10 as Snow Canyon picked up a decisive home win over Dixie, and both Crimson Cliffs and Desert Hills won big on the road.Following are recaps of Friday’s action:Snow Canyon 56, Dixie 12For the second week in a row, Snow Canyon’s weapons exploded early and often in a drubbing of their crosstown rivals.“Last year Dixie kind of whipped us, and so I was like, I gotta pay ‘em back,” Snow Canyon se...
ST. GEORGE — Friday was a night of blowouts in Region 10 as Snow Canyon picked up a decisive home win over Dixie, and both Crimson Cliffs and Desert Hills won big on the road.
Following are recaps of Friday’s action:
Snow Canyon 56, Dixie 12
For the second week in a row, Snow Canyon’s weapons exploded early and often in a drubbing of their crosstown rivals.
“Last year Dixie kind of whipped us, and so I was like, I gotta pay ‘em back,” Snow Canyon senior Will Warner told St. George News. “You gotta get it back. Senior Night, obviously, so I was playing my heart out. All you can do.”
Warner started things off for Snow Canyon with an 82-yard interception return for a touchdown on the game’s first possession.
Then he collected a 38-yard scoring toss from senior quarterback Hunter Johnson and the home team quickly led 14-0.
Teagan Hugh ran untouched into the end zone at the end of the first quarter and Snow Canyon was comfortably ahead 21-0.
Dixie dealt with adversity in the form of injuries as several key players were out of the lineup before the contest even started, and quarterback Jalen Schultz and playmaker Seth Takau were both chased all over the field and punished by Warriors defenders.
Senior Mason Kesterson accounted for both Dixie scores, first taking a screen pass for an 83-yard touchdown, then returning an interception 30 yards for a touchdown late in the second quarter.
Those two scores by the Flyers were sandwiched around a third Warner touchdown, this one a 90-yard kick return.
Two more touchdown passes from Johnson went to Hugh (80 yards) and Brooks Esplin (35 yards) and Snow Canyon took a 49-12 lead into halftime.
Rockwell Jones rounded out the scoring in the contest with his 6-yard touchdown burst in the third quarter.
Corbin Christian was a perfect 8-for-8 kicking extra points in the Warriors win. Johnson finished with 242 yards through the air with four touchdown passes.
Dixie’s offense finished with just 173 total yards, held in check by a smothering defensive effort by the Warriors.
“You hate to say we needed to go through adversity to sharpen up and come together,” Snow Canyon head coach Mike Esplin said. “I think unselfishness–throw to the guy that’s open and the guy that’s open does the job–I think we’re very unselfish right now and making good reads.”
Snow Canyon plays next Friday at Pine View at 7 p.m.
Desert Hills 49, Hurricane 0
At Hurricane, the Desert Hills Thunder overcame a sluggish start to post a decisive shutout win over the Tigers.
Neither team scored in the first quarter, as they traded punts on their first two possessions. However, the Thunder drove to inside the Hurricane 10-yard line by the time the first quarter ended.
Tyden Morris then put Desert Hills on the scoreboard with a 1-yard rushing TD with 11:09 left in the second quarter. Xander Jones converted the extra-point kick, the first of seven he would make before the night was over.
Hurricane’s next two possessions ended in turnovers, with Desert Hills capitalizing on both.
After the Tigers lost a fumble, the Thunder drove down and scored on a short TD pass from quarterback Noah Fuailetolo to Javiyen Cummings, making it 14-0 with just under five minutes left before halftime.
Then, during Hurricane’s next drive, Lincoln Holmes snagged an interception in the backfield. The Thunder would then march down the field and ultimately score on an 8-yard TD run by Kona Crowell with 1:16 left in the second quarter, thereby taking a 21-0 halftime lead.
Crowell scored two more TDs during the third quarter, first on a 1-yard run and then on a 31-yard pass reception. That put the Thunder up 35-0 and activated the “mercy rule” running clock just before the third quarter ended.
Desert Hills scored two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter, both on long plays. The first came on a 62-yard scoring pass to Ayzen Cummings from backup quarterback Beau Wall. Then, a few minutes later, Wall broke loose on a QB keeper play and rushed for a 75-yard score to make it 49-0.
In the closing minute, Hurricane mustered one last attempt to break the shutout, but the Desert Hills defense stopped the Tigers on fourth down at the 2-yard line with 27 seconds left.
The game began on a somber note, as players, coaches and fans observed a moment of silence for a Hurricane High School student who passed away the night before when his bicycle was struck by a vehicle at an intersection a few blocks from the school. The teen’s name was announced as Robert Howard, a 15-year-old sophomore.
Next Friday, Desert Hills hosts Cedar while Hurricane hosts Cottonwood in a non-region contest.
– written by Jeff Richards
Crimson Cliffs 40, Pine View 14
The top-ranked Mustangs jumped ahead 21-0 on the road and took a 26-14 lead into halftime before shutting out the Panthers in the second half and rolling to victory.
Junior quarterback Steele Barben continued to put up big numbers, throwing for 177 yards and three touchdowns.
Two of those scoring tosses went to Boston Adamson (covering 15 and 17 yards) and Barben’s third scoring strike went to Luke Childs (10 yards).
Meanwhile, McCord Christiansen ran for a 7-yard Mustangs touchdown and Kaden Haws brought a fumble recovery 20 yards back to the house in the second quarter.
Mason Topalian’s 1-yard TD run rounded out the Crimson Cliffs attack. Kicker Ty Ottenschott went 4-for-6 on extra point attempts.
Pine View’s touchdowns were both passes from quarterback Tyler Brown. The first first went for 10 yards to Blake Stucki and the second was hauled in by Brock Harris for a 35-yard score.
Crimson Cliffs goes to Dixie Friday at 7 p.m. while Pine View stays home to host Snow Canyon, also Friday at 7 p.m.
Friday night’s local 3A/2A/1A recaps
In Thursday night’s Battle of the Wolves, Enterprise improved to 8-0 overall with a 35-7 win over North Sevier. Kyron Bracken scored three times, including a 20-yard pick-six, and Aiden Daugherty scored twice for Enterprise. Kyson Bosshardt had a 36-yard touchdown run for North Sevier.
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