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Junior quarterback Cade Hanson looks for a receiver in the Sept. 26 game against Power/Dutton/Brady, while teammate Wyatt Manthey (7) offers some protection.

The Sunburst Refiners took on the No. 1 six-man team in the state, and gave them their toughest game of the season, but came up short, losing 74-34. 

Big Sandy opened the game scoring the first 18 points of the game, before Cade Hanson hit Cole Johnson for a one-handed grab in the end zone for a two-yard score. Big Sandy led at the end of one 18-6.

Sunburst scored two touchdowns in the second quarter. Hanson connected with Stanley Jarvis for two touchdowns, one for 42-yards, and one for two yards. Sunburst trailed 26-19 at the half. 

Sunburst found the end zone two more times in the second half. Jarvis had a 79-yard kick-off return, and Jaden Koon hit Jarvis for a 33-yard pass. 

 “Our defense made some nice stops in the second quarter, and we had a tough time bringing down their 230 lb. fullback in the second half,” said head coach Jason Hanson.

 “Big Sandy is ranked No. 1 in the state “C” for six-man and for good reason. They were big and physical. I don’t think any team has put more than six points up against this Big Sandy team and we managed to get 34. These kids played hard and Coach Bye and I are proud of the way they handled themselves.”

Coach Hanson had nothing but praise for his seniors. “There’s never a dull moment when you have Cole Johnson, Grady Kerfoot, Jaden Koon, Blake Smylie and Stanley Jarvis around. It’s difficult to give a pregame speech when you know this was probably the last home game these kids would be playing. I’ve been around these guys since they were little and I’m certain they have taught me more about life than I’ve taught them.”

The game with Box Elder, which was scheduled for Saturday, has been cancelled due to the spike in COVID cases.

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