HERRIMAN — The Herriman Mustangs continued playing inspired football by routing Copper Hills 40-21 Friday in what could be characterized as a sloppy and wild game.
The first half had a bit of everything from both teams.
Safeties, kick returns for touchdowns, missed extra points, a total 13 penalties, long field goals along with sustained touchdown drives contributed to what was a crazy half.
"After the first quarter, I turned around and asked someone if it was Halloween," said Herriman head coach Larry Wilson. "It was just sloppy and bizarre out there tonight. I don't even know how to begin breaking it all down, but that's what film is for."
Herriman appeared as if it would run away with it early on after jumping out to a quick 9-0 lead with 8:02 left in the first quarter. Following a bad snap which led to a safety, they followed it up with a 49-yard drive capped by a 7-yard run by quarterback Tueni Lupeamanu.
Copper Hills then came storming back with a 93-yard return by Henry Kemp on the ensuing kickoff. Following a fumble by Herriman star running back Francis Bernard deep in their own territory, the Grizzlies punched it in from 1-yard out on an Aaron Kahn quarterback keeper, making it 12-9 with 5:20 left in the first quarter.
Bernard then coughed it up again deep in Herriman's territory, which led to a 25-yard field goal by Copper Hills' Aaron Price.
"We didn't do a good job with defensive recognition with our offense and you have to credit Copper Hills with really mixing it up well, giving us different looks," said Wilson. "They had a couple of players make big plays, and like I said, it was just nuts out there for the first half."
The Grizzlies' lead didn't last long as Brandon Farmer returned the kickoff 99 yards as the first quarter came to an end, making the score 16-15.
The Mustangs then were a beneficiary of another special teams miscue by Copper Hills which led to a touchdown.
Herriman finished the first half with a 22-yard field goal from Colt Andolsek to go into the locker room with a 26-15 halftime lead.
The second half saw the Mustangs clean up their mistakes and cruise to a 40-21 victory.
"We cleaned up a lot of things that we were making mistakes with and we hung onto the football better," said Wilson. "This is a game where I really want to look at the film to see why we were penalized so much and about everything else and make this a good learning experience going forward."
Herriman featured two players with BYU offers, one of whom was Bernard. The running back didn't have his best outing of the year, sitting out most of the second half after coughing up the football three times in the first half. He did account for 101 yards on just 12 carries.
BYU's other offer went to Tueni Lupeamanu, who does a bit of everything for the Mustangs. He starts at quarterback, sees most of the reps at outside linebacker and punts the football.
"I just do whatever the coaches ask," said Lupeamanu. "If they think I can help the team best by doing all that then that's what is most important. It's tiring, but it's fun."
BYU offered Lupeamanu as an athlete and Bernard as a running back. Both players are juniors.