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Brighton Claims Close Win in Intense Battle Against Corner Canyon

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The Brighton Bengals broke the streak of the Corner Canyon Chargers Friday night. Both teams fought furiously throughout the game and up until the final minute but the Bengals came away on top, breaking the final tie of the game with 18.8 seconds left on the clock. The final score was 12-11.
There was a lot at stake going into the game; both teams were undefeated against in-state teams. Each team was ranked at the top of their conference. In the last Storm Coaches Poll, Corner Canyon was ranked No. 1 with Brighton at No. 2. Both teams understood that this was going to be a close game, and neither team disappointed.
Within the first minutes of the game, both teams demonstrated an intensity that would continue throughout. The Chargers took control of the first face-off. They skillfully worked the ball around the restraining box while Brighton played a close defense. The Bengal defense was so close, in fact, that they picked up two quick penalties. Corner Canyon certainly took advantage of being up two men and opened the scoring when attackman Chandler Stranc scored his first of four goals, assisted by midfielder Zack Franckowiak.
Brighton - Corner Canyon
This first goal did not seem to phase Brighton in the slightest. They continued on to score four of their own by the end of the quarter, holding the Chargers to just the one.
Brighton was the first to score in the second when attackman Bubba Fairman weaved back and forth behind the goal until he was finally able to shake his defender, freeing him up to assist midfielder Ashton Schmidt for the goal. The second continued fairly evenly with each team scoring two more goals each, including one by Brighton LSM Brody Bolerjack.
The half ended with Brighton up by four points, a decent lead, but the game was far from over. Corner Canyon gained possession on the face-off and within 22 seconds the Chargers scored the first goal in what would turn out to be the spark in an exciting comeback. Corner Canyon out-scored Brighton 7-2 in the third, giving them the lead going into the final quarter.
It was evident that the fight to the finish would only intensify at this point. The offensive squads for each team became frantic to score the next goal, setting up some great plays. However, the defensive units and goalies were also playing phenomenally. Despite such amazing play by both teams, the first goal of the quarter did not come until just 3:28 remained on the clock.
Brighton attackman Grant Pierce began a chain of events that would determine the outcome of the game when he scored his first goal of the quarter. The game was now tied at 10 and time was running out. Both teams fought hard for each possession. Brighton came up with the ball and midfielder and team captain, Ryan Fogarty, gave the Bengals the lead with just 1:22 remaining.
Corner Canyon was not willing to walk away quite yet. Immediately after winning the following face-off, Charger LSM Garrett Bullet fired away, scoring and bringing the game back to a tie at 11. Brighton gained the next possession, fired and missed. However, they were able to recover the ball and as the whistle blew to resume play, there was a bit of confusion with substitutions which opened a lane for Fogarty to score another goal with just 18.8 seconds. Corner Canyon won the face-off, but could not hold on to the ball as the clock expired, ending the game at 12-11 for the Bengals.
“Grant [Pierce] fed me on that last one,” said Fogarty on his game-winning goal, “and I saw the goal and shot. It’s a big deal, being a captain, to finally come out and make some plays at the end. It’s nice to get the No. 1 seed back from Corner Canyon.” When asked about what he most looked forward to for the rest of the season, Fogarty replied simply, “State championship.”
“The kids did not want to give up; they just kept fighting,” commented Bengal Head Coach Brandon Horoba. “They didn’t want to leave this field losing. We just have to keep getting better. Every game we find things to improve on. We work on those and get better for the next one.”
Corner Canyon will next compete against Spanish Fork on April 4. Brighton is set to take on the Jordan Beetdiggers on April 1.

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