Hart (4-4 overall, 1-2 in Foothill League) had already mounted a healthy lead up to that point. Johnson opened the first quarter with a pitch to Drew Munoz on the first drive of the game, a play that resulted in a 47-yard touchdown. Johnson threw to Ryan Tomaszewski for a 22-yard score with 6:29 to go in the frame, then the first rain delay ensued. Protocol mandates that if a lightning strike is observed, there will be a 30-minute delay in the game. On the other side of the delay, Taden Littleford scampered nine yards for another touchdown. Johnson tossed to Ashton Thomas for a 20-yard connection to make it 28-0 by the time the clock read 7:35 in the first quarter. Canyon (2-6, 0-3) was able to get on the scoreboard shortly after as Aydyn Litz threw to Ryan Valdes for a 12-yard strike at the 4:54 mark. Munoz was the recipient of another Johnson pitch with 2:23 left in the second. Munoz bobbed and weaved and broke a tackle, narrowly staying in bounds, then completed the 7-yard run for a touchdown. “I think that it just shows that we really worked hard during the week and they worked really hard to prepare for the game and know what they’re supposed to do and to have guys that can do that is just so helpful for our team,” Johnson said of his receivers’ capabilities. Less than two minutes later, Aaron Rodriguez added three points on a field goal to make it 38-7. With four seconds left in the first half, Rodriguez set up for another field goal, but a lightning strike forced another delay. Players took to the locker room and stretched, stayed hydrated and talked about the game. “We just made sure that we kept our focus in the locker room and we keep that mindset so when we got back out on the field we weren’t slow or we weren’t flat or anything like that,” Johnson said. Littleford opened the third quarter after the weather delay with a touchdown to bring the score to 45-7, then Kyle Wiggins scored on a 5-yard rush.
FINAL (finally)— Haley Sawyer (@haleymsawyer) October 13, 2018
Hart 59, Canyon 7 pic.twitter.com/4UTGxmAJDL
Johnson threw his only interception of the game in the fourth quarter – a pass that was picked off by Canyon’s Shawn Gallagher – but made the tackle to prevent a touchdown. The Cowboys were unable to capitalize on the possession as Litz threw an interception caught by Max Bjorkman, who returned it 27 yards for Hart’s final touchdown. “I’ve never played in a game with any delays. So two of them was kind of interesting,” Johnson said. “But I’m happy with the way we came out and still performed even after those.”
Kyle Wiggins with a five-yard scamper to set up a 52-7 lead for Hart. Rodriguez on the PAT. 4:47 3Q— Haley Sawyer (@haleymsawyer) October 13, 2018
Also, it stopped raining. pic.twitter.com/5vxrp5ECcg