Boone Abbott knew it when he noticed it.
The American Fork senior quarterback stood at the sidelines whilst his protection tried to forestall the Bingham Miners from scoring. The Cavemen held a seven-point after scoring first in overtime.
The Miners hired a trick play by which senior quarterback Peyton Jones threw to senior vast receiver Avi Parikh for a protracted, top try on Third-and-19. Senior Jeremiah Shipley had a transparent view of the ball, settled beneath it and made the interception that ended the game.
“I was pumped,” Abbott stated. “I started yelling, ‘Pick, pick, pick!’ And then he intercepted it and we all just charged the field. It was awesome. Probably the best feeling I’ve ever had in my life.”
American Fork complex to the 6A state championship game with a 28-21 overtime win over the defending champ Bingham Miners on Thursday at Rice-Eccles Stadium. The Cavemen will play Lone Peak subsequent Friday at 2:30 p.m.
American Fork scored on its first power in overtime with Abbott’s 11-yard landing go to junior Devin Downing for a 28-21 lead, putting in place the general defensive play.
Abbott led the best way for the Cavemen with two dashing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns. He went 30-for-53 with two interceptions and 346 passing yards, whilst additionally netting 57 dashing yards.
“He’s just gritty,” Cavemen head trainer Aaron Behm stated of Abbott. “He gets hit, he gets swung around. But yet he’ll take off. He makes big plays with feet, then he’ll settle in and he’ll deliver the ball exactly where it needs to be.”
PREP SEMIFINAL, CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Class 5A semifinals (At Rice-Eccles Stadium, University of Utah)
Skyridge vs. Roy, Friday, 11 a.m.
Olympus vs. Corner Canyon, Friday, 2:30 p.m.
Class 4A semifinal (At Rice-Eccles Stadium, University of Utah)
Orem vs. Pine View, Friday, 6 p.m.
Class 3A ultimate (at Weber State)
North Sanpete vs. Summit Academy, Saturday Four p.m.
Class 2A ultimate (at Weber State)
South Summit vs. Grant County, Saturday, 11 a.m.
Class 1A ultimate (At Weber State)
Duchesne vs. Milford, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
Class 6A ultimate (At Rice-Eccles Stadium, University of Utah)
American Fork vs. Lone Peak, Nov. 16, 2:30 p.m.
With American Fork main 21-14 within the fourth quarter, Abbott’s go was once tipped through Miners senior defensive finish Lolani Langi and intercepted through senior unfastened protection Aaron Erickson, who returned the ball 52 yards. Jones then threw a landing go to senior tight finish Briasen Harward for a 21-21 tie with five:20 closing.
“Thankfully when we threw it, we were still up,” Behm stated of the conceivable momentum changer. “So we just had to remind our guys, ‘Hey we’re still in perfect position, right where we want to be. We’re up in the fourth quarter.’ Football is a game of momentum. We had to overcome that and we did — thankfully.”
As time ticked away for American Fork, its go performs with beneath a minute closing in legislation didn’t make a lot headway. Senior kicker Kyle Thompson had a possibility to win the game with a 49-yard box purpose as time expired, but it surely went vast.
Both groups beginning throwing scoring punches in the second one quarter. Bingham broke the seal 5 mins in with Jones’ 29-yard landing go to sophomore tight finish Josh Woolf.
The Cavemen responded about two mins later when Abbott, simply Four yards from the tip zone, won the snap and regarded to go to a teammate. But no person was once open, which relegated Abbott to snaking across the box, averting 4 tackles and operating into the tip zone for a 7-7 tie.
American Fork tied the game at 14 apiece with a Four-yard go from Abbott to senior Dallin Johnson. That tying power spanned 70 yards.
Bingham beat American Fork 28-24 a month in the past. Downing stated the adaptation in Thursday’s game was once the Cavemen’s protection.
“Our defense came up with some big stops and everyone just played their hearts out,” Downing stated. “I’m so proud of them.”
The ultimate time American Fork received a state championship was once 1962. Next Friday the Cavemen have a possibility to finish the drought.
“We want it for the community,” Abbott stated. “Not just for ourselves. Not just for the team. We want it for everyone in the community. We want to take it home for them.”
Lone Peak 29, Pleasant Grove zero
The Knights close out the Vikings to advance to the 6A title game. It was once the primary time all the season that Pleasant Grove didn’t rating.
“I expect a dogfight,” Lone Peak head trainer Mike Mower stated of the approaching matchup towards American Fork. “Obviously they’re a great team. They got a high-powered offense, good defense. I think we’re just ready for a bloodbath.”
Pleasant Grove season ends after upsetting East within the first round and beating Fremont within the next spherical.
In a now and again sloppy game, the Flyers took care of industrial with a shutout of the Park City Miners and complex to the 4A state championship game. The Flyers will face the winner of Friday’s matchup between Orem and Pine View.
“We never thought we’d get here,” Dixie head trainer Blaine Monkres stated. “There were some rough patches, especially back in June during camp. The kind were leaning a new offense. They were struggling. But our quarterback’s getting better every week. We just manage to progress every week, keep getting better. Somehow we got here.”