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Prep playoffs: American Fork OT victory against Bingham was a long time in the making

Steve Griffin, Deseret News

Action in the 6A highschool semifinal soccer recreation between American Fork and Bingham at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Nov. eight, 2018.

SALT LAKE CITY — The jubilation of the American Fork gamers and coaches celebrated greater than an extra time victory against perennial energy Bingham.

It capped a upward thrust from mediocrity, 9 years in the making, and it manner extra than just a shuttle to the 6A championship recreation for the second-ranked group.

“It’s a big deal for us,” mentioned head trainer Aaron Behm after the Cavemen defeated area rival and top-ranked Bingham 28-21 in extra time. “We’ve come a long way in nine years, since not having a shot against these guys. Bingham does such a good job year in and year out, and so to finally get them, it means something.”

” It’s a big deal for us. ”

American Fork trainer Aaron Behm

To the gamers who earned the shocking victory that featured jaw-dropping offensive performs and a few giant defensive moments, it was tricky to position it into phrases.

“They’re a good team,” mentioned senior linebacker Tanner Vickers, who recovered a fumble in the recreation. “We knew it would be a challenge, but we finally did it. It’s a dream come true, honestly. … It felt like a dream.”

American Fork were given the ball first and scored after 3 performs that ended with a impressive catch from Devin Downing, who stuck the landing move in the nook of the finish zone over the shoulder of a defender.

After a maintaining name pressured Bingham into a tricky 19 yards to head on moment down, and on fourth-and-Nine, a move was intercepted by way of Jeremiah Shipley.

“It’s a dream come true,” mentioned Downing. “I’m so excited.”

Bingham scored first when quarterback Peyton Jones attached with Josh Woolf at 7:21 in the first quarter. American Fork replied about two mins later when Boone Abbott scored on a four-yard run to tie the recreation at 7-7. Bingham scored with 2:11 left in the moment quarter, when Avi Parikh stuck a 31-yard move from Jones.

Coach Behm mentioned his protection performed higher in the moment part, whilst the offense discovered it’s rhythm due to Boone’s fearless ingenuity and the exceptional efficiency of the group’s receivers, together with particularly Downing.

Dallin Johnson scored on a four-yard move from Abbott in the 3rd quarter, after which Abbott would ranking on a nine-yard run. Bingham scored the game-tying quarterback with five:20 to play, when Jones attached with Briasen Harward for a 19-yard move play.

The groups’ defenses pressured each and every different to punt. American Fork kicker Kyle Thompson just about ended the recreation in legislation when he tried a 49-yard box objective with simply seconds on the clock, and it was long sufficient, simply a bit too broad.

“I felt really confident,” Behm mentioned. “We just ran out of time there with that long field goal. I felt super confident that our offense would go down and score.”

Behm mentioned he didn’t trade what he mentioned to the group all the way through the recreation.

“We just said this game is going to be 150 plays, and we’ve got to play all of them,” he mentioned. “What’s what we said before the game, and at halftime, we said, we have about 70 left. … We got some bonus plays.”

The Miner protection did a super task against the Cavemen’s main receiver Chase Roberts, who has dedicated to play for BYU.

“Chase does a great job distracting everybody, and that allows me to get open,” mentioned Downing, who had two essential catches on other drives, in addition to the game-winning landing in extra time. “I’m just grateful I was able to make the plays we needed today.”


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Abbott and his teammates mentioned they weren’t anxious about going through Bingham, a group they misplaced to simply a few weeks in the past in area play, in Thursday’s semifinal. “It’s unfinished business for us,” he mentioned. “I think (losing) was a good thing for us, honestly. It really put us through some adversity — going to two away playoff games, it made us better.”

He mentioned being pressured to win on the highway helped them alter to enjoying in Rice-Eccles.

“We were hungry,” he mentioned. “We really just wanted to come out and show them how we really play. I don’t think we played to our potential. Last game it came down to a couple of plays. This time it came down to a couple of plays, and this time we executed those.”

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