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After squandering a 16-0 lead, American Fork held tough late to win its Region 4 opener, knocking off Brighton 32-22, and laying claim to its No. 2 ranking in the state 5A poll.

Kickoffs proved to be the difference for both teams. Following each Bengal kickoff, the Cavemen's average starting point was their own 48. On the other hand, Brighton started play from its own 20 following every American Fork kickoff as Cavemen kicker Justin Bunker put every kickoff in the end zone.For the Cavemen, it was a third quarter kickoff return that thwarted a Bengals' comeback bid after Brighton had cut American Fork's lead to 16-13 on quarterback Michael Kent's second touchdown run of the quarter.

Kent scored on runs of 64 and 2 yards, but American Fork's Joel Jorgensen stole the spotlight following Kent's second TD run. After bobbling the kickoff on the 15 yard line, Jorgensen picked up the loose ball, found a hole on the right side and dashed 85 yards down the sideline to increase the Cavemen's lead to 22-13.

For Jorgensen, it was his second touchdown of the game, having opened the scoring with a 37-yard run on American Fork's first possession. In that drive, he had 62 of the Cavemen's 83 yards and finished the contest with 109 yards on 15 carries.

Halfway through the third quarter it looked as if the Cavemen were going to win going away, but the Bengals held tough.

Running the wishbone to perfection, the Bengals two quick TDs got them right back into the game. Although Kent scored the points, it was Tyson Baker who did the damage. Although the senior fullback had no points to show for it, he carried the ball 15 times for 112 yards.

Following Jorgensen's kickoff return, the Bengals still weren't ready to pack up and head home. Brighton scored all its points on its first four possessions of the second half. After Landon Becknell scored on a six-yard run with 8:36 remaining in the game, the Bengals could have taken the lead with the extra point but it sailed wide.

American Fork then regained its winning form, taking the lead for good on a 37-yard Bunker field goal and icing the game away on a Bunker 2-yard run after a Kent interception with just over a minute remaining in the game.

Mountain View 17, Hillcrest 15

At Mountain View, Scott Henderson's 25-yard field goal in the third quarter gave the Bruins a win over the Huskies in the region opener for both teams. Hillcrest (2-2, 0-1) scored all of its points in the first quarter but was then stymied by the Mountain View (3-1, 1-0) defense.

Orem 35, Alta 16

At Alta, the Tigers won their region opener by handing the Hawks their third-straight defeat. Randy Lamoreaux threw two touchdown passes and five different players scored TDs for Orem (2-2, 1-0).