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Maybe cats do have nine lives.

Friday night's contest between the Brighton Bengals and the Orem Tigers would support that theory.Brighton used nearly all its nine lives in recording a 10-7 victory over Region 4 rival Orem (3-2).

The Bengals recovered their own fumbles at least three times, held the Tigers to a missed field goal early in the fourth quarter that would have tied the game, and intercepted a Orem pass at their own 4-yard line with just over a minute to play.

Whatever the case, Brighton coach Lynn Freestone will take the victory.

"The kids came in and did their jobs, and did everything we asked them," Freestone said. "I'm very proud of the ballclub."

With the victory the Bengals move to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in region play and stand atop Region 4, while American Fork (5-1), 35-26 losers to Mountain View Friday and Orem are in second-place with 3-1 records.

The Tigers capped a 74-yard drive with a 15-yard pass from Austin Berge to Jared Harper on their second posession of the contest to take an early 7-0 lead, but with just under six minutes left in the second half, Reno Mahe scampered in from 43-yards out to tie the game at 7-7.

Jordan Labrum's 31-yard field goal just into the second half gave the Bengals the lead for good, but the victory didn't come without a late scare as the Tigers pulled within the 5-yard line with just over a minute to play, only to be stopped by Mahe's interception.

Brighton, behind offensive linemen Curtis Holbrook, Nick Wilson, Teag Whiting, Travis Foster and Nick Wilson, controlled the ball on the ground as the Bengals didn't attempt a second half pass.

"The way they (the Tigers) were playing us, they weren't giving us any time," Freestone said. "We tried to take what we felt we could get."

Mahe led the Bengals with 90 yards and one touchdown.