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SKYLINE’S LYMAN SAVED HIS BEST FOR LAST

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It turns out the day that Josh Lyman never actually dreamed could happen to him will be the one he tells his grandkids about someday. Again and again.

And who could blame him?Somewhat overlooked in all the pregame hype of the 5A state title game, the junior halfback surprised even himself by scoring Skyline's only two touchdowns in its 13-6 victory over Orem Friday at Wildcat Stadium.

"I was the last person to think that I would score two touchdowns in the championship game," said the ecstatic Lyman, who credited his offensive line for making some big holes to run through.

"This is the greatest feeling of my life."

At halftime, however, the day looked to be a huge disappointment for Lyman and his Eagles. Lyman had just two yards rushing and the Eagles were ineffective on offense - they were held to 69 yards on the ground - while Orem scored the only six points of the first two quarters.

Enter the Skyline offensive line.

On their first possession out of the locker room, Skyline's front line opened up some huge holes and the Eagles' option offense marched 64 yards on nine plays for their first score of the game. On the touchdown play, Lyman broke free from the line of scrimmage and then dove into the end zone after getting a great block from teammate John Christopherson. Lyman gained 25 yards on the ground and also had a 16-yard pass in the drive.

With less than three minutes left in the contest, Lyman took a pitch from quarterback Jason Anderson and then gained two yards to make a key first down on a fourth-and-short situation. The next play, he crashed into the end zone for his second TD.

"Josh has matured 100 percent. He's not a junior any more, he plays like a senior for sure," said Anderson of Lyman, who finished with 44 yards rushing. "He loves to play the game and he steps it up every time."

Added Skyline coach Roger DuPaix: "Josh is a money player and the guys playing up front deserve credit, because there was a hole up there."