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Orem converts Clearfield `treats’ into win

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To succeed in state playoff football, you have to take advantage of your opponent's turnovers or avoid your own.

Orem took advantage of three "treats" Halloween evening en route to a 35-21 victory over Clearfield. The Tigers took all three Falcon turnovers and converted them into scores to earn the right to face Skyline next weekend in the state 5A football tournament.The Tigers were up 14-0 just five minutes into the game. A fumbled punt was recovered by Orem at Clearfield's 37, and four plays later, Joel Clark busted through for 30 yards and score. The Falcons then fumbled on their second play from scrimmage at the six yard line, and Rick Swensen scored two plays later to make it 14-0 with 7:08 still left in the first quarter.

To Clearfield's credit, the Falcons came right back. A 68-yard drive just before the quarter ended culminated in a one-yard plunge by Scott Jones to cut the lead in half. The Falcon defense held, and Clearfield went 66 yards in just five plays, the final a 36-yard run by Mike Wojciechowski with 8:47 in the half, to tie things at 14-all.

Orem's offense started to get rolling on its next possession. Behind the rushing of Clark, Swensen and Jared Tucker, the Tigers marched quickly downfield and scored with 3:57 left on a rare pass from Clark to Jeremy Gunter. Following an interception by Chad Barney at the Falcon 38, Orem tallied again before halftime, Swensen scoring on a one-yard plunge with 1:15 left.

Each team scored in the final half, Orem basically putting the contest away after Clark hit Kolby Wakefield with a 20-yard pass with 2:54 left in the third.