Facebook Twitter

Rams rebound from poor first half to club Cavemen

SHARE Rams rebound from poor first half to club Cavemen

In a rematch of the 4A quarterfinal playoffs last season, American Fork played at Highland.

The game turned in favor of the Rams in a span of about 30 seconds. Midway through the third quarter, the Highland offense and special teams exploded for two pivotal scores, helping lead the Rams to a 24-7 victory over the Cavemen. Trailing 7-0 at the American Fork 36-yard line, Rams QB Thomas Bradley hit Jake Orchard for a 36-yard touchdown. Then the roof caved in on American Fork. On fourth down, a bad snap went over the punter's head and ended up in the end zone. Highland's defensive end Eric Jensen pounced on it. After a failed two-point conversion the Rams held a 12-7 lead.

The Cavemen still had life. After a spectacular one-handed grab by flanker David Olsen, it seemed the Cavemen would take the lead right back. Rams defensive back Jake Orchard anticipated the pass from Paul Olsen. The basketball player stepped in front of the Cavemen's receiver and created a huge turnover. In the fourth quarter, senior running back Lopeti Ofa put the game away with a 24-yard touchdown run right through the heart of the American Fork defense. The score put the game out of reach.

The Rams recovered from a horrible first half when they fumbled the ball away three times, including the first turnover of the game, which led to a 13-yard touchdown pass from Paul Olsen to tight end Mike Mushlmann. After the early touchdown, the Rams defense kept American Fork out of the end zone for the remainder of the game. Highland's Bradley was the star of the offense, rushing for 98 yards and throwing for 142 yards and one touchdown.