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4A football preview: Bountiful at Orem

Bountiful (8-2, 4-2) at Orem (6-4, 5-1)

4A State Tournament first round

Friday, 5 p.m.

Parry's Power Guide: Bountiful by 3

All-time series: Bountiful leads 3-2.

Last meeting: 2006 playoffs, Orem won 31-14

This game will be a contrast as the Tigers can score points in bunches while the Braves best weapon has been its defense. Bountiful is led by Tonga Toko who seems to be everywhere on the field and is among the leaders in tackles. Only twice this season has Bountiful allowed over 21 points, and not coincidentally both of the games ended in losses, which dropped the team to a No. 3 seed out of the region.

Offensively Bountiful prefers to pound the ball. Three yards and a cloud of dust works just fine with Jamie Rigby getting the majority of the carries. He went for nearly 250 yards and four scores in the team's last game and seems to be getting stronger as the season goes on. Jason Maughan's job is to manage the game from his quarterback position, but is still capable of making big plays such as finding tight end Ben Aird.

Orem's Tucker Lamb may be the key to the game. If the Tigers can open holes and control the line of scrimmage using Lamb as a main weapon, it could mean advancing. If Bountiful can shut down his rushing, it may be a long game. Lamb is also the team's leading receiver and is dangerous catching the ball on screens and swing passes. If Orem can get the game into a shootout, the Tigers have the upper hand.

Bountiful Braves statistical breakdown

Scoring offense: 19.3 ppg

Scoring defense: 12.3 ppg

Passing leader: Jason Maughan (52-113, 674 yards, 4 TDs)

Rushing leader: Jamie Rigby (195 carries, 1,153 yards, 9 TDs)

Receiving leader: Jamie Rigby (21 catches, 308 yards, 1 TD)

Tackles leader: Tonga Toko (94 tackles)

Sacks leader: Clark/Hamilton (3)

Interceptions leader: Jamie Rigby (5 interceptions)

Orem Tigers statistical breakdown

Scoring offense: 27.4 ppg

Scoring defense: 23.4 ppg

Passing leader: Josh Hamblin (74-151, 1,140 yards, 10 TDs )

Rushing leader: Tucker Lamb (167 carries, 1067 yards, 15 TDs)

Receiving leader: Tucker Lamb (20 catches, 431 yards, 6 Tds)

Tackles leader: Travis Strong (60 tackles)

Sacks leader: Steve Warner (5 sacks)

Interceptions leader: Jeffery Mella (3 interceptions)

Bountiful game-by-game results

08/17/07 ... Bountiful 20, Lone Peak 0

08/24/07 ... Bountiful 17, Clearfield 0

08/31/07 ... Bountiful 19, Viewmont 17

09/07/07 ... Bountiful 17, Bonneville 9

09/14/07 ... Bountiful 14, Box Elder 7

09/21/07 ... Mountain Crest 21, Bountiful 7

09/28/07 ... Bountiful 24, Woods Cross 7

10/05/07 ... Sky View 27, Bountiful 10

10/12/07 ... Bountiful 31, Roy 14

10/18/07 ... Bountiful 34, Tooele 21

Orem game-by-game results

08/17/07 ... Viewmont 33, Orem 8

08/24/07 ... Snow Canyon 21, Orem 0

08/31/07 ... Orem 56, Uintah 15

09/07/07 ... Orem 37, Provo 14

09/14/07 ... Timpanogos 35, Orem 32

09/21/07 ... Orem 35, Springville 13

09/28/07 ... Timpview 49, Orem 7

10/04/07 ... Orem 27, Payson 13

10/10/07 ... Orem 37, Tooele 13

10/19/07 ... Orem 35, Mountain View 28