by Daniel Olsen | Motivation flooded the Timpview sideline throughout the second half. To their lament, it was too little too late. For the second straight year, Orem showed off what is one of the best defenses in the state of Utah. They held the Thunderbirds to just 13 points and doubled their score in an impressive 26-13 showing.
The game looked early on like these two teams were going to go toe to toe. Timpview capitalized on an early Orem turnover to go up 6-0 and subsequently miss the extra point. The Tigers answered the call and rushed the ball into the end zone, also missing the extra point.
Orem would then score 20 unanswered points by asserting their dominance. At that point it looked like the game was already over. How could Orem possibly lose a 20 point lead in a 12 minute quarter?
Then, Timpview came to life.
The Thunderbirds scored a touchdown with about five minutes to go in the game. This brought the score to 26-13. They then got the ball back near their own goal line on the next possession and ran the ball all the way into the red zone. Orem then make a big red zone stop with a minute to go to all but seal the deal.
Then, Orem gave Timpview another freebie.
The Tigers fumbled the ball on the very next play, and Timpview recovered on the 1-yard line. They looked for the quick score but, once again, the Orem defense showed up.
It was an ugly game full of missed extra points, stout defense and smash mouth football. While Orem didn’t dominate, they once again proved their mettle and dispelled the fact that you have to score 50 points per game to win a state championship in high school. Defense truly can win championships.
On offense, Paxton Skipps got the game ball for his two rushing touchdowns to lead the game in scoring. He wouldn’t have gotten that many yards without the push on the offensive line. The front seven were led by none other than Oregon commit Kingsley Suamataia.
With this win, the Orem High Tigers have won more consecutive championships than any other team in the state. Corner Canyon won their third, Beaver won their second but Orem has won four straight titles. The first two were won at the 4A level and Orem made the jump to 5A to win their next two.
Call them the FOURem Tigers now! Four straight is nothing to scoff about. The Tigers are the best team in their division until proven otherwise.
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