Prep football: Orem rallies past Skyline for share of region lead
Never mind that the Orem Tigers were shut out in the non-region schedule.
After outlasting Skyline 24-10 on Wednesday night, the Orem football team still is in position to finish in first place in Region 7 entering the final week of the season.
Orem (4-5, 4-1) fell behind by three points in the third period when the host Eagles got a 23-yard field goal from Zach Adams. But the Tigers answered with a 36-yard boot by Josh Evans to knot the score at 10-10.
Orem's ball-control offense, which was slow to get going, took over in the fourth quarter, and the visitors' defense held Skyline (4-5, 2-3) in check the rest of the way.
"Our defense played huge all game long," Orem coach Tyler Anderson said. "Usually our offense is pretty good, but we came out a little lackadaisical in the first half. At half, we made a few adjustments."
The Tigers started a possession at their 39 with the game tied with 42 seconds left in the third quarter. A 20-yard run by James Wadsworth, the longest run of the night for Orem, put the Tigers in Skyline territory for one of the few times to that point.
A 16-yard pass from Tucker Camp to Parker Overly advanced the ball inside the Skyline 10, and Orem got the go-ahead touchdown on a 5-yard quarterback draw by Camp.
Skyline's chances to get even went by the boards when Orem defensive back Malcolm Macatiag picked off a pass and ran 16 yards to pay dirt for the game's final score.
Skyline opened the scoring in the second quarter when Aleck Russon, who finished with 93 yards rushing, ran for a 5-yard touchdown. Orem responded late in the period when Camp scrambled out of the pocket and found Nolan Gray for a 12-yard TD pass 38 seconds before half.
"Right now, we're tied for first with Corner Canyon and Olympus," Anderson said. "If we take care of business next week, at least we're in a tie. Then we'll see what happens with coin flips and other funny stuff that happens with ties."