Prep football: Andolsek's kick rallies Herriman past Riverton 20-17
Herriman • It appeared for a moment that Herriman and Riverton were headed to the third consecutive overtime game between the teams.
Colt Andolsek's right foot settled that dilemma.
The Herriman junior calmly booted a 21-yard field goal with 2 seconds remaining to play to help the Mustangs overcome the Silverwolves 20-17 in a Region 4 showdown Thursday. Kody Jarvis' interception with 1:21 left gave Herriman the ball back inside the Riverton 30-yard line.
"I was putting that through the uprights," Andolsek said. "I crushed that thing. It would have been good from 50. It was the best moment of my life. The whole play was perfect. We got the win, and that's the most important thing."
The victory enabled the Mustangs to take sole possession of first place in the region at 3-1. Riverton and American Fork both are 3-2. Herriman, which trailed 14-0 after the first six minutes, didn't take its first lead until the winning field goal.
Meanwhile, Riverton, which scored 71 points and racked up more than 500 yards against Lehi last week, gained 108 yards on Thursday. The Silverwolves didn't garner their initial first down until 4:47 remained in the third quarter.
"We preached all week about keeping your eyes on your work," Herriman coach Dustin Pearce said. "The kids bought into the game plan and our defensive coaches did a great job with planning."
Following Jarvis' interception, Braydon Kener found Brandon Farmer for a 21-yard pass to the Riverton 7-yard line. After a series of timeouts, Andolsek delivered in the clutch to give the Mustangs the lead.
"I actually called timeout too early because it wasn't the last play," Pearce said. "I told Colt all year long that he was going to win a game for us. At some point during the year, he was going to kick a field goal to win the game."
While Riverton struggled to find a rhythm on offense, Herriman kept plugging away behind Farmer, who had 240 total yards (156 rushing). He carried the ball 36 times, but he didn't appear to tire from his first to last attempt. Jarvis added 68 yards on the ground, and Herriman totaled 349 yards.
Ethan Cutler's 35-yard fumble return and Connor Henderson's 9-yard pass to Keaton Kimball gave Riverton a 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter. A high snap on a punt attempt led to the Silverwolves' second touchdown.
Jarvis and Farmer both had touchdown runs for Herriman to tie the game in the third quarter before Riverton went back ahead on a field goal. Andolsek tied the game again on a 35-yard field goal and won it three minutes later.
"We treat every region game like we're playing for the championship," Andolsek said. "We worked so hard to win this game."
Riverton had just 27 yards on 14 plays in the first half.
Storylines Herriman 20, Riverton 17
R The Mustangs move into sole possession of first place in the region with the comeback win.
• Riverton gains just 108 yards on offense.
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