Prep football: Orem downs Timpanogos for at least share of title
Orem • Should it be necessary, a table will be set up Saturday at Corner Canyon to determine by coin flip the top three places in Region 7.
Of course, it's possible that Olympus or Corner Canyon could be upset in games Friday night, but Orem did its part Thursday night to get a spot at that table.
With a 43-19 victory at home over Timpanogos, the Tigers can do no worse than tie for first atop Region 7.
Orem (5-5, 5-1), led by quarterback Tucker Camp and his 316 yards passing as well as 150 more on the ground, got some breathing room over the visiting Timberwolves by scoring a pair of touchdowns in the last three minutes on the first half.
"We kind of had a slow start [to the season], but we came through and fought through the adversity," Camp said. "This was a huge game. We made some mistakes, but we knew we had to win this."
Tied at 13-13, a big kickoff return by Orem's James Wadsworth set up the Tigers at the 40-yard line of Timpanogos (6-4, 3-3) with 5 minutes, 33 seconds left in the second quarter. Wadsworth burst in from the 2-yard line eight plays later to put the Tigers ahead by a touchdown.
Then Orem forced Timpanogos to punt and got the ball back at its own 42 with only 1:28 left before half.
The Tigers initially sputtered until Camp hit Jaxon Deucher with a 27-yard pass to move the ball to the Timpanogos 11. Parker Overly caught an 11-yard TD pass from Camp to open up a 14-point margin with 15 seconds left before intermission.
"The quarterback made a great read," Orem coach Tyler Anderson said. "We knew we wanted to score right there and get some momentum going into half."
Orem extended its lead with a 30-yard field goal from Josh Evans in the third quarter and later got a 1-yard run by Camp and an 80-yard pass from Camp to Nic Anderson to cap the scoring.
Storylines Orem 43, Timpanogos 19
• The Tigers earn at least a share of the region title. Olympus and Corner Canyon both can tie Orem with wins Friday night.
• Orem won its third straight game.