Pine View (7-3) vs. Orem (10-2)

4A state tournament semifinal

Friday, 6 p.m. (At Rice-Eccles Stadium)

Parry’s Power Guide: Orem by 18

All-time series: Pine View leads 2-0

Coach vs. coach: First meeting between Orem’s Jeremy Hill and Pine View’s Ray Hosner

Last meeting: Aug. 30, 2013 – Pine View 42, Orem 14

Since the beginning of region play, on September 21 against Mountain View — including the first two rounds of the 4A state tournament — the Orem Tigers have averaged 62 points per game. That average includes outing of 75 points, 68 points and 63 points, to name a few.

The lowest scoring total for the Tigers during that seven-game span? Forty-nine, which came in Orem’s 49-14 win over Salem Hills.

The average margin of victory by the Tigers during that same span is 51 points, which includes a 75-0 win over Uintah, and a pair of 63-0 victories over Mountain View and Payson.

Limit things to just the playoffs and Orem is averaging 63 points per game, with an average margin of victory of 43 points.

Considering the sheer dominance displayed by the Tigers during classification play, let alone the postseason, it isn’t unreasonable to wonder about motivation.

How does a team that was competitive against the likes of Bingham, Bishop Gorman (Nevada) and Trabuco (California) during the preseason get up for games when they are the clear and runaway favorite?

Easily, Orem head coach Jeremy Hill said.

“You know, these kids are just great,” said Hill. “It doesn’t matter if we play Bishop Gorman or Bingham or Santa Margarita, because we play the same way week in and week out. I think that is why you are seeing 60, 70 point games. We prepare ourselves as if every game is the best opponent we have faced all year. We do that each and every week.”

That has been particularly true during …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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