SALT LAKE CITY — Moments after American Fork’s football team pulled off a Miner upset, the Cavemen kneeled together in the southwest corner of Rice-Eccles Stadium for a quick team chat.

Quarterback Boone Abbott flashed a W, presumably to celebrate the win — a 28-21 overtime thriller against second-ranked Bingham in the 6A semifinals. Coaches and other players of the state’s No. 4 team also hooted and hollered as plays and friendly bets were enthusiastically brought up.

And linebacker Brock Hughes riled up his finals-bound teammates by loudly and proudly reminding them of a promise he’d made an hour or so earlier.

“I told you all we’re a second-half team! That’s how you finish a game!

American Fork senior Brock Hughes to his teammates

“I told you all we’re a second-half team!” the senior shouted to cheers. “That’s how you finish a game!”

Bingham looked like it might be ready to finish the game late in the first half after forcing the Cavemen to turn the ball over on downs and quickly moving into A.F. territory 39 seconds before halftime.

Connor Gibb foiled the Miners’ late drive, however, helping American Fork enter the locker room down 14-7 instead of perhaps by 10 or 14 by snaring his second interception of the game.

Though trailing at halftime is not something A.F. has experienced often this season — they were either tied or ahead by one in their two losses — the 11-2 Cavemen weren’t overwhelmed.

Instead, they were fired up.

The only other time they were behind at the half this season was still fresh on their minds. It happened last week in the quarterfinals after Weber held a 24-17 lead following the first two quarters.

A.F. exploded in the second half against the Warriors, particularly in a 21-7 fourth quarter, and cruised into the semis with a 45-31 victory.

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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