SALT LAKE CITY — The jubilation of the American Fork players and coaches celebrated more than an overtime victory against perennial power Bingham.

It capped a rise from mediocrity, nine years in the making, and it means more than simply a trip to the 6A championship game for the second-ranked team.

“It’s a big deal for us,” said head coach Aaron Behm after the Cavemen defeated region rival and top-ranked Bingham 28-21 in overtime. “We’ve come a long way in nine years, since not having a shot against these guys. Bingham does such a good job year in and year out, and so to finally get them, it means something.”

“It’s a big deal for us.”

American Fork coach Aaron Behm

To the players who earned the stunning victory that featured jaw-dropping offensive plays and some big defensive moments, it was difficult to put it into words.

“They’re a good team,” said senior linebacker Tanner Vickers, who recovered a fumble in the game. “We knew it would be a challenge, but we finally did it. It’s a dream come true, honestly. … It felt like a dream.”

American Fork got the ball first and scored after three plays that ended with a spectacular catch from Devin Downing, who caught the touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone over the shoulder of a defender.

After a holding call forced Bingham into a difficult 19 yards to go on second down, and on fourth-and-9, a pass was intercepted by Jeremiah Shipley.

“It’s a dream come true,” said Downing. “I’m so excited.”

Bingham scored first when quarterback Peyton Jones connected with Josh Woolf at 7:21 in the first quarter. American Fork answered about two minutes later when Boone Abbott scored on a four-yard run to tie the game at 7-7. Bingham scored with 2:11 left in the second quarter, when Avi …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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