Cavemen lose heartbreaker to Riverton
The Riverton Silverwolves played the role of spoiler Wednesday night defeating the American Fork Cavemen 22-21 on senior night. American Fork made a late push for the win with a 57 yard bomb from quarterback Tyler Brimhall to Dallin Lindsey moving the Cavemen deep into Riverton territory at the 23 yard line. Brimhall kept the ball himself on the following play advancing the ball even further into prime field goal range, gaining twelve yards. With just over two minutes to play and the ball on the eight yard line, Brimhall lost the handle on the snap turning the ball over to the Silverwolves.
American Fork held Riverton in check on first and second down and called their final timeout with 1:09 to play on third and eight. The Silverwolves did what they had done all night, finding a way to make a play when it really counted and converted the first down to ice the game.
“It’s a heartbreaker,” said assistant coach Doug Daniels. “We competed real well and played a pretty good game but mistakes killed us. You have to hand it to Riverton, they found a way to pull it out in the end.”
Riverton got the scoring started on their first drive. A 45 yard kick return to start the game gave the Silverwolves excellent field position. They converted a fourth and one from the 43 and a fourth and 3 from five yards out by Joey Jensen, putting them in the end zone and giving them an early 7-0 lead.
American Fork would come back putting together a strong drive behind their work-horse Tyler Belliston and a nice pass from Brimhall to Dallyn Holland. Brimhall capped off the drive with a seven yard touchdown, but the extra point was missed giving Riverton the slight edge at 7-6.
Lindsey electrified the home crowd with a dazzling 97 yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the second half. The ball bounced and rolled to the four yard line before Lindsey picked it up and made a dash up the middle, breaking several tackles before making it into the open field and taking it all the way to the house. The Cavemen took a 14-7 lead on a successful two-point conversion.
Following an American Fork fumble, Riverton immediately capitalized scoring on a 57 yard pass to Stratton Brown as he took a ten yard crossing pattern and weaved in and out of defenders before making his way all the way down the sideline. Their extra point attempt was no good leaving the score at 14-13 in favor of the Cavemen.
In a strong show of force, the Cavemen scored immediately on a 53 yarder to Lindsey, extending their lead to 21-13. Preston Young hooked up with Taylor Stirland to cut into the American Fork lead on a 57 yard strike leaving the Silverwolves down two points. Their night seemed to be drawing to a close as they came up just short on a two point try.
Riverton held American Fork and got the ball back with only a few minutes remaining and capitalized on another fourth down conversion with a fake punt up the middle. A few plays later, the Silverwolves sent out their kicker who on his first varsity attempt of the year connected on what would prove to be the game winner.