SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – The champs have been dethroned.
American Fork road the arm and legs of Boone Abbott to upset the 2-time defending state champion Bingham Miners in an overtime thriller, 28-21.
Abbott threw for 346 yards and 2 touchdowns, while also rushing for 57 yards and 2 more scores, as the Cavemen knocked out the mighty Miners.
“It was awesome,” Abbott said.”Our coaches set up a great game plan, our line did great today, our receivers had some amazing catches. They make me look good.”
Abbott looked really good, throwing touchdown passes to Dallin Johnson and Devin Downing. The 11-yarder to Downing on the first possession in overtime gave the Cavemen a 28-21 lead.
Bingham’s last chance in overtime was a double pass that was intercepted by Jeremiah Shipley to secure the victory.
“It’s a big deal for us,” said head coach Aaron Behm. “We’ve come a long way in nine years since not even 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.”
Bingham forced overtime when Peyton Jones hit Briason Harward for a 19-yard touchdown with just over five minutes left in the game. Jones had three touchdown passes overall.
American Fork had a chance to win in regulation, but a 49-yard field goal attempt by Kyle Thompson sailed wide right.
Abbott finished the game completing 30 of 53 passes for 346 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He also rushed 13 times for 57 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Downing had 11 catches for 163 yards and a touchdown, while Chase Roberts had 10 catches for 93 yards.
“It’s huge,” Downing said. “I’m so emotional right now. It’s a great feeling, we’ve worked so hard and I’m just so proud of these guys.”
This is the MIners first loss in a playoff game since 2015.
American Fork will now play Lone Peak for the 6A title. The Cavemen defeated the Knights back in September, 51-21.