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Published: Saturday, Aug. 25 2012 10:50 p.m. MDT

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BigBenzo88
Herriman, UT

This was an interesting game and had I not been present, I would not have believed the score or the scenario.

I must concede that Riverton has improved from last year. However, except for a couple of long runs...the Herriman defense held strong...only allowing 16 points in regulation.

For me the concern was the play of our offense. With the type of offense that we have, 16 points by our opponent should never be enough to send us into overtime and our offense should never go scoreless until 5:00 left in the 4th quarter. Not sure if it was poor offense on our part or good defense on Riverton's part. My hope is that Riverton's defense is just really good.

The ironic thing is that the game came down to the exact scenario as last year...a 2-point conversion by Herriman in overtime. We had the opportunity to win and came up short.

I predicted and hoped for 10-0, 14-0...that's not happening, but I hope this loss will fuel the desire to finish the season strong. I can definitely live with 9-1, 13-1!

Cougars1
Bluffdale, UT

Benzo,
I will help you feel better. Riverton's defense is that good. They have 8, maybe 9 defenders who will play at the next level. All 3 linebackers may play D-1. People in Riverton have known the defense has a chance to be very good, but didn't want to say as much until they matched up against someone who would test them. Both teams are much better than last year, you definitely have a chance to go 9-1. The playoffs are anybody's guess. Good luck to both teams.

Kipp
Salt Lake City, UT

Benzo, great insight after the loss. I agree that you should have a good year. No offense to Riverton fans, but they won't make it past round 1, with or without that great defense. Herriman will not finish the season with one loss. They will be 1-2 after Friday. Highland is a team that improves from week to week. Good luck, But Region 7's best will not get past the fourth best of Region 6.

markymark
HERRIMAN, UT

Herriman just lost to a team that might not make the playoffs.

BigBenzo88
Herriman, UT

My hope is that Riverton has a good season...it will help lessen the blow of this loss. I have to think that Riverton will make the playoffs...between American Fork, Lone Peak and Lehi...I think Riverton can beat two of them.

Riverton's defense was solid. I haven't watched enough film yet to determine if it was Herriman's offense or Riverton's defense that caused so much of the havoc. I will say that Herriman was in the Red Zone 6 times that resulted in 3 touchdowns and 3 turnovers (1 interception and 2 fumbles). The offense was in the gray zone 3 times that resulted in 1 missed FG and 2 turnovers (2 fumbles). So the offense had every opportunity to score. What makes all of this almost obsolete is what transpired during the last 5 minutes of the 4th quarter and overtime. With 5:00 left in the game, Herriman was down 0-16 then goes on to score a TD and 2point conversion and then the defense gets a 4 and out and the offense scores 8 points again to go to overtime.

It will be interesting to see what this loss does!!!

Bench
Salt Lake City, UT

I predicted both Alta and Riverton to win. I got a little nervous when #8 started throwing. He looked good throwing, but I think the Silverwolves were playing a little prevent. I was also impressed since the Herriman receivers were little. Any Herriman fans, do you have a WR over 5'6? The TE is tall, but looked like he was just there to block and missed several blocks. Bernard is a stud. The Mustangs should keep pounding the ball, I doubt they will see a better defense unless they get to the finals against maybe East or TV.

BigBenzo88
Herriman, UT

@Bench - I like your comments! I predicted Herriman and Alta to win. Herriman has two receivers large receivers....6'2"/190lbs and 6'1"/195lbs. However, they are both returning starters on defense. I am glad to hear that Riverton is the best defense we will face besides East or TV in 4A playoffs.

Riverton has a very fast offense...we helped them out though by ending 4 of our drives with turnovers...2 of which were in the Red Zone and the other 2 in the Gray Zone. My hope is that this loss will send a jolt through the team and they will refocus and intensify.

footballisgood
Holladay, UT

Bench - I am not sure what game your were watching. #25 for Herriman is a WR and is 6'3" He caught a TD week 1 and had a few catches on Saturday, and was wide open when they threw the pick at the end of the half. As for the TE, he released in to routes a lot, and they tried to get him the ball on some screens, he just didn't get much thrown his way, so he must have been covered well. He is actually their leading returning receiver. As for the blocking, I am not sure what missed blocks you are talking about - he is a beast of a blocker! I saw him put three guys on their backs on one play. The only time I saw him get beat is on one sweep where his guy slanted outside on the snap of the ball...no one would have made that block.

Bench
Salt Lake City, UT

footballisgood..... thanks for the corrections coach. Good luck the rest of the year. You coached a good game.

factcheck
Salt Lake City, UT

I was thinking the same thing. footballisgood has to be a coach at Herriman.

footballisgood
Holladay, UT

Haha I wish it were true! That would be cool. I am one of those guys who does not have a life, so I go to their practices a lot, and I used to coach out of state so I know the game a little and see a bunch of things.

SportsFan101
Bountiful, UT

Benzo. If you run in to Woods Cross or Bountiful in the playoffs, their D will be just as good as well. I thought ex would just be high power offense. It is their strict lock down D that has impressed me most so far. Anyone gets past the line, Barton eats them up. The 4-5-2 is working awesome.

SportsFan101
Bountiful, UT

Meant to say 4-2-5 D. Oops. Also, will Wall at Bountiful they will always be a lockdown defensive team.

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