AMERICAN FORK American Fork came out on Friday looking to bounce back from last week's upset loss. Lehi had the misfortune of standing in the way as the Cavemen put their first defeat of the season behind them with a 43-0 win.
Quarterback Taylor Jones shredded the defense and found receivers streaking past the secondary all night, while American Fork's running game was firing on all cylinders, accounting for three touchdowns.
"It was a little bit different than I had anticipated," said American Fork coach Davis Knight. "They're well-coached defensively. I have to think that our offensive line just blocked really well."
Chris Wernli put the Cavemen on the board early in the first quarter with a 15-yard run. A bobbled snap turned the PAT into a two-point conversion when Eddie Holloway scooped up the ball and threw to Aaron Lee.
The lead was 14-0 when Andrew Bangerter scampered into the end zone from 26 yards out.
Both Wernli and Bangerter were back in the lineup after sitting out the last game with injuries.
"We didn't have Wernli and Bangerter a week ago," said Knight. "We had our kids healthy again. Obviously they add some real punch."
With the running game established, the Cavemen started going with some play-action passes and caught Lehi cheating several times. A few American Fork receivers slipped through the secondary wide open, making some big plays that helped put the game out of reach early.
In the second quarter Jones tallied his first touchdown pass when he hit Jake Murphy for a 95-yard strike. Chad Knight got behind the defense on American Fork's next possession and hauled in a 64-yard TD pass.
Another deep pass set up a one-yard catch by Murphy just before halftime.
"They were play action kind of things," said Knight of his passing attack. "We had run the ball so well that it should have opened up. Jones just threw the ball really well under the conditions."
On American Fork's first drive of the second half, Robbie Lusk scored on a 25-yard run. Later in the quarter Lehi was called for a blocking penalty in its own end zone, resulting in a safety.
The closest Lehi came to scoring was midway through the fourth quarter when it drove inside the 10. The drive ended on downs with an incomplete pass in the end zone.
American Fork now has a short week to prepare for Wednesday's region showdown against Lone Peak.