PROVO Springville didn't have much success moving the ball against Provo on Friday, but it did enough on defense that it didn't have to.
The Red Devils took a seven-point first half lead and rode it all the way to the end of the game, keeping their playoffs hopes alive with a 7-3 win.
Springville forced four turnovers and stopped Provo whenever it threatened. It wasn't a pretty game, but for a team that hasn't won a game in a month, the Red Devils will take it.
"That was kind of exciting," said Springville coach Dan Hansen. "We needed that one real bad. The kids stepped up and they played."
Springville's only points came early in the second quarter, when it drove from midfield and scored on a 13-yard fade pass from Isaac Allred to Ben Doxey.
Early in the game the Red Devils used a platoon quarterback system, using backup Luke Frampton on some designed running plays. The strategy was good for a few extra yards and helped set up the touchdown drive.
Provo did put some good things together on offense, but was killed by turnovers. Springville came up with three interceptions and a fumble. Two of those turnovers stopped drives in Red Devil territory.
In the second half, Springville stopped Provo on fourth down plays five different times.
"How many times did we stop them when it was fourth-and-short or third-and-short?" said Hansen. "The kids stepped up and showed some heart tonight. That's what I wanted to see. We haven't seen it in a long time."
The Bulldogs had their best drive midway through the fourth quarter. They moved down to the 10-yard line and had first-and-goal, but settled for a field goal. Their next two drives ended on downs.
Provo's last chance came on a hail-mary pass with no time left on the clock. Graham Sullivan somehow slipped behind the defense and was open in the end zone, but the ball slipped through his fingertips.
The result all but eliminates Provo from the playoffs. It would have to pull off a mammoth upset of Timpview next week and hope for a Springville loss.
The Red Devils hold their destiny in their own hands. A win over Payson next week will clinch a post-season berth."We're a good football team if we want to be," said Hansen. "I think we showed that tonight. We only gave up three points. We haven't been that way in a long time."
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