GRANTSVILLE Having just been marched on to open the second half and staring down a 18-point deficit Ogden showed great resiliency in coming from behind for a 32-28 victory.
Justin Crosby passed for 228 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for two others. Both touchdown passes went straight to Lance Bowen and he totaled 147 yards on just four receptions.
Everything started great for Grantsville as Mitchell Shumway stepped in front of Crosby third down pass to return the interception 39 yards for a touchdown and an early lead.
Starting with great field position right at the end of the first quarter Ogden took advantage. Crosby was able to hit a diving Max Rodriguez in stride to get the Tigers deeps in Grantsville territory. From one yard out Crosby was able to sneak the final yard to knot the game up at 8-8.
Grantsville didn't take long to respond as Logan Paulich connect on two consecutive passes to Michael LeBeau and Alex Childs, who jumped in front of a waiting Ogden defender to haul in a pass. As if stealing passes from Ogden wasn't enough Dustin Durfee completely hurdled a Tiger linebacker to get his team excited as LeBeau finished off the drive with a 10-yard reception as he stretched the ball over the goal line for a 16-8 halftime lead.
The Cowboys kept the momentum rolling as Paulich hit Childs again for 25 yards then Childs finished the drive himself from 11 yards out for a comfortable 24-8 lead.
"In years past when we get down like this we mail it in," said Ogden coach Dennis Dalton. "But this year is different, these kids are more determined and won't give up."
On the next drive Ogden's Bowen put on the brakes to get to an under thrown Crosby pass and then scurried 66 yards for a quick touchdown.
Pinned deep in their own territory Grantsville punted early in the fourth and got called for punt return interference which gave Ogden the ball 15 yards away from pay dirt. Crosby finished off the drive with his second quarterback sneak for a touchdown to bring Ogden within two points.
With a slim two point lead Grantsville's first play the snap flew the over the head of Paulich and Jose Alejandre was able to fall on the ball inside Cowboy territory.
Grantsville defense looked poised to make a stand as they had Ogden staring at a long third and 29 play. Crosby dropped back and scrambled, then launched a pass for the back of the end zone which found its way in the hands of Bowen as Ogden took its first lead of the game 26-22.
Paulich and Childs were able to answer right back as they connected on a 25 yard touchdown pass thrown just over the out-stretched arms of Ben Buck for Ogden to regain the lead 28-26.
With just over five minutes to play Crosby found James Rivas to keep the drive alive then the clutch running of Bowen to the outside sealed the victory with a 33 yard run.
"I am impressed with all the hard work these kids put in on the off season," Dalton said. "It is now just starting to show on the field."