RANDOLPH Time and again in their matchup with Parowan, the Rich Rebels sustained ridiculously long drives. Using a ball-controlling running game in the quarterfinals of the 1A state playoffs, they marched down the field in a grind-it-out fashion.
The only problem was each time they approached the goal line, they faltered and ended up coming away without any points.
Fortunately for the Rebels, on their final drive they finished in style. With only 48 seconds left on the clock, Tyler Satterthwaite capped off his 26-carry, 109-yard day with a two-yard touchdown run to the Rebels a 6-0 win.
"That is just how we play," said Satterthwaite. "We like to control the football pound it out. We try to control the line of scrimmage and wear down the other team."
The opening drive was a perfect example of the Rich offensive blueprint. Getting the football on their own 25, the Rebels held the ball for 18 plays including 16 runs and over nine minutes to get the ball to Rams' 4-yard line before getting stopped on fourth-and-goal and turning the ball over.
Rich did nearly the same thing with their first drive in the third quarter. This time it was a 12-play drive that ate up close to eight minutes before stalling on the 10-yard line.
Parowan used the same ground-oriented offense. The Rams had eight-play and 11-play drives in the first half. Blake Overson, who finished with nine carries for 104 yards, Jared Wheeler and quarterback Nick Wood did the work. But, like Rich, the Rams could not finish them off with points.
"It was good, hard-nosed football," said Rebels coach Ashley Brown. "We knew from playing them earlier in the year that they matched up well with us.
"We knew it was going to be physical, and we told the kids to just keep plugging away and keep believing we were going to win this game."
With both teams pounding the ball in 3-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust fashion, the game-winning drive was an appropriate ending to the slugfest.
Rich got the ball on its own 10 with 9:38 remaining. The Rebels pounded their way down the field giving, the ball to Satterthwaite 11 times while quarterback Bradley Holmes carried it four times. The end result was a 19-play, 90 yard drive capped by Satterwaithe's score.
"We never stopped believing we were going to win," Satterwaithe said. "That whole time going down the field we just felt like we were going to score. I have to give credit to our offensive line. They did a great job."Rich advances to face Enterprise Saturday at Woods Cross.