LEHI It all came down to the final 10 seconds and one last shot at a victory. After finding themselves down by three points with one last shot at the end zone from 15 yards out, Lehi pulled itself together and did something no Pioneer football team has done since 2004. It gave itself a winning record.
With their last-second 16-13 victory over the Provo Bulldogs, who dropped to 0-3, the Pioneers won for the second straight week and improved their record this season to 2-1.
The final play showed just how much tenacity Lehi quarterback Jordan Smith has, as he'd just been nailed hard on a sack the play before, landing him 15 yards away from the win. But he calmed himself, counted on his own confidence and the confidence the team had in him and threw the ball to Josh Miller, who made a great grab in the end zone with only 1.4 seconds left on the clock, sealing the victory for a Lehi team that had won one game in the past two years.
"We had faith in the play. We called it and we made the play," said Lehi coach Derrick Peyton.
"We've put in a lot of hard work, but we're keeping them tight. We'd like to break one of these suckers open.".
The Pioneers came out strong in the second quarter after the defenses dominated in a scoreless first and put themselves onto the scoreboard with a 33-yard field goal by Brennan Stringham. Just three minutes later they added a 30-yard touchdown as CJ Fredrickson broke loose and tore off down the left sideline for the score. Lehi took a 10-0 lead into the third quarter, but Provo wouldn't go quietly.
Provo held onto the ball for 11:26 of the third quarter and with 34 seconds remaining in the third they finally put seven points on the board with a two-yard touchdown run by Kyler Hamilton. Just two plays into Lehi's next drive, Smith threw the interception to Andrew Yapias, who ran in for Provo's second touchdown and gave the Bulldogs a 13-10 lead.
Then the Pioneers dug in and fought their way out of the hole they'd dug in such a short time."It took a little bit for us to get back into it, but the crowd support has been huge. The crowd was hungry for it because we've been struggling, we've been down, but hopefully we'll be able to build some momentum heading into Region competition," said Peyton.