American Fork football defeats Weber in season opener, 38-15

August 18, 2018

Boone Abbott threw four touchdowns to lead American Fork to a 38-15 win over Weber in the season opener at home.

Abbott showed accuracy and mobility in his first game as a starter.

“It feels great to be on the field,” Abbott said. “I’ve been waiting forever for this. A long preseason was fun, but I’m just glad to be out here.”

Cavemen head coach Aaron Behm expressed praise for his defense.

“Our defensive coordinator is a former player of mine, Nate Cummings,” Behm said. “I’m super proud of how he prepared the defense. We knew they had some talent coming back on the edges and that they would try to run the ball. After the first score, they really settled in, gave them a lot of different looks, and mixed things up to be really successful.”

Abbott’s mobility allowed him to avoid sacks and make large gains passing and running. “He’s athletic. He can escape pressure,” Behm said. “For his first varsity game, he played great.”

With all Cavemen wideouts tightly covered on American Fork’s second drive, Abbott eluded three tacklers before scampering down the left sideline for 23 yards. He followed by finding wide receiver Chase Roberts on a slant for a 22-yard touchdown catch.

Weber’s Sione Moa sacked a scrambling Abbott for a 15-yard sack. But Abbott found Roberts over the middle to regain 12 of the yards, and Roberts later beat the Warrior defense on a fly route to catch a 51-yard touchdown.

After the Caveman offensive line provided Abbott ample time midway through the second quarter, the quarterback hurled a pass deep to wide receiver Devin Downing streaking down the sideline for a 63-yard touchdown.

American Fork continued its passing attack on the final drive of the first half. After a penalty set the Cavemen at second-and-25 at its 35-yard line, a wide receiver caught a 15-yard catch over the middle. On third-and-10, again with adequate time to let routes develop, Abbott delivered a strike over the middle for a Caveman first down. While rolling out of the pocket on a seemingly broken play, Abbott threw against his body to find Roberts in coverage on the sideline for a 24-yard grab. Stepping up in the pocket to again elude a pass rusher, Abbott threw a 23-yard touchdown to Roberts with 15 seconds remaining, giving American Fork a three-touchdown halftime advantage.

After a botched punt gave the Cavemen the ball at the Weber 40-yard line, Abbott rolled right to beat pass rushers, escape the pocket, and throw a 23-yard pass. After a sack pushed American Fork back to the 29-yard line, Caveman kicker Kyle Thompson responded with a 46-yard field goal to give the Cavemen a 31-7 advantage.

Warrior defensive end Josh Carter sacked Abbott in the fourth quarter, forcing a fumble and returning the ball 33 yards for a touchdown. Hudson Schenck caught a pass in the corner of the end zone for a two-point conversion to bring the Warriors within two possessions with 7:46 remaining, 31-15.

But Caveman running back Jaxon Gregory made a first-down run on fourth-and-three, and Abbott found Downing on a fly route down the sideline to seal the win.

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