Drenched in Gatorade, Tom Knotts was greeted with hugs from his players and other supporters before shaking hands with coaches from Dorman.
Despite giving up a late touchdown, the Silver Foxes’ defense stood tall to prevent a Dorman 2-point conversion to secure at 28-27 win for their second consecutive Class 5-A state championship.
An offensive miscue for Dutch Fork (14-1) put them behind early. A bad snap over the head of quarterback Ty Olenchuk was recovered by Tylen Fowler and returned 51 yards to put the Cavaliers up 7-0.
Dutch Fork would respond in the second quarter with a heavy dose of running back Ron Hoff. The sophomore came away with 139 yards and two rushing touchdowns on 19 carries before halftime to give Dutch Fork a 14-7 lead.
After the break, Dorman tied things up. Matthew Powell connected with Zack Hillstock on a 17-yard touchdown pass to cap a 75-yard drive making 14-14-.
The Silver Foxes continued to attack the Cavaliers defense with their running game. This time, it was Bryce Thompson who would come up with a 72-yard run to the end zone pushing Knotts’ team ahead 21-14 with 1:47 left in the third.
David Gutshall’s team continued to fight. With 10:27 left in the fourth quarter, Hillstock’s jump pass to John Gelotte again tied the game 21-21.
But Thompson would come calling again. The senior two-way Dutch Fork star would finish off a 4-play, 70-yard drive with a 25-yard touchdown giving him two scores on the day and his team 28-21 advantage with 8:39 to go.
Dorman made it interesting with 19 seconds left when Ben Batson found Jacoby Pinckney for a 2-yard touchdown pass to make it 28-27. The Cavaliers would choose to go for two, but Batson’s 2-point conversion pass to Gelotte would be stopped just inside the 1.
Dutch Fork ends the season with a 13-1 record. The Silver Foxes have won 28 of their last 29 games.
BACK TO BACK— Dutch Fork Football (@dfhsfootball) December 2, 2017
5A STATE CHAMPIONS
Thank you DF family! It’s been a blast! Officially Signing off! On to the next adventure ??????— Bryce Thompson (@thommybry) December 2, 2017
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