OGDEN -- With the clock winding to zero in the third quarter and his team down by 28, Ogden Tigers receiver Ethan Vosburgh worked his way past the Judge Memorial Bulldogs' secondary. Striding down the right sideline, he turned for the fluttering ball, caught it with his fingertips and darted into the end zone.
What followed was not out of a Disney movie. There would be no stirring comeback for the Tigers, no miracle rally. A victory, at that point, was out of reach.
But progress doesn't often come with cinematic grandeur. Rather, it arrives in hard-earned chunks, gained, sometimes, when the score isn't close.
The Tigers lost 35-7 to the Bulldogs Friday evening, their second straight loss to open the season, but they took noticeable strides, however inconsequential to the score, toward becoming a better team.
"We definitely made progress this week," said coach Troy Kolan. "This was a good week for us. Last week we had maybe three first downs, and we definitely made a lot more progress this week. The offense is starting to click a little bit, and you could see it there in the fourth quarter."
While Ogden didn't score again following Vosburgh's touchdown catch, a 45-yarder thrown by quarterback Michael Richardson, the Tigers offense played its best in the fourth.
"I thought that was big for us," Kolan said. "After we had that touchdown, the offense really seemed like there was a spark there, towards the end, and you could see it. Hopefully, we can continue that and generate some momentum."
It was Richardson who provided the biggest boost for the Tigers late in the game. The junior quarterback's numbers weren't flashy, but he guided the offense more efficiently than last week, when Bonneville shutout the Tigers.
"I thought he was tough," Kolan said. "He hung in there, and it's a learning process for him. This is his first year as starting quarterback for us, and I think he's doing a great job. He's getting better every week."
After dealing all night with the Bulldogs' suffocating blitz and having several of his passes dropped, Richardson finished 8-for-27 for 133 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions.
The Tigers got a good performance from running back Josh Shackleford. The junior rushed 12 times for 86 yards and set up the Tigers' touchdown with a key 19-yard run.
Judge Memorial took a 21-0 lead into the half and was led by quarterback Kaden Ellis, whose dual-threat attack burned the Tigers all game. Ellis rushed for 70 yards on 10 carries and threw for 172 yards and two touchdowns on 8-for-14 passing.
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