OGDEN -- With the Iron Horse on the line, the Ogden Tigers turned a closely battled contest into a giant-sized rout Friday night as the host Tigers put it on their cross-town rivals from Ben Lomond, 54-0 that included a running clock for most of the second half.
"The kids knew all week that this was the biggest game of the season so far for them," Ogden coach Troy Kolan said. "We wanted some positive momentum heading into the rest of region play and the kids played one of their better games tonight. We were able to run the ball and defensively the kids stepped up and did everything we could to keep them out of the end zone."
The running attack was the main piece of Ogden's attack on the night, getting nearly 100 yards from three different players.
Leading the way for the Tigers was junior running back Josh Shackleford, who finished the game with seven carries for 150 yards and two touchdowns.
All of those came in the first half of the game as he sat and made way for the rest of the team to produce. Shackleford also added a 45-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first half as Ogden built a 28-0 halftime lead.
Quarterback Michael Richardson had over 100 yards passing and rushing combined and backup running back TJ Mafi had seven carries for 86 yards and touchdown as well for Ogden. Defensively, the Tigers had eight sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries in pitching the shutout.
"The Iron Horse is something that every kids wants to win and the kids remembered last year -- even though we won -- that we started slow and barely got by," Kolan said. "They never forgot that game and tonight proved that they could start fast and finish fast. Hopefully this gives us some momentum and some confidence going forward for the rest of the season."