OGDEN -- A near-capacity crowd took in the 58th annual Iron Horse Game at Ogden High School on a crisp Friday night, and for the third consecutive season, the crowd saw the Iron Horse stay at OHS.
The crosstown rivalry lived up to its billing, providing another thriller down to the final minute as the host Tigers won 12-7.
"It exceeded my expectations," said first-year Ogden coach Troy Kolan. "This is one of the best rivalries you'll see in the state. I loved it."
After a flat start from both teams, it looked like Ogden would strike first late in the first quarter. The Tigers strung together a few first downs, including a gutsy fourth-down conversion, but the drive halted when OHS quarterback Anthony Sattiewhite threw an interception.
Ben Lomond took advantage of the turnover and strung together a seven-minute, 80-yard drive, capped off by a two-yard rushing touchdown from Cody Coomes. Ben Lomond quarterback Alex Craft went 6-for-7 on the touchdown drive after going 1-for-5 before that.
The second half was, as they say, a whole new ballgame. The Tiger defense made a few adjustments and dominated the Scotts, racking up five quarterback sacks, putting the Scotts in numerous third-and-long situations and keeping the OHS offense on the field.
The Tigers struck with two touchdowns in the third quarter: an 11-yard keeper from Sattiewhite and a 56-yard scamper from running back Saunjay Hillman.
"I told myself I just need to hit the hole and get to the sidelines," said Hillman, who attended Ben Lomond his freshman year. He said when he finally crossed the goal line it was "magnificent, like fireworks went off."
Sattiewhite finished the game with 63 rushing yards on 13 carries, and Hillman had 107 rushing yards on 10 carries to lead the Tigers to the victory.
Ben Lomond showed marked improvement from last season's Iron Horse matchup which Ogden won 56-0 on the Scots' home field. Both teams entered the game 0-3 this season, so something had to give.
The game ended with a swarm of Ogden High students rushing the field to celebrate with the team while chanting, "We got the horse. We got the horse."
* LOGAN 49, PARK CITY 19: At Logan, Grizzlies quarterback DJ Nelson had a monster night, throwing for 296 yards and six touchdowns to embarrass the Miners.
He connected to for different receivers in the offensive onslaught: twice to Beau Artist, twice to McKay Horsley, once to Kirby Olsen and another to Patrick Eccles.
Nelson also had a rushing touchdown in the victory.