OGDEN — When your offense scores touchdowns on all six first-half drives, that's usually a good omen. There are plenty of good omens going around the Ogden High football program these days.
The Tigers' fast-and-furious offense was too much for Ben Lomond in the 66th Iron Horse game Thursday night.
The Tigers (6-3, 3-2 Region 11) scored touchdowns on their first seven drives going into the third quarter as they cruised to a 56-26 win over crosstown rival Ben Lomond (0-9, 0-5).
The result, coupled with Tooele's loss to Park City, means Ogden will enter the 4A state playoffs as the No. 3 seed from Region 11, meaning a likely road game at Spanish Fork in two weeks.
It's Ogden's first trip to the playoffs since 2011, the best season record-wise since 2009 with the potential for the best season since 1988 with one more win.
Speaking of history, Rhyle Hanson may have notched his name in some sort of record book for a single-game performance in Ogden and Iron Horse history.
"Shoot, I gotta take my linemen to dinner. That's all I've got to say," Hanson said, laughing.
The senior running back rushed 27 times for 227 yards and five rushing touchdowns, turning small blocking gaps into big plays and shouldering the running load after Chase Butler's shoulder injury forced him to play only at linebacker.
Quarterback Bo DeVries threw for 214 yards and three touchdowns: two to Irving Gastelum, who had 110 receiving yards, and one to Butler.
The turning point of the game came on the Scots' second drive when both Nick Freeman and Isaac Wilson were hurt on the same play, one play before a Ben Lomond touchdown.
It was a rallying point for Ogden from then on, Hanson said. Tigers head coach Erik Thompson said Freeman and Wilson likely have season-ending injuries.
Gastelum 41 yards. 43-20 with 48 seconds left in the half pic.twitter.com/hx6BjuFa8d— Patrick Carr (@patrickcarr_) October 12, 2018
"We love them and I'm praying for their quick recovery," Thompson said.
"We had guys out there that really hadn't practiced or played a lot all year playing in there. Hats off to those guys to come in."
For all of the 30-point scoring margin, Ben Lomond's offense was hard to stop on its own. Running back Zander Caffall notched 117 yards on the ground with a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Quarterback Nykolas Guzman threw for 201 yards with a touchdown and an interception, and rushed for 76 yards and two scores.
Stephon Watson had four catches for 118 yards and a touchdown, the score being a 54-yard pass over the top of the defense in the first half.
"We're very capable of beating this team, but things didn't go our way and we made mistakes," Caffall said.
TOUCHDOWN. Guzman runs in from 13 yards after Caffall picks up 7 yards on 4th and 6 (<-- a gutsy play call by the way). 36-20 Ogden, 1:17 left in the half pic.twitter.com/dU3xuNZhCw— Patrick Carr (@patrickcarr_) October 12, 2018
Things certainly didn't go the Scots way.
On fourth-and-inches in the first quarter, Caffall slipped and fell on what likely would've picked up the first down.
In the second half, Caffall appeared to be down at the Ogden 1-yard line just short of the goal line before the ball popped loose, but no whistles blew and Ogden returned it across midfield, ending a sure scoring opportunity.
In the end, Ogden's offense created too big a slope for Ben Lomond to climb. Especially with the defensive injuries, the offense is going to need to be at full throttle in the playoffs.
But for now, the Iron Horse is staying at Ogden High.
"I'm so happy for our team, our school, our community. I mean, they deserved this after all the years that we went through," Hanson said.