OGDEN — Thanks to another strong showing from the Tigers’ gunslinging senior signal-caller Bo DeVries, Ogden High claimed an impressive 26-15 win over a favored Tooele squad Friday night.
DeVries totaled 219 yards passing, three touchdowns and a pick for Ogden (5-2, 2-1 Region 11), who pulled away in the third quarter.
“Bo has done an outstanding job,” head coach Erik Thompson said. “Not only does he do a great job throwing the ball, but one of the keys to our win tonight ... is his ability to check runs at the line of scrimmage, how smart he is, and what a good leader he is.”
Tooele started with possession and momentum as early offensive miscues by the Tigers gave the Buffaloes great field position on multiple drives.
But Ogden took heart with a blocked field goal by senior defensive end Jeff Orris. The Tigers quickly turned the tide into a 6-0 lead, missing the extra point.
Tooele wasted no time responding with big runs from running backs Kukuluve Helu and Gavin Ware covering most of the field, with Helu punching in a 2-yard score for a 7-6 Buffalo lead.
Ogden answered on the next drive with a touchdown from junior Rhyle Hanson from inside the 10-yard line, a welcome redemption after an easy touchdown pass was dropped earlier in the drive. That gave Ogden a 13-7 lead into halftime.
Both teams ate up a good deal of clock in the third quarter with nothing to show for it before DeVries showed off his arm with a string of beautiful pass plays, capped by a 30-yard dime to senior receiver Irving Gastelum. The Tigers held a 19-7 lead after their two-point conversion catch was ruled out of bounds.
DeVries and Gastelum hooked up again in the fourth quarter for a 38-yard score when Gastelum broke an initial tackle and raced for pay dirt and a 26-7 advantage to all but seal the game for Ogden.
Desperation forced the run-heavy Tooele offense to tap into the passing game and the Tiger secondary made it all but impossible for Buffaloes junior quarterback Kulani Iongi. Iongi finally caught a break as a long completion into the red zone, combined with a roughing penalty, helped the Buffaloes finish a scoring drive for the final margin.
“I thought the first half was real sloppy,” Thompson said, “but the No. 1 thing I was proud of tonight is that when things went wrong, we kept our composure. That’s something we really needed to work on.”
The Tigers closed the door with a first down on the ensuing drive and knelt the game away.
Hanson rushed for 125 yards, while Chase Butler combined for more than 100 in rushing and receiving with a touchdown. Gastelum finished with 135 receiving yards.
Ogden's defense picked up two turnovers.
The Tigers travel to Park City next week before facing cross-town rival Ben Lomond.