PLEASANT VIEW — It had the feel of an old Western Athletic Conference football game from the 1980s.
The American Fork Cavemen and Weber Warriors lit up the scoreboard Friday night at Weber High in the Class 6-A season-opener for both schools.
When the dust had settled, the Cavemen had earned a 54-39 win over the Warriors.
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After a slow start, American Fork came on strong midway through the opening quarter, scoring touchdowns on four straight possessions to take a 27-19 lead into halftime.
The Cavemen benefited from a pair of costly Weber mistakes in the opening half.
With the Warriors already up 7-0, Weber intercepted a pass from American Fork's Bronson Barron, one of the few mistakes the American Fork senior made on the night. The Warriors took over at the Cavemen 35-yard line.
On the first play of the drive, Weber quarterback Austin Bartholomew was intercepted in the end zone.
Barron completed five passes on the Cavemen's ensuing drive to tie the game at 7-7. The drive was capped by a 5-yard touchdown pass to Chase Roberts.
And while Weber’s Colton Jones hauled in a 40-yard touchdown pass to open the second quarter, the Cavemen scored three touchdowns in the quarter to take control of the game.
Another turning point came midway through the quarter on a fourth-and-long situation for Weber. The snap sailed over the Weber punter's head and American Fork's Hunter Fry picked up the fumble and returned it 20 yards to give American Fork a 20-13 lead.
Weber came right back with a score of its own as Bartholomew ran 37 yards to pull the Warriors to within 20-19.
American Fork broke Weber's back with a score right before halftime as Scotty Buhler ran in from 8 yards out.
The Cavemen also added a score midway through the third quarter to build a 34-19 lead. The cushion was just enough as both teams combined to score 40 points the rest of the way.
Jones scored on a 40-yard run early in the final quarter for the Warriors, while adding another touchdown midway through the period. The second score came from 3 yards out.
Weber is back at it next Friday with a game at Roy.