Lone Tree beats Springville in physical matchup of 3-0 teams

Fifth-ranked Lions hand Orioles first loss, 30-12

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Matt Sulentic, correspondent

SPRINGVILLE — Sometimes the ball bounces your way.

Sometimes that ball, your hands, and uniform are soaked and you can’t quite get a grip on the ball. Such was the case for the Springville Orioles (3-1, 0-1), dropping their first contest of the year, 30-12 to No. 5 Lone Tree (4-0, 1-0).

“Lone Tree came out and made the most of its possessions,” Springville head coach Joe Martin said. “I thought our kids did a good job defensively. They did a really good job of containing, Lone Tree has some quick and athletic kids.”

Field conditions impacted play, especially in the first half. The driving rain led to turnovers and slowed down the Lions’ speed.

“That was a physical football game,” Lone Tree head coach Chad Shield said. “We like to get to the outside and we like to throw the ball and the conditions just weren’t made for that tonight.”

Springville looked to find momentum early, when Cavanaugh Riley scampered 65 yards down to the Lone Tree 2-yard line on its opening drive. They looked poised to notch the game’s first points, but a stout Lions defense drove through rain and Oriole defenders to stop the drive on the Lone Tree 10-yard line.

“They did a good job of stopping us,” Martin said. “Then they had a big play and we just couldn’t get any momentum after that.”

The Lions tried passing early, with some success and a little luck. Lone Tree’s Drake Hotz appeared headed for the end zone following a big reception, but the weather struck and he lost the ball. The Lions’ Brock Smith fell on it in the end zone to give the Lions a 6-0 lead.

The Orioles appeared to catch a break when Lone Tree muffed a punt right into the arms of a Springville defender late in the first quarter. However, the ball caromed off the Orioles defender and back into the arms of a Lions player.

So it went for the Orioles on a rainy night in Springville.

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