SALT LAKE CITY – The Mountain Crest football team made it to the 4A state championship game, but no further. The Mustangs turned the ball over four times in its 26-0 shutout loss to the Orem Tigers on the cold and wet Friday afternoon in Rice-Eccles Stadium.
Orem quarterback Cooper Legas completed 11 of 19 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown while running for another 47 yards and a touchdown in the school’s first state championship win in 23 years.
The Tiger defense was able come up with two interceptions and turn each into a field goal during the first half. Mountain Crest missed a first-half 24-yard field goal and entered the break down 6-0.
“We’ve got to stop turning the ball over,” Mustang head coach Jason Lee said before entering the locker room at halftime.
The Tigers started the second half with a four-play 64-yard drive to go up 13-0. The Mustang offense responded by moving the ball 45 yards in seven plays, but the drive stalled at the Orem 41 yard line. That was as close as Mountain Crest got to the endzone through the remainder of the game. Orem was able to score two more touchdowns and grab a third interception.
Mountain Crest totaled 102 yards rushing and 75 yards passing for 177 yards total. The Tigers put up 277 yards on the ground and 189 through the air.