2017-12-08 / Sports

Silver Foxes are back-to-back 5A State Champs!!


The Dutch Fork Silver Foxes, the 2017 5A State Champions. 
Photo by Perry McLeod The Dutch Fork Silver Foxes, the 2017 5A State Champions. Photo by Perry McLeod A defensive stop on a two-point conversion sealed the Dutch Fork Silver Foxes’ second 5A state championship in a row with a 28-27 win over the Dorman Cavaliers Saturday, December 2 at Williams-Brice Stadium.

The final drive of the ball game was a perfect microcosm of the rollercoaster ride Dutch Fork coaches, players, and fans had endured during the contest.

It began with a 42- yard touchdown run by Dorman’s Ben Batson. However, the touchdown was negated by a penalty, and the Cavaliers were pushed back to the Dutch Fork 13 yard line. Five plays later, Batson found Jacoby Pinckney for a 3-yard touchdown pass.

With the Cavaliers still down by one and the extra point pending, head coach David Gutshall decided to go for a game-winning two–point conversion. Batson found John Gelotte at the 5–yard line. As Gelotte barrelled toward the end zone, Hugh Ryan, Kyle Ecton, and Christian Johnson converged on the big tight end and tackled him short of the goal line.


Dutch Fork’s Bryce Thompson runs through the tackle of a Dorman defender. 
Photo by Perry McLeod Dutch Fork’s Bryce Thompson runs through the tackle of a Dorman defender. Photo by Perry McLeod The Silver Foxes were in a hole to start the game when Tylen Fowler picked up a fumble and returned it 51 yards for the score putting Dorman up 7-0.

Dutch Fork grabbed the momentum in the second quarter with a 10-play, 74-yard drive, culminating in a 4-yard touchdown run by Ron Hoff tying the score at 7-7.

After a three-and-out by Dorman, the Silver Foxes began their next drive at their own 28–yard line. Eight plays later, Hoff delivered his second score of the game, this time from two yards out, giving Dutch Fork its first lead of the game at 14-7.

The momentum quickly swung in the Cavaliers‘ favor in the second half. On their first drive of the third quarter, Matthew Powell had to step in for Batson, who was injured on the first play. Powell delivered a 43- yard strike to Pinckney to get the ball in Dutch Fork territory. Four plays later, Powell found Zack Hillstock for a 17-yard touchdown pass to tie the score at 14- 14.


Dutch Fork’s Kyle Ecton, Hugh Ryan and Christian Johnson tackle Dorman’s John Gelotte stopping him short of the goal line on a potential game-winning two-point conversion. 
Photo by Perry McLeod Dutch Fork’s Kyle Ecton, Hugh Ryan and Christian Johnson tackle Dorman’s John Gelotte stopping him short of the goal line on a potential game-winning two-point conversion. Photo by Perry McLeod Dutch Fork answered later in the quarter with a 72-yard run by Bryce Thompson to take a 21-14 lead.

Early in the final quarter, Dorman tied the game again with a 5-yard jump pass from Hillstock to Gelotte.

The Silver Foxes responded with a four-play 70-yard drive. Ty Olenchuk guided Dutch Fork down the field with two passes to Jalen Hyatt for 21 yards. Dorman also helped out with a penalty, giving the Silver Foxes the ball at the Dorman 46–yard line. The drive concluded with a 25- yard run by Thompson, and the Silver Foxes were out in front 28-21.


Dutch Fork’s Ty Olenchuk finds a receiver against Dorman. 
Photo by Perry McLeod Dutch Fork’s Ty Olenchuk finds a receiver against Dorman. Photo by Perry McLeod From there, it was up to the Dutch Fork defense. On the ensuing Dorman drive, the Cavaliers drove 65 yards in 12 plays. The Dutch Fork defense stopped the Cavaliers at the 2–yard line on fourth-and-goal to force a turnover on downs.

A three-and-out by the Silver Foxes gave Dorman the ball back at the Dutch Fork 42 with 2:09 left. From there, the Cavaliers got the touchdown but failed on the two-point conversion.

Dutch Fork tallied 451 total yards, 325 on the ground and 126 through the air. Hoff led the Silver Foxes with 28 rushes for 188 yards and two touchdowns. Thompson finished with 181 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns. Olenchuk completed 11-of-21 passes for 114 yards.


Dutch Fork’s Ron Hoff powers through the tackle of Dorman’s Dawson Hoffman for a touchdown. 
Photo by Perry McLeod Dutch Fork’s Ron Hoff powers through the tackle of Dorman’s Dawson Hoffman for a touchdown. Photo by Perry McLeod The win gives Dutch Fork its third state championship, while finishing with a record of 13-1.

Dutch Fork 28,
Dorman 27

       1  2  3  4  Final
DF  0 14 7  7     28
Do  7  0  7  13    27

First Quarter
Do: Tylen Fowler 51-yard fumble
return. (Extra point was good).

Second Quarter
DF: Ron Hoff 4-yard run. (Extra
point was good).
DF: Hoff 2-yard run. (Extra point
was good).

Third Quarter
Do: Matthew Powell 17-yard pass
to Zack Hill Stock. (Extra point was
good).
DF: Bryce Thompson 72-yard run.
(Extra point was good).

Fourth Quarter
Do: Hillstock 6-yard pass to John
Gelotte. (Extra point was good)
DF: Thompson 25-yard run. (Extra
point was good).
Do: Ben Batson 3-yard pass to
Jacoby Pinckney. (Two-point conversion was no good)

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