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Preseason for the Knights

By Taylor Decker | Posted - Aug. 27, 2011 at 10:43 p.m.


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“Everyone has to do their jobs. We have to play our game, we can’t let them come into our house and play their game,” said senior wide reciever Hunter Huffman.

And that is exactly what the Lone Peak Knights did.

Last night against the Mountain Crest Mustangs, Lone Peak showed everybody just a little taste of what they are made of. So far with a winning preseason record, and with a projected No. 3 in the rankings, they continue to prove themselves on why they deserve that spot.

“(Chase) Hansen had his quarterback skills on display last night completing long pass after long passes, to Micah Hannemann and Zach Saunders,” said Knights fan Ken Tincher.

Hansen’s dead-on throws and critical thinking is what is helping to set everything in motion for Lone Peak.

“First play of the game, Chase bombed it to Zach Saunders on the second drive,” said senior linebacker Justin Simpson.

Saunders’ fast running and quick maneuvering makes him an excellent and reliable player to get the ball where it needs to be. With that being said, Lone Peak's Micah Hannemann, Connor Humphrey, and Saunders managed to catch long touchdown passes in the first quarter.

“The first quarter just set the tone, it was a good feeling,” said senior quarterback Hansen.

And from the looks of the audience, that first quarter is what set the mood. Multiple touchdowns in each quarter showed the Mountain Crest Mustangs that Lone Peak came ready to fight.

“We all knew it was a big game," Hansen said. "We came prepared, which made us comfortable."

Even though it may look easy for the Knights, Mountain Crest was not the easiest team to beat. In fact, its offense never gave up. With quick, good plays by its quarterback and offensive players, it managed to gain multiple first downs, and a chance to get some points up on the board. All the way up until the fourth quarter, the Lone Peak Knights were ahead 35-0.

“We had a couple of third downs, but the line did their job blocking and did a good job sticking with it,” Hansen said.

Mountain Crest’s defense gave Lone Peak a little apprehension, but Lone Peak’s offensive line knew exactly how to deal with it. The Mustangs just didn’t know how to escape Lone Peak's blitz.

“Offensive line just did their job, we couldn’t be stopped,” said senior linebacker Zain Rizavi.

As the third quarter came around, Lone Peak put in second string quarterback, Chandler Dahl. This gave the Mustangs a chance hold Lone Peak, and to put some points on the board.

With five minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Mustangs managed to score a touchdown. With the Knights releasing more of their starters and putting in the second and third strings, they still were able to hold Mountain Crest's offense until 19 seconds left in the game, when the Mustangs scored another touchdown, making the score 35-14 in Lone Peak's favor.

With only a few seconds left, the ball was punted to Lone Peak, and senior punt returner JD Spencer ran the ball up the middle with some good yardage. The game came to a close with the final score being 35-14, Lone Peak.

With an excellent pick earlier in the game, senior linebacker and reciever Brody Berry added, “We felt we were prepared, but we knew we were a good team.”

The Knights are moving on next week to play Davis High.

Taylor is a junior journalism student at Lone Peak High School.

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