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Smith's 5 TDs lead Beaver to 2A football title; Duchesne edges Kanab for 1A title

By KSL.com | Posted - Nov. 12, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.


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CEDAR CITY — Dillon Smith scored five touchdowns as Beaver jumped out to a 28-7 lead, then held off a comeback bid and pulled away for a 55-35 win over South Summit for its second-straight Class 2A state championship Saturday at Southern Utah University.

Smith scored his second touchdown of the game on a two-yard run to open the second quarter. But the Wildcats rallied with 21 unanswered points to tie the game at 28-28 at halftime.

The Beavers went back to what was working on the ground, and Jordan Hardy's 96-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter iced a 27-7 second half to clinch Beaver's back-to-back state titles.

Last season's title run was Beaver's first appearance in a state final since 1992, when the Beavers lost to Grantsville in the 2A title game.

Duchesne players celebrate their title win after defeating Kanab in the UHSAA 1A state championship football game at Southern Utah University in Cedar City on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. Duchesne took the title over Kanab with its 19-17 victory. (Photo: Nick Wagner, Deseret News)
Duchesne players celebrate their title win after defeating Kanab in the UHSAA 1A state championship football game at Southern Utah University in Cedar City on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. Duchesne took the title over Kanab with its 19-17 victory. (Photo: Nick Wagner, Deseret News)

Duchesne 19, Kanab 17 — At Southern Utah University, Ammon Graehl's 80-yard pick-six helped the Eagles seal a two-point win over Kanab to win their first Class 1A state title since winning four-straight from 2010-2013.

Kanab took a 10-6 halftime lead on Carter Jackman's 30-yard field goal, but Duchesne rallied back with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns. Tavin Ott pulled the Cowboys within two late in the fourth quarter, but Kanab could not complete the comeback.

Juan Diego 35, Delta 21 — At Southern Utah University, Zach Hoffman threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more as the Soaring Eagle pulled away from the Rabbits.

Hoffman's 3-yard TD run in the second quarter gave Juan Diego a 21-7 halftime lead, but Delta rallied to pull within a score 28-21 on Reygan Riding's 38-yard touchdown scamper in the fourth quarter.

But Hoffman ended the game with a 53-yard TD strike to Dallin Davis, and the Soaring Eagle held on for a second-straight 3A state title.

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