LEHI — What Emmett Call did Thursday night against Lone Peak was everything his coach expected him to do.
“He’s a veteran player, but he’s a first year starter,” said Skyridge head coach Jon Lehman. “For Emmet, he’s had to buy into the process since his freshman year and continue to get better, continue to get better, continue to get better, and wait his turn, when sometimes it’s not super easy to do that.
"A guy like him, he is the epitome of buying into the process, because he just kept going and getting better.”
Lehman wasn’t surprised by the play of his confident and aggressive senior quarterback who finished the night with two touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown to lead Skyridge to a 22-21 win over Lone Peak.
“It was great,” Lehman said after his team won Thursday. “There was no play out there where I didn’t feel like he was in control. That doesn’t mean we always made the right play, but I didn’t feel like there was any moment from first quarter to fourth quarter where he wasn’t in control of the situation and that’s what we ask from our quarterbacks.
"It keeps everybody really poised and helps everybody execute their responsibilities. I just can’t say enough about him.”
Call has led his team this season to a 6-1 record. But after losing their first game last week to Pleasant Grove, Call took the loss to heart and focused on bouncing back. Thursday night was senior night for Skyridge and, with a close geographical team like Lone Peak, the Falcons knew it wasn’t going to be an easy win.
Skyridge scored first on a 17-yard pass from Call to Noah Erikson early in the first quarter. But Lone Peak would quickly answer back to tie up the game. With four seconds left in the first quarter, Call hauled in a 9-yard rushing touchdown, and the Falcons missed the ensuing PAT.
Just before the end of the first half, Lone Peak scored a touchdown to take a 1-point lead into the break. Skyridge scored the only points of the third quarter on an 18-yard field goal, giving the Falcons a slim 2-point lead.
Lone Peak, though, looked to be in control after a Nate Ritchie pick-six touchdown; but the poise of Call on Skyridge's next drive after the pick six is what Lehman loves about his quarterback.
“Honestly, I didn’t say anything,” Lehman said. “I didn’t even approach him on the sideline because it’s one play in a big game and I didn’t feel like that was going to be the deciding factor in it at all. There was a lot of time to play and we believed in him.”
With the clock winding down, Call lead his team down the field and capped it off with a 27-yard game-winning touchdown pass to Mitchell Adamson to put the Falcons up 22-21.
Call said he knew it wasn’t going to be an easy win for his Falcons, but the trust they’ve been building within the team makes it so Call wouldn’t want to go to battle with anyone else.
“It’s playing with a family, you know?” Call said. “I mean, you go back, not to sound like a historian, but you go back to the ancient war times with battles over territory, stuff you’re doing with you family, going to war, it creates the highest emotions and the highest euphorias.”
Carra McManamon is a native of Washington State and is attending the University of Utah. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter: @curramac22