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The Corner Canyon bench explodes with excitement after they scored the game-winning touchdown with two seconds left in the game, giving them a victory over Lone Peak at Corner Canyon High School in Draper on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019.

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Corner Canyon's Eric Kjar 1 of 4 finalists for All-American Bowl national coach of the year

By Sean Walker, KSL.com | Posted - Dec. 15, 2020 at 2:42 p.m.



DRAPER — It's been just short of a month since Corner Canyon stormed to its third-straight state football title with their 40th-straight victory.

And the honors keep rolling on in.

Chargers coach Eric Kjar has been named one of four finalists All-American Bowl Coach of the Year, an award given annually to the top coach in high school football by the All-American Bowl selection committee.

Kjar is the only semifinalist from Utah, and the western-most candidate, joining John Kay of North Shore Senior in Houston; Eric Moore of Center Grove in Greenwood, Indiana; and Tom Roken of St. Joseph's Prep in Philadelphia.

The award will be announced Tuesday, Dec. 29.

Led by Deseret News Mr. Football Jaxson Dart, who threw for an eye-popping 4,691 yards and 67 touchdowns and ran for another 1,195 yards and 12 scores, the Chargers wrapped up an undefeated season with a 45-7 win over Region 4 rival Lone Peak in the Class 6A state championship. The win streak, which is a Utah High School Activities Association record for a single coach, moved Kjar's all-time coaching record to 120 wins with 30 losses.

Kjar, who previously led Jordan to a state title in 2012, has only lost once since arriving on Charger Way — in the 2017 state championship game.

The All-American Bowl, an NBC Sports-owned property, is considered one of the marquee high school football postseason all-star games in America. The game averages more than 4.5 million television viewers on NBC and regularly attracts more than 25,000 fans each winter.

Among the game's alumni are Odell Beckham, Jr., Christian McCaffrey, Tim Tebow, Derrick Henry and Trevor Lawrence, in addition to 450 NFL draft picks, 66 past Super Bowl champions, 160 Pro Bowl selections and 17 Heisman Trophy finalists.

This year's game will air Jan. 2 on NBC.

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