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Lone Peak football: A yearly contender, so what about 2021?

Lone Peak football: A yearly contender, so what about 2021?

(Tom Smart)

HIGHLAND — Lone Peak has proven to be a highly successful football team in the state of Utah. In the last decade, the Knights have won two championships (2011, 2018), were state title runners-up in three seasons (2015, 2016, 2020) and have made semifinal appearances in four different seasons (2012, 2013, 2017, 2019).

Last year, Lone Peak finished second in Region 4 with a 3-1 record and an overall record of 12-2. The only losses the team suffered came from its region rival and winners of three straight championships Corner Canyon.

Going into the 2021 season, the Knights will rely on their championship tradition and look to capture the title they missed out on a season ago. They will have a talented lineup as they return seven offensive and five defensive starters.

Offensively, Lone Peak will be led by senior quarterback Easton Comer. He only played in three games last season, but Comer will replace the quarterback duo of Jonah Heimuli and Luke Romney. The two were an impressive tandem last season, combining for 2,533 passing yards, 592 rushing yards and 25 passing touchdowns.

Comer will not be alone and will receive great protection in the pocket as the Knights return a strong offensive line in three experienced seniors: Trevor Pay, Hyrum Moore and Joe Brown, who committed to the University of Virginia earlier this summer.

Although Lone Peak will be without Weston Covey, its top receiving option from a season ago, they are set to with junior wide receiver Crew McChesney, who totaled 410 receiving yards and five touchdowns last season — both second to Covey. As the primary option for the upcoming season, McChesney and the other receivers will need to make up for the loss of Covey's 770 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns.

The Knights have shown how dominant they can be on defense: The team had the fourth-best defense in 6A, only giving up 15.4 points per game; however, this season they will be without two First-Team All-State recipients in John Henry Daley and Maxx Obron.

Daley and Obron led the Knights' defense last season with a combined 145 tackles. Daley led the state in sacks with 22 during his senior season. With the loss of two-key defensive players, Lone Peak will need others to escape the opponents' offensive protection and put pressure on the ball.

To fill these roles, the Knights will look to senior linebacker Luke Durfey, who put together a strong defensive season last year with 129 tackles and five sacks. Durfey is also a strong two-way player for the Knights, who rushed for 246 yards and a team-leading 13 touchdowns.

On the defensive end, Durfey will be joined by Utah State commit and senior Kao Hansen and junior Connor Kelley. Hansen last season accounted for 57 tackles and two interceptions while Kelly also tallied 57 tackles and 6.5 sacks.

The Knights have scheduled a competitive preseason with their first game at Timpview. This game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff on Friday, Aug. 13.

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