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Brown runs for 4 touchdowns as Corner Canyon hands American Fork first loss

Corner Canyon’s Cody Hagen drives past American Fork’s Fisher Ingersoll at American Fork High School on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021.

Corner Canyon’s Cody Hagen drives past American Fork’s Fisher Ingersoll at American Fork High School on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News)


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AMERICAN FORK — A winning streak had to be snapped when the KSL.com No.1 and No. 3 teams went head-to-head Friday night; and Corner Canyon's Devin Brown did everything to ensure it was not going to be his teams, even after a shaky start to the game.

Brown completed 26 passes for 319 yards and a touchdown while adding an additional 65 rushing yards and four touchdowns to lead the Chargers to a 51-22 win over the Cavemen, handing American Fork its first loss of the season.

Both Brown and Corner Canyon head coach Erik Kjar were both quick to acknowledge the play of the offensive line, who made Brown's life extremely easy during the game.

"The O-line played phenomenal; they had so many open holes for me to run through and they gave me a lot of time to pass. I really didn't have to move all, like I had all the time in the world," Brown, a USC commit, said. "I attribute everything to them and all my receivers getting open, so really overall the team made everything possible."

Kjar added: "Devin did a good job with running today and our O-line did a good job opening up stuff for him, too."

The Cavemen defense started the game by forcing the Chargers to fumble the ball on the second play of the game. American Fork took advantage of the early-momentum play by scoring on their first drive from a 1-yard run by Evan Agor.

Corner Canyons' next two possessions didn't get any better, either. Brown threw an interception and then turned the ball over on the next possession as a result of an unsuccessful fourth-down conversion attempt.

"We just had a couple mental errors and that was really it," Brown said. "We knew what we had to do and we really prepared well during film. We had a good week of practice ... but we just got back and realized what we needed to fix and just got after them."

American Fork led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter, which is the first time in the last 31 games that Corner Canyon had been shut out in the opening quarter since Aug. 23, 2019, a 31-0 road win over Herriman. But all of American Fork's momentum quickly shifted to Corner Canyon as they went on to rack up 51 points in the final three quarters.

"I feel like for the most part we're pretty resilient, and the main thing is just keeping your confidence," Kjar said. "It's definitely tough for us to overcome, especially because they're a good team. They've got a great quarterback that's got a lot of experience; he's been a starter for three years and they've been very good for three years."

Besides the first quarter, it was a flawless night for Corner Canyon while getting contributions from everyone on the team.

Tre Kofe started off the Chargers' scoring spree in the second quarter with a 20-yard run and had 44 yards on the night. Dylan Carlsen added 79 rushing yards in the win.

The Charges' receivers were, again, phenomenal and were led by senior Cody Hagen, who tallied 162 yards and topped the night off with a 21-yard touchdown from Brown in the fourth quarter.

"It was a big win for us because I feel like this is the best American Fork team we've played in the last couple years that we've been playing in this region," Kjar said.

With the Chargers being the team to beat in 6A and in Region 4, the rest of the season doesn't lighten up. Next week, Corner Canyon hosts Skyridge in a matchup between the top two teams, but Kjar loves the challenge of playing in a competitive Region 4 and wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

"I love it, I really do. It's the best," he said. "It helps prepare you and get you ready for the state playoff push. I definitely would hate to be out of this region because it's going to prepare us better than anything we can do."

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