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Lone Peak holds Skyridge scoreless, advances for a shot at 6A title

Lone Peak’s Crew McChesney runs a reception in for a touchdown in a 6A football semifinal game against Skyridge at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021.

Lone Peak’s Crew McChesney runs a reception in for a touchdown in a 6A football semifinal game against Skyridge at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. (Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)


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SALT LAKE CITY — Located only five miles away from each other, Lone Peak and Skyridge are more than familiar with one another and they've developed a competitive football history.

The Knights have knocked the Falcons out of the playoffs in back-to-back years — last year in the semifinals — and the Falcons handed the Knights their only in-state loss of the 2021 season in a defensive showdown.

The Region 4 matchup on Oct. 1 foretold the story of how the matchup between the two teams in the 6A state semifinal game on Friday night would play out: another defensive battle.

After a scoreless first half, it was Lone Peak that eventually found themselves on the scoreboard late in the third quarter. The score gave the Knights the momentum and lead on its way to a 20-0 victory and shutout over the Falcons for the first time in Skyridge history.

"We live, what, a couple miles from these guys? It makes for a defensive battle because there's no secrets," Lone Peak head coach Bart Brockbank said.

In the first quarter, senior quarterback Easton Comer found Luke Hyde down field between three defenders for a 62-yard reception that set the Knights up in the red zone on the 6-yard line. With an opportunity to get the first score of the game, Hyde was picked off by Skyridge's Jace Doman, which was the first turnover of the game.

On the ensuing possession, Skyridge advanced the ball to the Knights' 24-yard line on 20-yard receptions from Teagan Calton and Ezekiel Greco. But just like the Knights with a chance to score, junior quarterback McCae Hillstead threw a pass that was intercepted by Christian Arrington.

Two possessions later, Lone Peak had the ball on their own 36-yard line and Comer connected with a wide open Crew McChesney for a 44-yard catch that would have resulted in a touchdown if McChesney hadn't tripped over his own feet on the catch.

Comer then hit Hyde in the end zone; but while airborne, Smith Snowden stripped the ball out of his hands for the third interception of the game.

"Offensively, our issue was we weren't finishing. I think we were in the red zone like three times or two times in the first half, or at least close to the red zone and came with zero points," Brockbank said. "We've got to finish and we did in the second half when we needed to.

"I hate kicking field goals, but if you have to, you have to."

Although Brockbank hates to settle for a field goal, it was a 44-yard field goal made by Braden Carr with two minutes left in the third quarter that got Lone Peak on the board and helped build momentum going into the fourth quarter.

After holding Skyridge to a three-and-out series on the ensuing drive, Lone Peak started the final quarter with the ball and a touchdown.

Lone Peak’s Luke Hyde celebrates a touchdown in a 6A football semifinal game against Skyridge at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021.
Lone Peak’s Luke Hyde celebrates a touchdown in a 6A football semifinal game against Skyridge at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. (Photo: Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)

Comer connected with McChesney, again, down the middle of the field, all while lags were thrown due to a passing interference penalty, but McChesney made sure to stay on his feet to convert the 63-yard reception.

"It was a great feeling," McChesney said while catching his breath after the win. "I haven't scored a touchdown in a long time, so I was just stoked."

"Crew did a lot today. He had the turf monster earlier; but that catch he makes, that's a big time play with guy hanging all over him and get in the end zone," Brockbank added. "Obviously that gets the team going; it got the defense more juice and just snowballs into better things."

Comer finished the night throwing for 278 yards and two touchdowns 12-of-22 passing, with McChesney and Hyde his main targets in the win. McChesney had four catches to lead all receivers with 137 yards and one touchdown, and Hyde added 108 yards and a touchdown on three catches.

With the win, Lone Peak advances to the state championship game on Nov. 19 for a rematch of the 2020 state championship game where the Knights were defeated by the Chargers 45-7.

Earlier this season, Lone Peak snapped Corner Canyon's 48-game, record tying, win streak, and they know the Chargers will be playing with extra motivation Friday to closeout the season. But the Knights have added motivation, as well, after being eliminated by Corner Canyon in the playoffs the last two years

"(The Chargers) are gonna be angry and they're gonna be ready. They're gonna be motivated because we did end the streak," Brockbank said. "We're gonna have to match that and go on top of it."

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