SAN DIEGO — Thanks to the Internet, Utah wide receiver Shaky Smithson was able to watch his younger brother, Anthony, help Highland win the 4A state football championship Saturday night at Rice-Eccles Stadium. While the Rams were defeating Mountain Crest 37-36 in double overtime, Shaky Smithson and approximately half the Utes huddled in a meeting room at the team hotel to watch the high school game. They tuned in via a live stream off a website — using four different phones and an Apple I-pad because the feed kept cutting off.1 comment on this story
"It was amazing," said Shaky Smithson. "It was very exciting. (Anthony) called me right after the game and was like "Go get a 'W' man. You've got to win this weekend. The Smithsons have got to win this weekend.' So that was great to hear that from him."
Safeties coach Morgan Scalley, a Highland alum, also enjoyed watching the Rams prevail.
"I was pumped. I had former teammates that were there at the game calling me," he said. "It was a neat deal. I'm pretty excited for those guys."
The Utes have two other Highland graduates on the travel roster, defensive tackle Latu Heimuli and linebacker Dave Fagergren.