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.
"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.