High school football: Knights jump all over Mustangs

By Drew Daniels

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, Aug. 26 2011 11:12 p.m. MDT

HIGHLAND — Lone Peak didn't waste any time jumping out in front of Mountain Crest early Friday night and it kept the pedal to the metal.

The Knights scored on all five of their first half possessions to capture a 35-0 lead at halftime, and then coasted to a 35-14 win over the Mustangs.

"We jumped on them and didn't let up," said Lone Peak coach Tony McGeary. "I was real proud of our boys."

Quarterback Chase Hansen was especially efficient as he completed 12 of his 15 passes for 221 yards and four touchdowns, all in the first half. In fact, he completed two of his first five passes before connecting on 10 straight to finish the half. He also rushed six times for 56 yards and one touchdown.

"He just looked real good," said McGeary. "They played us in that press coverage, and we felt like we could take advantage of it. They threw a little blitz at us, but we were getting rid of it pretty quick. I'm real pleased with the offense and the way we executed in the first half."

Defensively the Knights controlled the running and throwing of quarterback Eddy Hall and his Mustangs.

"A little bit of a contrast from what we saw the first game this season," said McGeary about Mountain Crest's desire to move the football through the air. "We've proven that we can stay on top and play the pass offense pretty well."

The Mustangs were only able to score two late touchdowns on Lone Peak's reserves. Both scores came via Hall to Famafili Pututau touchdown passes in the final four minutes of the game.

Lone Peak established itself on the first possession of the game with a 10-play drive that covered 80 yards. Hansen connected on the first of two touchdown passes to Micah Hanneman from 9-yards out to give the Knights the early 7-0 lead.

The next three touchdowns came in short bursts. Hansen connected with Connor Humphrey on an 18-yard touchdown at the back end of a four-play drive. That was followed by a two-play drive and a 45-yard pass to Zac Saunders. The next scoring drive was three plays capped with a 60-yard touchdown pass to Hanneman.

"They've worked all summer together," said McGeary about the Hansen-Hanneman combination. "They've got a good connection. They've very comfortable with each other."

The Knights wrapped up the perfect first half with a long 11-play drive that covered 80 yards. This time it was Hansen who ran the ball in from the 6-yardline.

Hansen only played the first possession of the second half and kept the ball on the ground.

Lone Peak moves to 2-0 on the season while Mountain Crest split its first two games.

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