RIVERTON — For much of the season, Chase Hansen has been so dominating that he has been viewed as Lone Peak's brightest star.
He got a lot of help Friday night.
Hansen still passed for 291 yards and three touchdowns, but it was his teammates that took over the highlight reel as Lone Peak downed Riverton 48-27 and clinched at least a tie for the Region 4 crown with one game remaining.
"It was a great game. They gave us all we could handle," Hansen said. "But our team is the most exciting team and I'm having more fun than I could ask for."
The Knights needed all that excitement to turn back the Silverwolves, who recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff and Stratton Brown got the home crowd into the game when he scored on a 10-yard run before the game was 10 seconds old.
Hansen, the University of Utah commit, completed 15 of 23 passes, and got Lone Peak's offense going quickly. The Knights scored on their first three possessions and did it with precision and quickness. Lone Peak's first two drives lasted three plays and one included an 82-yard touchdown pass to Connor Humphrey, who did most of the leg work and outran the Riverton secondary.
The third drive took seven plays, but the Knights earned first downs on six of them.
Lone Peak was also helped by a 91-yard kickoff return by Zac Saunders. Then, near the end of the contest, another big play occurred.
Riverton, whose Wing-T offense rushed for 277 yards and successfully kept control of the football for most of the game, trailed just 41-27 and was moving methodically downfield. Quarterback Preston Young was also having success with short passes to B.J. Newman and Joey Jenson.
However, on a 3rd-and-long play, Young's pass was intercepted by Brody Berry at his own 25-yard line. Just as Berry was being tackled, he flipped the ball to teammate
Tanner Smith, who lateraled to Andrew Schirmer. While the Knights' bench erupted, Schirmer took advantage of several good blocks and ran the rest of the way for a touchdown.
"There hasn't been too many plays like that," Hansen said. "The defense really stepped up and we made great plays when we had to."Comment on this story
?With just three minutes left, that finally deflated the Silverwolves, who were celebrating "Senior Night." Riverton, however, put up a game fight starting with the early fumble recovery. Riverton's game plan to control the ball worked well. The Silverwolves ran 78 plays, compared to just 40 for Lone Peak. Jenson was the top ground-gainer with 126 yards on 22 carries.
Riverton dropped to 4-5 overall and 2-2 in region. The Silverwolves play at American Fork next week with 5A playoff seeding on the line.