Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
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SALT LAKE CITY — The championship chase turned into a championship Chase.
And there was absolutely no way to catch him.
Lone Peak quarterback Chase Hansen etched his name into the Utah high school record books with a stellar performance, using his arm and his legs to lead the Knights to a convincing 41-21 victory over a frustrated Fremont High team for this year's 5A state title.
Hansen, who's headed for the University of Utah next year, threw for 242 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 233 yards and two more TDs as Lone Peak capped its perfect 14-0 season with the first state championship in school history.
"I don't know how to put this into words right now," said Hansen, whose 475 yards of total offense rank as the second-most in state championship-game history. "I love my teammates. We did this for so many reasons ... these fans, this community, an undefeated season. I don't even know what to say.
"Our defense won that game; our coaching staff's amazing. I'm just overwhelmed right now.
"I'm just a quarterback on a really good team in a really good program," Hansen said, downplaying his gigantic role in the Knights' triumph. "I'm just truly blessed and I'm thankful I got to play with those teammates. I couldn't ask for better teammates. This opportunity and experience is unbelievable. This memory right here will never leave me. I'll remember this one for quite some time. Eventually I'll be up here, but what an honor it was to play on this field, and I'm going to enjoy this for a long time."
Hansen, who will serve an LDS mission following is freshman year, had 398 of those yards in the first half alone, when he had a hand in all four touchdowns as the Knights raced to a 28-13 halftime lead. His 233 yards rushing were the fifth-most in championship-game history, and his five total touchdowns matched the second-most ever in a title game.
Hansen hooked up with Micah Hannemann on touchdown passes of 34 and 8 yards, and Connor Humphrey caught a 24-yard TD toss from Hansen, who also had short scoring plunges of 1 and 2 yards in the first half. Talon Shumway scored the Knights' other touchdown on a 4-yard run in the fourth quarter.
"We just took it game by game," Hannemann said of Lone Peak's march to the title. "We didn't look ahead to the state championship until this week, and finally we came in and got it done. It means a ton to us and to all those fans over there."
After allowing Jordan to score 41 points in a wild 45-41 semifinal victory a week earlier, the Knights buckled down and limited Fremont to just 309 yards of total offense. Lone Peak also came up with four interceptions — by Brody Berry, Josh Buck, Shumway and Spencer Reinstein, who returned his pick 50 yards to help set up the Knights' final score.
Berry also blocked a Fremont punt, which led to another Lone Peak touchdown, while Shumway swiped a Fremont pitchout to set the stage for another one of the Knights' TDs. Kurtis Taufa had 10 tackles, including three for losses, a sack and forced a fumble for Lone Peak's opportunistic defense.
"I think we stepped it up a lot from last game, definitely," Reinstein said. "Last game was probably one of our worst games of the year. We were just really up for it today; everyone was focused and ready to play."
For Fremont (10-3), which lost in the state finals for the second year in a row, Jordan Preator had a 99-yard kickoff return for the Wolves' first touchdown, and Nick Vigil broke off a 55-yard scoring scamper that pulled Fremont within 21-13 in the second quarter.
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