High school football: Duchesne wins duel of Eagles, runs win streak to 48 straight
"I had some good blocks," Despain said. "At the start, I think they had a game plan to stop us outside, but as we started to open up the middle more with our two-back (Hanberg), he ran really good, and the outside started to open up in the second half. I was just trying to get as many yards as I could get. We had good blocking, great blocking.
"We were expecting them to be a really good game coming in. We thought they were gonna put up a really good fight. Our defense held them really good and we capitalized on opportunities that we had, turnovers, and just played our hearts out.
"(Remund) did amazing," Despain said. "He was running, passing, scrambling out of the pocket, making plays on defense. You couldn't ask for more."
After Duchesne's second score, an interception by Layton Christian's Ilari Laine, who stood out on defense all day long, stopped another Duchesne drive deep in LCA territory.
Layton Christian's Elijah Lenaburg blocked a Duchesne punt early in the second half, giving LCA the ball at the visitors' 14-yard line. But the home team had to settle for a 38-yard field goal by Laine to make it 14-3.
Late in the third period, Duchesne staged another short scoring drive after a solid kickoff return put the southern Eagles at the LCA 36. Eight plays later, Despain scooted around the right side and sliced into the end zone from 17 yards away to make it 20-3, as the two-point conversion attempt again failed.
Layton Christian's next drive was foiled when Laine's 45-yard field goal attempt was barely wide right, but a fumbled snap on Duchesne's punt attempt put LCA at the Duchesne 9.
Three plays later, LCA's Qwayvon Atkinson danced into the end zone from 5 yards out, and Laine's PAT kick made it 20-10 with 6:45 left to play.
But after recovering the onside kick, Duchesne used the rushing of Remund, Despain and Hanberg to put together a ground-eating drive that devoured all of the rest of the time off the clock.
Remund enjoyed his first-ever start at quarterback.
"It was fun," he said. "I had to get used to it, get the nerves worked out, and just go and play hard, I guess. I was nervous, but I just tried to keep my head and go out and get the first plays over with and kinda settle down and just play.
"I'm pretty happy with it. It wasn't real pretty, but we got it done.
"We were ready for 'em," Remund said. "They had a lot of guys returning from last year, so we weren't getting cocky or anything. We just tried to go out and play hard like we always do."
"We just think about this year," Despain said. "The streak, we already have it, it's good to have, and of course we want to win every game. But we've got to be realistic. Our ultimate goal, even if we lose a game, we still want to win the state championship."
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