DRAPER — It was a fitting end Friday night at Juan Diego.
Playing on new turf, in front of a record home crowd against Corner Canyon, a neighborhood rival playing its first game, the Soaring Eagle got a 62-yard touchdown run by Cameron Hansen with 1:57 left to post a 21-14 non-region victory.
“We didn’t know what to expect from them, so we just kept hitting them with what we do best,” said Juan Diego coach John Colosimo. “At some point we hoped we’d break one. It just takes someone to slip up and try an arm tackle and that can make the difference.”
Another difference came just a few plays prior. After bottling up Corner Canyon at its own 25-yard line, the Chargers’ Michael Ebeling uncorked an oustanding punt over the head of the Soaring Eagles’ Gabe Colosimo and just kept going.
As the ball neared the end zone, Colosimo kept his body in front of a Corner Canyon defender long enough for the ball to break the plane. Given the ball at the 20, quarterback Cole Nelson handed the ball to Hansen on four of five plays until he broke clear.
“It was a good effort by our team,” said Corner Canyon coach Don Eck, whose team plays its home opener next week against Springville. “They dominated our line, but they had just that one big play in the second half.”
Juan Diego finished with 300 yards total offense, but the key to the outcome was the defense, which limited Corner Canyon to just 29 second-half yards. Ebeling provided most of the Chargers’ excitement. Besides averaging more than 48 yards on six punts, he completed 19 of 26 passes for 165 yards and no interceptions.
Ebeline also scored the first touchdown in school history on a 13-yard run that resulted in a 7-7 halftime tie. Both squads took advantage of impressive kickoff returns — Hansen for Juan Diego and Jake Cahoon for Corner Canyon. The Chargers’ Matt Schneffner also made a big play when he recovered a Soaring Eagle fumble.
Schneffer’s 17-yard return set up Ebeling’s 7-yard scoring pass to Izaac Brinton that tied the game.
Unfortunately, Corner Canyon had just two first downs after that and couldn’t respond after Hansen scored the second of his two touchdowns on the night.
Hansen finished with 105 rushing yards on 10 carries. For Corner Canyon, Eck praised linebacker Gaige Kartchner, one of many juniors on the team roster.
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