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Mike Terry, Deseret News
Highland's Nate Fakahafua attempts to run through the defensive line as Highland High School faces Mountain Crest in the 4A state football championship at Rice Eccles Stadium on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Friday, Nov., 19, 2010.

Nate Fakahafua

The senior WR had a monster game with 10 catches for 200 yards and 3 TDs, while adding 2 sacks on defense.

No stranger to excitement. Highland and Mountain Crest met in the 2005 state championship game at Rice-Eccles Stadium, with the Mustangs prevailing 16-13. These teams have also met quite a bit recently as well, and Mountain Crest has dominated with four straight wins until Friday.

After scoring a touchdown in double OT to cut the score to 37-36, Mountain Crest decided to go for two and the win. Nate Rigby got the hand off, but he was hammered behind the line of scrimmage by Thomas Conner and then Nate Fakahafua helped clean it up as Highland claimed the title.

Highland's long wait is finally over. After losing four straight championship games (1990, 2000, 2005 and 2006), the Rams finally ended the jinx with its first title since 1986. The championship was Highland's fifth in school history, with the others coming in 1959, 1961, 1963 and 1986.

"We know that he can get it. One man, two men, three men on him, he (is) going to go up and get it from them." Anthony Smithson, Highland QB on Nate Fakahafua's 4th down catch