Ravell Call, Deseret News
Tana Vea of Juan Diego makes a long run against Hurricane during the 3A championship high school football game in Salt Lake City.

Juan Diego claimed its first 3A state football title on the foot of Jaron Bentrude.

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The kicking game was a nemesis to the Soaring Eagle all game. They missed all three of their extra points, and went for it on fourth down on a couple of occasions when in obvious field goal range. But when it mattered most, Bentrude kicked a 23-yard field goal with four seconds remaining for a 21-18 win over Hurricane.

Juan Diego had an 18-10 lead with just over five minutes remaining, but the Tigers put together a 14-play, 60-yard drive to score with 51 seconds remaining on a Gordy Dotson four-yard run. Dotson then tied it up with the two-point conversion on the same play.

Tana Vea rumbled for a 55-yard game on a screen pass to the Hurricane 3-yard line with 14 seconds remaining, setting up Bentrude's heroic kick.

Tyler Morales led the way for Juan Diego with 118 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown. Brian May was 7-for-11 for 137 yards and a score. Hurricane was led by Jace Langston's 163 yards passing and Dotson's 53 yards on the ground.

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