Wow we’re looking at all the people that started with us four years ago when we started out 0-10 and to reach this point it’s unbelievable. —Lehi head coach Ed Larson
LEHI — Lehi football ended its regular season Wednesday evening and had quite the time preparing for the playoffs with its 42-14 home victory over Skyline.
With the victory, Lehi (5-0, 8-2) clinched its first outright region title since 2004.
“Wow, we’re looking at all the people that started with us four years ago when we started out 0-10 and to reach this point it’s unbelievable,” said Lehi head coach Ed Larson. “It wasn’t going to be easy. Skyline gave us a great game, but there’s no words to describe where we were to where we are now, and to own the title outright is phenomenal and a testament to these great players and all my coaches.”
In a high-flying offense and aerial attack, Pioneer quarterback Cammon Cooper threw for 434 yards and four touchdowns in the victory.
Cooper, a senior, had a milestone night as he reach the 10,000 career yards passing plateau. He also reached the 100 career passing touchdowns mark. With his fourth touchdown pass of the evening to begin the fourth quarter he reached 101 career passing touchdowns.
“It was amazing, just incredible for the community not seeing it since 2004 and to represent Lehi is huge,” said Cooper on lifting up the region trophy.
Cooper finished the evening completing 31-of-42 passes.
Cooper found his receiving corps all evening, led by Jaxon Moody’s eight receptions for 154 yards and two touchdowns. The Pioneers' aerial attack included Dallin Holker, who had seven receptions for 111 yards, and Kade Moore, who had 42 yards receiving off six receptions with two touchdowns.
Skyline (3-2, 6-3) got off to a good start in the first quarter. Quarterback Tommy McGrath connected with receiver Taylor Larsen on a 59-yard pass. McGrath later found Larsen again for a 10-yard score to put the Eagles up 7-0 after the first quarter.
The Eagles had the chance to go up 10-0 in the second, but a 34-yard field-goal attempt was blocked by the Pioneers.
Lehi and Cooper would get on a roll from there.
Midway through the second quarter, Cooper found Moody for 26 yards on two receptions. Cooper also connected with Holker for two catches and 23 yards on the possession. And Carsen Manookin carried the ball twice for 23 yards and a score to tie the game at 7-7.
Minutes later, Lehi intercepted McGrath for the second of his four interceptions on the evening and ran it back to the 46. Three of those interceptions came in the first half alone and two came in the end zone when the Eagles were driving.
Cooper found Moore for a few more catches, including his first touchdown to put the Pioneers up 14-7. Gentry Cox had the big 20-yard reception during the possession.
The following offensive possession Cooper hit Moody for a 74-yard strike and score putting the Pioneers up 21-7 going into halftime.
Late in the third quarter, McGrath threw his second interception in the end zone to a Pioneers defender, halting another scoring opportunity.
With the ball starting on the 1-yard line, Lehi completed the 99-yard drive on a Jaxon Harward 8-yard rushing touchdown to lead 28-7.
“Every Monday in practice we as an offense practice plays up against the goal line and drive the length of the field so we were ready for situations like that,” said Cooper.Comment on this story
The Pioneers forced a Skyline punt, and Will Overstreet took the punt 40 yards to the 8.
Cooper found Moody in the end zone again, and it was on that play when Cooper reached the 100th career passing touchdown mark, along with the 10,000 passing yards mark. Lehi led 35-7.
Cooper’s fourth touchdown ended in the hands of Moore to start the fourth quarter to continue the onslaught, and in the end, the Pioneers were crowned champions.
“There are so many people behind the scenes that have helped this program and you’re just smiling tonight,” Larson said.