If I get it (records), that’s cool, but we’re just doing what we do on offense, and it follows through. —Cammon Cooper
SALT LAKE CITY — Lehi’s Cammon Cooper entered Thursday’s semifinal games as one of the top quarterbacks in Class 5A, leading the classification in passing touchdowns (48) and passing yards (4,092). Cooper proved his worth as the sun set and the lights slowly began to turn on at Rice-Eccles Stadium, in guiding the Pioneers to a 41-21 victory over Springville to advance to the 5A final next week.
“He’s a coach’s dream. I get him for three years to start for us. To see his progress, to see him come up the way he has and do the things that he does, as an offensive coordinator, all you can ask for is to get the quarterback’s eyes to see what you’re seeing — and for the most part, he’s been able to do that, and that’s made him tremendous. He’s been great,” Lehi head coach Ed Larson said. “This afternoon was phenomenal. The way that he was able to check down and do a lot of the things that gave us what we needed to.”
Cooper, who has committed to play quarterback for Mike Leach at Washington State, is a good fit for the Cougars’ air-raid offense. Cooper threw for 330 yards and five touchdowns and had a game-long pass of 39 yards. He sparked the Pioneer offense in the first quarter, as it traded scores with Springville. He threw for three of his five touchdowns in the first quarter, two caught by senior tight end Dallin Holker and the other snagged by sophomore running back Carsen Manookin.
“Dallin was playing this game, he wasn’t playing in the game last time, and we were just winning our one-on-one battles because they played man pretty much the whole game. I got touched, like, one time, so the O-line did a great job. I think we ran the ball over 100 yards, so it was good all around,” Cooper said.
Following his impressive performance in his penultimate game, Cooper has broken or is close to breaking some state records. He is just 21 yards from breaking the record for most passing yards in a season, currently held by Jordan's Alex Hart, who set it in 2009. He is tied with Logan’s Riley Nelson and Timpview's Jake Lloyd for most touchdowns passes in a season with 53. He currently holds the state record for most career completions with 858, and he is two touchdown passes away from vaulting over Austin Kafentzis for most all-time touchdowns passes.
“I didn’t even know until now, so that’s awesome. If I get it (records), that’s cool, but we’re just doing what we do on offense, and it follows through,” Cooper said.
Cooper will now face Skyridge, a school that opened in Lehi’s boundaries in 2016, for the 5A championship.
“They haven’t let them play us in any varsity sport, so it will be awesome,” Cooper said. “We beat them in the 4-by-1, but that’s it, so it will be a crazy game.”