I can take credit for a phenomenal system, but it's really not that. Having great players like we have here — they could make just about any system look good and the coach a genius for running it. —Lehi coach Ed Larson
LEHI — Not many receivers are able to produce 85 receptions for 1,325 yards and 18 touchdowns over the course of the season. Even fewer are able to produce such numbers and still not even lead his own team in all three categories.
The above numbers belong to Lehi receiver Kade Moore, and they place him third in all of 5A for both receiving yards and touchdowns. The guy ahead of him? That would be teammate Dallin Holker, who leads all of 5A with 88 receptions for 1,570 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Both prolific receivers help headline the Pioneers' offense that averages 37.7 points per game and has scored over 40 points in six of their last seven games.
"They're awesome. All of them," appraised Lehi quarterback Cammon Cooper. "They're the guys who catch all my bad throws and get open to make it easy for me to get it to them. Kade and Dallin are awesome, but it's not just them. We have so many guys — it's just awesome playing with all of them. They make me look good."
Other top offensive contributors include running back Carsen Manookin, receivers Jaxon Moody and Kyler Welsh, and a productive offensive line, which is key to any offensive production.
As for Cooper, his stats have been nothing short of ridiculous.
The Washington State commit should pass by the passing yardage record for a season early in the first quarter of Friday's 5A state championship game versus Skyridge. He currently stands at 4,422 yards, which is just 20 yards shy of the record set by Alex Hart, although his coach, Ed Larson believes a stat correction would already put Cooper over the mark.
As for Larson, he's been developing Lehi's so-called 'Air Raid' attack for many years, from his early years at New Mexico University, and all through his coaching stops at such programs like BYU, Ricks College and Snow College.
"It's basically BYU's old system, under Norm Chow," Larson said. "Coaches then took BYU's system, added to it — mainly those coaches using West Coast offensive philosophies. You then see what works at this level, continue to add to it — maybe steal some ideas and that's now what we have."
Fitting the right system into a program is only half the battle, according to Larson, who revealed the key component.
"I can take credit for a phenomenal system, but it's really not that. Having great players like we have here — they could make just about any system look good and the coach a genius for running it," Larson said.
Also making Larson look good are a group of quality assistants, which he made certain to credit.
"I have a really great staff here and you just have to look at last week, when our defensive staff made some phenomenal changes to get us back into that game," Larson said of his team's semifinal win over Springville. "They settled things down so well, after giving up 21 points, and that really won the game for us."
Larson was sure to name all his assistants, starting with defensive coordinator Jospeh Haymore all the way through position coaches, such as offensive line coach Jason Anderson and Cole Cooper, who coaches the receivers, among many others.
"All of them have contributed a lot to our success and I believe I have the best assistant coaches in the state," Larson said. "There's not a coach I don't value tremendously on this staff and whatever success we've had or will have — it goes to those coaches and certainly to the players."
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