My opinion, greatest quarterback this state has ever seen. Gonna miss him, but I look forward to his career when he moves onto Washington State. —Lehi head coach Ed Larson
SALT LAKE CITY — There was no way Lehi quarterback Cammon Cooper wasn’t going to put a punctuation mark on one of the greatest individual seasons in state history.
With numerous state records already in his pocket, Cooper added a couple more Friday night at Rice-Eccles Stadium with a dominant performance as Lehi rolled past neighboring Skyridge 55-17 to claim the 5A state championship.
Lehi coach Ed Larson said it was the perfect bookend for Cooper who opened the season by throwing for a state-record 10 touchdowns and 648 yards in a 72-66 double-overtime win over Skyridge.
Three months later he passed for 262 yards and five touchdowns in a championship game performance that halted a 16-year title drought for the Pioneers.
“My opinion, greatest quarterback this state has ever seen. Gonna miss him, but I look forward to his career when he moves onto Washington State,” said Larson.
Cooper had a bit of a slow start completing just one of his first 10 passes, but he eventually settled in and slung it around like he usually does. He was equally as lethal with his feet, which was extremely discouraging for Skyridge.
Cooper had nine carries for 95 yards, including breaking off on touchdown runs of 19 and 44 yards. The 19-yard zigzagging run in the second quarter gave Lehi a 14-0 lead and the Pioneers never looked back.
That played a big role in helping Cooper and Lehi’s offense settle in as it now had a two-score cushion.
“It’s the first state championship in his career, playing against buddies that he’s grown up with it, so you kind of expected a little trepidation here or there, but just grateful that he was able to do the things that he did for us from that point on,” said Larson.
Cooper’s five touchdown passes ties a state record for TD passes in a championship game, and his seven TDs responsible also ties a state record.
“All week we tried to make it a faceless opponent, just another game. We came out kind of amped a little too much and settled down more in the third quarter. It was huge to get the win against them knowing pretty much everyone on the team,” said Cooper.
Cooper finished his career with three new single-season records and two career passing records.
His 331 completions, 58 touchdowns and 4,726 yards are all new state records. Cooper’s 118 career touchdown passes and 876 career completions are also a new record.