Corner Canyon High School football players celebrate their 6A state championship victory over Lone Peak High School on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in Eagle Mountain. | Yukai Peng, Deseret News
In the home stretch of one of the most dominant high school football seasons in state history, Corner Canyon wasn’t about to let ‘what ifs’ be the lasting memory of an obstacle-riddled 2020 season.
The Chargers absolutely dominated Friday’s 6A state championship at Cedar Valley High School, turning in probably their most complete performance of the season in a resounding 45-7 victory over region foe Lone Peak.
“We knew we didn’t play as good as we should’ve the first time we played them, and we felt like we could’ve played better, and our kids came out in all facets ready to go.” — Corner Canyon coach Eric Kjar
Many expected a close game after Corner Canyon beat Lone Peak by 10 points during the regular season, but the rematch was realistically over by the end of the first quarter with the Chargers already ahead by three touchdowns.
“We knew we didn’t play as good as we should’ve the first time we played them, and we felt like we could’ve played better, and our kids came out in all facets ready to go,” said Corner Canyon coach Eric Kjar, whose record in four seasons with the team now stands at 51-1.
Lone Peak forced some key turnovers in the first meeting and got defensive stops, but Corner Canyon finished drives off early and often in the rematch. It finished the game with 480 yards of total offense and a state championship state record 31 first downs. Conversely, its defense limited Lone Peak to a paltry 132 yards of offense.
“That’s what we talked about all week, just coming out and finishing, finishing the game off the way it was supposed to be. That’s what I was really happy with,” said Kjar.
Corner Canyon quarterback Jackson Dart capped his magical senior season passing for 329 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 116 more yards and a score.
He finishes the season with a state record 67 touchdown passes, and then 79 total touchdowns. He came come up 43 yards shy of the single season passing yards state record, but did set a new total offense state record, finishing with 5,867 yards of total offense.
None of that mattered to him.
“My focus this whole year was just to win a state championship. Just win games and I just felt like production with winning games, those things would come along,” said Dart.
So while many of his teammates celebrated winning a third straight state championship afterward, for Dart he finally got to experience that euphoria for himself. He was quick to attribute much of the team’s overall success to his new coaches.
“It starts with the coaching staff, they had a great foundation and the kids buy into it. We just have so much trust in them, and we know that if we just do our job they’re put us in the best …read more
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