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Corner Canyon passes another important test with win over Skyridge, keeps win-streak alive

Photo Credit: Jared Lloyd (Daily Herald)

DRAPER, UTAH— The Corner Canyon Chargers are arguably the best high school football program in Utah. From winning state championships, to producing college football and NFL quarterbacks like Zach Wilson and Jaxson Dart, Corner Canyon has built a very solid resume in recent years. And they aren’t done, as this season the Chargers have USC Commit, Devin Brown, as their starting quarterback. Corner Canyon currently has a 47-game win streak as well, which includes 3 state championships. But the Skyridge Falcons, who came into the matchup 6-0 and as the number-4 team in Utah, believed they had the one team who can finally take down Corner Canyon. They were playing the Chargers at Corner Canyon as well, so what better way to end a win streak than in front of their home crowd, right? However, the Chargers held down the fort.

After both teams started the game without being able to produce much on offense, Devin Brown showed why he’s one of the top quarterbacks in the country. The four-star recruit was able to find wide receiver, Jett Meine, for an 80-yard touchdown to give the Chargers a 7-0 lead (PAT good). But Skyridge quarterback, McCae Hillstead, wanted to make this game a quarterback dual, as he led the Falcons to the Corner Canyon 46-yard line. After a penalty gave Skyridge a first down, Hillstead found Smith Snowden down the field for a 48-yard touchdown, tying the game at 7 (PAT good).

Skyridge kept the intensity, forcing a three-and-out on Corner Canyon’s next drive. The Falcons were able to get to the Corner Canyon 41-yard line, but the Charger defense wouldn’t let them get any further. Skyridge went to attempt a 54-yard field goal, and with the kicker they have, this was a legitimate gamble. Joseph Brandt has kicked a 70-yard field goal in practice, and a 53-yard field goal earlier this season. He attempted a 54-yard field goal tonight, he made it, and put Skyridge in front 10-7. The Falcons kept going, as they recovered a muffed kick return by Corner Canyon, and took over at the Chargers’ 7-yard line. Skyridge had a 10-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Corner Canyon started to find themselves to start the second quarter, as they pushed Skyridge back to the 17-yard line, and forced them to attempt another field goal, which ironically they missed. Devin Brown took over from there, finding Jett Meine down the field once again for a 69-yard touchdown (PAT good). However, Skyridge was able to get to Brown. On 4th and 34 for Corner Canyon, Skyridge intercepted a pass, and gave the offense the ball at their own 29-yard line. After the Charger defense didn’t let them get anywhere, Brown made up for his mistake. He started to connect with receivers, leading the Chargers to the Falcons’ 6-yard line. Running back, Dylan Carlson, capped off the drive, muscling his way into the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown (PAT good). Corner Canyon went into halftime with a 21-10 lead.

Skyridge started the third quarter marching down the field to the Corner Canyon 18-yard line. However, on 4th and 3 from the 12-yard line, the Corner Canyon defense came up with the stop after Skyridge decided to go for it. Devin Brown led the Chargers down the field to the Skyridge 23-yard line. He then flipped a pass off to running back, Tre Kofe, and he took it 23 yards into the end zone to make the score 28-10 (PAT good).

However, McCae Hillstead kept Skyridge in the game. He found wide receiver, Connor McCallister for a long, wide open touchdown, closing Corner Canyon’s lead to 28-17 (PAT good). Skyridge then found some momentum, as the defense forced a big sack to force the Chargers to punt to end the third quarter.

Devin Brown put a stop to that momentum to start the fourth quarter, as he found Jett Meine once again for a large gain to the Skyridge 5-yard line. They were forced to kick a field goal, however, and the attempt was no good. Brown kept his connections with his receivers strong, as he connected with Blaze DeGracie on the run for a touchdown, extending their lead to 35-17 (PAT good). The Chargers defense also made an impact. Linebacker, Harrison Taggart, intercepted a pass and gave the offense the ball at the Skyridge 20-yard line. The Chargers were forced to attempt a field goal once again, and this time the attempt was good.

Skyridge still would not go away. Cornerback, Smith Snowden, intercepted a pass from Brown, and returned it into the end zone for a touchdown to make the score 38-23 (PAT good). The Falcons made it even more interesting, as they attempted an onside kick, and recovered the ball at the Corner Canyon 49-yard line. The Charger defense did their job, however, forcing a turnover, and giving the offense the ball to run the clock out. Corner Canyon picked up yet another big win, adding to and keeping their win streak alive.

Corner Canyon improves to 7-0, and keeps their win streak alive at 47 straight wins. The Chargers have not lost a game since the 2017-18 season, which ironically game to Skyridge. The Chargers will head on the road to take on Westlake next week on Friday, October 1st at 7 PM MT (9 PM ET). Skyridge suffers their first loss of the season, and falls to 6-1. The Falcons will have another tough test next week at home against Lone Peak on Friday, October 1st at 7 PM MT (9 PM ET).

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