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Lone Peak shocks No. 1 Corner Canyon, ends 48-game winning streak

By Darnell Dickson - | Oct 7, 2021

Lone Peak's Luke Durfey (5) greets teammate Luke Hyde after Hyde scored a touchdown during a high school football game against American Fork on Friday Sept. 24, 2021. (Darnell Dickson/Daily Herald)

Two years ago, Lone Peak just about upset Corner Canyon.

This time, the Knights made sure to finish the job.

The Chargers came into Friday’s game needing just one win to claim the top spot in state history with 49 straight wins. Instead, Lone Peak pounded out a 41-16 victory in front of a shocked Corner Canyon crowd.

During the regular season of 2019, The Knights led 17-7 with just over two minutes to play only to watch the Chargers score twice to claim a 21-17 win.

It was a different story on Friday as Lone Peak was relentless. The Knights ground game, behind Jaxson Willits (138 yards), Luke Durfey and Tyler Bilbro, totaled 277 yards. That kept the ball away from the high-scoring three-time state champions and USC commit Devin Brown, who came into the game with 26 touchdown passes.

Corner Canyon (3-1 Region 4, 8-1 overall) was averaging more than 50 points per game this season but never found its rhythm against a fired up Lone Peak defense, led by defensive coordinator and former NFL defensive end Ryan Denney.

The Knights led 13-10 at halftime and scored 21 straight points in the second half to take a commanding 34-10 lead. Corner Canyon scored to cut the lead to 34-16 with five minutes to play but Lone Peak responded with a methodical drive that drained most of that five minutes, ending with a touchdown run by Willits to put the game away.

Both Willits and Durfey scored a pair of rushing touchdowns for the Knights, which relied on the broad backs of offensive linemen Trevor Pay (BYU commit) and Joe Brown (Virginia) to consistently push around the Chargers defense.

The last loss for Corner Canyon was in the 5A semifinals in 2017, a 34-33 decision to Skyridge. Since then, the Chargers had won three straight state titles (one 5A championship and two in 6A). During the 48-game winning streak, Corner Canyon had outscored their opponents by 40.8 points per game.

The Chargers had beaten Lone Peak four straight times, twice each in 2019 and 2020. Two years ago, Corner Canyon beat Lone Peak in the 6A semifinals and last season the Chargers won in the 6A title game.

Last week, Corner Canyon blanked Westlake 54-0 to tie with Duchesne for the most consecutive wins in state history with 48.

Lone Peak (4-1, 5-2), No. 2 in the state’s 6A RPI this week, will close the regular season next Wednesday hosting Westlake. Corner Canyon, No. 1 in RPI, will finish at Pleasant Grove.

LONE PEAK 41, CORNER CANYON 16

Lone Peak;7;6;14;14; -;41

Corner Canyon;3;7;0;6;-;16

CC–Christensen 25 FG

LP – Durfey 3 run (Carr kick)

LP – Carr 29 FG

CC – Hagen 5 pass from Brown (Christensen kick)

LP – Carr 32 FG

LP – Hyde 16 pass from Comer (Carr kick)

LP – Willits 1 run (Carr kick)

LP – Durfey 6 run (Carr kick)

CC – DeGracie 7 pass from Brown (pass failed)

LP – Willits 5 run (Carr kick)

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