In a low scoring affair, the Lone Peak defense stymied the Mountain Ridge offense, holding it to just a field goal, and Lone Peak did just enough to come out on top 14-3 to advance to the quarterfinals of the 6A high school football playoffs on Friday.
Defense was certainly the story of the evening, with both teams failing to put points on the board for the majority of the first half.
The first points of the game came with 25 seconds left in the second quarter on a short 1-yard run by Lone Peak’s Brooks Wilde.
Mountain Ridge had just enough time left in the half to score on a booming 56-yard field goal by kicker Brody Laga with five seconds left, making it a 6-3 scoreline heading into the halftime break.
The only other points scored on the evening came with nine minutes left in the third quarter when Lone Peak quarterback Jackson Blake found receiver Trey Robinson sprinting down the sideline for a 35-yard score.
After losing to Mountain Ridge 31-17 early in the season, Lone Peak was eager and chomping at the bit to get a little revenge.
“There was definitely some revenge factor after losing to them before. Our kids took that loss pretty hard, and we definitely wanted to come out and show that we could beat them,” said Lone Peak head coach Bart Brockbank.
The key play of the game came early in the second quarter. With just over eight minutes left in the half and the scored knotted at 0, Mountain Ridge’s quarterback threw a hopeful ball into the corner of the end zone, but instead of finding one of his receivers, Lone Peak defensive back Landan Goff made a good read on the quarterback and made the key interception.
The play by Goff swung the momentum into Lone Peak’s favor and the defense fed off of it, never allowing Mountain Ridge to get close to the end zone.
“I just read the quarterback well. That interception was big because it really gave us the edge and gave us the momentum. That interception felt great. Just need to get it into the end zone next time,” said Goff.
Next up for Lone Peak is a quarterfinal date with heavyweight Corner Canyon. Brockbank knew that to get to where he and his team envision being, they would have to go through Corner Canyon.
“We knew we had to play Corner Canyon sometime. Whether we play them in the quarters or the semis, we still have to beat the best teams,” Brockbank said.
“Our goal is to just go out and play the best we can and play a full four quarters. We know we can hang with anybody, and we are confident in that.”