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High school football: Duchesne runs past Milford in 1A semis

OGDEN — One of the talking points ahead of Friday’s 1A semifinal between Milford and Duchesne was how much underdog Milford had improved since a season-opening loss to Duchesne. It turns out Duchesne has improved a lot too.

Duchesne overwhelmed Milford both offensively and defensive at Weber State on Friday, rolling to a 47-0 victory.

Duchesne outgained Milford in total offense 474 yards to 75, which included holding Milford to minus-58 yards rushing. That ranks as the fifth fewest in the UHSAA record books.

Duchesne advances to next Saturday’s 1A championship game at Southern Utah at 1:30 p.m., and will face the winner of Kanab-Rich.

“It feels great to be back. It’s always our goal to get to the finals. We’ve met our match the last couple years in the semis,” said Duchesne coach Jerry Cowan.

Duchesne led 40-0 at the half and never looked back as Steven Skewes rushed for 153 yards and a touchdown while Weston Poulson added 104 yards and two scores.

“I didn’t really expect things go our way that easy in the first half, but we came out and played,” said Cowan.

Duchesne took the opening kick and marched 79 yards in 13 plays to take the early 7-0 lead on Poulson’s 47-yard touchdown run.

A play earlier Milford appeared to intercept a Duchesne pass, but it was ruled incomplete. One play later on second-and-25, Poulson raced 47 yards for the touchdown — a common theme during the game.

Duchesne racked up 340 yards of total offense and six touchdowns in the first half, while defensively the Eagles held Milford to just 14 yards of total offense, including minus-44 rushing.

“They’ve got some great skill players and some good linebackers, but up front we felt that was the difference for us. We utilized them and we had some angles and some good blocks and some big holes, but guys made plays,” said Cowan.

Poulson scored on an 11-yard burst to give Duchesne a 13-0 lead after the first quarter.

In the second quarter Duchesne quarterback Jarett Spencer connected with Chad Lewis and Jaren Mortensen on TD passes while Skewes scored on an 85-yard run and Clay Giles added a 2-yard score.

When these teams met in Week 1 Duchesne won 35-9, but only led 8-3 at the half.

“We’ve had a problem with that this year, slow starts. That’s was another thing we talked about, we have to come out and hit them in the mouth right off the bat and not give them any confidence,” said Cowan.

That wasn’t a problem on Friday.

Deseret News prep editor and Real Salt Lake beat writer. EMAIL: jedward@deseretnews.com