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High school football: Brothers Cole and Cody Hagen connect on touchdown to give Corner Canyon 21-17 comeback win over Lone Peak

Comebacks rarely come more dramatic than the one the Chargers pulled on the Knights during Friday’s matchup between 6A heavyweights.

The Corner Canyon bench explodes with excitement after they scored the game-winning touchdown with two seconds left in the game, giving them a victory over Lone Peak at Corner Canyon High School in Draper on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019.
The Corner Canyon bench explodes with excitement after they scored the game-winning touchdown with two seconds left in the game, giving them a victory over Lone Peak at Corner Canyon High School in Draper on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News

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DRAPER — It was the type of play Corner Canyon quarterback Cole Hagen has been running with his younger brother, Cody Hagen, for years in their backyard growing up, and on Friday, the play was run for real.

And the venue couldn’t have been much bigger, with the No. 1-ranked Chargers taking on No. 2 Lone Peak.

With Corner Canyon staging an improbable comeback late, Cole Hagen dropped back and found little brother on an arrow route just short of the goal line. Cody Hagen received the ball in-stride and then leaped toward the end zone to get just inside the front corner pylon to give the Chargers a 20-17 lead with just two seconds remaining.

“Every day we just dream of this opportunity,” Cody Hagen said. “Ever since we were ... first starting football we’ve talked about this moment — with him throwing the ball to me. It feels great.”

It felt great for the Corner Canyon faithful who stormed the field following the improbable 21-17 win, at least for those who stuck around to see it.

Yes, more than several fans left their seats shortly after Lone Peak quarterback Luke Romney hit Shawn Wood with a 3-yard touchdown pass to put the Knights up 17-7 with just 2:17 remaining. And although the Chargers answered with a 16-yard touchdown pass from Cole Hagen to Talmadge Handley just over a minute later, the deficit still seemed too much, all things considered.

But the improbability of a comeback was completely lost on the Corner Canyon sidelines, according to Cole Hagen.

“We just dialed it in,” Cole Hagen said. “The attitude was positive and we never believe we’re out of it. It was just, ‘Hey, let’s go. Let’s do this’, and yeah.”

Yeah, indeed.

Following a failed onside kick, Lone Peak set up shop just across midfield, up 17-14 with just under a minute remaining. Three straight runs saw the Knights come up just short of a first down, however, forcing a punt that went into the end zone, giving the Chargers 80 yards to cover in just over 40 seconds.

As the Chargers reached midfield with 18 second left, the thought of perhaps a game-tying field goal became a distinct possibility, but that prospect changed dramatically when Cole Hagen found a streaking Handley down the sidelines. The junior receiver broke free on a wheel route and caught a perfectly-delivered pass from Cole Hagen for a 40-yard gain to Lone Peak’s 6-yard line with just over 11 seconds remaining.

“Talmadge is a stud and he makes big plays like that all the time,” Cole Hagen said. “He broke free and fortunately I was able to get him a good ball.”

Two plays later saw big brother find little brother for the score to complete a truly remarkable comeback.

“It just speaks to our team’s character,” Cole Hagen said. “Lone Peak is an awesome team and we knew this was going to be a really tough game coming in. But we just never quit and got it done.”

The game was very tough throughout, and particularly tough on both offensive units through three quarters.

“Three plays and a punt” largely defined the course of both offensive units, although a muffed punt by Lone Peak early gave Corner Canyon a first-and-goal opportunity from Lone Peak’s 2-yard line. One play later saw Austin Ball run into the end zone, giving the Chargers a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter.


  • Watch replay: Corner Canyon 21, Lone Peak 17

The defenses continued to dominate until the Knights found some life, led by quarterback Romney and running back Chase Comer to score two fourth quarter touchdowns and grab seemingly all the momentum. But Cole Hagen and his teammates made certain to snatch whatever momentum gained by the Knights back their way for the win.

“It’s a moment we’ll remember for a long time,” Cole Hagen said. “It was amazing being to end it like that and to end it throwing it to my brother. We just never gave up and believed we could do it.”