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High school football: Lone Peak makes just enough plays to get by Farmington 28-22

Any win is a good one, although the manner the Knights had to hold on for Friday’s win over the Phoenix left Lone Peak coach Bart Brockbank frustrated.

Cade Walker runs it all the way back
Allison Niccum

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HIGHLAND — One can forgive Lone Peak coach Bart Brockbank for wearing his frustration on his sleeve following his team’s 28-22 nail-biting win over Farmington on Friday. Coaches tend to get that way when their teams blow three touchdown leads in the fourth quarter.

Call it a hangover from last week’s dominating win over Narbonne High School (California) or an offense that still hasn’t found its stride throwing the football downfield, Brockbank chose to credit the opponent first and foremost.

“That’s just a really good team and a really well-coached team,” Brockbank said, complimenting Farmington before going off on his own team. “But I guess we played too well in California, and I really was worried how we’d respond and you saw I was right to be worried tonight. Our offense just didn’t show up tonight, for the most part.”

One offensive player who did show for Lone Peak, however, was receiver Shawn Wood.

Sure, the senior receiver caught two touchdown passes on the evening, but his biggest reception came with just under two minutes remaining while the outcome was very much in question.

Faced with a third-and-14 situation deep inside its own territory up 28-22, the Knights were in desperate need of a play, not wanting to give the ball back to Farmington which had seized just about all of the late momentum. Fortunately for Brockbank’s sanity, Lone Peak quarterback JD Neeleman found Wood on a deep post for a big-gainer and a critical first down.

“Our other guys just couldn’t get it done, but fortunately Shawn was the guy out there making plays. He was unreal,” Brockbank said. “I told JD late to just throw it to Shawn every time, no matter what coverage he had, and fortunately he did for that big play late.”

So what allowed Farmington to make a comeback bid late?

As Brockbank mentioned, a lot of the work was done by the Phoenix itself, proving able to stand toe-to-toe with the defending state champion throughout much of Friday’s 48 minutes, although one big play contributed considerably.

Following a Wyatt Evertsen 24-yard touchdown pass to Hayden Wilcox, which cut the Lone Peak lead to 28-13 with 8:41 left, the Knights made a huge unforced error on the ensuing kickoff. Farmington kicker Ryan Marks kicked it just inside the 10-yard line, although the Knights failed to field the ball as the Farmington coverage team rushed down to recover it at Lone Peak’s 5-yard line.

“I don’t know what we were thinking other than we weren’t thinking there,” Brockbank said.

Two plays later saw Evertsen connect with Wilcox again for a touchdown to cut the lead to 28-19 with 8:11 remaining.

Farmington continued with the momentum and cut the score to 28-22 by virtue of a 43-yard field goal from Marks with 3:18 left, leading up to Lone Peak’s final possession and Wood’s game-sealing play.

“We were fortunate to come away with this one,” Brockbank said. “Fortunately we had a good end to the first half and should have been able to keep it going, but for some reason we couldn’t. But again, credit Farmington. That’s a really good team.”

Indeed, Lone Peak couldn’t have ended the first half much better, with defensive back Cade Walker scoring on a 70-yard interception return as time expired to send the Knights into the half up 21-7.

“Fortunately we had guys make plays at critical times, but we have a lot of things to fix before taking on Bishop Gorman next week,” Brockbank said. “So yeah, it’s good to get this one, but we’re going to have to address a ton of things in practice this week.”

The Knights (4-0) will host Bishop Gorman (Nevada) on Sept. 14 while Farmington (3-1) will look to rebound traveling to take on Box Elder.