EAGLE MOUNTAIN — Corner Canyon quarterback Jaxson Dart threw touchdown pass No. 59, 60, 61, 62 and 63 on Thursday afternoon in the 6A semifinals.
His coach thinks No. 63 might’ve been his best of the entire season. It’s the type of throw that’s skyrocketed him up the recruiting rankings this summer, and also showcased how his baseball pedigree is paying off on a gridiron. The way Dart delivered the 33-yard touchdown pass to Cody Hagen for Corner Canyon’s last touchdown of the game, he looked like a third baseman making a jump throw to first base after charging and scooping the ball near bag.
In his own words, this is how Dart remembers the play developing.
“We had a corner post called for Cody and it was a little later developing and I got some pressure up through the A gap so I kind of had to make a guy miss. I was right about to take off and then I saw Cody, I kind of have some baseball in me so I’m able to throw off different positions, so I just tried to get the ball out and get it to him,” said Dart.
Dart could’ve easily kept running instead of throwing and easily picked up 15 to 20 yards with no East linebacker within sight.
I was down in corner of end zone watching this @JaxsonDart 33-yard TD throw to @_codyhagen_ in 6A semis, and the arm strength to make this throw was unreal. Looked like a middle infielder zipping the ball across the diamond to first. pic.twitter.com/Gk8FwM2NoS— James Edward (@DNewsPreps) November 13, 2020
When he spotted Hagen slipping behind the East cornerback, he was just about to cross the line of scrimmage and had to zip the ball with mostly just arm strength. East’s cornerback probably though he had a bead on an interception, but Dart’s throw kept elevating.
For Hagen, it was his 17th touchdown reception of the season from Dart, and it may end up being his most memorable.
“Once I broke on my cut I couldn’t really see him because of the line. Once he released it, it was on a line past that guy, it was a perfect throw,” said Hagen.
- Watch replay: Corner Canyon 45, East 30
A couple of throws stand out to Corner Canyon coach Eric Kjar when thinking about some of Dart’s best throws of the season. One was in the season-opener against Farmington, a 10-yard strike to Talmage Handley that he threw sideways across his body.
“Just his ability, he made a guy miss and then he slid through some people, and then to re-find a guy and throw it like he did, he put it right on him. That’s why he’s getting all the love in the recruiting. He’s an extraordinary talent. We’re lucky we’ve had him. He’s been a stud for us for sure.” — Corner Canyon coach Eric Kjar.
Another came in the second quarter of a Week 6 game against Alta when Dart threw a 37-yard post route touchdown to Handley again.
Thursday’s TD pass to Hagen one-upped both of them.
“Just his ability, he made a guy miss and then he slid through some people, and then to re-find a guy and throw it like he did, he put it right on him. That’s why he’s getting all the love in the recruiting. He’s an extraordinary talent. We’re lucky we’ve had him. He’s been a stud for us for sure,” said Kjar.
Dart tied the Utah state record with his 58th touchdown pass of the season last week in the quarterfinals, equaling the mark set by Lehi’s Cammon Cooper back in 2017. He’ll have a chance to pad the record even more next Friday in the 6A state championship.