Hurricane loses on last-second field goal
It's becoming a theme, an annual event featuring the celebration of Juan Diego, and the heartbreak of Hurricane.
For three consecutive seasons, these two have produced Class 3A state title classics that have come down to the game's final play.
And for three consecutive seasons, the Soaring Eagle have made the one play needed to win. On Friday, it was kicker Skyler Doran's turn. With three seconds remaining, the senior booted a 21-yard field goal to give Juan Diego a 10-7 victory at Rice-Eccles Stadium and the championship that goes with it.
In the first season as Juan Diego's fulltime kicker, Doran delivered in his biggest moment.
"I just wanted to make the kick," Doran said. "They called two timeouts to ice me, but it didn't bother me. I just wanted to concentrate and hit it solid."
To set Doran up for the game-winner, the Soaring Eagle executed an 18-play, 90-yard drive that took more than seven minutes off the clock. The drive featured critical first downs, important runs and an offensive line that took over up front.
The drive itself was impressive, since it started at Juan Diego's own 7-yard line. It's more impressive, considering the Soaring Eagle had accumulated 12 yards in the rest of the half.
"We knew that we were going to come down and score," Juan Diego senior quarterback Nathan Elorreaga said. "We told our offensive line that they needed to take over and lead us and we followed them. We converted on some important plays, and that helped us a lot. We wanted to end the game with that drive."
Hurricane led 7-0 after the first quarter when Weston Yardley caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from Adam Long. Wyatt Wilson answered in the second period with a three-yard run to tie the score at 7-7. From there, both defenses took over. The Tigers had their chances to pull away, but couldn't capitalize. Meanwhile, the Soaring Eagle defense played big when it counted, coming up with several crucial stops.
"The defense bent, but it didn't break," Juan Diego coach John Colosimo said. "This group wanted a state title for themselves. They didn't want to be known as the group that didn't win it."
Juan Diego 10, Hurricane 7
R The Soaring Eagle drive 90 yards in 18 plays for the game-winning field goal.
• Juan Diego's two previous drives in the second half produce 12 yards and two punts.
• The Soaring Eagle win their third consecutive state title on the game's last play.
O See photo gallery from the 3A prep football state championship at http://www.tribpreps.com