Cedar City • Chalk up No. 46.
The Duchesne Eagles scored 28 unanswered points in their Class 1A football semifinal matchup against the Diamond Ranch Diamondbacks, rolling to a 42-14 win Friday afternoon at Southern Utah University.
The victory, Duchesne's 46th straight, gives the Eagles their fifth straight 1A title appearance.
"We've got a bunch of winners on our team," said Duchesne coach Jerry Cowan. "That's why we've got to this point. They're tough kids and they know nothing but how to win."
The Eagles once again found a way. Leading 21-14 at halftime, Cowan and the Duchesne coaching staff told their players they needed to find a way to force turnovers to put the Diamondbacks out of reach.
"We told them the first team to turn it over is going to lose this game," Cowan said. "On the opening kickoff, we forced a fumble, scored and kind of took control of the game. I think we made a few plays when we had to. We ended up getting four turnovers in the second half."
Trent Roberts, Matt Dye and Matt Muir accounted for all six Duchesne touchdowns, leading the 12-0 Eagles to the Class 1A championship Nov. 16 at Weber State University in Ogden.
Cowan said the Eagles have made a habit of making things interesting when they don't need to, adding that his team must find a way of starting a game the way it finishes. In back-to-back weeks during the regular season, the Eagles slipped by Rich 20-19, then Monticello 28-21 a week later.
"I think it's prepared us for whoever we're going to have next week," Cowan said. 'We've had adversity, and eventually, somebody's going to get us. â¦ One thing I think we need to do is play with passion. Instead of coming out flat, we have to realize we have to get our crap together before the second half."
Duchesne 42, DiamondRanch 14
O The 12-0 Eagles reach the Class 1A title game for the fifth straight year.
• After leading just 21-14 at halftime, Duchesne forces a fumble on the second-half kickoff to take control.