Prep football: North Summit 14, Duchesne 12
Duchesne • Ryan McMichael took a knee twice, and that was it.
McMichael’s North Summit teammates streamed onto the field to celebrate. Braves fans, who kept inching closer and closer to the sideline during the fourth quarter, wanting to be a part of history, joined in the hooting and hollering.
There was plenty to celebrate.
The Braves ended the longest winning streak in Utah high school football history Friday night with a 14-12 win over Duchesne.
"We just wanted to end that streak," said McMichael, admitting the team used Duchesne’s 48-game winning streak as motivation to prepare during the week.
North Summit 14, Duchesne 12North Summit’s victory ends the state’s longest football winning streak at 48 games.
» The Braves overcome three turnovers in the red zone in the first half.
» North Summit’s defense accounts for eight of 14 points — a safety on intentional grounding in the end zone in the first quarter and Mason Richins’ 5-yard interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter.
Cason DeForest, who hauled in an 82-yard touchdown pass from McMichael in the third quarter, tried to compare the feelings from this year’s win to last season’s loss to the Eagles.
"We knew these guys beat us last year and it was time for revenge," he said. "It feels a lot better."
The streak seemed on life support until the Eagles put together a 16-play drive spanning the end of the third quarter and beginning of the fourth.
Quarterback Wyatt Remund pushed his way into the end zone to cut Duchesne’s deficit to 14-12 pending the 2-point try with 8 minutes, 15 seconds left in the game.
That’s when McMichael went to work.
Remund rolled out to his right and the defense collapsed, so he pitched it to Dylan Despain.
"I kind of just lunged at him and tried to knock him out," McMichael said about Despain. "Tried not to let him stretch out."
Despain chugged toward the pylon as McMichael crashed into him.
"I never thought during the whole game that we were going to lose," Despain said, tears staining his cheeks. "I always thought we were going to win, but credit to North Summit. They played a heck of a game."