Weber starts strong, can't hold up against Lone Peak in 6A quarterfinals

Friday , November 03, 2017 - 10:39 PM

RYAN COMER, Standard-Examiner Staff

PLEASANT VIEW — The longest winning streak in Weber High School football history came to an end despite a promising start Friday in the 6A quarterfinals.

Lone Peak scored nine unanswered points in the fourth quarter and defeated Region 1 champion Weber 26-17.

Brock Jones connected with Cody Collins for a 24-yard touchdown to give Lone Peak a 24-17 lead with 10:17 left in the fourth quarter and the Knights later added a safety on an intentional grounding penalty in the end zone.

Weber (9-2) tied the game at 17-17 with 11:47 left in the fourth on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Austin Bartholomew to Brandt Opheikens, then by adding a 3-yard toss from Bartholomew to Hudson Schenck on the ensuing two-point conversion attempt.

Lone Peak’s go-ahead drive covered 80 yards in just four plays.

Lone Peak — specifically, 6-foot-1, 230-pound running back Masen Wake — ran out the final 3:46 to secure the victory. Wake carried the ball seven times for 57 yards on the Knights’ final drive before a couple kneel downs officially ended the game.

Wake rushed 20 times for 160 yards in the second half after gaining just 27 yards on seven carries in the first.

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Despite the result, Weber coach Matt Hammer said his message to the team would be one of pride.

“Longest winning streak in school history, first outright region title in a long, long time, so there’s a lot to be proud of (with) this team,” Hammer said. “You take the loss and that’s what you remember, but there’s nine games in there in between that we played really good football.”

The season proved that winning at Weber isn’t impossible.

“When I took this job, I was told by coaches in this area that Weber High was a graveyard for coaches, that coaches go there and die,” Hammer said, a former offensive coordinator at Weber State.

Lone Peak won despite an abysmal start. Carter Green rushed for a 57-yard touchdown on Weber’s opening possession of the game.

The Warriors quickly added to their lead when a snap on a Lone Peak punt attempt got past the punter and into the end zone. The ball was subsequently kicked out of the end zone for a safety, giving Weber a 9-0 lead.

Wake started Lone Peak’s rally with a 7-yard touchdown run with 5:25 left in the first quarter, and the Knights took the lead on a 25-yard field goal with seven seconds left in the period.

Weber’s offense struggled after the early success. The Warriors managed just 28 yards on their final six drives of the first half.

Defense kept Weber in the game throughout the second quarter. Lone Peak finished the first half with just 137 yards — 56 of which came on one play.

Lone Peak extended its lead on its second drive of the second half. Three Wake runs for a total of 52 yards helped set up a 5-yard touchdown pass from Jones to Collins.

Weber regained momentum thanks to a fourth-down stop on Lone Peak’s next drive, and the Warriors — starting from their own 40 — marched into the end zone. Schenck caught an 11-yard pass on third-and-6 and Sione Moa caught a 30-yard pass on third-and-13 to keep the drive going. A defensive holding penalty preceded Opheikens’ touchdown catch.

Lone Peak’s ensuing go-ahead touchdown drive included pass completions of 12 and 38 yards before the 24-yard touchdown.

“We thought we were a lot like them and they thought they were a lot like us, and so it was pretty competitive,” Hammer said.

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