SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – Lone Peak may have lost in the regular season to American Fork by 30, but this was the only meeting that counted.
The Knights picked off three passes, and got a beast-mode-like performance from Masen Wake to hold off the Cavemen in the 6A state championship game, 34-29.
Wake rushed for 133 yards, and broke through numerous tackles on his way to a 40-yard touchdown to help seal the game.
“I just trusted my teammates,” Wake said. “My o-Line did a great job, you guys should be interviewing them. I love this team. There are no other words.”
The Knights scored in all three phases of the game. Braden Siri threw for 148 yards and a touchdown to Trajan Hansen, while Nate Ritchie returned a kick 99 yards for another score, and Brock McChesney had a pick-6 for the Knights.
“Knowing lots of friends on AF, having talked to lots of buddies, It’s always fun beating AF especially in championship games,: McChesney said. “Getting that ring, it was awesome, loved it.”
American Fork quarterback Boone Abbott threw for 519 yards and three touchdowns, but was also picked off three times, fumbled once and was sacked four times. BYU commit Chase Roberts had 258 yards receiving and two touchdowns for the Cavemen.
“I can’t describe it, it was awesome,” said Siri. “I was on that team in 2017 that lost it. We lost in the semifinals last year, and just to be able to take it home my senior year. The team’s energy, the energy of the stadium, it was awesome.”
After starting the season 3-3, the Knights won their last seven games to win their first state title since 2011.
“Our coaches said never be satisfied and always be hungry,” Ritchie said. “Those losses, we took it to heart, we hate losing. So we brought it back together in practices, and worked harder and harder every single day so we could be here.”