by Matt Harris | 13 was the lucky number for Beaver football as the Beavers rolled through Duchesne 42-0. They now claim their second consecutive 2A state championship and their 13th in school history.
Beaver shut the Eagles down with defensive pressure as Duchesne only crossed midfield once the entire game.
“Our defensive coordinator, Steve Hutchings, and our defensive players, they just had a heck of a game,” head coach Jon Marshall said.
Even with the Beaver’s facing the second-best defense in 2A and the best secondary, senior quarterback Treyson Hunter answered the call with his best game of his career. He complete 8 of 10 passes for 110 yards and a staggering five touchdowns with no interceptions. Hunter said he was feeling pretty confident by his third touchdown pass, a huge understatement.
“EJ had a hell of a game running, and that’s what kind of opened it up for us,” Hunter said.
“Treyson was big-time,” Marshall said. “Duchesne was ready up front. They do a lot of things with their defensive front that makes it hard to run the ball, but Treyson made some great throws. That’s what makes this team good, is we’re not dimensional.”
When asked if the shutout makes the win more satisfying, Marshall responded with a resounding, “Yes!” The Beavers finished the year with top offense and top defense in 2A for the second straight year.
Beaver netted 327 yards of total offense, including 228 on the ground. Senior EJ Allred finished with 17 carries for 126 yards, and junior Turner Williams scored the lone rushing touchdown. On defense, Beaver wrecked nearly everything the Eagles tried. Duchesne netted only 57 total yards on 41 plays. Senior quarterback Cameron Brady finished 5 of 12 for 41 yards and an interception and was sacked four times. The run game netted only 16 total yards.
Duchesne got off to a rough start as their first punt attempt sailed high on the snap, allowing Beaver to take possession on the 2-yard line of the Eagles. Then, two plays later, the Eagles escaped a seemingly certain fate by forcing a goal-line fumble and recovering in the endzone for a touchback.
On Beaver’s second possession, a number of penalties pushed the Beavers back to third-and-goal on the 15-yard line, but a rarely-used pass play to senior Crayton Hollingshead put Beaver in the endzone for the first score of the game.
Beaver started their third possession at the start of the second quarter and chugged downfield. Inside the redzone, Hunter delivered a strike on a right side slant to Hollingshead again for a touchdown to go up 14-0.
Duchesne got desperate on their ensuing possession as Brady threw into traffic and was intercepted by senior Ky Brown and taken down inside the 10-yard line.
Three plays later, Hunter delivered his third touchdown pass, his fourth pass attempt of the game, in the back of the endzone to junior Statler Wright for a 21-0 lead.
On Duchesne’s ensuing drive, the offense began to lean heavily on Brady and his receiver group. They got down to Beaver’s 43-yard line before turning it over on downs for their last drive, and best drive, of the first half.
On Beaver’s opening drive of the second half, Hunter bust out his inner gunslinger and threw for nearly 60 yards in two plays, connecting on a 30-yard touchdown to senior Hunter Carter for a 27-0 lead after a missed extra point.
Beaver scored again on their next drive as they drove the field, capped off by a 1-yard score from Williams. Hunter connected with Hollingshead on the next play for a 2-point conversion to make it 35-0.
In the fourth quarter, Hunter broke his season record for touchdown passes in a game with his fifth touchdown pass, connecting with Brown for the second time and giving Beaver a 42-0 lead. Duchesne went for trickery with under six minutes remaining with a fake reverse and pass. However, senior Caleb Robinson intercepted the long ball, effectively sealing the game for Beaver and capping off their second undefeated season and 26th straight victory.
“Our last undefeated season before last year was in 1979,” Marshall said. “To be able to win two in a row…. These kids brought it every game, and all they heard for a year when we played Duchesne last year…I think these kids all had a bit of a chip on their shoulder. They wanted to prove that they could come out and own this game, and they did.”
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