SALT LAKE CITY — In a second of unfiltered honesty, powered by way of a robust wave of feelings that adopted Dixie’s 20-Zero 4A semifinals victory over Park City Thursday evening at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Flyers head trainer Blaine Monkres published one thing — merely put, he and his training body of workers didn’t be expecting this.
Heading into the season they didn’t be expecting that their group would earn a berth within the state championship game.
“I asked the coaches just now, back when we were in camp in June did you ever think we would get to Rice-Eccles? They all said no, we never did,” Monkres mentioned. “There were some rough patches, especially during camp. We had to learn a new offense — Monkres replaced Andy Stokes as head coach after Stokes took the head coaching job at Timpview — and they were struggling.”
Over time, thru camp, preseason and area play, the Flyers stepped forward. Whether that be on offense, with quarterback Reggie Graff, or protection, led by way of linebacker Jake Staheli, Dixie were given higher.
“We’ve managed to get better every week,” Monkres mentioned. “Somehow we got here.”
Here is the 4A state championship game, a place earned thank you to Dixie’s win over Park City.
” We’ve managed to get better every week. Somehow we got here. ”
Dixie trainer Blaine Monkres
It wasn’t a very easy victory whatsoever, regardless of the just about three-score margin, which was once becoming bearing in mind the adventure Dixie have been on all season.
Both groups went scoreless throughout the first quarter, as neither offense controlled a lot of the rest.
Early in the second one duration, the Flyers struck as Graff discovered huge receiver Nate Mahi for a 20-yard landing.
That rating was once it for the primary part, as each defenses proved greater than up to the problem.
“Our defense was tough tonight,” Monkres mentioned. “Our offense, well we couldn’t get the ball in the end zone there early.”
That all modified at the first ownership of the second one part. Graff led the Flyers on a two play, 70-yard landing force, a force that ended with him working 49 yards for the rating.
“That was huge,” Graff mentioned. “Part of our game plan was to spread them out in the first half and in the second half go up the middle. It worked for us.”
Graff would throw any other landing, 10 mins into the fourth quarter when he discovered Joshua Cazier for a 38-yard strike.
In all, the Flyers quarterback completed with 174 yards throughout the air, 104 at the floor and 3 touchdowns.
“Our quarterback has progressed every week,” Monkres mentioned, “and it is his leadership more than anything that has gotten better. The kids believe in him, believe that he can get it done week in and week out. He shows that during the week while we are practicing and during the games. He wasn’t great in the first half tonight, we were struggling, but he got it done in the second half. He was able to score that long touchdown there on the first drive in the second half. That was huge.”
The Dixie protection, in the meantime, carried its stout play into the second one part and compelled Park City quarterback Jack Skidmore right into a depressing time out. In the overall tally, Skidmore finished simply 5 of 23 passes and threw 3 interceptions.
“Our defense played amazing today, not letting up any points, getting the shutout,” Graff mentioned. “It’s awesome to have a defense like that. Everyone on that side of the ball plays really disciplined.”
“They just play together great as a team,” Monkres added. “Everyone does their jobs and no one is selfish. They might not get all the accolades, but they work hard and work together as a unit.”
That mixture, a snatch Graff and extremely stout protection proved greater than sufficient for the Flyers.
“It’s a huge win,” Monkres mentioned. “My emotions are running really high right now. I am really glad to be back at Dixie. I feel like I am back home. More than that, I am happy for the kids. They have worked hard all year long. There are a lot of kids (around high school football) that work hard, but these kids have really come together as a team.”
That is what makes this Dixie group particular.
“We are probably as close as a team can get,” mentioned Graff. “We have worked really hard to get to this point and now we are ready for the state championship.”