Skyridge Falcons QB McCae Hillstead (7) throws the ball while playing the Corner Canyon Chargers in the 6A football state championship game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022. The Falcons won 17-7.

Ben B. Braun, Deseret News

In the week after suffering a severe high ankle sprain during a game on Sept. 9, Skyridge quarterback McCae Hillstead got several opinions on what to do.

One involved letting it heal on its own and maybe playing again his senior year. Another involved surgery, which also came with no guarantees about playing again in 2022. The surgery, however, seemed the higher probability. When the quickest surgery option presented itself in Alabama, he was on a plane and had surgery on Sept. 20.

The hope was he might be able to play again in 5-6 weeks.

“It was a risk, cause you go get that surgery and you have no idea if you’ll play again,” said Skyridge coach Jon Lehman.


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Indeed, Hillstead returned to the field about six weeks later and his presence proved instrumental in leading Skyridge to its first-ever state championship with a 17-7 win over Corner Canyon at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Friday in the 6A title game.

Hillstead finished the game completing 19 of 28 passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns.

Early Friday morning, before the game, Hillstead told the coaches his ankle didn’t feel that good, and even though he was committed to play …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


High school football: Skyridge QB McCae Hillstead poised in 6A final

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