Lehi ’s Jace John (7) hoists up the team’s trophy after beating Timpview in overtime by a score of 29-23 in the 5A state championship game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News
The final football game of the 2022 season just didn’t want to end, but when it did, it was the perfect finish.
Senior quarterback Jackson Brousseau finished his high school career with a walk-off touchdown pass for the win to senior receiver Kolton Tanner, and the Lehi Pioneers completed an undefeated 14-0 season and secured the 5A state championship in a win against Timpview, 29-23, after a jaw-dropping triple-overtime period.
Brousseau got hit as he threw the final pass and was on the ground when he heard the massive Lehi crowd erupt.
“It was just a great route,” Brousseau said. “I got hit after I threw, so I didn’t see him when he got the ball, but all I can say is he ran a great route. Hats off to him.”
The Pioneers successfully defended their 2021 state title and brought home the fifth championship inn school history. It’s the third title in five seasons for the team.
The game had everything: three interceptions, four fumbles, five ties or lead changes, two 100-yard rushers, 29 third downs with 14 conversions, and over 850 yards of total offense. Ultimately, Lehi pulled it out nearly an hour after the fourth quarter ended with yet another clutch play, one of many during the season, as Brousseau connected with the exact same receiver, Tanner, that scored to seal the win for the Pioneers over the Thunderbirds in Week 9 of the regular season.
“It took tenacity,” Lehi coach Ed Larson said. “They stuck with it. They just kept making plays on both sides of the ball. It was just fabulous … For us to do this, it was just unbelievable.”
Lehi was on the ropes multiple times in the late stages of the game. Timpview had possession of the ball in a tie game with 2:31 left in the fourth, then later on, Brousseau had a fourth-down pass batted down in the second overtime, giving Timpview a “win with any score” scenario. Every time, Lehi somehow had an …read more
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