Lehi’s football team runs into the stands after beating Timpview in the 5A state championship game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

Jackson Brousseau didn’t see the catch that won him his second-straight state championship.

He took a shot from a defender as he threw, and as he lay on the ground, he heard the Lehi fans erupt into pandemonium.

After the game, the senior quarterback and Colorado State commit stood before a throng of reporters with a cut on his chin and a beaming smile on his face. It was one of several times that he and the Pioneers had been in this position this year.

On Friday afternoon, Brousseau and the Lehi Pioneers pulled off their fourth come-from-behind win of the 2022 season, securing the 5A state championship with a walk-off 25-yard touchdown pass from Brousseau to senior receiver Kolton Tanner to win it in a thrilling and unforgettable triple-overtime game against Timpview, 29-23.

Six floors above the field in the press box, jokes about the fictional Dillon Panthers from the TV show “Friday Night Lights” floated around the room, referencing that team’s penchant for super-climactic finishes.

And that’s what the Pioneers showed in their first-ever undefeated season in school history. They were the epitome of “Friday Night Lights.”

“That’s how our team is,” Brousseau said. “We always go down and come back, come back, come back … I knew our team would never give up, they would just keep coming back. It was just a matter of time before the ball swung our way.”

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


High school football: Lehi embodied ‘Friday Night Lights’ in 2022

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