A dream high school football scenario became a reality in Utah on Friday.
With his team trailing crosstown rival Pine View (St. George, Utah) by six points in the Class 3AA state title game at the University of Utah’s Rice-Eccles Stadium, Desert Hills quarterback Quinn Kiser only had time left for one play from the 1-yard line.
Kiser was about to hand the ball off before a blitzing safety squashed that plan. Avoiding the tackle with a nifty spin move, he scrambled to his right to find an opening. There was no opening – but there was Gavin Young, standing all by his lonesome in the end zone. The fast-thinking Kiser immediately shoveled a wobbly pass toward him, and the catch tied the game. (If you thought of Tim Tebow’s seemingly-patented jump pass, you are not alone.)
Kiser-to-Young tied the game, and Desert Hills sophomore Logan Callister won it with the extra point. The state championship was theirs in a 28-27 decision after the Thunder trailed by 13 points entering the fourth quarter.
Oddly enough, it was the second time in four years that Desert Hills had come back in the fourth quarter of a state title game to beat Pine View on the last play of the game. Pine View is now 0-6 in state title games.
“You can’t even script it right there,” Kiser told the Salt Lake Tribune. “That’s just unbelievable. I guess God’s on our side today. … I am out of my head. It’s like an out-of-body experience. I have dreamed about this since the day I could walk. The dream is coming true my senior year.”
Desert Hills running back Nephi Sewell finished the game with 243 yards and two touchdowns to help key the victory.
“I may retire today,” Desert Hills coach Carl Franke told the Tribune. “I don’t know if I can handle this any more.”