Duchesne’s Weston Poulson and Jarett Spencer scored touchdowns, but the scores came too late as the defending 1A State Champs weren’t able to repeat as the title winner due to Milford taking a 21-0 lead at the half and beating the Eagles 28-14 on Saturday at SUU’s Stadium in Cedar City. The Tigers improved their record to 11-1 and netted revenge for a 21-12 loss to the Eagles at Duchesne earlier this season.
Milford last won a state title when they beat Altamont 21-13 in 1993. Second place is Altamont’s best football finish ever. DHS’ record drops to 10-2. The Eagles won last year’s state championship.
The Eagles intercepted a Milford pass on the Tigers’ 19 and then Weston Poulson then took over with four straight running plays with the final dash of 2 yards allowing Poulson to score DHS’ first TD in the championship game with 9:45 to go in the third quarter. Kade Lamborn added the extra-point kick that had Duchesne down 21-7.
DHS’ comeback hopes were crushed when Milford’s Ty Netto scored a TD on a 3-yard run with 7:34 left and Milford led 28-7. The Eagles just missed an onside kick and MHS had the ball near mid-field. Netto’s TD was set up on a Cole Wilson pass at the 35-yard line in Duchesne territory. Netto made several running plays to get his team near the end zone.
The Eagles refused to quit as DHS’ quarterback Jarett Spencer scored the final TD by Duchesne on a 1-yard run with 1:43 remaining in the football game. Jack Roberts recovered a Milford fumble to get the Eagles in position for its final TD. Brock Ford caught two passes to put DHS at the 1-yard line.
Duchesne recovered an onside kick on Milford’s 47 with 1:36 to go in the game, but the Eagles were off target on several long passes and Milford held on for a 28-14 win over Duchesne.
Milford jumped out to a 21-0 lead on touchdowns by Jaxon Davis of 13-yards and two scoring plays by Wilson on 31 and 33-yard passes from quarterback Bryson Barnes who gunned down the Eagles on three TD passes. Barnes, who is only a sophomore, was hard to stop and he made long gains that featured a number of broken tackles.
Davis caught a pass from Barnes with 6:15 left in the first quarter, but Milford led 6-0 as the extra-point kick was blocked by Poulson. Wilson got loose from DHS tackles and added his first TD on 33-yard pass with 2:57 remaining in the first quarter. DHS stopped Milford’s two-point try, and a penalty gave MHS a second chance. Netto zoomed in for the conversion and Milford led 14-0.
Milford scored its third TD when Wilson broke at least three tackles for a 31-yard TD with only 19 seconds left in the first half. The final TD was set up when DHS fumbled away the ball on a punt by Milford and the Tigers regained it at the Duchesne 32.
One of Duchesne’s top players Jaren Mortensen, a junior, missed the second half due to what appeared to be an ankle injury. Duchesne was tormented by several penalties that had them jumping offsides.
The Eagles had a successful season with wins over American Leadership Academy, North Summit, Carbon, Milford, Rich, Altamont, Monticello, Layton Christian and Parowan. ALA and Carbon are 3A schools. The only other DHS loss was to 3A Richfield.