Morgan’s journey to the 3A State Championship Game hit a roadblock on Saturday, November 3 at Provo High. The Trojans’ six-game winning streak ended with a 23-15 loss to the North Sanpete Hawks in the semifinal game. Their 8-3 season included five games with wins by more than 26 points including two shut outs, but they were unable overcome the Hawks’ and return to the championship game for a second year in a row.
After a scoreless first quarter, Morgan put the ball in the end zone at the 9:30 mark in the second period on a one-yard run by Jamesen Burraston followed by a Carson Flinton PAT to give the Trojans a 7-0 lead. North Sanpete then reeled off three touchdowns to take a 20-7 half time lead.
In the third period the Hawks added a field goal to increase their lead to 23-7 before the Trojans scored their final touchdown of the season on a 60-yard pass from Carter Thackeray to Kyle Carter. Morgan converted the two-point play to bring them within eight, 23-15, but the clock ran out on the 2018 season for Morgan and the 18 seniors on the field.
“This final loss really stung so bad,” senior free safety Zack Ferrin explained. “It stung because we weren’t able to achieve the goal of a State Championship that we had worked toward for four years.”
“In my life I’ve found a certain brotherhood that you form in sports that I haven’t found anywhere else,” Ferrin continued. “I’ve made a brotherhood with these guys for the last four years that I wouldn’t trade for the world.”
For the 18 seniors who played their final game in maroon and white, it was a difficult way to end four years of football, especially after last year’s loss in the championship game. True athletes always want one more shot at the big game that got away, and this team was no different. The past three years have been very successful for these players with three semifinal appearances and a second-place trophy last year.
“It’s been great,” Ferrin noted. “I really hope the team next year will get it done and bring the championship back to Morgan. It’s been too long!”
A large crowd of fans followed the team to Provo to cheer them on and support the Trojans. Ferrin concluded, “We have such great support from the community. Our fans are the best! I just want to thank everyone for their support this year!”
Senior players include #1 – Gabe Bott – Linebacker; #7 – Carson Flitton – Kicker; #9 – Zack Ferrin – Safety; #9 – Isaac Larsen – Linebacker; #14 – Derrick Peterson – Linebacker; #15 – Hunter Thomas – Receiver; #17 – Tyson Hurd – Receiver; #18 – Taylor Bearnson – Cornerback; #21 – Bowen Saunders – Corner; #22 – Adam Buck – Receiver; #24 – Brenon Sanders – Defensive end; #44 – Colten Hansen – Linebacker; #47 – Cameron Duke – Tight End; #55 – Blake Kotter – Lineman; #57 – Chase Stuart – Lineman; #58 – Hagen Oliver – Lineman; #60 – Jess Malan – Lineman; and #73 – Jordan Storey – Lineman.
The Trojans are coached by Kovi Christiansen, Head Coach; John Millward, Offensive Coordinator; and Jared Barlow, Defensive Coordinator. Assistant coaches include Chad Crossley, Ryan Keele, Clifton Buckway, Nate Larsen, Matt Larsen, Brad Matthews, Adam Christensen, Sterling Mack, Dustin Rock, and Spencer Larsen.
Several Morgan players ended the season atop the Deseret News Statistic Charts. Caron Flitton led the 3A in Kicking with five field goals, 38 PATs and 53 points. Quarterback Carter Thackeray topped 3A in Passing Yards with 2,663 and also led in Touchdowns with 27. Receiver Tyson Hurd was first in Receiving Yards with 814 and second in Receiving Touchdowns with 10. Ferrin led the 3A in Interceptions with six.
Congratulations to the 2018 Trojan Football team for a great season, and thank you to the 18 seniors for four years of dedication on the field and off!