SALT LAKE CITY — In a moment of unfiltered honesty, powered by a strong wave of emotions that followed Dixie’s 20-0 4A semifinals victory over Park City Thursday night at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Flyers head coach Blaine Monkres revealed something — simply put, he and his coaching staff did not expect this.

Heading into the season they did not expect that their team would earn a berth in the state championship game.

“I asked the coaches just now, back when we were in camp in June did you ever think we would get to Rice-Eccles? They all said no, we never did,” Monkres said. “There were some rough patches, especially during camp. We had to learn a new offense — Monkres replaced Andy Stokes as head coach after Stokes took the head coaching job at Timpview — and they were struggling.”

Over time, through camp, preseason and region play, the Flyers improved. Whether that be on offense, with quarterback Reggie Graff, or defense, led by linebacker Jake Staheli, Dixie got better.

“We’ve managed to get better every week,” Monkres said. “Somehow we got here.”

Here is the 4A state championship game, a spot earned thanks to Dixie’s win over Park City.

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