By Kurt Johnson
Photos by Dave Argyle (DBA Photography), Shane Marshall & Kurt Johnson
Everywhere you turn on any fall Friday night, high school football players are making big plays and delivering big numbers. As we look across the state, here are a bunch from this past Friday night that jump out at us. Let us know about the big plays and players we did not get on our list….
Great players seem to have a great sense of timing, and such is certainly the case for Maple Mountain quarterback Jaren Hall. It wasn’t the prettiest game overall for the Golden Eagle signal caller, who threw four interceptions, but his 30-yard game-winning TD toss to James Wilson snatched victory for Maple Mountain by a 31-30 final score. The good for Hall was very good, including 212 yards passing and 175 yards running the ball.
Sticking with that game just a little longer, the four Corner Canyon interceptions gives the Chargers eight picks in two weeks.
The other exciting finish of the night came in Northridge’s 35-34 win over Bonneville. The Knights scored on a Jrue Perkins touchdown toss with 40 seconds left, then gave up a Braxton Wright 41-yard TD pass 35 seconds later, but the Lakers did not convert the extra point and fell short. Perkins was 26-of-33 for 427 yards and three scores and also ran for 108 yards, while Northridge’s Cyrus Daniels ran it for 64 yards and caught passes for 184.
Simi Fehoko continues to impress for the Brighton offense. The Stanford-bound senior wideout caught eight more passes this week, for 224 yards and a touchdown as the Bengals held off Fremont 28-26. In replacing injured starting quarter Drew Jensen, Brighton used two different quarterbacks, with senior Hunter Albert completing 9-of-10 passes for 196 yards and a touchdown.
The night’s most efficient passing performance came from Provo’s Viliami Iongi, who connected on 18-of-20 passes. Iongi passed for 249 yards and five scores in leading the Bulldogs past Payson 38-6. Provo wideout Ty Jones caught six balls for 104 yard and a pair of TDs.
Speaking of the passing game, senior quarterback Drew Lisk and junior receiver Spencer Curtis continue to rack up big numbers for Jordan. The Beetdiggers survived a great battle with Roy Friday 34-28, with Lisk passing for 345 yards, including nine connections with Curtis for 138 yards.
There were many stars in Lone Peak’s 35-14 win that ended Timpview’s 27-game winning streak, but the biggest “star” was the Knight run defense. Lone Peak allowed just 20 yards on 21 rushing attempts and kept the T-Bird running backs to -8 yards rushing.
Orem’s defense recorded nine sacks in the Tigers’ 28-25 victory over Spanish Fork. It was a game that featured 34 carries for 191 yards for Orem’s DeYarmin Notoa and 27-of-40 for 326 yards for quarterback Hunter Van Buren.
Friday’s big individual night from a runner came from a familiar place – Dixie’s Tre Miller. In leading the Flyers to a 56-10 win over Mojave, from Arizona, Miller picked up 208 yards on just 17 carries, with one touchdown.
Alta‘s Joshua Davis had a huge night in the Hawks 34-22 win over Hillcrest. The junior ran it 18 times for 176 yards and two touchdowns and also caught three passes for 75 yards and another score. Davis scored on a 65-yard run and on a 55-yard pass play.
During American Leadership Academy’s 47-0 win over Layton Christian, the Eagles pounded away with an overwhelming ground game that featured a pair of 100-yard rushers. Senior Williams Malikk carried 15 times for 130 yards and a pair of scores, while sophomore Owen Huff had 17 rushes for 145 yards and a touchdown. Add to that three running TDs from quarterback Dallen Short and you have an impressive night.
Justin Miller led Summit Academy to a 35-21 win over Rich Thursday night. The senior transfer from Lone Peak was 19-of-32 for 324 yards and threw three touchdown passes.
Stansbury was another team to get two-pronged rushing success. Senior Colton Christiansen had 166 yards on 21 carries with three touchdowns, while sophomore McCoy Didericksen picked up 140 yards on 17 runs, with a score of his own in the Stallions 28-20 win over Salem Hills.
Running back Jacob Carr led Hurricane to a 32-21 win over Union, as he ran it 21 times for 158 yards and four scores.
There were a lot of impressive storylines Friday night as Davis picked up a 38-20 win over Taylorsville, but the number 18 is really hard to ignore. Both Conner Taylor and Jacob Moffett were credited with 18 tackles for the Dart defense.
Desert Hills quarterback Nick Warmsley continues to impress. As the Thunder rolled Foothill, from Nevada, Warmsley passed for 255 and ran for another 95 yards to lead the onslaught.
Offense was the story of the night as Canyon View topped Emery 53-20, with senior running back Payton Higgins gaining 189 yards on 15 carries, with three scores to lead the way. Quarterback Michael Musto passed for 228 and ran for 113 more.
Layton senior Keoni Larsen rushed 18 times for 152 yards and a score in the Lancers’ 41-7 victory over Clearfield.
Spencer Applegarth came up huge in North Sanpete’s 35-28 win over Timpanogos. Applegarth had 27 carries for 195 yards and two touchdowns, and also caught five balls for 131 yards and two more scores.
Kicker Ben Porras gave North Sevier a 24-21 win over Gunnison when he nailed a 32-yard field goal with 40 seconds remaining.
Bingham will most likely need to get its offense rolling before nationally ranked Bishop Gorman comes calling from Las Vegas next Friday, but after a 6-0 win over Herriman, the Miners have yet to give up a single point in two games this year.
On a team that seems to be establishing more of a defensive identity has been the norm, Pine View shut out Uintah 23-0, with Dillan Robertson delivering three quarterback sacks.
It came in a losing effort in Idaho against that state’s Highland High, but American Fork saw Tanner Smith throw for 323 yards and two touchdowns. Those two scores were the only two catches of the night for Nate Honey and they covered 56 and 65 yards.