By Kurt Johnson
The Class 2A playoffs started Friday night with some impressive performances just as the rest of the state finished up regular season play. The action both Thursday and Friday nights included a number of games with critical postseason seeding implications, and others that decided which teams would even get into the state tournament.
The Region 4 title was on the line as Lone Peak visited Herriman Thursday night and the final score was quite surprising between Mountain Crest and Sky View when the Region 1 champ was crowned Friday.
As we look at the players who came up big in the final week of the Utah high school football regular season, here are some of the notable performances we took note of. Let us know about the big plays and players we did not get on our list….
Summit Academy (6-4) opened the 2A playoffs with a 53-13 victory over North Sevier (2-8) as Justin Miller completed 18-of-22 for 319 yards and six touchdowns, while recording five tackles and intercepting a pass for the Bear defense. Darrin Gethers caught five balls for 134 yards and a score, and Tyson Dais broke one of his two runs 88 yards to pay dirt.
A 37-6 win over American Leadership Academy (4-6) sends Enterprise (5-5) on to the second round of the 2A tournament. Brandell Shumway connected on TD passes of 12, 70 and 75 yards and also ran one into the end zone.
In Millard’s (5-5) 2A playoff win over South Sevier (1-9), Derek Brunson had scoring runs of 15, 46 and 57 yards, while Kyler Rowley scored a pair of receiving TDs and added another touchdown on a pick-6.
Grand County (6-4) knocked off Gunnison (1-9) 53-27 behind 174 yards rushing with four touchdowns, and also a passing TD from Dalton McElhaney.
Regular-Season Week 10
Another huge performance from quarterback Drew Lisk and receiver Spencer Curtis lifted Jordan (5-1 Region 3, 8-2 overall) past Cottonwood (1-5, 2-8) 55-20. Lisk completed 24-of-33 passes for 322 yards and six scores, with 10 of those connections coming to Curtis for 152 yards and two of the TDs.
Lone Peak (6-0 Region 4, 10-0 overall) finished off its undefeated regular season with a 30-0 win over Herriman (5-1, 7-3) that clinched the league title for the Knights. Talmage Gunther completed 19-of-29 for 331 yards and three touchdowns and also added 43 yards in the ground game, while Jon Christensen caught 10 balls for 193 yards and two scores.
Kallin Fisher completed 13-of-18 for 221 yards and ran for 82 more yards and a pair of touchdowns in leading Davis (6-0 Region 2, 9-0 overall) to a 35-6 win over Layton (2-4, 5-4). Mitch Nelson caught five passes for 115 yards for the Darts, while Conner Taylor had 18 tackles to pace the defense.
In a come-from-behind win over American Fork (3-3 Region 4, 5-5 overall), Pleasant Grove (4-2, 6-4) scored the game’s final 10 points in the fourth period, as Isaac Hamilton was 22-of-37 for 277 yards and two TDs. Malik Overstreet had nine receptions for 162 yards and two scores as well as eight tackles and a sack for the Vikings.
Jerome Fauatea carried 34 times for 188 yards and two touchdowns in leading Hunter (5-1 Region 2, 6-4 overall) to a 14-7 victory over Syracuse.
It was expected to be a high-scoring shootout, but that did not materialize as Sky View (6-0 Region 1, 10-0 overall) defeated Mountain Crest (5-1, 8-1) 5-0 for the Region 1 championship. JR Martindale had 13 tackles for the Bobcats and Colton Durrant had 12 tackles, including three tackles-for-loss.
Viewmont (3-3 Region 2, 5-5 overall) got itself into the postseason with a 42-26 win over Granger (2-4, 4-6) that knocked the Lancers out of the playoffs. Cole Huish threw three touchdown passes (7, 19, 58 yards) to lead the Vikings.
In that contest, Sione Tauataina scored on a pair of long runs (54 and 58 yards) for Granger.
Olympus (5-0 Region 6, 7-3 overall) needed overtime to take care of Skyline (1-4, 3-6) 24-17 as Parker Rigby kicked a 25-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining to force the extra period and Dallin Bettilyon ended the overtime with a interception.
Provo (5-1 Region 7, 8-2 overall) continued its impressive roll back to prominence with a 41-0 win over Timpanogos (1-5, 1-9). Viliami Iongi threw four touchdown passes, Daniel Kelley ran for 101 yards and Taau Lesa had 13 tackles in the Bulldog effort.
The state’s newest rivalry went to Alta (4-2 Region 7, 7-3 overall) as the Hawks secured the Region 7 No. 3 spot with a 45-31 victory over fourth-place Corner Canyon (3-3, 3-6). Braxton Kerr completed 15-of-22 passes for 307 yards and five touchdowns for Alta as Joshua Davis ran it 31 times for 239 yards and a score and caught passes for 59 more yards. Zach Engstrom (6 receptions, 188 yards, 2 TDs) and Camden Johnson (2 receptions, 116 yards, 2 TDs) both went for over 100 yards in the passing game, while Mitch Medina (18 tackles ) and Traivaugn Leota-Hunkins (17 tackles) paced the Hawk defense.
For the first time this season, Mountain View (1-5 Region 7, 1-9 overall) picked up a much-needed win, taking care of Orem (1-5, 4-6) 23-17. The Tigers turned it over eight times, including a McKay Waite 97-yard pick-6 for the game-winning score. Waite also kicked a game-tying field goal.
A second-place finish in Region 8 was secured by Wasatch (5-1 Region 8, 8-2 overall) as the Wasps closed out their regular season with a 42-14 win over Uintah. Garrett Davis was 16-of-23 for 228 yards and five TDs, and also ran for 100 yards on 14 carries, while the Wasatch defense picked off five passes, led by a pair of interceptions from Nick Pisitelli.
Max Tooley ran it 20 times for 139 yards and two TDs, and also had eight tackles in leading Bountiful (3-2 Region 5, 7-2 overall) to a 32-28 victory over Box Elder (1-4, 3-7). Brandon Bott had 15 tackles for the Braves as they claimed the No. 3 seed from Region 5 and dropped the Bees into a three-way tie for fourth.
Region 5 champion East (5-0 Region 5, 7-2 overall) dropped Woods Cross (1-4, 3-7) into the three-way tie for the final Region 5 postseason spot as the Leopards saw Johnnie Lang run for five TDs.
Highland (4-1 Region 5, 6-3 overall) claimed second place in Region 5 with a 41-35 win over Bonneville (1-4, 2-8) as the Lakers join that three-way deadlock for the fourth and final playoff berth. David Nonu ran it for 95 yards, while Jayden Palauni had 11 tackles, three tackles-for-loss and a sack.
Drew Cash passed for 273 yards and six touchdowns in leading Murray (3-2 Region 6, 6-4 overall) to a 49-7 win over Hillcrest (1-4, 2-8). Hunter Jones picked up 113 yards on 14 carries and scored a TD, and the Spartans defense came up big, led by Zach Rose’s 20 tackles, Jensen Kay’s 10 tackles and a sack, and nine tackles, two tackles-for-loss and a sack from Maxs Tupai.
Class 1A North region champion Duchesne (4-0 1A North, 7-2 overall) shut out Altamont (2-2, 4-6) 48-0. Layne Coil scored on runs of 54 and 65 yards and Tommy Rowley had a pair of pick-6 scores (32 and 36 yards).
Logan (6-0 3AA North, 8-2 overall) closed out its unbeaten league campaign with a 49-21 win over Park City (2-4, 5-5). Hunter Horsley threw five touchdown passes and ran for two more scores, including an 80-yard burst.
Tooele (5-1 3AA North, 7-3 overall) survived a challenge from Judge Memorial (2-4, 3-7) to lock down second place in the region after a 26-21 win that featured 19 carries for 195 yards and a touchdown from Demetrius Smith.
Casey Roberts needed just eight carries to pick up 171 yards and two TDs as Stansbury (3-3 3AA North, 7-3 overall) took care of Bear River (2-4, 3-7) 34-12. McCoy Didericksen ran it 17 times for 113 yards and a touchdown, while also recording seven tackles, four tackles-for-loss and a sack for the Stallions. Brennen Calder added six tackles, four TFLs and three sacks.
Spanish Fork (3-3 Region 8, 5-5 overall) used a 41-14 win over Payson and a coin flip win to lock down the No. 4 spot in the league for the postseason. Landon Jensen had seven carries for 92 yards and a pair of scores.
Desert Hills (4-1 3AA South, 5-4 overall) finished tied for first in that league with a 33-21 win over Cedar (2-3, 4-5) as Brock Parry ran it 15 times for 126 yards and two TDs and Garrick Sharp caught seven passes for 124 yards and a touchdown. The Thunder defense intercepted six passes, as Cody Ricketts, Ryan Hoppie and Quinn Kiser nabbed two each.
In that game, Jade Bulloch was solid once again for the Redmen with 15 tackles, two tackles-for-loss and a sack.
Defending state champion Dixie (4-1 3AA South, 7-2 overall) also claimed a share of the league championship after surviving against Pine View (1-4 3AA South, 5-4) 31-28 after Zak Harrah hit Bret Barben from 12 yards out with 13 seconds left for the game-winning touchdown. Tre Miller carried 26 times for 223 yards and two touchdowns and Jaden Harrison hauled in nine passes for 131 and a score for the Flyers.
Pine View was paced by Kobe Topalian, who had 22 runs for 108 yards and two TDs, and Steve Bangerter, who caught seven passes for 107 and a score.
The final 3AA South contest left Snow Canyon (1-4 3AA South, 4-5 overall) in a tie for fifth place with Pine View after the Warriors dropped one to Hurricane (3-2 3AA South, 5-3 overall) 35-21. Jacob Carr rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns.
Morgan (4-1 3A North, 8-2 overall) beat Grantsville 51-0 behind two rushing touchdowns and a 53-yard reception from Spencer Larsen.
Weston Horrocks caught eight passes for 110 yards and a TD as Union (3-2 3A North, 5-5 overall) picked up a 28-0 win over Carbon.
North Sanpete (4-1 3A South, 6-4 overall) defeated Canyon View (2-3, 5-5) 55-24 as Spencer Applegarth had 17 carries for 134 yards and a touchdown.
In non-region action, Ben Lomond (4-6) picked up a 42-10 win over Ogden as Angelo Rios ran for four touchdowns, including runs of 50 and 76 yards.