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Week 2 top performers in Utah high school football

By Kurt Johnson

Photos by Clark Larson, Kevin McInnis & Kurt Johnson


Week 2 in Utah high school football featured a number of games between Utah teams and out-of-state opponents. There were some wins and some losses mixed into those contests, with the biggest result coming in Timpview’s visit to Southern California, where the Thunderbirds knocked off San Diego power Helix Saturday night.

Closer to home, the feature game of the night turned into a lopsided battle as Bingham took out its frustrations over missing out on last year’s state championship game by dominating defending state title winner Herriman 45-0.

As we look at the players who stepped up on Friday night and Saturday, here are some of the notable performances. We don’t have reports from some of the schools, so help us out and let us know about the big plays and players we did not get on our list….

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Bingham (2-0) continues to be the state’s No. 1 all-around team, dominating on offense by scoring on its first six possessions and completely shutting down defending state champion Herriman (1-1) with its defense in a 45-0 statement win.

And in San Diego, Timpview (2-0) spoiled the home team’s season opener despite trailing 14-0 at the end of the opening quarter at Helix (California). The Thunderbirds shut out Helix after intermission and outscored their hosts 15-0 in the second half on their way to a 28-21 win.

Senior running back Jaylen Warren of East (2-0) continued to run roughshod over the competition, going off for the second consecutive week. Warren needed just 14 carries to run for 186 yards and three touchdowns, which included scoring bursts of 42 and 58 yards, in the Leopards’ 38-0 win over Orem (0-2) in the Vivint Invitational event.

Alta running back Josh Davis is closing in on a 2,000-yard season. (Photo by Clark Larson)

Alta running back Josh Davis is off to another big year. (Photo by Clark Larson)

Another ball carrier who made the most of limited touches is Josh Davis of Alta (2-0). His eight carries from scrimmage resulted in an amazing 200 yards rushing and the senior also returned a pair of kicks for scores, from 58 and 90 yards out in the Hawks’ 67-26 win over Hillcrest (0-2). Kanyon Larsen had 15 tackles, with two tackles-for-loss and MJ Tafisi had 13 tackles, with three TFLs for Alta.

Big plays in huge moments by Brennen Rymer, who opened the second half with an 80-yard kick return for a score followed by a pass interception, helped Springville (2-0) build a three-score lead over Lehi (1-1) that the Pioneers erased with three touchdowns in the final four minutes of the fourth period before the Red Devils eventually prevailed in double overtime, 40-34. Rymer also caught four passes for 58 yards and Bennet Hullinger grabbed three balls for 118 yards and a score as Jantsen Thorpe passed for 286 yards and two TDs before scoring the game-winner on a one-yard quarterback sneak to cap the second extra period.

After struggling at times against a motivated Springville defense, Lehi quarterback Cammon Cooper was red hot late to lead the comeback, which included two recovered onside kicks. Cooper completed 31-of-59 passes for 324 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. Kade Moore was the favorite target Friday night, as he pulled in 13 passes for 151 yards and two scores.

Taylorsville (0-2) also participated in the Vivint Invitational in Orem, where the Warriors played well in a tough 55-48 loss to Basic (Nevada). In that game, sophomore Dane Leituala did it all for Taylorsville as he was 23-of-33 passing for 275 yards and two TDs, while running it 20 times for 98 yards and another score and also intercepting a pass on defense. Tema Magalogo helped on that defensive effort with a pair of sacks, as Jace Simons (nine receptions, 132 yards) and Paster Jones Lewis (22 carries, 191 yards, three TDs) also had huge offensive days.

The third contest in the Vivint Invitational pitted Mountain Crest (1-1) against Spring Valley (Nevada). The Mustangs won that one 36-6 behind three TD passes from Brady Hall. Creedyn Foulger caught five passes for 102 yards and two scores, and Beau Robinson scored four times, twice as a pass catcher, once on a running play and on a 49-yard interception return.Microsoft Word - oakwoodfirekitchen1 instoryad cornercanyon600x1

It was 42-7 by intermission, and by the time it was over, Ben Lomond (2-0) had knocked off Carbon (0-2) 62-15 as Angelo Rios picked up 178 yards and a touchdown on just 14 carries. Just as efficiently, Kenyon Harris connected on 11-of-14 passes for 280 yards and six touchdowns for the Scots, with Deontay Nish on the other end of six aerials for 136 yards and three scores.

One of the most impressive results of the night came from Fremont (2-0) as the Silver Wolves took care of Brighton (0-2) 35-7 led by a huge night from Saxton Morby, who was 13-of-19 passing for 205 yards and two scores while rushing 11 times for 77 yards and a pair of TDs. Austin Freeman carried it 16 times for 137 yards and a touchdown and Haze Hadley snagged eight balls for 82 yards and a score.

Sione Lund was impressive for the Bengals in the loss as the Stanford-committed senior went off for 232 yards on 19 carries.

Springville quarterback Jantsen Thorpe scored the game-winning TD Friday night against Lehi. (Photo by Kurt Johnson)

Springville quarterback Jantsen Thorpe scored the game-winning TD Friday night against Lehi. (Photo by Kurt Johnson)

The offense is in high gear for Lone Peak (2-0) as it gets ready for a matchup with Bingham next week. The Knights saw Dakota Hansen complete 16-of-31 passes for 205 yards and two TDs, and run for another 123 plus a touchdown on 16 carries in their 47-21 win over Dixie (0-2). Jackson McChesney scored twice for Lone Peak and Tyler MacPherson caught seven balls for 106 yards and a TD. On the defensive side of the ball, Seth Larsen took an interception 46 yards to the house.

Jacob Barben put up huge numbers for the Flyers in the loss, passing for 467 yards and three scores. A dozen of those passes were hauled in by Hobbs Nyberg for 264 yards, while Josh Topham caught five for 199 yards and two TDs.

At the Rocky Mountain Rumble at Idaho State University, Syracuse (1-1) knocked off Rigby (Idaho) 21-7 behind 81 rushing yards, 125 passing yards and two touchdowns from Ty Metcalfe.

Mitchell McIntyre led Stansbury (1-1) to a 54-20 win over Minico (Idaho) at the Rocky Mountain Rumble, running it for 150 yards on 19 carries with three rushing touchdowns. He also threw it for 103 yards and another score. Casey Roberts (nine carries, 140 yards, TD) and Matthew McIntyre (18 carries, 109 yards, TD) were part of a pounding running attack for the Stallions, while Kaden Baker led the Stansbury defense with two sacks.

A 52-yard punt return to the house by Tate Porter played a major role in the 28-6 win by Bear River (2-0) over Cottonwood (0-2).

Zach Wilson averaged nearly 30 yards per completion, completing 10-of-16 for 291 yards and two TDs while guiding Corner Canyon (1-1) to a 37-0 win over Maple Mountain (0-2). Colton Lawson had six receptions for 182 yards and two TDs, and Jason Adams complemented the passing game with 24 carries for 146 yards and a score on the ground.Microsoft Word - oakwoodfirekitchen1 instoryad cornercanyon600x1

Dual-threat quarterback Jordan Hardy passed for 177 yards, with three scores and ran for 75 with another touchdown to lead Beaver (2-0) to a 41-6 victory over Kanab (1-1). Taylor MacDonald caught four of those passes for 109 yards and a TD.

Cedar (1-1) went on the road and pounded Virgin Valley (Nevada) 34-13 behind Mason Fakahua, who passed for 196 yards and two touchdowns while running for 149 and a pair of scores.

A Northern Utah rivalry played out Friday night as Davis (2-0) held off Weber (0-2) 21-14 as Riley Smith picked up 163 yards on 31 carries with a touchdown.

Also up north, Sky View (2-0) shut out Logan (0-2) as Brock Mortensen had a 72-yard scoring run during a six carry, 106-yard, two touchdown day. Brodie Martin caught four passes for 102 yards and Riley Haderlie picked up two quarterback sacks while recording eight tackles.

Northridge (1-1) beat Bonneville (0-2) 35-30 as Ethan Udy led the way with 167 yards on 19 carries and 113 yards through the air. Malachi Uasila’a ran for 63 yards and two TDs, while Lawrence Yarbrough returned a kick-off 95 yards for a score and Ryan Orton recorded 13 tackles.

Sage Thornock caught six passes for 125 yards and two TDs for the Lakers.

Lehi receiver Kade Moore had 13 catches against Springville in Week 2. (Photo by Kurt Johnson)

Lehi receiver Kade Moore had 13 catches against Springville in Week 2. (Photo by Kurt Johnson)

Staking its claim to being “for real,” Roy (2-0) delivered a strong 27-13 win over Jordan (1-1). Jaden Sabin was 10-of-12 for 166 yards and four TDs in the win, while Josh Gallegos caught three touchdown passes.

Isaiah Jackson had five receptions for 126 yards and a TD for Jordan.

A 41-13 victory over Mountain View (0-2) pushed the West Jordan record to 2-0 on the young season as Dylan Krans was 10-of-18 for 285 yards and three touchdowns, with three connections to Tanner Peterson covering 140 yards and delivering two scores.

Quinn Kiser passed for 222 yards and ran for 78 more in leading Desert Hills (1-1) to a 28-7 victory of Salem Hills (1-1). Logan Hokanson added five catches for 106 yards for the Thunder.

In its 26-12 win over North Summit (0-2), Duchesne (2-0) followed the lead of its ball carriers, Weston Poulson leading the way with 24 carries for 136 yards and a touchdown. Clay Giles toted it 13 times for 116 yards and picked up 182 all-purpose yards in the victory. Senior Steven Skewes paced the defense with 15 total tackles.

Logan Cox ran it 20 times for 165 yards and a TD as Emery (1-1) took care of business against Payson (0-2) 27-14.

A 70-yard kick return for a score by Garrett Parcell highlighted a 49-21 win by Skyline (2-0) over Spanish Fork (1-1). Sione Matagi ran for 88 yards and two touchdowns and Seth Kaeline scored three times while running for 79 yards.

Scoring was at a premium to the extreme as Olympus (2-0) used a safety and a field goal to edge Highland (1-1) 5-3. The Titan defense got five sacks from five different players in the win.

Producing on both offense and defense, Dakota Johnson led Grand (2-0) to a 30-14 win over Montezuma-Cortez (Colorado). Johnson ran it 14 times for 102 yards and a touchdown and also had a pair of interceptions, one of which he took 65 yards to the end zone. Bryant Troutt also picked up 102 rushing yards, on 19 carries, and scored on a 46-yard scamper. He also threw a 49-yard TD pass to Kenyon Birdsell.

Granger is out to a 2-0 start after its 28-21 victory over Kearns (1-1), fueled by 123 yards rushing along with a blocked field goal by Amata Tavai and 85 yards on the ground with two touchdowns from Sione Houma.

The story seems to be the same every week for the Zur Show in Park City (2-0). The Miners rode a 221-yard, two- TD passing performance by Spencer Zur to a 19-8 victory over Cyprus (0-2). Collin Zur was the receiver on eight of his brother’s 19 completions, for 102 yards and a touchdown. Beau Pederson had five catches for 61 yards and a score, and also recorded 12 tackles and two interceptions for the Park City defense.

Pine View (2-0) jumped all over Uintah (1-1) for a 47-3 win behind 56 yards rushing and a 19-for-29, 255-yard, four-touchdown performance from Ryan Javines. Jacob Mpungi ran it seven times for 90 yards and Michael Moten had five receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown.

The running game lifted Hunter (1-1) past Riverton (0-2) 25-6 as Ty Carlson went for 157 yards and two scores and Pailate Makakona added 151 yards and a touchdown.K12.1 instoryad 051216

Stone Azarcon delivered three touchdowns in the ground game for Juan Diego Catholic (1-1) as the Soaring Eagle bested Manti (1-1) 21-17.

The first win in the history of Ridgeline (1-1) football came in the school’s second game. The Riverhawks won on the road at Provo (1-1) as Cody Olsen carried 21 times for 95 yards and a TD, and Payton Thomas passed for 157 yards with a score and ran for two touchdowns. Levani Damuni had an interception and two sacks for Ridgeline.

The other new school, Skyridge, improved to 2-0 in its inaugural campaign with a 42-13 conquest of West (0-2). The Cody Frampton to Wyatt Parkinson connection was on fire once again as the duo hooked up three times for touchdowns. Frampton also ran for 63 yards and a TD.

The Bulldogs got another great night from Ty Jones, who pulled in seven passes for 138 yards and two scores, as Spencer Jorgensen completed passes for 245 yards and two scores.

A 13-7 win over Clearfield (0-2) allowed Layton to improve to 2-0 behind a defense keyed by 2.5 sacks from Hayden Meacham.

Layton Christian also moved to 2-0 after its 26-21 victory over American Leadership Academy (1-1). Christian Moffo was a two-way star for Layton Christian with 132 yards rushing and a touchdown on 12 carries along with six tackles and a sack defensively.

For ALA, Dallen Short ran it 13 times for 115 yards and two scores, while also recording 11 tackles.

Bingham's Simote Pepa closing in as part of a dominating performance against Herriman. (Photo by Kevin McInnis)

Bingham’s Simote Pepa closing in as part of a dominating performance against Herriman. (Photo by Kevin McInnis)

Four Noah Shoeman touchdown tosses led Murray (1-1) past Copper Hills (0-2) 42-17 as Jordan Orozco had two TD receptions and an 85-yard kick-off return for a third score.

It was also a four TD pass day for Stockton Anderson of North Sevier (1-1) as he led his team to a 26-6 victory over Gunnison (1-1).

South Sevier (1-1) pulled out a 26-23 win over Richfield (0-2) thanks to 23 carries for 180 yards and a touchdown, along with three receptions for 46 yards and a score, and eight tackles from Tyson Chisholm. Caleb Barton threw three touchdown passes in the win.

Lincoln Powers ran for 146 yards and a touchdown and recorded five tackles, while Michael Dunn ran for 98 yards and another score to pace Tooele (2-0) past Grantsville (1-1) 40-14. Jeno Bins contributed a 60-yard TD run for the Buffaloes.

A defense that dropped the opposing quarterback seven times, led by three sacks from John Grande and two by Jacob Nugent, led Westlake (1-1) over Wasatch (1-1) 18-3.

Woods Cross (2-0) finished off a 28-6 victory over Judge Memorial (0-2) led by two TD runs from Caleb Simmons and an 85-yard kick return touchdown by Jace Feller.

In Idaho, Pleasant Grove (1-1) came up a point short against Rocky Mountain (Idaho), dropping a triple-overtime heartbreaker 51-50 despite a big game from Jake Jensen, who completed 19-of-38 for 403 yards and four touchdowns. Two of the scoring tosses went to Braxton Rapp, while Kainoa Maldonado caught six passes for 110 yards and a TD.

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