By Kurt Johnson
Photos by Kevin McInnis, Clark Larson, Kurt Johnson & Dave Argyle (DBA Photography)
The big game of Utah high school football Week 3 saw Bingham continue its “revenge tour” with an impressive road win at Lone Peak. It was a game that might not have been as close even as the final 21-point margin of victory indicates.
The Miners have made quick work of the two teams that played for the 5A state title a year ago in consecutive weeks. Herriman might not be quite at the same level as it was last year, but the Knights are still elite.
The list of impressive performances from all across the state Friday night is long, but here is our best effort at mentioning the players and numbers that jump out at us, at least from the stats for which we have access through the multiple sources we check….
In the rematch of that 2015 Class 5A semifinal, Bingham (3-0) proved that it can move the ball on the ground and through the air during its 42-21 victory over Lone Peak (2-1). Brayden Cosper caught just four passes, but covered 166 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns, including pulling in an 86-yarder from Matt Degn. Jahvontay Smith picked up 147 yards in the run game and also scored two TDs.
It would be easy to discount the performance delivered by Alta (3-0) in its 35-14 win over Dixie (0-3) Friday night if you get too much into won-loss records, but that would be a mistake.
The Flyers, however, have faced the state’s most difficult schedule (Springville, Lone Peak, Alta) through three games and against the Hawks, they were right there through three quarters before giving up 21 points in the final stanza. They are certainly battle-tested for the return to 3AA South competition after that slate of games.
Josh Davis ran it 28 times for 272 yards and two touchdowns to lead the way for Alta, while Will Dana completed 21-of-33 passes for 279 yards and three scores. Zach Engstrom caught seven of those balls for 111 yards and a TD. The Hawks defense was busy as well, with 15 tackles each from Mitch Medina, MJ Tafisi and Zach Alsop and three sacks by Mata Hola.
On the other side, Dixie quarterback Jacob Barben was 19-for-27 for 263 yards and a touchdown. Those numbers were helped by a huge performance on the outside from Hobbs Nyberg, who hauled in seven receptions for 135 yards and a score.
Next up for Alta is a huge Region 7 opener against Timpview (3-0), which will come in off a 52-13 win over Taylorsville (0-3) that was pretty much over after the Thunderbirds scored 28 points in the opening stanza. Kyle Van Leeuwen scored four touchdowns on five catches for Timpview, going for 209 yards in the process, while two T-Bird quarterbacks combined for six TD tosses. Jordan Mariteragi completed 9-of-14 for 290 yards and four scores, while Jake Biggs was 6-for-8 for 64 yards and a pair of TDs. Biggs also ran eight times for 115 yards and another score.
The high-octane Lehi (2-1) offense was unleashed as the Pioneers handed Granger (2-1) its first loss of the season 40-12. Cammon Cooper connected on 22-of-33 passes for 373 yards and four touchdowns, with Kade Moore on the receiving end of 25 and 34-yard scoring strikes and Grayden Hadfield taking a pass 56 yards for another score. Hadfield also ran for a TD.
The offense was back this week for Highland (2-1) as the Rams outscored Sky View (2-1) 42-35 as quarterback James Pembroke took to the ground instead of the air, running for 237 yards and four TDs on 23 opportunities. Bronson Olevao carried just two times but made those most of his chances picking up 77 yards, including a 71-yard scoring run.
Jackson Siddoway passed for 291 yards on 16-of-28 and tossed four TD passes for the Bobcats, with Brodie Martin pulling in four balls for 124 yards and two scores.
The dual-threat quarterback is alive and well at Jordan (2-1), where Crew Wakley connected on 19-of-29 for 348 yards and three scores while running 17 times for 106 yards and three TDs in a 42-21 win over Pleasant Grove (1-2). Isaiah Jackson (6 receptions, 196 yards, 2 TDs) and Spencer Curtis (7-101-1) came up big as pass catchers for the Beetdiggers.
Viking quarterback Jake Jensen was 16-for-28 for 267 yards and two touchdowns, connecting with Braxton Rapp three times for 120 yards and a score and with Kainoa Maldonado eight times for 107 yards.
Cedar (2-1) took care of business in the cross-town rivalry game against Canyon View (0-3) as Mason Fakahua passed for 202 yards and two scores while running for 128 yards on 10 tries and also intercepting a pass on defense. Travis Tait picked up 115 yards on 14 runs while Jade Bulloch led the defensive effort for the Redmen with 21 tackles and three sacks.
It was another big day for Bengal star Sione Lund, who picked up 157 yards on 14 rushes.
A 195-yard rushing performance by Jacob Mpungi paced Pine View (3-0) over Manti (1-2) 24-7 as Hudson Reed was a big-play guy for the Panthers with a 76-yard TD on his one pass reception.
Lincoln Powers ran it 25 times for 191 yards and a pair of touchdowns to pace Tooele (3-0) to a 55-34 win over Murray (1-2). Michael Dunn, nine carries for 113 yards and two scores, and Jeno Bins, seven carries for 109 yards also topped the century mark for Tooele. Bins also had 10 tackles and intercepted a pass.
Noah Shoeman passed for 382 yards for the Spartans, with Gage Cuthbertson grabbing 12 receptions for 154 yards and two scores and Jordan Orozco hauling in eight for 109 yards.
Ben Lomond (3-0) stayed unbeaten with a 35-21 win over Ogden as Angelo Rios had another huge day in the ground game. Rios ran it for 232 yards and scored three times, while Deontay Nish caught passes for 133 and scored once.
Austin Bartholomew was 17-for-22 for 347 yards and three scores, connecting seven times for 128 yards and two TDs with Brevin Dean and four times for 113 with Hudson Schenck as Weber (1-2) beat Bonneville (0-3) 49-0.
Quarterback Reggie Sio completed 12-of-17 passes for 322 yards and five scores to power Westlake (2-1) past Hillcrest (0-3) 40-35. Shamon Willis caught three passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns and Jaxon Moody had five receptions for 101 yards. Brad Larsen led the Thunder defense with 15 tackles.
The impressive start continues for West Jordan (3-0) as the Jaguars scored the game’s first 37 points on the way to a 40-14 win over Skyline (2-1). Dylan Krans hurled three TD passes including a 75-yard connection with Tanner Peterson, who caught a pair of scoring tosses. Krans ran for another touchdown.
Defense was the order of the day for Corner Canyon (2-1) as the Chargers beat Roy (2-1) by a somewhat surprising margin, 36-6. The Corner Canyon defense had 10 sacks, led by five from Kaden Wright and three by Mikey Petty, scored with a safety and tallied on a 70-yard Adam Chandler pick-6.
A non-region rivalry game provided one of the tightest contests of the night as Nick Beasley completed 13-of-26 for 226 yards and four scores, while also running for 50 more yards to fuel South Summit (3-0) over Park City (2-1) 31-28. Keegan Stracher caught seven passes for 126 yards and two TDs, and Brandon Dansie caught three for 84 and two more touchdowns.
The Miners were right there thanks to another big day from Spencer Zur, who threw for 392 yards and two TDs, and ran it 10 times for 62 yards and another score. Tyler Shea picked up 148 yards on eight grabs, while Beau Pederson caught nine for 144 yards and a pair of scores.
Three interceptions by the Springville (3-0) defense played a major role as the Red Devils handed the new kid on the block at Skyridge (2-1) the first loss in its brief school history by a 28-21 count. Payton Kelepolo carried 26 times for 138 yards for Springville, as Brennen Rymer scored on a 75-yard grab as part of a 120-yard receiving outing. Jantsen Thorpe continued to impress in the throwing game, completing 13-of-21 for 216 yards and two scores.
Cody Frampton passed for 156 and ran for 106 for Skyridge, with two of his three TD passes going to Wyatt Parkinson, who hauled in five for 110 yards total.
Davis (3-0) gutted out a tough 17-10 win over Olympus (2-1) behind Riley Smith, who picked up 138 yards on 24 carries and Hayden Grange, who completed 13-of-18 passes for 165 yards and a score. Jace Hinton had four catches for 99 yards and a TD. The Darts intercepted three passes and Zack Hoskins recorded 18 tackles.
Stansbury (2-1) was dominant on defense in its 35-0 victory over Grantsville (1-2) as the Stallions dropped the quarterback eight times, with two each from Alix Vaefaga-Taukeiaho, Bridger Roberts and Jet Richins. Casey Roberts scored on runs of 44, 46, 57 and 68 yards as part of a 12-carry, 263-yard game.
On the strength of a fourth-quarter 19-yard TD run by Owen Huff, American Leadership Academy (2-1) knocked off Grand (2-1) 21-18. Dallen Short posted a big night for ALA delivering 19 tackles on defense combined with 19 carries for 162 yards and two touchdowns offensively.
A strong two-way performance by Jordan Hardy, who tossed three touchdown passes and also scored on an interception return, paced Beaver (3-0) in its 63-0 victory over Millard (0-3). Kazen Gundy also had a pick-6 for Beaver.
A battle against a team from out of state brought good results for Desert Hills (2-1) as the Thunder shut out Foothill (Nevada) 27-0. Quinn Kiser connected on 16-of-31 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for 47 more yards on 11 carries. Logan Hokanson also picked up 80 yards on three receptions.
Back to its winning ways, Provo (2-1) got the most of the Spencer Jorgensen to Ty Jones connection in a 34-14 victory over Judge Memorial (0-3). Jorgensen completed 9-of-17 for 220 yards and three scores with two of those touchdown tosses going to Jones, including an 80-yard hook-up as the senior wideout caught four balls for 140 yards altogether.
Clay Giles took a kick back 84 yards for a score and Weston Paulson returned another kick 93 yards to the house, while Kenyen Kielbasa added a pick-6 as Duchesne (3-0) defeated Diamond Ranch (0-2) 41-13.
All of the scoring came after intermission as Ridgeline (2-1) handled Spanish Fork (1-2) 17-0 behind a 14 rush, 96 yard performance from Cody Olsen.
Kearns (2-1) ran all over Cottonwood (0-3) 49-28 behind Sese Felila, who carried 34 times for 223 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Villi Wolfgramm put Salem Hills (2-1) on top to stay with a go-ahead 41-yard fourth-quarter TD run to cap an 11-carry, 88-yard day in the Skyhawks 20-13 win over Juab (1-2). Quarterback James Nelson was 12-of-18 for 182 yards and two scores, including a 62-yard connection to Coleman Jacklin.
A 20-point fourth quarter that included an interception return for a touchdown by Mason Randall lifted Layton (3-0) past Northridge (1-2) 27-10. Garet Winkler picked up 92 yards on 13 carries.
Efficiency in the running game delivered for Kanab (2-1) in its 37-12 victory over Gunnison (1-2) as Wyatt Houston carried eight times for 171 yards and a score and Kason Whitesides ran it nine times for 106 and two TDs.
Milford (2-1) caught a break in knocking off North Sevier (1-2) 21-20 in overtime. After Bryson Barnes scored on a 1-yard run to put Milford on top, North Sevier answered, but a bad snap from center on the PAT left it one-point short on the final scoreboard. Barnes was 15-of-29 for 228 yards and a touchdown, with Jaxon Davis catching seven passes for 138 yards and that score, while Ty Netto carried 31 times for 127 yards and another TD.
Brady Hall passed for two touchdowns and ran for another as Mountain Crest (2-1) knocked off Logan (0-3) 41-13. Jace Dart caught a TD pass and housed a punt with a 72-yard return.
In another overtime contest, it was North Sanpete (2-1) getting past Maple Mountain (0-3) 15-12 as Chance Clawson scored on a run to earn the win after the Golden Eagles were forced to settle for a field goal in the extra period. Waylon Atkinson picked up 76 yards on 19 carries.
Summit Academy (3-0) survived a strong challenge from South Sevier (1-2) as Isaac Hamilton completed 16-of-21 passes for 278 yards and three TDs with Baylor Harding snagging eight passes for 181 yards and a pair of scores in the Bears 21-19 win.
Syracuse (2-1) found all kinds of ways to score in its 29-7 victory over Bountiful (1-2) as Jayden Grose connected on field goals of 29 and 45 yards, Garrett Burke scored on a 29-yard fumble return, and Brennon Jones took a kick back 82 yards for another TD. The Titan defense also recorded a safety.
Matt Harris and Jaeden Branin each had 16 tackles as Timpanogos (2-1) edged West (0-3) 20-15. Casey Hamilton passed for 222 yards and a pair of scores for the Timberwolves, with five connections to Max Roberts for 87 yards and a TD.
Three Viewmont defenders (Alex Holdaway, Chandler Stafford and Tyson Handley) had two sacks each as the Vikings (2-1) shut out Woods Cross (2-1) 13-0. Preston Pitt was good on field goals from 20 and 45 yards and Cortland George picked up 93 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.
Joe Williams had two of the four Wasatch (2-1) interceptions and the Wasps took care of Mountain View (0-3) 27-7 as Brock Cloward ran for 91 yards and a touchdown and passed for 76 yards and a score.