By Kurt Johnson
Photos by Dave Argyle (DBA Photography) & Kurt Johnson
Each week, Utah high school sports provides incredibly exciting moments, big wins, great plays and memorable accomplishments. This year, PrepsUtah.com will do its best to identify THE top story of each week in a segment powered by TOSH, The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital.
Here, for the week of September 5, 2016, is our TOSH top story of the week, or should I say, top stories. We have a tie in our initial week because we couldn’t settle on just one of these top big moments on the football field.
Story of the Week 1A (Alta bests Timpview):
For years, Timpview football has been the class of its region and the program to beat in Class 4A. Last year, East eclipsed the Thunderbirds in the state title game to claim the front-runner role. Friday night, a third team, one that has been chasing Timpview in Region 7, joined the conversation.
After trailing 24-6 at halftime, Alta came out of the locker room a different team. Its defense dominated, shutting the T-Birds out in the second half, and its offense began to make the plays it needed to move the football, led by the power running of Josh Davis.
With 9:25 left in the contest, the Hawks took their first lead of the night, 25-24, after a Davis touchdown run, and with help from a pair of missed field goals and an additional late TD, Alta claimed a 32-24 win. It wasn’t easy right down to the end as Timpview was knocking on the door of a potential game-tying score with 11 seconds left, but a pass slipped through the fingers of the Thunderbird receiver to seal the victory for the Hawks. It was the third consecutive incompletion following a first-down play that set Timpview up second-and-4 at the Alta 9-yard-line.
Davis just kept pounding away, getting the hard yards between the tackles, and finished with 33 carries for 248 yards and three touchdowns. Will Dana was strong on the trigger with 201 yards passing on an efficient 16-of-27, and Landon Maxfield was on the receiving end of some big gains.
While its offense delivered, it was the Hawks ability to keep getting Timpview (0-1 in Region 7, 3-1 overall) off the field that ultimately made winning happen. Zach Alsop, Mitch Medina and Mata Hola seemed to be in position to make plays every time one was required, and the Alta defensive backs were outstanding in tight coverage all night long.
The win puts the Hawks (1-0 in Region 7, 4-0 overall) in the driver’s seat in Region 7 play right out of the chute.
Story of the Week 1B (91-83):
The significance of the Alta win cannot be ignored when assessing a top story of the week, but also, how could we possibly pass up the chance to also honor the record-setting show Jordan and Taylorsville put on Friday night. If you think defense is boring and just love scoring, that was the game for you.
The two teams combined for 1,734 yards of offense, breaking the previous state record set two years ago when Jordan beat Brighton 78-76 in three overtimes. In that game, those two amassed 1,451 yards of offense.
In losing this contest by the astounding score of 91-83, Taylorsville set a record for most points scored by a losing team. The old mark was 52, scored by Pleasant Grove in another 2014 game against Jordan. The Beetdiggers always seem to be involved when the offenses go crazy, and lately they have been the team that has finished on top in those games.
Jordan had 930 yards of offense, while the Warriors countered with a paltry 804. Beetdigger quarterback Crew Wakley passed for 491 yards and seven touchdowns, and ran for 247 and four more scores. Taylorsville signal caller Dane Leituala passed for 495 with eight TDs and ran for 209 with three more scores.
Isaiah Jackson had 240 yards receiving for the Beetdiggers and Spencer Curtis added 195 as he draws closer to career state receiving records in his own right. On the other side, Jace Simons caught 13 balls for 237 yards and four touchdowns.
It was a busy night for the scoreboard operator and that shares our honor for TOSH top story of the week.