Week 6 is when it really gets interesting in high school football. As region play gets into its second and third week, the cream begins to rise to the top. So far, that’s been the likes of Dixie and Desert Hills in the south, and in the north, newcomer Skyridge and surprising West Jordan are in the playoff chase.
The list of elite individual performances from all across the state Thursday and Friday night is long, so as we do each week, here is our best effort at recognizing the players and the numbers that jump out at us, at least from the stats for which we have access through the multiple sources we check….
Josh Davis continued his impressive season for Alta (3-0 Region 7, 6-0 overall) as the senior ran for 265 yards on 16 carries with five touchdowns. MJ Tafisi had 10 tackles to lead a stifling defense as the Hawks beat Mountain View (0-3, 0-6) 49-7.
Dixie (2-0 3AA South, 3-3) knocked off Cedar (0-2, 3-3) 24 -7 behind the passing of Jacob Barben, who completed 21-of-30 for 307 yards and three scores. Hobbs Nyberg caught six balls for 105 yards and a TD, and Malakai Fakahua had 15 tackles.
Three different ball carriers passed the century mark for Stansbury (3-0 3AA North, 5-1) as the Stallions ran over Park City (1-2, 3-3) 32-13. Mitch McIntyre carried 22 times for 152 yards and four TDs to lead the way, while McCoy Didericksen rushed 12 times for 129 yards and a score and Matt McIntyre went for 123 yards on 20 carries. Sitiveni Havili had a pair of sacks for Stansbury.
A big night from Cole Stokes, who carried 16 times for 184 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 45 yards and a TD to lead Sky View (3-0 Region 1, 5-1) past Northridge (1-1, 2-4) 38-21. Jackson Siddoway was 19-of-27 for 233 yards and four scores, while Nate Phillips had seven catches for 99 yards. Riley Haderlie recorded 13 tackles and had 1.5 sacks for the victorious Bobcats.
A game that was tied 3-3 at intermission turned heavily to Lone Peak (3-0 Region 4, 5-1) in the second half as the Knights took care of Westlake (0-3, 2-4) 31-3. Jackson McChesney averaged 10 yards per carry, rushing 16 times for 163 yards and two scores, while Dakota Hansen ran for 132 yards on 16 carries and passed for 171 yards and a touchdown. Tyler McPherson was on the receiving end of four passes for 101 yards.
Jordan (2-0 Region 5, 4-1) quarterback Crew Wakley got it done without airing it out much this week, running 30 times for 260 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Beetdiggers past Brighton (1-2, 1-5) in another of the characteristic tight games between the two rivals, 33-31. Alec Evans carried 27 times for 184 yards as Jordan leaned on its ground game.
Kimball Reece led the way for the Bengals in the loss, as he ran for 153 yards and a TD and caught two passes for 54 yards and another score.
The roll continued for East (1-0 Region 5, 6-0) as the Leopards pounded Bonneville (0-2, 1-5) 73-9 behind a defense that sacked the quarterback 10 times. Jordan Lolohea had three sacks and Junior Angilau and Johnson Hansen each added two sacks. Jaylen Warren ran it just 11 times and went for 227 yards with three touchdowns, while Sione Molisi turned six carries into 147 yards and three scores.
A 13-0 fourth-quarter rally helped Skyridge (3-0 Region 7, 5-1) come from behind to top Provo (1-2, 3-3) 27-24. Brendan Roper ran for 182 yards on 22 carries and scored twice, while Cody Frampton completed 12-of-21 for 184 yards and two TDs.
Bulldog quarterback Spencer Jorgensen ran for 130 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries and also passed for 180 yards, with 133 of those going in the direction of Ty Jones, who pulled in four passes and scored a TD.
Murray (1-1 Region 6, 3-3) defeated Cyprus (0-2, 1-5) 54-7 behind five TD tosses from Noah Shoeman, who connected on 13-of-22 for 288 yards. Gage Cuthbertson caught five passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns and Jordan Orozco had five grabs for 113 yards and two scores. Donovan Spillers ran for 85 yards on just four carries with a TD and Damien Symes picked up 84 yards on 15 rushes.
A pair of pick-sixes and a touchdown reception by Parker Grajek paired with three Nick Beasley TD tosses powered South Summit (2-0 2A North, 6-0) to a 58-7 win over Gunnison (0-2, 1-5).
American Fork (2-0 Region 4, 5-1) put itself in a great position in Region 4 with its 38-14 win over Lehi (2-1, 4-2) led by some big plays in the passing game and the running of Christian Snowden (16 carries, 116 yards, TD) and Samuel Walker (20 carries, 114 yards, TD). Bronson Barron, who also ran for 44 yards, completed 11-of-16 passes for 188 yards and three scores. Chase Roberts caught four passes for 81 yards and a touchdown and Dean Farrell picked up 72 yards and two touchdowns on his three receptions.
Cammon Cooper had some rough moments passing in the rain for the Pioneers, but most of Lehi’s yardage came by air as he completed 14-of-32 for 238 yards and a touchdown to Dallin Holker, who hauled in six passes for 123 yards.
Led by 97 yards and a TD by Sefanaia Leakehe and 12 tackles from Noah Vaea, Herriman (2-0 Region 4, 4-1) survived a defensive struggle with Riverton (0-3, 0-6) 14-7.
Sawyer Pierce ran for three touchdowns and passes for another to pace Olympus (2-0 Region 6, 5-1) to a 42-34 victory over Kearns (1-1, 4-2) as Ben Bywater added 84 yards on 15 rushes with a TD.
A few Cougars put up impressive numbers, with Sese Felila running for 127 yards and two scores, while Journey Buba returned a fumble 65 yards for a touchdown and caught an 84-yard TD pass, and Sam Fetzer had a 90-yard kick return for a score.
American Leadership Academy (1-1 2A North, 4-2) got back on track with a 29-0 win over Millard (0-2, 0-6) as Owen Huff carried the offense with 27 carries for 199 yards and a TD, and led the defense with 10 tackles.
Nephi Sewell picked up 172 yards on nine carries with a pair of touchdowns and Logan Hokanson pulled in three passes for 114 yards and a score to power Desert Hills (2-0 3AA South, 5-1) to a 51-23 victory over Hurricane (1-1, 3-3). Tyler Warner had 10 tackles for the Thunder defense.
Corner Canyon (1-2 Region 7, 3-3) shut out Timpanogos (1-2, 3-3) 34-0 behind the efficient passing of Zach Wilson, who connected on 16-of-20 throws for 250 yards and two touchdowns, and the running of Tai Gonzales, who ran for 118 yards and two scored on 22 carries. Colton Lawson had five catches for 105 yards and a pair of TDs.
A 23-0 first-quarter deficit was not what Timpview (2-1 Region 7, 5-1) expected on homecoming night against Orem (1-2, 1-5), but the Thunderbirds got things going and found a way to beat the Tigers 38-30 by outscoring Orem 30-14 after intermission. Alema Te’o ran for 108 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries, while Jordan Mariteragi tossed three TD passes and Chaz Ah You caught five passes for 64 yards and a score. Jackson Cravens led the T-Bird defense with 14 tackles.
Jake Emery scored on the first play of the final possession in the third overtime period, taking a direct snap and running it 25 yards to pay dirt to provide the final margin of victory for Davis (2-1 Region 2, 5-1) as it held off Syracuse (2-1, 4-2) 29-23. The winning score was set up by a Jake Hadley sack on the Titans’ fourth-down snap on the third-OT Syracuse possession. Riley Smith rushed 29 times for 190 yards and a touchdown for the Darts.
Viewmont (2-1 Region 2, 4-2) scored the only six points of the final period as the Vikings survived against winless West (0-3, 0-6) to win 27-26. Cortland George ran for 96 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries and Davis Hadlock ran 11 times for 76 yards and two scores.
Craig Tauteoli had 132 yards rushing and a pair of TDs on 28 rushes for West, while Romeo Johnston passed for 255 yards and a score.
The West Jordan (2-1 Region 3, 5-1) defense held high-scoring Taylorsville (1-2, 1-5) to just nine points in a 14-9 win that featured 161 passing yards and two TDs along with 45 rushing yards from Dylan Krans and 13 tackles by Andrew Giordani.
Paster Jones Lewis carried 16 times for 145 yards for the Warriors and Chase Hess picked up 142 on 17 runs.
Fremont (2-1 Region 1, 5-1) shut out Clearfield (0-3, 0-6) 49-0 as Saxton Morby completed 10-of-11 passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns, and ran six times for 144 yards and a pair of scores. Haze Hadley caught a pair of TD passes for the Silver Wolves.
An efficient Austin Bartholomew connected on 12-of-16 passes for 200 yards and a TD and ran it nine times for 44 yards and another score in pacing Weber (1-2 Region 1, 2-4 overall) to a 27-7 win over Mountain Crest (0-2, 2-3). Carter Green went for 101 yards on 26 carries with a touchdown and Ty Erickson picked up 98 yards and a TD on two catches.
It took every one of five touchdown passes from Isaac Hamilton, who connected on 20-of-27 for 257 yards, for Summit Academy (2-0 2A North, 5-1) to hold off North Summit (1-1, 1-5) 34-27. Parker Clawson had 10 receptions for 147 yards and a pair of scores.
On the strength of 20 carries for 156 yards and three TDs from Dillion Smith and 18 carries for 156 yards with a touchdown by Jordan Hardy, who also threw a 94-yard TD pass, Beaver (1-1 2A South, 5-1) knocked off South Sevier (1-1, 2-4) 42-20.
Tyson Chisholm had a big night for South Sevier with 20 carries for 102 yards with a touchdown, an 86-yard reception and 16 tackles.
Zach Hoffman ran for three touchdowns and threw TD passes of 34 and 69 yards to pace Juan Diego Catholic (1-1 3A North, 2-3) past Union (0-2, 1-5) 64-0.
Morgan (2-0 3A North, 4-2) stayed on top of 3A North with a 34-18 win over Emery (1-1, 3-3) 34-18 led by four TD runs by Austin Francis, which included scoring runs of 80 and 93 yards.
With 97 yards rushing, 45 receiving and three touchdowns, Isaiah Shearer paced Canyon View (2-0 3A South, 2-4) to a 32-8 victory over Richfield (0-2, 0-6). Porter Miller recorded 14 tackles in the win.
Juab (2-0 3A South, 3-3) took care of Delta (1-1, 3-3) 29-7 as Alex White ran for touchdowns from 40 and 69 yards, and Mason Mangelson scored on a pick-6.
Two-way star Mac Stevens picked up 91 yards on 15 carries and also contributed a sack and an interception, coupled with Tanner Rasmussen, who had 14 tackles with three tackles-for-loss, as Manti (1-1 3A South, 2-4) defeated North Sanpete (0-2, 2-3) 27-17.
Its running game paced by Levani Damuni, who picked up 74 yards and a touchdown on just four carries, and Cody Olsen with 127 yards and two scores on eight rushes, Ridgeline (2-1 3AA North, 4-2) beat Judge Memorial (0-3, 0-6) 41-8. Damuni also led the way for the Riverhawk defense with seven tackles.
Tooele (2-1 3AA North, 5-1) took care of Logan (1-2, 1-5) 42-24 as Lincoln Powers carried 17 times for 134 yards and two touchdowns, Demetrius Smith ran it 11 times for 91 yards and Jeno Bins went for 82 yards and two scores on five rushes. Bins also took his one pass reception for a 79-yard TD, while Dawson Vorwaller had two sacks.
Grizzly receiver Eric Donaldson tallied nine receptions for 137 yards and a TD.
Springville (3-0 Region 8, 6-0 overall) got 171 yards receiving from Brennen Rymer as it took care of Uintah (1-2, 3-3) 54-10.
The first win of the year for Maple Mountain (1-1 Region 8, 1-5) came courtesy a big night from Garred Blanthorn, who ran it 22 times for 90 yards and two touchdowns, as the Golden Eagles beat Spanish Fork (0-3, 1-5) 24-9.
Mateen Lomax ran for 125 yards on 20 carries and a TD for the Dons.
Salem Hills (3-0 Region 8, 5-1) kept pace with Springville atop Region 8 with a hard-fought 10-3 victory over Wasatch (1-1, 4-2). Villi Wolfgramm ran for 70 yards on 18 carries and had 10 tackles, while Kaden Stewart had 13 tackles and three sacks.
In a non-region contest, Kanab (5-1) took care of Wayne (0-5) 41-7 as Monte Glover caught four passes for 120 yards and a TD and Jaxson Giddings had a pair of sacks.