Photos by Jeff Porcaro, MapleMountainSports.com & Kevin McInnis
It began with an exciting Thursday night come-from-behind win by Syracuse, continued with a powerhouse re-asserting its dominance Friday and finished with a Saturday game that featured another huge performance by one of the state’s elite athletes. Week 2 in Utah high school football was filled with outstanding team and individual performances.
The list of elite individual performances from all across the state this past weekend 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….
It was the Ty Burke show as Week 2 kicked off Thursday night at Syracuse (1-1). Burke stepped in front of a throw on a late fake field goal, picked it off and took it 79 yards to the house to put the Titans on top of Jordan (1-1) to stay and provide the margin for a 24-21 win. It was one of two Burke interceptions in the contest, and he also delivered an 81-yard TD run and caught a 33-yard touchdown pass.
The game of the week got a bit out of hand as Bingham (2-0) delivered an emphatic message with its 48-17 win over East (1-1) Braedon Wissler had another huge week for the Miners with 190 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries, while Cole Moody and Simote Pepa led a powerful Bingham defense with 12 tackles each.
Sione Molisi had another strong ground game for the Leopards despite the loss, going for 228 yards and a TD on 19 runs.
Do-it-all Dane Leituala delivered again for Taylorsville (2-0) in its 55-36 win over Stansbury (0-2). Leituala scored four times on the ground, rushing 15 times for 164 yards, passed for 306 yards and two TDs, and scored on a pick-6 on one of his two interceptions on defense. Caleb Schulte caught seven passes for 180 yards and a touchdown. David Sterzer had a dozen tackles and a pair of sacks.
Quarterback Zach Wilson continued to roll, connecting on 21-of-34 passes for 430 yards and five scores in leading Corner Canyon (2-0) to a 48-7 victory over Riverton (0-2). Colton Lawson caught five passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns, Noah Kjar pulled in nine tosses for 119 yards and JT Cutrer gained 143 yards and scored twice on his five grabs.
Region 9 is loaded again and Dixie (2-0) is for real. A week after knocking off last year’s 4A finalist Springville, the Flyers took down 5A finalist Lone Peak (1-1) 44-30. Jacob Barben completed 20-of-35 for 391 yards and six touchdowns, connecting nine times for 197 yards and three scores with Hobbs Nyberg and five times for 108 yards and a TD with Payden Harrah. Matt Kitchen picked off a pair of passes, Josh Pulsipher had 21 tackles and Tyson Fisher delivered four sacks.
For the Knights, Kobe Freeman ran it 16 times for 181 yards and a TD and Brock Jones was 22-for-35 for 390 yards and two scores. Cody Collins caught four passes for 126 yards and Kaden Clements pulled in six for 119 yards.
The best game of the night may have been the Southern Utah County battle as Springville (1-1) held off Spanish Fork (1-1) 32-29 on a game-clinching interception by Randal Gleave, who also returned the opening kickoff 98 yards for a score. Bradley Nicol ran 30 times for 248 yards and a touchdown for the Red Devils.
Carson Chappell paced the Dons on a 17-for-31, 311-yard, three-TD night, connecting often (and for all three scores) with Stanton Wei, who caught nine passes for 150 yards.
Star wideout Puka Nacua had another 10-catch night in leading Orem (1-1) to a 34-18 win over Sutter, California. Nacua went for 150 yards and two touchdowns, combining with Cooper Legas, who passed for 216 yards and three scores on 19-of-27 passing. Legas also ran it nine times for 57 yards and a pair of TDs. Ethan Slade had 12 tackles to pace the Tigers’ defense.
After a rough start last week, the Alta (1-1) defense rose up this Friday to lead the Hawks to a 42-7 victory over Woods Cross (1-1). MJ Tafisi led the way with a pair of interceptions, including a pick-6, and nine tackles. Offensively, London Rockwood picked up 94 yards and a TD on six catches as the top target of Will Dana, who completed 12-of-24 for 235 yards.
The strong start to the season continued for Brighton (2-0), which used 17 tackles by Sione Angilau and 11 tackles from Salua Masina, along with 90 yards and a TD on 17 carries by Evona Hall to get past Hillcrest (0-2) 27-14.
Two of the highest scoring teams from Week 1 got together this week, as Lehi (2-0) held off Pine View (1-1) 21-14. Cammon Cooper completed 17-of-27 throws for 252 yards and three touchdowns, with eight connections for 173 yards and two scores going to Kade Moore. Carsen Manookin ran for 99 yards on 14 carries.
For the Panthers, Jacob Mpungi picked up 125 yards and scored twice on 28 carries.
Desert Hills (1-1) beat Salem Hills (1-1) 56-10 as Noah Sewell passed for 202 yards and two TDs and also ran for 89 yards and two more scores. Brock Parry rushed 14 times for 130 yards and a touchdown and caught four passes for 106 yards and two scores. Carter Reynolds, with eight tackles and 4.5 sacks paced the Thunder defensive effort.
It took a while for the Thunderbirds to get going, but Timpview (1-1) finally found its offensive game and its defense stopped a late two-point conversion try as the T-Birds beat American Fork (1-1) 34-33. Isaiah Ramos tossed four touchdown passes in the Timpview win.
Bronson Barron completed 34-of-47 passes for 382 yards and two scores for the Cavemen, as Tyler Traveller hauled in 11 passes for 143 yards and Chase Roberts caught eight balls for 129 yards.
Pleasant Grove (0-2) came up short after deciding to go for two after a first-overtime touchdown and the Vikings dropped a tough one to Fremont (1-1) 28-27. Jay Scott led the Silver Wolves with 121 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. Heston Hobbs had 13 tackles, and Jaxon Whitney recorded eight tackles and two sacks.
Tai Kauwe had a nice night for Pleasant Grove with 140 yards on 15 rushes.
First-year program Green Canyon (1-1) picked up its first win in history with a 31-21 decision over Shelley, Idaho. Joe Dygert completed 15-of-25 tosses for 222 yards and three TDs, with Chad Yorgason (seven catches, 170 yards, three touchdowns) as his primary target. Brett Gasaway gained 212 yards and scored once on 33 carries.
American Leadership Academy (1-1) picked up its first win of the young season with a 17-10 result over Layton Christian (1-1) as Owen Huff ran it 17 times for 127 yards and had 16 tackles. Ethan Morley also went for triple digits, rushing 20 times for 100 yards and a pair of scores.
Highland (1-1) used a 131-yard, two touchdown performance from Trayton Keyes to knock off Layton (0-2) 35-0.
Sese Felila ran for 163 yards and a TD on 28 carries, and Journey Buba led the defense with nine tackles and two interceptions as Kearns (2-0) topped West Jordan (1-1) 24-14.
Cameron Brown ran for 120 yards and scored a TD in leading Viewmont (2-0) over Davis (0-2) 27-13.
Weber (1-1) upended Roy (1-1) 38-28 as Carter Green ran for 161 yards and two scores on 26 carries.
John Abercrombie ran for 184 yards and two TDs on 26 carries to lead West (2-0) to a 33-21 win over Cyprus (1-1). Abercrombie also caught six passes for 71 yards as Romeo Johnston completed 14-of-23 for 224 yards and three touchdowns.
Harrison Creer completed 10-of-15 passes for 314 yards and five scores as Olympus (2-0) outscored Granger (0-2) 62-43. Nick Ward caught five of those throws for 138 yards and four TDs.
Mosese Sonasi had four touchdown runs for Granger, including 69 and 80-yard scoring bursts.
A defense paced by Tate Porter, who recorded seven tackles, four sacks and recovered a fumble for a touchdown, delivered a shutout for Bear River (2-0) as it closed out Box Elder (1-1) 19-0.
Five Jackson Siddoway touchdown passes, three of them completions to Ryder Lundahl, helped Sky View (2-0) beat Tooele (1-1) 49-22.
Quarterback Jayden Clemons passed for 174 yards and two TDs, and ran for 77 yards and a pair of scores on three carries to lead Skyridge (2-0) past Murray (0-2) 60-9. Alex Palmer mixed in a 96-yard touchdown run and had 100 yards on three carries.
A McKay Foy 80-yard kick return touchdown was the difference-maker as Altamont (1-1) knocked off Lyman, Wyoming 7-6.
Defense was big as Juab (1-1) beat Cedar (0-2) 14-3 led by 12 Joey Aagard tackles and two interceptions by Macray Stevens.
Five touchdown runs by Zach Hoffman led the way as Juan Diego Catholic (1-1) defeated Judge Memorial (1-1) 56-14.
Duchesne (2-0) defeated North Summit (0-2) 27-12 as Skyler Ford ran 13 times for 125 yards and Weston Poulson carried seven times for 117 yards. Poulson also had nine tackles, while Kade Lamborn had three sacks.
Weston Nebeker ran for 152 yards and a TD to power Monticello (1-1) to a shutout 44-0 win over Wayne. Spencer Knudsen tossed four touchdown passes, three of them going to Max Hedglin, who overall caught six passes for 98 yards.
South Summit (2-0) defeated Morgan (0-2) 57-7 as Jared Dansie picked up 94 yards and two scores on 10 runs, and Kael Atkinson completed 25-of-36 for 348 yards and five TDs. Keegan Stracker was the prime recipient of those throws, catching 11 for 157 yards and three touchdowns.
Union (1-1) beat North Sanpete (0-2) 27-21 behind the passing of Lincoln Labrum, who connected on 19-of-28 for 203 yards and two touchdowns, both coming in the fourth quarter. Jarom Miller picked up 198 yards and two scores on 22 carries.