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1A football preview: Monticello at Enterprise

Monticello (5-5, 2-2) at Enterprise (6-4, 3-1)

2A State Tournament quarterfinal

Friday, 3 p.m.

Parry's Power Guide: Enterprise by 6

All-time series: Tied 3-3.

Last meeting: 2006 quarterfinals with Enterprise winning 49-8

When these teams met in the quarterfinals last year, Enterprise crushed Monticello to advance in the state tournament. Unfortunately for Monticello, a series of injuries have created a scenario in which it could happen again.

The Buckaroos are starting a freshman Devin Wright at quarterback after starting quarterback Daniel Torres and then his backup both went down with injuries earlier this year. The results haven't been pretty, either. Monticello has dropped three of its last four, losing to North Sevier, Duchesne and Rich by at least 19 points.

Monticello must get the ground game going with Kelvin Curtis to have any shot at pulling off the upset.

As for Enterprise, it's not exactly riding a wave of momentum into the postseason fresh off a 31-0 loss to Kanab. Prior to that, the Wolves had won four of five, including an impressive 10-9 win over North Sevier.

Offensively, first-year coach Barry Jones' team is adept moving the ball on the ground or through the air, led by quarterback Justin Vanderhoof, running back Chance Phelps and receiver Trevor Colf. Brayan Cervantes is also a contributor with near 450 yards of total offense.

Monticello Buckaroos statistical breakdown

Scoring offense: 16.0 ppg

Scoring defense: 19.8 ppg

Passing leader: Daniel Torres (42-88, 47.7%, 584, 1 TD)

Rushing leader: Kelvin Curtis (145 rushes, 516 yards, 6 TDs)

Receiving leader: Ashton Whipple (21 receptions, 322 yards, 1 TD)

Tackles leader: Kevin Anderson (102 tackles)

Sacks leader: Jesse Barton, Kelvin Curtis, Tyler Ketron (4 sacks)

Interceptions leader: Cory Eardley (4 interceptions)

Enterprise Wolves statistical breakdown

Scoring offense: 16.8 ppg

Scoring defense: 20.3 ppg

Passing leader: Justin Vanderhoof (62-147, 42.1%, 854 yards, 4 TDs)

Rushing leader: Chance Phelps (147 rushes, 684 yards, 5 TDs)

Receiving leader: Trevor Colf (37 receptions, 744 yards, 6 TDs)

Tackles leader: not provided

Sacks leader: not provided

Interceptions leader: not provided

Monticello game-by-game results

08/17/07 ... Monticello 12, Parowan 6

08/24/07 ... Grand 28, Monticello 7

08/31/07 ... San Juan 29, Monticello 0

09/07/07 ... Monticello 33, Mancos, Colo. 6

09/14/07 ... Monticello 38, Altamont 12

09/21/07 ... Monticello 32, Milford 0

09/28/07 ... North Sevier 39, Monticello 0

10/05/07 ... Duchesne 39, Monticello 10

10/12/07 ... Monticello 28, Layton Christian 20

10/19/07 ... Rich 19, Monticello 0

Enterprise game-by-game results

08/17/07 ... Enterprise 12, Beaver 6 (OT)

08/24/07 ... Juab 41, Enterprise 7

08/31/07 ... Enterprise 31, Lincoln County, Nev. 28

09/07/07 ... Richfield 34, Enterprise 8

09/14/07 ... Enterprise 10, North Sevier 9

09/21/07 ... Enterprise 23, Altamont 22

09/28/07 ... Rich 19, Enterprise 8

10/05/07 ... Enterprise 41, Milford 6

10/12/07 ... Enterprise 28, Parowan 7

10/19/07 ... Kanab 31, Enterprise 0