PINE VIEW (10-1) vs. COTTONWOOD (12-0)

Friday, 10:30 a.m. — Rice-Eccles Stadium (field turf)

Ticket information: Students can purchase tickets from high school. Fans can purchase tickets at U. ticket office.

TV: None — Radio: AM1230 — Parry's Power Guide — Cottonwood by 5.5

Cottonwood's 52-23 win over Pine View in the first week of September announced that the Colts were a true contender for the 4A state title. It was a statement win — at the time. But when the two teams face off Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Rice-Eccles Stadium, the stakes are higher, and the previous win means absolutely nothing toward which team will advance to the title game.

"I expect them to be much improved on many things from the beginning of the year," said Cottonwood coach Cecil Thomas. "That first game gave us a lot of confidence that we can beat them, but we know that we will have our hands full. We know that we have to come out and play a good game if we are going to beat them again."

While it isn't often that a nearly 30-point loss can instill confidence in a team, Pine View also came away from the first meeting with some positives.

"We learned a lot about their personnel and obviously what they do well," said Panthers coach Ray Hosner. "We also felt pretty good because we were able to put 23 points up against them in the second half. Our guys never quit, and we were able to make a few adjustments at the half that I think will help."

Cottonwood (12-0) went on to post a perfect record and captured the Region 6 title. Pine View (10-1) recovered nicely from the loss, going the rest of the way without a blemish and taking home the Region 9 championship.

The similarities between the two teams don't end there. While the Colts like to throw the ball around and use a version of the spread attack, they also have one of the top rushers in the state in Isi Sofele. Pine View counters with its quarterback, Justine Ence. They rank No. 3 and 4 respectively in the state in rushing yardage, and both average over 7 yards-per-carry.

"Isi is just a really tough, tough kid," said Thomas. "He never gives up on a play, and he is blessed with the obvious physical talent to be able to run and move to avoid tackles."

"Justin is so explosive," Hosner stated. "He can be so patient waiting for something to develop, and then he just explodes through. If he were a race car, it's like he hits 0-to-60 in like five seconds. He can wait for a hole, and then he is at top speed on his first step through it."

Both teams count their offensive lines as one of the reasons for success, and both have a senior class that has brought the program to new heights.

"This is the closest, best group of kids I've ever had," said Thomas of his seniors.

"We have a group that has been playing together for a long time. They are all on the same page and know how the other is going to react," Hosner said.

Both coaches agree that the team that comes out and can play its game, impose its will on the other is the one that will advance. But both teams are ready to get it settled.

PINE VIEW STATS

Scoring offense: 33.8 ppg

Scoring defense: 16.9 ppg

Passing leader: Justin Ence (71-146, 48.6%, 1,091 yards, 8 TDs)

Rushing leader: Justin Ence (215 carries, 1,576 yards, 25 TDs)

Receiving leader: Taylor Orr (25 catches, 330 yards, 1 TD)

Tackles leader: Adam Bangerter (164)

Sacks leader: Adam Bangerter (13)

Int. leader: Not provided

COTTONWOOD STATS

Scoring offense: 41.0 ppg

Scoring defense: 13.9 ppg

Passing leader: Steve Romero (141-243, 58.0%, 2,413 yards, 28 TDs)

Rushing leader: Isi Sofele (218 carries, 1,574 yards, 26 TDs)

Receiving leader: Jason Lundquist (42 catches, 852 yards, 8 TDs)

Tackles leader: Cole Peraza (59)

Sacks leader: Dalton Snook (7)

Int. leader: Kyle Aberton (5)

PINE VIEW PANTHERS DEPTH CHART

(Note: Back-up players not provided by Pine View coaching staff)

OFFENSE

QB ... JUSTIN ENCE ... 6

... Chance Jones ... 8

HB ... VILLIAMI HAFOKA ... 42

... Matt Feula ... 44

WB ... TANNER WOOD ... 2

WR ... MIKE MCLAWS ... 20

WR ... KADEN HOSNER ... 24

TE ... TAYLOR ORR ... 1

LT ... K.J. BOYER ... 55

LG ... KEATON BALE ... 63

C ... KEVIN MOSS ... 66

RG ... JORDEN GARY ... 50

RT ... JUSTIN LYTLE ... 54

PK ... MICHAEL STEPHENSON ... 99

KR ... TANNER WOOD ... 2

... TY NELSON ... 27

DEFENSE

DL ... NICK KINDER ... 53

DL ... K.J. BOYER ... 55

DL ... CODY HINTZE ... 81

OLB ... WILL BANGERTER ... 32

MLB ... ADAM BANGERTER ... 31

MLB ... CHRIS PRITCHARD ... 56

OLB ... TAYLOR ORR ... 1

CB ... TY NELSON ... 27

CB ... STEVE ANDERSON ... 30

FS ... JUSTIN ENCE ... 6

SS ... JAKE HARRIS ... 22

P ... MICHAEL STEPHENSON ... 99

PR ... TANNER WOOD ... 2

... TY NELSON ... 3

COTTONWOOD COLTS DEPTH CHART

OFFENSE

QB ... STEVE ROMERO ... 18

... Crosby Jensen ... 9

RB ... ISI SOFELE ... 3

... Nadan Hosea ... 26

WR ... ALO MOLI ... 88

... Tim Glenn ... 81

WR ... JASON LUNDQUIST ... 7

... Sam Kaplan ... 84

WR ... SPENCER LARSEN ... 4

... Chandler Hudson ... 82

WR ... BRAYDEN PAYNE ... 20

... Spencer Larsen ... 4

LT ... PERCY TAUMOELAU ... 78

... Kap Pauni ... 54

LG ... TAANI FISILAU ... 77

... Nua Poteki ... 73

C ... STEVE NGUATAVAI ... 66

... Jarad Brewer ... 76

RG ... JOHN MARTINEZ ... 79

... Diego Vigo ... 58

RT ... BLAINE RANGASAN ... 51

... Andrew Toala ... 55

PK ... CHRIS CURTIS ... 16

... Robert Beveridge ... 17

KR ... ASI HOSEA ... 3

... ALO MOLI ... 88

DEFENSE

DE ... JAMES WASHINGTON ... 93

... Mino Mafua ... 74

NG ... JORDAN AFO ... 63

... Jarad Kichiro ... 56

DT ... BEN HEIMULI ... 53

... Daniel Kristensen ... 99

LB ... ERIC PAUNI ... 27

... Anthony Lewis ... 49

LB ... DALTON SNOOK ... 23

... Sione Folaumoeloa ... 21

LB ... COLE PERAZA ... 61

... Saimone Katoa ... 37

LB ... JASON BILANZICH ... 30

... Levi Card ... 38

LB ... SHANE HANSEN ... 32

... Kami Sofele ... 42

CB ... KYLE ABERTON ... 1

... Dalton Smith ... 22

CB ... ETU MOLI ... 24

... Jason Lundquist ... 7

S ... ASSI HOSEA ... 8

... David Wolfgram ... 11

P ... JASON BILANZICH ... 30

... Robert Beveridge ... 17

PR ... ISI SOFELE ... 3

... ASI HOSEA ... 8

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY

This is a rematch of a regular season game in Week 3, won very easily by Cottonwood, 52-23 ... For Cottonwood, the victory was part of an undefeated season. For Pine View, it has won eight straight since the loss ... This is Pine View's second straight appearance in the semis. The Panthers are 3-0 in the semifinals under coach Ray Hosner but 0-3 and in the ensuing championship games ... This is Cottonwood's first semifinal appearance since 2005, when it lost to Mountain Crest 35-22. The year before the Colts advanced to the championship game in 5A and lost to Davis.

PINE VIEW GAME-BY-GAME

08/22 ... Pine View 28, Mountain View 6 ...

08/30 ... Pine View 24, Dominguez, Calif. 21 ...

09/05 ... Cottonwood 52, Pine View 23 ...

09/12 ... Pine View 41, Las Vegas, Nev. 13 ...

09/19 ... Pine View 56, Canyon View 6 ...

09/26 ... Pine View 34, Hurricane 28 (2OT) ...

10/03 ... Pine View 50, Cedar 16 ...

10/10 ... Pine View 28, Dixie 20 ...

10/17 ... Pine View 30, Snow Canyon 3 ...

10/31 ... Pine View 48, Provo 14 ...

11/7 ... Pine View 10, Highland 7 ...

COTTONWOOD GAME-BY-GAME

08/22 ... Cottonwood 41, Clearfield 10 ...

08/29 ... Cottonwood 40, Layton 36 ...

09/05 ... Cottonwood 52, Pine View 23 ...

09/12 ... Cottonwood 42, Murray 0 ...

09/19 ... Cottonwood 37, Cyprus 0 ...

09/26 ... Cottonwood 40, West 0 ...

10/03 ... Cottonwood 32, Highland 21 ...

10/10 ... Cottonwood 42, East 26 ...

10/15 ... Cottonwood 42, Granger 6 ...

10/23 ... Cottonwood 49, Olympus 14 ...

10/31 ... Cottonwood 31, Orem 24 ...

11/7 ... Cottonwood 44, Bonneville 7

COACHING REPORT

Pine View coach Ray Hosner — Now in his eighth year for the Panthers, Hosner has racked up a 78-18 career record.

Cottonwood coach Cecil Thomas — Owns an impressive 22-2 record in his two years as a head coach for the Colts.


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