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3AA high school football preview: Pine View, Tooele one of the state's most intriguing postseason matchups

Pine View (8-2) at Tooele (9-1)

3AA state tournament quarterfinals

Friday 4 p.m.

Parry’s Power Guide: Tooele by 2

All-time series: Pine View leads 4-1

Coach vs. coach: First meeting between Pine View’s Ray Hosner and Tooele’s Kyle Brady

Last meeting: Oct. 28, 2006 — Pine View 52-14, 3A first round at Pine View

TOOELE — The Utah High School playoffs have only reached the quarterfinals, but Friday may feature arguably the best matchup that the 3AA bracket provides in the entire postseason when Pine View and Tooele face off.

Friday at 4 p.m., the two will battle it out at Tooele High School and while all the teams that have made it this far in the playoffs are quality teams, the Panthers and the Buffaloes are two of the best as they enter this week’s game with the two best win-loss records in 3AA at 8-2 and 9-1, respectively.

However, even with all of the success his team has had, Tooele head coach Kyle Brady is trying to take it one game at a time in the sudden-death bracket.

“Our kids are focused and we are not worried about how the regular season went,” Brady said. “We’re taking it one game at a time and whatever comes after this, we will focus on that.”

Tooele is a serious title contender as the second seed out of 3AA North with its only loss of the year coming to region champion Stansbury. Led by Lincoln Powers, Jeno Bins, Demetrius Smith and Austin Meono, the Buffaloes feature a powerful running attack and one of the most exciting offenses in the state with a scoring average of 39.4 points per game.

“They have a good team that will keep you preparing for the complexity of their offense,” Pine View head coach Ray Hosner said of Tooele’s wing-T offense. “We have to be disciplined, we can’t have guys all over the place on defense.”

Tooele also has a solid defense, allowing only 17.5 points per game and while Pine View doesn’t have the same explosiveness on offense, it has a balanced team on both sides of the ball.

The Panthers finished the season with a scoring average of 31.8 points per game while allowing just 16.3 points per game, both of which were ranked fourth in 3AA.

For Pine View, a big key on Friday will be utilizing its sound defense to stop Tooele’s offense, which has only been held under 30 points three times in 2016. Christian Reis and Brennan Bithell lead the defense with 84 and 61 tackles, respectively, while Dylan Hendrickson and D'angelo Mpungi have combined for seven interceptions on the year.

“If our defense stays disciplined, we will be where we need to be to have a chance to win the game,” Hosner said.

As Pine View tries to contain Tooele’s rushing attack, the Buffaloes will be striving to establish the run game that has given them so much success in 2016.

“We need to establish the run because (Pine View) has a big, bad defense,” Brady said. “We have our work cut out for us.”

The matchup between Pine View’s defense and Tooele’s offense will be a battle, and whoever comes out on top in that particular aspect will have the upper hand.

Tooele’s Bins and Smith have combined for 1,356 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2016 and yet they are only Tooele’s second and third best rushers. Powers leads the way for the Buffaloes with 1,457 yards and 15 touchdowns of his own.

Tooele also features another weapon in Michael Dunn who has rushed for 528 yards and six touchdowns, while Meono has added 10 rushing touchdowns to his four throwing touchdowns and 440 passing yards.

“We put a huge emphasis on the rushing attack,” Brady said. “We are fortunate to have good running backs and a solid offensive line.”

While Pine View isn’t as much of a threat on the ground, it has a more dynamic offense than Tooele with a pretty even split between rushing and passing. Led by Jacob Mpungi’s 1184 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns, the Panthers have rushed for 2,057 yards as a team to complement their 1,875 yards through the air.

Ryan Javines has thrown for 1,770 of those passing yards and has completed 18 passes for touchdowns while throwing only eight interceptions.

The winner of the two will play the winner of the Dixie-Bear River matchup on Friday, Nov. 11.

Pine View statistical breakdown

Scoring offense: 31.8 ppg (4th in 3AA)

Scoring defense: 16.3 ppg (4th in 3AA)

Passing leader: Ryan Javines (137-243, 56.4%, 1,770 yards, 18 TDs, 8 INTs)

Rushing leaders: Jacob Mpungi (144 carries, 1,184 yards, 13 TDs), Ryan Javines (118 carries, 413 yards, 3 TDs)

Receiving leaders: Michael Moten (45 rec., 497 yards, 3 TDs), Lance Mandrigues (20 rec., 282 yards, 3 TDs)

Tackles leaders: Christian Reis (84 tackles), Brennan Bithell (61 tackles)

Sack leaders: Tyler Heaton (3.5 sacks)

Interception leaders: Dylan Hendrickson (4 INTs), Dangelo Mpungi (3 INTs)

Tooele statistical breakdown

Scoring offense: 39.4 ppg (1st in 3AA)

Scoring defense: 17.5 ppg (6th in 3AA)

Passing leader: Austin Meono (23-46, 50%, 409 yards, 4 TDs, 4 INTs)

Rushing leaders: Lincoln Powers (189 carries, 1,457 yards, 15 TDs), Jeno Bins (60 carries, 728 yards, 5 TDs), Demetrius Smith (92 carries, 628 yards, 7 TDs)

Receiving leaders: Jeno Bins (4 rec., 137 yards, 2 TDs)

Tackles leaders: Jeno Bins (53 tackles), Matt Vigil (49 tackles), Jaren Wilson (48 tackles)

Sack leaders: Jaren Wilson (6 sacks), Tyler Wallis (4 sacks)

Interception leaders: Jeno Bins, Josh Leakehe, Michael Dunn (3 INTs)

Felt’s Facts for Pine View High School

All-time record: 211-136 (34 years)

Region championships: 10 (1985-co, 1986, 1993, 1994 co, 2001, 2003 co, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2014 co)

Playoff appearances: 25

Current playoff appearance streak: 5 (2012-2016)

All-time playoff record: 22-24

State championships: 0

State championship record: 0-5

Most played rivalry: 42 meetings with Dixie dating back to 1983. Pine View leads 24-18.

Felt’s Factoid(s): Panther Riley Stephenson kicked a state-record 194 extra points during his career from 2002-05. … Ethan Baer tied a state record by connecting on five field goals on Oct. 9, 2014.

Felt’s Facts for Tooele High School

All-time record: 402-460-20 (101 years)

Region championships: 20 (1925, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1937, 1943, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1957, 1962, 1985, 1988 co, 2001, 2002, 2016 co)

Playoff appearances: 37

Current playoff appearance streak: 4 (2013-2016)

All-time playoff record: 32-31

State championships: 5 (1928, 1929, 1933, 1937, 2002)

State championship record: 4-3

Most played rivalry: 69 meetings with Cyprus going back to 1926, with Tooele leading 36-30-3.

Felt’s Factoid(s): Tooele is tied with two other teams for the most shutouts in one season with 10 (1929). ... Buffaloes Bill Lamb and Doug Wolters each returned two punts for touchdowns — four total TDs — against Jordan in a 1962 game. The following week, Lamb returned two more punts for scores, this time against Bingham. … Kyle Brady snared 31 interceptions from 2000-2002, the second-most career interceptions in state history.