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Comebacks, upsets, blowouts aplenty in entertaining Week 3 in 6A

Herriman, Corner Canyon, Kearns, Roy among the big Week 3 winners

Corner Canyon and Bingham play a high school football game at Corner Canyon on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. Corner Canyon won 56-28.
Corner Canyon and Bingham play a high school football game at Corner Canyon on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. Corner Canyon won 56-28.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Big comebacks, heartbreaking losses, upsets and a stunning blowout were all part of a wild and exciting Week 3 for 6A teams across the state.

Two of the most exciting games involved Utah teams on the road with late West Coast kickoffs, although the emotions after were much different for Herriman and American Fork.

Herriman rallied to beat Helix High School in La Mesa, California, 26-19 in overtime after scoring 11 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, whereas American Fork lost a 35-34 heartbreaker at Arbor View in Las Vegas after the home team scored 21 points in the fourth quarter — including the game-winner with 16 seconds remaining. (Box score)

Both games could’ve easily gone the other way, but Herriman coach Dustin Pearce said he was proud with the way his team kept battling despite trailing in the fourth quarter. (Box score)

“Good bounce-back win for us to come on the road and be on a trip like this and play Herriman football, going into the fourth quarter trailing by two scores and being able to battle back,” said Pearce, who praised his team for doing all the little things it didn’t do in last week’s blowout loss to Corner Canyon.

“Like I told them all week, this season is a marathon and not a sprint. We of course want to win every game, but as long as we’re continuing to improve, things will take care of themselves,” Pearce said.

One of the many heroes of the night for Herriman was sophomore kicker Caden Sydall, whose 30-yard field goal as time expired in the fourth quarter sent the game into overtime.

Back in Utah, there was another thrilling finish in the Region 1 rivalry showdown between Roy and Fremont.

Fremont seemed comfortably ahead with 10:18 remaining in the fourth quarter when Jayce Storey scored on a 30-yard run to stretch the lead to 31-17.

It would’ve been a huge way to open region play for Fremont after it dropped its first two preseason games, but buoyed by a crowd that is always among the best in the state — especially against Fremont — and one that Roy coach Fred Fernandes praised as being “thunderous,” Roy responded with 20 unanswered points to claim the 37-31 victory. (Box score)

Cade Harris scored the tying touchdown on a 10-yard pass from Jaxson Dart with two minutes remaining, and then after an Anthony Yazzie fumble recovery for the Royals, Jaden Harris scored the winning TD on a 2-yard plunge with 39 seconds left.

Elsewhere on the first week of league play in Region 1, Davis, Weber and Syracuse all prevailed in comfortable fashion.

For Davis coach Mitch Arquette, it was an important 44-14 win over Northridge after his team lost two narrow games to Herriman and Viewmont to open the season.

“Felt our team executed and learned from the previous weeks’ loses. Responded well to the challenge presented by a solid opponent. Felt great to get our first victory of the season,” said Arquette after the game.

Chance Trujillo had a big game for the Darts, as he completed 15 of 21 passes for 297 yards and three scores. All but 9 of those yards went to the same two receivers. David Spjut caught nine passes for 133 yards and two scores, while Peter Stevenson added four catches for 155 yards and one touchdown. (Box score)

While there were several anticipated lopsided games in Region 1, the biggest blowout of the night was a stunner at the top of the Deseret News rankings.

No. 3 Corner Canyon demolished No. 1 Bingham 56-28, as the defending 5A champion Chargers showed they might be the team to beat as they make the jump to 6A this year. (Box score)

Corner Canyon running back Austin Bell scored three touchdowns giving him eight on the season, and he told the Deseret News afterward just what a massive win it was.

“It was the biggest game of the year, I think,” Bell stated. “... Just all the hype around Bingham and we just had to show up and play. ... It just proves that we’re No. 1 in the state.”

Kearns made a statement of its own dethroning the No. 1 team in 5A.

Jeff Bassa returned an interception 99 yards late in the third quarter, which proved to be the game-winner as visiting Kearns beat Olympus 26-21. (Box score)

Last year, Olympus beat Kearns 49-13, meaning Friday marked a huge turnaround for the Cougars over one year.

“We worked really hard to prepare for this game,” Kearns coach Matt Rickards told the Desert News after the game. “They have the same type of offense as Box Elder (whom Kearns narrowly defeated in the season-opener), but we needed to correct a lot of mistakes from then. I’m impressed with the way we worked to improve. It was all about discipline. It was knowing your job and doing your job.”

On the other side of the Salt Lake Valley, Westlake beat Hunter 24-14. That would be an insignificant preseason result in previous years, but not this year with the new RPI playoff seeding and with every team making the playoffs. (Box score)

Since Westlake made the jump to the state’s largest classification in 2013, it has always played in the toughest regions and has never made the playoffs. It has often been good enough to finish in the top four in other regions, but it never mattered, as the program needed to beat juggernauts like Lone Peak, American Fork and Bingham to make the postseason.

Westlake is guaranteed to make it no matter what this year, but Friday’s win will go a long way in helping its RPI seeding.

”It was a great team win for us tonight. Offensively we really simplified the game plan this week, and it helped our young offense. Defensively their goal was to go out there and play physical for four quarters and we felt like they did that tonight,” said Westlake offensive coordinator Mark Ercanbrack.