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High school football: Top teams roll in 3A, 2A

Michael Drager -

SALT LAKE CITY — As the clocked ticked down to 20 seconds remaining in the American Leadership-Emery game on Friday night, all eyes in ALA’s stadium were on kicker Ethan Valle as he prepared to take a field goal to decide if the Eagles would prevail or if the contest would go into overtime.

Valle nailed the 25-yard field goal to give American Leadership an exciting 23-20 win as the Eagles preserved their undefeated record and improved to 3-0 on the season. (Box score)

Trailing by 8 points heading into the fourth quarter, American Leadership tied the game with a 9-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Negus to Fielding Morley. Negus also converted the 2-point attempt to tie the game, then Valle would go on to win the game for the Eagles. American Leadership’s other two touchdowns came on pick-sixes by Negus and Ryan Crippen.

“After a mistake-ridden game, our defense was able to clamp down in the fourth quarter and make stops when it counted. Fielding Morley came up big with a late TD reception and we had two pick-sixes. Ethan Valle continues to be clutch as he drilled a 25 yard field goal with 20 seconds left for the win,” American Leadership head coach Nate Porter said.

Elsewhere in 3A, Morgan — the No. 1 ranked team in the classification — continued its dominance, defeating Ben Lomond 49-0. Quarterback Carter Thackeray threw for three touchdowns and 160 yards, while Trevor Jarrett punched in three rushing touchdowns. For the third consecutive week, the Trojans’ defense did not allow a single point. (Box score)

“I am so happy with our team right now and love the way they are playing for each other and celebrating the successes of the group,” Morgan head coach Kovi Christiansen said.

Another undefeated team kept up its winning ways as North Sanpete improved to 3-0 with a commanding 52-0 win over South Sevier. Connor Jorgensen threw two touchdowns — one to Landon Bowles and one to Payton Clawson — while the rest of the Hawks’ scores came on the ground, including two from Kaden Taylor. North Sanpete entered the locker room at halftime with a 38-0 lead. It wouldn’t surrender a point. (Box score)

“We came into the South Sevier game with one objective and that was to be a little bit better than the week before. All around, it was a great team effort and a good win for us,” North Sanpete head coach Rhett Bird said.

Rounding out 3A, Manti remains the only other undefeated 3A team as they gutted out a 12-7 win over Grantsville. Tyler Taukei’aho got the Templars on the board first with a 73-yard scoop-and-score. After the Cowboys responded with a touchdown of their own in the second quarter, Manti scored in the third quarter on a 30-yard touchdown reception by Travis Thompson from Jax Parry, which proved to be the difference. (Box score)

“Our team was able to get a win against a tough Grantsville team in a defensive battle,” Manti head coach Cole Meacham said.

In 2A, five teams — Duchesne, Monticello, Beaver, Milford and Millard — moved on to Week 4 with perfect records intact.

Milford’s offense continues to impress, with the Tigers putting up 58 points against Ogden in a 58-35 win. Quarterback Bryson Barnes was absolutely phenomenal, accounting for nine total touchdowns, five rushing touchdowns and four passing touchdowns, and 522 total yards. Receiver Bret Beebe shined, catching two touchdowns and accounting for 198 receiving yards. (Box score)

“We had a total team win tonight. It was good for my kids to get hit in the mouth and have to fight through a little adversity. My O-line played very well and Bryson did his part to keep plays alive and our receivers got open and caught the ball. Defensively we had to dig in and play physical,” Milford head coach Thane Marshall said.

Beaver continued its defensive dominance, shutting out South Summit 32-0. It was the second week in a row that the Beavers have allowed zero points. Kaleb Barney had two sacks, Bryton Langston had a sack and Treyson Hunter had an interception. On offense, Barney had two rushing touchdowns and EJ Allred rushed for 180 yards and scored. (Box score)

“Our defense was really solid. We held them to -1 yards rushing and 29 total yards. We opened the second half with a 94-yard drive that took over 10 minutes off the clock to pretty much seal the game,” Beaver head coach Jon Marshall said.

Millard survived in its rivalry matchup against Delta, winning 24-12. The Eagles scored 24 unanswered points after Delta opened up the game 6-0. Tilden Kesler had a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the win. (Box score)

“Rivalry games are always tough especially when it’s such a storied rivalry like Millard and Delta. I feel like my kids have been preparing to get this win since last year. We were able to take what the defense gave us on offense and our defense really stepped up and played really well together. It’s a cliché but this really was a team effort to get the win,” Millard head coach Ethan Stephenson said.

Duchesne and Monticello also won their games. The Eagles got it done with a defensive win, grinding out an 11-0 win over Carbon. Duchesne’s only offensive touchdown game on a 30-yard pass from Cameron Brady to Gavin Davis. The Eagles’ next 4 points came on two safeties. (Box score)

Monticello defeated Dolores, Colorado, 46-0 for a dominant victory. (Box score)