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Syracuse, West Jordan among the big winners in unpredictable Week 5 in 6A

Syracuse and Davis the last unbeatens in Region 1, while Herriman, Skyridge, Cyprus and West Jordan also pick up strong wins.

Corner Canyon’s quarterback Cole Hagen acknowledges he understands as his team plays Bingham in a high school football game at Corner Canyon on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. Corner Canyon won 56-28.
Corner Canyon’s quarterback Cole Hagen acknowledges he understands as his team plays Bingham in a high school football game at Corner Canyon on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. Corner Canyon won 56-28.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

In a span of a few seconds, Riverton went from a team that was one first down away from taking a knee and walking away with a big win over Kearns to suddenly trailing because of a pick-six.

It could’ve been a demoralizing loss for the ‘Wolves in the final nonregion tuneup of the season, but Isaac Rengers made sure it wasn’t.

Eleven seconds after Mario Zamora gave Kearns a lead with a 40-yard interception return, Rengers returned the ensuing kickoff 80 yards for a score as Riverton quickly reclaimed the lead and held on for the 32-26 win. (Box Score)

“Great to see our captain Isaac Rengers make a huge play when we needed him most,” said Riverton coach Jody Morgan.

Riverton looked in control midway through the third quarter, up 24-14, but Kearns fought back and set the table for Rengers’ heroics.

“Great win vs. a quality opponent. Both teams battled the entire game. Great to see all phases of our team make big plays. Great to play against a program that does it the right way with their own kids, and does it the right way,” said Morgan.

Friday night was the final nonregion game of the season for Regions 3 and 4, which will kick off league play next Friday a couple weeks later than Regions 1 and 2.

Riverton won’t be the only Region 3 team heading into league play with some momentum, as Bingham, East and Herriman also won Friday.

Herriman’s 34-21 win against visiting American Fork was the most significant of them all. (Box Score)

Last week American Fork torched East for a 57-45 win, but the Mustangs held them to just three TDs on Friday.

Like it did in wins over Davis and Helix (California) earlier this year, Herriman used a big fourth quarter to secure the win.

“Tonight, we kept the ball out of their (the Cavemen’s) hands and executed. We made plays and it (the win) was a big achievement,” coach Dustin Pearce told the Deseret News after the game.

Region 1 wrapped up its third week of games on Friday, and Syracuse and Davis are the only undefeated teams remaining as they both ground out very different types of victories.

Syracuse escaped with a 41-38 double-overtime win over Roy as Bridger Hamblin passed for four touchdowns and rushed for two more. (Box Score)

He scored the tying touchdown with 6:22 left in regulation on a 1-yard run, tossed a 20-yard TD pass to Ty Burke in the first overtime and then sealed the victory with a 7-yard run in the second overtime.

“Our kids showed so much resolve and toughness. Things didn’t always go our way tonight but we never gave in. Our team has a great group of kids and coaches that work hard to get better every day,” said Syracuse coach Mike Knight, whose team is now 3-0 in Region 1.

The week before, Syracuse beat Weber on a game-winning field goal in the final seconds.

Davis slugged out a 21-14 defensive win over Layton to improve to 3-0 in Region 1. (Box Score)

The Darts led 21-7 early in the fourth quarter after a Chance Trujillo TD, but Layton’s Aidan Fullmer made things interesting with a 46-yard TD pass from Tyler Reid with 4:46 remaining.

“Fun game this evening versus Layton. Close and hard-fought. Every week comes down to three to five plays and fortunately we were able to come out on top. Coach Gladwell’s team is tough,” said Davis coach Mitch Arquette.

In Region 2, Hunter used a big second half to pull away from Granger for the 35-7 win, but perhaps the two biggest wins of the night belonged to West Jordan and Cyprus, which evened their regions records up at 1-1.

West Jordan lost by 10 to Hunter the week before in the region opener, but it survived a back-and-forth game against West with Isaiah Lapale providing the winning score on a 15-yard run with 3:29 left in the game.

Lapale rushed for three touchdowns, giving him seven on the season.

“West is a great team. They are getting better every single week. They have tons of guys that can make plays on both sides of the ball and their speed at the QB position gave us all sorts of problems tonight. It was a great game and my kids battled the whole game. We had to play a lot of young guys on the O-line tonight, Caden Neilson who is a freshman really had to step up along with Jordan Johns, both had never played a varsity snap before tonight,” said West Jordan coach Carson Mund.

“I am proud of the way they competed and fought tonight. We have lost a lot of close games this year — Riverton we lost in the last couple minutes same thing with the Hunter game last week. So our theme this week as a team was to finish and I am very proud the way we finished tonight.”

Cyprus was winless through four weeks after losing a tight game to West the week earlier, but it battled through adversity to knock off fellow winless team Taylorsville on Friday 27-20.

“It was a hard-fought game for both teams; it seemed like just when we were getting ready to put the game away we made some mistakes and let them stay in the game and vice versa. We got banged up from the week before and had to rely on a lot of our younger players and so in some circumstances that put us at a disadvantage, but all in all it was a good win for us despite our mistakes and we just want to focus on getting better each week,” said Cyprus coach Tyler Garcia.

Region 4 juggernauts Corner Canyon, Skyridge and Pleasant Grove all won on Friday — with Lone Peak hosting Bishop Gorman, Nevada on Saturday at 2 p.m. It will try to wrap up nonregion play with a perfect record like its other region foes.

Corner Canyon dominated Alta en route to the 59-28 win as Cole Hagen passed for six touchdowns and rushed for two more. It was Hagen’s most productive game of the season throwing the ball as Corner Canyon’s rushing attack had been the focal point through the first month of the season.

For Skyridge, it benefitted from a crazy sequence of back-to-back defensive touchdowns six seconds apart in the second quarter to knock off Orem 28-14.

Stone Mulitalo provided the first score on a 75-yard scoop and score with 8:40 left in the second quarter. Six seconds later Carson Baker pounced on a fumble in the end zone, which flipped a 7-0 deficit into a 14-7 lead for the Falcons.