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High school football: Cedar Valley, Logan and Pine View score thrilling comeback victories in 4A’s Week 7 action

The Aviators and Grizzlies utilized fourth-quarter comebacks, while the Panthers overcame an early 20-point deficit.

Mountain View’s Radi Stafford tries to tackle Park City’s Dylan Bauer on a run as they play a high school football game in Orem on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. Park City won 42-16.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

A fourth-quarter comeback is often as exciting as anything that can happen in a football game. To rally with the pressure on in the final quarter is the childhood dream, one not often experienced.

And yet, two programs in the 4A classification pulled off the feat Friday night in Week 7 action — Cedar Valley and Logan.

The Aviators defeated Tooele 28-24 behind 21 fourth-quarter points (box score), while the Grizzlies outscored Ridgeline by 13 in the final frame for the comeback win.

Cedar Valley entered the fourth trailing by a field goal, and an early touchdown by the Buffaloes put the Aviators down by 10. Two touchdown runs by AJ Lindsey and a touchdown connection between quarterback Jaxon Hooley and Kainoa Baker later, however, and Cedar Valley was victorious.

“Great win,” Cedar Valley head coach Weston Zabriskie said. “The boys never quit and kept fighting. They showed a lot of heart tonight. It’s fun to be a part of games like that.”

Hooley finished with two touchdowns in the game, the 46-yard strike to Baker and a 42-yard rush, while Lindsey’s second rushing score, from two yards out, was the game-winner.

The Aviators started the year with four consecutive losses, but have now reeled off three straight victories.

As for Logan, a touchdown run by Kade Thornley early in the fourth gave the Grizzlies the lead momentarily until Jovesa Damuni put Ridgeline up again with a rushing touchdown with 7 minutes remaining.

From there, Logan outscored Ridgeline 14-0 on the back of an Ethan Wilson touchdown run and a 47-yard scoop-and-score by Jaelin Hoth to claim the 41-31 win (box score).

“Our kids played great tonight,” Logan head coach Bart Bowen said. “The offensive line had the best game they’ve had and opened up the running game in the second half. The defense got some timely turnovers at the end and sealed it for us.”

Wilson, the Logan quarterback, finished with three touchdowns, two passes to JJ Sargent and the game-winning rushing score.

Thornley added two rushing touchdowns in the Grizzlies victory.

While not a fourth-quarter comeback, the Pine View Panthers had arguably the biggest comeback win of the weekend.

After trailing by 20 points midway through the second quarter, the Panthers rallied to defeat rival Dixie 27-26 (box score).

Quarterback Macloud Crowton led the rally, throwing three touchdown passes as part of four consecutive Pine View scores.

Izaiah Moten (68 yards), Dayson Moore (3 yards) and Jacob Nobili (12 yards) were on the receiving end of those touchdowns, while kicker AJ McCarroll added a pair of field goals.

The last of those, a 32-yarder, was the game-winner, and came after the Flyers, courtesy of a 50-yard touchdown run by Tyler Walden, had retaken the lead with seven minutes remaining.

Dixie had a chance to get the win on a field goal attempt of its own with 33 seconds remaining, but the effort sailed wide right.

The victory gave Pine View sole possession of first place in Region 9 with an unblemished 5-0 record.

Tied for second behind them are the Flyers and the Desert Hills Thunder, both 4-1 in region.

The Thunder, for their part, comfortably defeated Canyon View Friday night, 48-7 (box score).

Quarterback Logan Wilstead threw for four touchdowns in the win, two of which went to top receiving target Jace Mortensen.

Desert Hills outscored Canyon View 35-7 in the first half, executing well in all three phases of the game.

The Thunder defense took a major step forward overall, after having given up 55 points the week prior.

“Our team played great tonight,” Desert Hills head coach Mark Murdoch said. “We were a little sloppy at times, but the defense took a big step forward. Proud of my guys and the hard work they are putting in.”

While the Thunder defense bounced back, so too did the Cedar City Reds.

Cedar City lost to Desert Hills in a double-overtime thriller in Week 6, but bounced back with a strong win over Hurricane.

The Reds defeated the Tigers 35-20, a game they led by 22 points heading into the fourth quarter (box score).

Kolbe Meek was once again a standout, as he finished with more than 300 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns, three receiving and one rushing.

“I was proud of the effort of our football team,” Cedar City head coach Josh Bennett said. “We executed well. Kolbe Meek had another game with over 300 all-purpose yards. Defensively, we played better and were able to prevent the big play.”

Rounding out Region 9 action were the Snow Canyon Warriors, who defeated Crimson Cliffs 35-14 for their second region win this season (box score).

Quarterback Landon Frei threw a pair of touchdown passes, while Bretton Stone added two scores on the ground, credit for which went largely to the Warriors’ offensive line.

“Our O-line did some good things that helped Bretton gain some solid rushing yards,” Snow Canyon head coach Mike Esplin said.

No single player had a bigger impact, however, than Brock Nowatzke, who returned from injury to lead the Warriors’ defense.

“We were physical on defense at times,” said Esplin. “Brock had a big hit that caused a turnover that helped us. It was good to have him back from injury. He energizes and leads our defense.”

With a showdown with Cedar City looming, though, the Warriors still have work to do.

“We had a lot of yardage in penalties that we will have to look at on film,” said Esplin. “Those hurt our momentum big-time on drives. We know next week against Cedar (City) will be a tough game. They always play well and know how to work. They have some great players and are well-coached. All our attention now is on preparing for them.”

Leaving the south behind, a trio of Region 10 teams — Park City, Stansbury and Ogden — had runaway wins, none more impressive than the Miners’.

In what was a battle of unbeatens, Park City handily defeated Mountain View 42-16 to take sole possession of first place in the region (box score).

The Miners scored 35 unanswered points to start the game, thanks once again to their trio of offensive stalwarts, namely quarterback Jack Skidmore, running back Dylan Bauer and receiver Mark McCurdy.

Skidmore completed 9 of 12 passes for 292 yards and three touchdowns, while Bauer added 150 yards on the ground. McCurdy, meanwhile, had catches of 75 and 34 yards.

“Really proud of the team and their effort tonight,” Park City head coach Josh Montzingo said. “Offense, defense and special teams all did their part. It’s always great to get a region win, especially against a good team on the road.”

The Stallions, too, picked up a road victory in the region, with a 49-7 win over Ben Lomond (box score).

After a scoreless first quarter, Stansbury outscored the Scots 21-7 in the second, before adding 14 points apiece in the third and fourth periods.

The Stallions’ attack was balanced, as three players contributed a pair of scores.

One of those was quarterback Kru Huxford, who threw for a touchdown and rushed for another. Pae Tia had the touchdown reception, a 45-yarder, and also rushed for a score, while Tommy Christopherson finished with two rushing touchdowns.

“After a slow start, we were able to make some quick scores thanks to some favorable field position,” Stansbury head coach Eric Alder said.

The Ogden Tigers, meanwhile, picked up their first region win of the year, with a 35-14 victory over Uintah (box score).

The Tigers’ offense was particularly effective, as Logan Shobe rushed for 145 yards and three touchdowns, while receiver Cooper Crabtree had seven catches for 174 yards and a score.

Quarterback Isaiah Ortiz was no slouch either, and completed 10 of 15 passes for 200 yards and a touchdown.

Ultimately, it was the Ogden defense that propelled the team to the win, though, powered by Shobe (10 tackles and two sacks), Jared Blackham (three sacks) and Karson Payne (three sacks).

“Great defensive effort,” Ogden head coach Erik Thompson said. “Logan, 10 tackles and two sacks, and Jared and Karson had great games.”

Out of Region 11, both Sky View and Green Canyon had convincing victories.

Sky View shut out Mountain Crest for a 23-0 victory, the Bobcats’ third region win this season (box score).

Mason Falslev caught a pair of touchdown passes from quarterback Kason Carlsen, while Jacob Zollinger had a touchdown reception as well.

The win secured Sky View first place in Region 11, breaking a previous tie with the Mustangs.

“Great team win on the road,” Sky View head coach Chris Howell said. “Complete game in all three phases to get the win against a really good Mountain Crest team. We didn’t turn the ball over at all and really forced them to try and march the ball down the length of the field on defense.”

The Wolves, for their part, bounced back in a big way after back-to-back region losses.

Green Canyon defeated Bear River 35-0 for the team’s first region win this year (box score).

Quarterback Jacob Lundin was a standout, per usual, with four touchdown passes, including a 78-yard strike to Jaxon Curtis to kick off the game.

McKay Yorgason, Tanner Watson and Jacob Regen all had touchdown receptions in the win, while Brennan Dean added a rushing score.