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4A high school football: Desert Hills and Hurricane enter the win column; Green Canyon, Park City and Mountain View find continued success

The Thunder and Tigers recorded their first wins of the season, while the Wolves, Miners and Bruins continued their hot starts.

Park City’s defense stuffs a Uintah running back during Park City’s 47-0 win on Friday night.
Photo courtesy Shannon Baynes

SALT LAKE CITY — Through the first three weeks of the high school football season, neither the Desert Hills Thunder nor the Hurricane Tigers were able to find their way into the win column, although not for a lack of trying.

For the Thunder, it was setbacks at the hands of Highland, Alta and Dixie that had them winless heading into Week 4. For the Tigers, meanwhile, Juab, Murray and Snow Canyon were responsible for their early-season woes.

The winless ways for both schools came to an end Friday night, as Desert Hills defeated Snow Canyon 27-23 (Box score) and Hurricane topped Crimson Cliffs 24-14 (Box score).

The Thunder utilized a hot start and strong finish to take down the Warriors, as they scored a pair of touchdowns in both the first and fourth quarters of the Region 9 contest.

Jace Mortensen and Logan Wilstead each played a vital role in the win, as both threw a touchdown pass. Mortensen had a touchdown reception as well, via Wilstead, who also rushed for a score.

“I’m proud of our guys for not giving up,” Desert Hills head coach Mark Murdoch said. “It’s not easy to start 0-3, but they’ve continued to work and have gotten better each week. This was a much-deserved win tonight.”

Hurricane had a different sort of win, as the Tigers and the Mustangs were neck-and-neck from the beginning to the very end of their game.

After a back-and-forth affair that saw three lead changes in the first half, the Tigers shut out the Mustangs in the second half and scored a game-sealing touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

Hurricane quarterback Brexton Starley threw three touchdown passes in the game, two to Raymond Cordova. Those touchdowns proved the game-winning and game-sealing scores.

“We are proud of our boys for their tremendous hustle and heart,” Hurricane head coach Skyler Miller said. “Our coaching staff did an amazing job with the game plan. We love our community and are happy to give them the win.”

Thanks to the Tigers’ and Thunder’s wins, only four teams in the 4A classification remain winless: Canyon View, Ben Lomond, Cedar Valley and Mountain Crest.

On the other end of the spectrum, a trio of teams continued their unblemished starts to the season, namely Green Canyon, Mountain View and Park City.

The Wolves had arguably the most impressive win of Week 4, as they defeated the Box Elder Bees 27-9 (Box score).

Green Canyon rallied for the win by outscoring Box Elder 21-0 in the second half.

As has been the case early this season, quarterback Jacob Lundin was electric. The signal caller threw for three touchdowns and ran for another. He finished with 148 yards passing and 104 yards rushing, a 252 yard and four touchdown performance.

“Box Elder is a great team with tough kids,” Green Canyon head coach Craig Anhder said. “Our boys played well and had a big second half. I am really pleased with the way our boys hung in there.”

Mountain View handled Ogden in their Week 4 action, outscoring the Tigers 44-0 through the first three quarters of their 44-12 win (Box score).

Bruins quarterback Duce Anderson threw for two scores, one of which was a 64-yard strike to David Hair, and rushed for another in the victory. Ben Meila, for his part, took an Ogden fumble 30 yards for a touchdown.

“We played a great game on both sides of the ball tonight,” Mountain View head coach Tyler Anderson said. “It’s good to get that first region win. It’s great when the defense helps in the scoring. Great win!”

Rounding out the ranks of the unbeatens was Park City, which routed Uintah 47-0 (Box score).

Whether it be quarterback Jack Skidmore, who threw for multiple scores, Dylan Bauer, who rushed for three touchdowns, or receiver Mark McCurdy, who finished with two touchdown receptions, the Miners were on top of their game Friday.

“Very proud of our guys tonight,” Park City head coach Josh Montzingo said. “While we had to overcome a few self-inflicted obstacles, I thought they responded and competed at a high level. Happy to get our first region win and excited for the challenges ahead.”

While not undefeated, Dixie continued its winning ways as well.

The Flyers took down Cedar City 59-38 (Box score), behind a seven-touchdown performance by quarterback Reggie Graff.

Graff threw for five scores, two apiece to Tyler Walden and Treyce Simmons, and rushed for two more.

“It was a hard-fought game,” Dixie head coach Blaine Monkres said. “We got a couple big breaks. Cedar gave us all we wanted.”

Other big winners included the Pine View Panthers, who defeated Canyon View 59-14 (Box score), the Stansbury Stallions, who handled Cedar Valley 52-20 (Box score) and the Tooele Buffaloes, who routed Ben Lomond 61-0 (Box score).

Tooele dominated from start to finish, thanks to 48 first-half points and four rushing touchdowns by Nukuluve Helu.

“We played a complete game,” Tooele head coach Andru Jones said. “I’m very proud of how they came out hitting on all cylinders.”

The Stallions were excellent early as well, jumping out to a 14-0 lead, then a 24-6 lead before eventually topping out with a 40-point advantage.

Stansbury quarterback Kru Huxford threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another in the win.

“It was a really good performance from our players on both sides of the ball,” Stansbury head coach Eric Alder said. “Strong run game allowed us to open the playbook up and kids made plays.”

Rounding out 4A winning action from Friday were the Sky View Bobcats, who defeated Madison High School, out of Rexburg, Idaho, 45-33 (Box score).

A powerful rushing attack proved the difference for the Bobcats, with Walter Collins, Mason Falslev and others finding the end zone.

“We were able to really establish the run tonight,” Sky View head coach Chris Howell said. “We rushed 43 times for 391 yards. We were also able to overcome a number of turnovers to get the win.”