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6A high school football Week 6 takeaways: Roy, Layton, Skyridge, Corner Canyon among the big winners as region play heats up

Roy edges Davis on gutsy two-point conversion attempt, with Weber suffering its first loss against winless Layton

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Roy and Davis play football in Kaysville on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

There’s a new No. 1 in the 6A high school football RPI rankings after Week 6, but it’s still not who most expected.

Skyridge is the new 6A RPI No. 1 after its thorough 41-9 thrashing of previously undefeated American Fork in the Region 4 opener. (Box Score)

Jeter Fenton rushed for three touchdowns to lead the way offensively, while it was a collective defensive effort to bottle up American Fork’s potent offense.

The turning point in the game came midway through the second quarter when Skyridge’s Stone Mulitalo returned an interception 42 yards for a touchdown giving Skyridge the 20-3 lead.

“Any time you get a defensive score it’s a swing play,” Skyridge coach Jon Lehman told the Deseret News after the game. “We started really fast, and then they put some really nice drives together ... so that was a real timely play that we expect from our best guys.”

That defense didn’t let up in the second half shutting out American Fork to improve to 6-0 along with fellow Region 4 heavyweights Corner Canyon and Lone Peak.

Corner Canyon did what everyone expected it to do on Friday night in its highly-anticipated Region 4 opener with Pleasant Grove.

After a bit of a slow start offensively, Corner Canyon got two quick scores in the second quarter to build a 21-7 halftime lead and then Noah Kjar tacked on two more TDs in the second half as the Chargers rolled 38-7. (Box Score)

“This is Region 4 — the best region in the state,” Kjar told the Deseret News after the win. “We had to get our stuff together offensively and defensively.

Kjar finished with 3 TDs, giving him 11 on the season 39 in his career — good enough for a tie for seventh in state history.

The schedule doesn’t let up for Corner Canyon in Week 7 as it travels to undefeated Lone Peak, which cruised past Westlake 33-7 for its region-opening win. (Box Score)

For Corner Canyon, it played with heavy hearts on Friday knowing that one of its teachers, Charri Jensen, is hospitalized with COVID-19 and battling for her life.

Region 4 may feature the big dogs in 6A, but in Week 6 there’s no question where the best game was played.

Roy and Davis were both 5-0 entering their Week 6 showdown in Region 1, and the game exceeded all the hype in a major way. Roy won 48-47 as it scored 15 points in the final 68 seconds, including a gutsy two-point conversion try with 13 seconds remaining. (Box Score)

Davis still had a shot to win it with a 51-yard field goal attempt on the final play, but it barely went wide right.

“There’s no quit in them. I know that,” Roy coach Fred Fernandes told the Deseret News after the game. “They knew this was going to be a four-quarter battle and the last team with the ball was probably going to win it.”

With Weber’s surprising loss to Layton, Roy is now in the Region 1 driver’s seat as it seeks another even year region title to go along with its titles in 2014, 2016 and 2018.

While Region 1 provided the best finish with Roy-Davis, it also provided the biggest upset — actually, shocking upset.

On paper, Weber (4-0) at Layton (0-5) seemed like a total mismatch, and it was, just not for who anyone expected. Layton jumped out to a 24-0 halftime lead aided by a Rocky Wall 40-yard pick-six and it never looked back earning its first victory, 34-15. (Box Score)

Sione Vailahi added two touchdown runs in the win for the Lancers, who had been outscored 99-27 in its first three region games.

“It was good to see our young team play hard and together on both side of the ball. Fun to watch some of them taking more leadership roles and bringing this team together as a unit,” said Layton coach Fo Katoa.

In Region 2, Kearns easily improved to 2-0 with a dominant 38-0 win over West Jordan. (Box Score)

The standings behind Kearns tightened up notably though. Hunter’s Josh Harding tossed two touchdown passed and he also kicked a field goal as Hunter edged West 17-14. (Box Score)

Both teams are now 2-1 in the Region 2 standings.

“West is a good team and program on the rise and I’m just proud of our team and coaches for our attitudes and continued efforts after starting season the way we did. We have stayed positive, we’ve kept battling , kept working and kept challenging ourselves to correct our mistakes and striving to play how we think we are capable in all three phases,” said Hunter coach Tarell Richards.

Hunter dropped its region opener to West Jordan in Week 4, but has bounced back with solid wins over Granger and West.

“Very proud of our kids effort tonight. It was a great game in a great atmosphere. Both teams competed hard. Our defense did a great job closing out series and getting off the field all game,” said Richards. “We got some key special teams play that created long fields for West’s offense with our punt team. Our offense was able to overcome some turnovers and convert red zone trips into points when we really needed it.”

In Region 3, blowouts were the theme across the board.

East blanked Copper Hills 39-0, Riverton rolled past Jordan 56-6 and Bingham hammered rival Herriman 44-10.

Bingham’s blowout of Herriman was the most notable as a year ago Herriman earned its first-ever win over Bingham.

Bingham’s Troy Mehn opened the scoring on a 61-yard TD pass to Isaiah Glasker, with Saia Lomu adding even more punch offensively with a pair of rushing TDs.

Bingham has now won three straight games since starting 0-2 against Skyridge and Corner Canyon — which are both still undefeated and could be the best teams in the state.