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High school football playoff roundup for Friday, Oct. 22

Kearns’ quarterback Iosefa Toia’ivao stiff-arms Fremont’s Brant Koford on a run during a 6A state playoff game at Kearns on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021. Kearns won 31-30 in overtime.
Kearns’ quarterback Iosefa Toia’ivao stiff-arms Fremont’s Brant Koford on a run during a 6A state playoff game at Kearns on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021. Kearns won 31-30 in overtime.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

6A Playoffs

Syracuse 33, Pleasant Grove 7

If not for a Pleasant Grove touchdown in the game’s closing seconds, the Titans would’ve pitched a shutout in their opening-round victory over the Vikings. Kicker Corbin Bodily drilled field goals from 22 and 49 yards to help Syracuse into the second round where it will face Mountain Ridge.

Westlake 30, Roy 28

Westlake displayed the depth of a Region 4 that many thought to be top-heavy by defeating Roy and advancing into the 6A second round. Cooper Cowan drilled a game-winning field goal with just 11 seconds left in the game, which came two minutes after Roy had taken the lead on a 50-yard TD run by Parker Kingston.

West 35, Granger 16

The Panthers led by as much as 28 in their first round victory over Granger to advance into the 6A second round where they will face Farmington. Bronson Saena and Sesi Vailahi each scored two touchdowns for West.

Layton 24, Hunter 10

After being all tied up at 3-3 late in the first half, Garrett Gifford threw three touchdown passes in under 12 minutes to give Layton a victory over the visiting Wolverines. The Lancers will get a chance to be the visitors next week when they take on Weber.

Herriman 35, Davis 21

Herriman beat Davis in large part because of a 21-point second quarter by the Mustangs. Jack White dominated the game through the air, throwing for four scores to four different receivers. The win earned the Mustangs a right to take on Lone Peak in the second round of the state tournament.

Riverton 63, Cyprus 6

Riverton scored 23 points in the first quarter, including the first nine points of the game coming from the Silverwolves defense before Colby Barton threw two touchdown passes to Josh Jacobson.

West Jordan 27, Clearfield 0

West Jordan scored a touchdown in each of the four quarters en route to their playoff win over Clearfield. The Jaguars four scores were bookended by Octavian Heflin touchdowns, the first on the ground from 14 yards out while the fourth quarter score came on a pass from Boston Farmer.

Kearns 31, Fremont 30

Both teams kicked field goals as time expired in their respective halves as Fremont and Kearns played 48 minutes to a tie. In overtime, Fremont started with the ball and scored a touchdown but couldn’t convert their extra point. Toi’ivao’s fourth touchdown of the game tied it all up at 30 a piece before Benyon Glade’s extra point won the game. Glade had kicked a 38-yard field goal to force overtime.

5A Playoffs

Bonneville 28, Northridge 26

Bonneville jumped out to a 14-point lead early in third quarter after Koy Dixon found the end zone from four yards out. The Knights would do a good job rallying, finding the two touchdowns needed to tie the game, but a misses extra point on the first followed by a failed two-point conversion on the second left them two points shy. The Lakers move on to the second round where they will take on Timpview.

Wasatch 55, Maple Mountain 20

Quezon Villa had two rushing touchdowns just 19 seconds apart in the second quarter that turned a tie game into a 14-point Wasatch lead. The Wasps would never look back, earning a spot in the second round where they will visit Lehi.

“It’s always awesome to get a playoff win and we are glad to get to do it at home. We’re excited to have another week together and look forward to battling a tough Lehi team next week. Our guys came out and got a lead early. We leaned on our Oline and running back Chris Cook to extend that lead in the second half. Josh Sanders stepped up with a huge pick 6 for us on defense to keep the momentum in our favor as well. It’s always hard to know how your guys are going to be after a bye week, so we’re happy with the maturity our guys showed to knock the rust off and execute at a high level in all three phases tonight.”

— Wasatch coach Steve Coburn.

East 35, Cedar Valley 7

East went on the road an upset Cedar Valley behind a massive first half of on offense. The Leopards scored four touchdowns, including two by Sione Vailahi. Vailahi would add a third score late in the four quarter to put the final staple on the game. East moves on to the second round where they will battle Spanish Fork.

Park City 27, Skyline 10

Despite trailing 10-6 after three quarters, the Miners were able to rally and pick up an upset playoff win over the Eagles. Blake Tabaracci threw a 28-yard pass to take the lead and then ran for a 43-yard score to extend it to double-digits with under six minutes to go. Stone Combs had a pick-six in the final two minutes to make a statement before the final buzzer.

Alta 54, Uintah 13

Alta’s offense exploded for 47 points in the first half as they took down Uintah as the underdog. Maika Kaufusi scored two touchdowns for the Hawks.

Box Elder 22, Tooele 14

Daxton Sumko scored all three touchdowns for Box Elder, including a fumble recovery to start the second half as well as a 19-yard run with just over a minute to go that extended the Bees lead from one-point to eight.

Olympus 49, Payson 21

Olympus outscored Payson 21-0 in the second quarter, leading to a big halftime lead and eventually a win. The TItans got touchdowns from six different players as a balanced offense attack proved to be key.

“It was a great game tonight by everyone involved. James Smith had three interceptions defensively for us, including one for a touchdown. Payson showed a lot of grit. They are well-stocked.”

— Olympus coach Aaron Whitehead

Orem 42, Brighton 22

Orem dominated from start to finish en route to the easy victory over Brighton as it built a 28-0 halftime lead with four straight touchdowns to start the game. Cole Johnson hit paydirt four times for the Tigers, all on goal line situations in his only four carries of the game.

4A Playoffs

Sky View 34, Hurricane 3

Sky View scored 20 unanswered points in the middle section of the game as they extended a four-point lead into a blowout victory. Reed Wilde rushed for two touchdowns for the Bobcats. With the win, Sky View will travel to take on Dixie in the quarterfinals.

Logan 46, Cedar City 24

Logan took down the Reds behind a brilliant performance from Kody Kirk and Gage Jenson. The two connected for a touchdown on four separate occasions with Kirk adding a 5th on a throw to Andrew Thornley. The win sets up a matchup between the Grizzlies and RiverHawks at Ridgeline next week.

Dixie 48, Bear River 20

The Flyers used their strong passing game to plow through Bear River in the 4A first round. Quarterback Bronson Barben tossed six touchdown passes in the game—four of which went to receiver Jakheo Mitchell.

Crimson Cliffs 27, Mountain Crest 0

Easton Droubay scored a rushing touchdown late in the first quarter and that proved to be enough for Crimson Cliffs to get a victory. Gunner Orr would toss two scores oto Ryan Woolley and Chase Hansen would add another seven points in the second half, but the Mustangs defense led the way to a berth in the quarterfinals.

Pine View 31, Snow Canyon 22

After trailing early, Pine View rallied to outscore Snow Canyon 17-0 in the second quarter en route to an upset win over Snow Canyon.

3A Playoffs

North Sanpete 37, Ben Lomond 6

Quarterback Landon Bowles tossed four touchdowns for the Hawks in their opening round victory over Ben Lomond Friday afternoon. North Sanpete will travel to Morgan next week to take on the fourth-seeded Trojans.

Ogden 34, Manti 28

Trailing by 14 points with less than three minutes to play in the first half, Ogden scored 27 unanswered points to secure a spot in the 3A second round. Chet Colvin scored on a kick return and had two rushing touchdowns for the Tigers.

Canyon View 34, Richfield 28

After playing in the final week of the regular season, Canyon View was once again able to take down Richfield, this time in a double-overtime thriller. The Wildcats trailed by 14 points at halftime, but second half touchdowns by Cort Moon and Jaron Ross forced overtime. Traie Buhler scored the touchdown in the second overtime, but a missed extra point put a lot of pressure on the Falcons defense. They were able to come away with a stop and a playoff victory.

Union 37, Carbon 0

Union took care of business in the first round of the playoffs when they shutout the visiting Dinos 37-0 behind a great performance from Alec Labrum. Labrum finished with 14 points in the game off of six kicks and a touchdown.

2A Playoffs

Millard 40, South Sevier 14

Millard jumped out to a 21-0 lead on their way to a dominant victory over South Sevier. The Eagles led by Mekhi Davis, who caught two touchdowns from James Stephenson. Morgan Wade led the ground attack, rushing for three touchdowns of his own. Millard will travel to take on the top seeded San Juan Broncos in the quarterfinals.

Providence Hall 44, Judge Memorial 12

Cooper Starks had two scores early and Michael Scott added three in the second half as the Patriots dominated Judge Memorial.

“Our guys took this week seriously and did a great job preparing for a much improved Judge team. Glad we were able to play well and earn another game with this special group.“

— Providence Hall coach Lance Burrell

Delta 42, American Leadership 10

Josh Jackson scored all six touchdowns for the Rabbits in Delta’s win over ALA. Five of them came on the ground while the other was on a 65-yard pick-six.

1A Playoffs

Layton Christian 84, Monticello 0

No. 6 seed Layton Christian overwhelmed No. 11 seed Monticello for the easy 1A first round victory. The 84 points is the most points scored in a playoff game in state history, breaking the previous record set by East back in 1919. Jessaia Moala led the way for Layton Christian with four rushing touchdowns, with Manu Vaitaki adding a pair of TDs as his own. Malik Johnson scored on a punt return and interception return for the Eagles, who scored a pair of defensive TDs and special teams TDs in the win.

North Summit 27, Rich 0

The North Summit defense was able to shutout Rich, while the offense scored 27 points. Kandon Mosher threw a 63-yard touchdown pass to Kale Hobson in the first 15 seconds of the game and they never looked back. Hobson would rush for another two scores before Mosher found the end zone on the ground to put things away. The Braves will now take on Kanab in the quarterfinals. “We had a much better start to our game tonight vs. two weeks ago at Rich. I was proud of our kids’ effort.” — North Summit coach Jerre Holmes

Parowan 35, Gunnison Valley 8

Parowan jumped out to a 20-0 lead in the first half behind two Christian Bost touchdown runs. The Rams also got scores from Braden Bettridge, Merek Macdonald, and Connor Robison.