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High school football roundup for Friday, Oct. 8 (Week 9)

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Park City’s quarterback Blake Tabaracci, right, gets tackled by Skyline’s Luke Wright during a high school football game at Skyline High School in Salt Lake City on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021. Skyline won 10-6.

Shafkat Anowar, Deseret News

Here’s a complete roundup of Friday’s Week 9 high school football action from around the state. Here’s a recap of Thursday’s 19 games.

Stats and box scores


Region 2

Hunter 22, Cyprus 15

Damon Armenta rushed for a touchdown with just over eight minutes left to tie the game for Cyprus. The Wolverines offense would immediately, driving the field in under two minutes when Solomone Tauteoli scored from eight yards out to give Hunter the lead. Their defense would step up and not allow the Pirates to even up the score in the final moments.

“I’m very proud of this team and coaching staff for how we came out in the second half and finished the game. We made some good adjustments. Players showed great heart and pride in execution in all three phases. We got big plays from multiple guys in all three phases. We wanted to send our seniors out of the regular season on a high note, I thought our second-half effort showed how much it mattered to us.”

— Hunter coach Tarell Richards

West 49, Kearns 37

West was able to grow their lead in each of the first three periods, slowly adding to it until they led by 18 points with 12 minutes to go. The offense was led by Karson Lopati and Sesi Vailahi, who connected for two touchdowns in the seconds quarter, the first from 18 yards and the other from 71 yards. Vailahi would finish the game with four touchdowns after adding two more on the ground.

Region 3

Herriman 33, Copper Hills 3

After Copper Hills got on the scoreboard first with a first quarter field goal, the Mustangs scored all their 33 points unanswered—including 20 in the fourth quarter—to secure their second win in Region 3 this season. Michael Falatea scored twice on the ground and Dom Martucci recorded a pick-six in the Herriman victory.

Bingham 42, West Jordan 0

The Miners clinched at least a share of yet another Region 3 title with a shutout thrashing of West Jordan. Nate Elison and Havea Foto each punched in two rushing touchdowns for Bingham.

“We played a very scrappy West Jordan team that played very hard the entire game. We made some big plays offensively and were lights out on defense. I am very proud of how this team is coming together an can’t wait for the playoffs.”

— Bingham coach Dave Peck

Riverton 24, Mountain Ridge 21

Riverton outscored the Sentinels 17-0 in the second quarter, which ended up being just enough to hold off a late surge from Ayden Helm and the Mountain Ridge offense. The win sets up a showdown with Bingham next Friday that will allow the Silverwolves to clinch a share of the Region 3 title with a win.

“Great game. So many great performances by so many players. Sau did Sau things and ran tough all night. His line and center Kyller Pickle played awesome. Lincoln Whiting stayed tough after some calls went against him. He came in clutch with the rest of FG block by creating a pressure on their FG unit. Dylan Turville came in clutch with some pressure kicks that ended up being the difference. Still improving and still need to clean up mistakes going into playing our region leader Bingham.”

— Riverton coach Jody Morgan

Region 5

Bountiful 59, Northridge 14

Bountiful scored four times in the first quarter as they dominated the Knights in a Region 5 matchup. Corbin Cottle scored twice on the ground, Ben Smith kicked a 43-yard field goal and Jordan Walton returned a fumble nine yards to push the lead to 24. They would never look back, utilizing a balanced attack to extend their lead more as the game went on.

Viewmont 21, Woods Cross 0

In a battle between Region 5’s bottom-feeders, it was the Vikings who secured the victory to keep Woods Cross without a win this season. Junior Britton Christensen sealed the win for Viewmont with a 79-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter.

“This team has been through a lot and I’m real proud of all of them especially the seniors for how they came together tonight and played for each other and got the win. Defense came up big for us tonight.”

— Viewmont coach Scott Ditty

Bonneville 20, Box Elder 0

Bonneville cruised to a victory over Box Elder to finish 5-1 in region play, but ultimately ended up falling one game short of a Region 5 title with Bountiful’s blowout win over Northridge. Quarterback Koy Dixon tossed two touchdowns and ran in another to give the Lakers a road victory.

Region 6

Skyline 10, Park City 6

An early field goal in the first quarter by Ryan Wiscomb gave the Eagles a 3-0 lead they would carry all the way into the fourth quarter, where Alexander Emery hit Austin Okerwa for a 60-yard touchdown to give Skyline a 10-0 lead. Park City would score a touchdown with just over a minute remaining, but it was too little too late as the Eagles remained in contention for a Region 6 title.

“Our guys played their hearts out. I was really proud of them. They’ve got an amazing running back and a great offensive line. I’m proud of our boys.”

— Skyline coach John Rowbotham

Region 7

Uintah 47, Hillcrest 10

Leading 37-3 at the end of the first half, Uintah cruised the rest of the way to secure an easy win over Hillcrest. Jace Evans rushed for 154 yards and three touchdowns to lead the way offensively, while Josh Speirs passed for a pair of touchdowns.

Stansbury 41, Payson 16

Stansbury exploded for 28 points in the second quarter to essentially put the game to bed before the second half was even played. Ezra Harris and Nate Bushnell each had two rushing touchdowns for the Stallions, who remained undefeated in Region 7 with the win.

Region 9

Springville 28, Salem Hills 7

Springville scored twice in the fourt quarter to seal the win on a rainy muddy night. The Red Devils sloshed their way to the win behind two touchdowns passes from Ryder Burton and rushing TDs from Will Pernod and Tevita Valeti. Both Seth Rigtrup (140 yards 1TD) and Tevita Valeti (102 yards 1 TD) rushed for over 100 yards. 

“It was a complete team effort. It was their senior night and they went out and got us the win. Cole made a big reception on fourth down to keep the drive alive then Will Penrod put it in the end zone to seal the win. Brian Gordon was huge for us on defense with several sacks and pass defenses. I am very grateful for such a great senior class tonight. What a way to end their regular season.”

— Springville coach Willy Child

Wasatch 45, Provo 41

Jace Welsh scored four touchdowns, including two late in the game to cut Wasatch’s lead to single digits, but in the end the Quezon Villa and Josh Sanders connection was too powerful. That combo scored a 50-yard touchdown right before halftime and then came out of the break where they connected for another pair, this time from 45 and 95 yards out respectively.

“It was awesome to see our seniors get to come out and bounce back to get a win on our field to finish the regular season. We feel like we are really coming into our own and clicking going into the playoffs. We’ve got a lot of great ball players who can go in space. We’re excited to get to work next week and be ready for whoever we match up against in the playoffs.”

— Wasatch coach Steve Coburn

Region 10

Snow Canyon 44, Pine View 43

Hunter Johnson completed 25 of 36 passes for 335 yards and three touchdowns as he helped Snow Canyon edged Pine View in a wild Region 10 game. Johnson completed a 21-yard TD pass to Brooks Esplin on the final play of regulation, and then completed a pass on the ensuing two-point conversion to force overtime. Pine View scored first in overtime on Keith Adams’ fourth TD run of the game, but Snow Canyon answered quickly on a 25-yard TD pass to Jake Hill and then Johnson again threw a two-point conversion pass to seal the win.

“So proud of our team. We stuck together and continued to believe through the end. Very excited for our seniors on senior night to get a big overtime win against Pine View. As gritty a team win as I’ve ever been a part of. Playing with that effort and grit is a great way to finish our region schedule and will help us as we enter the playoffs.”

— Snow Canyon coach Mike Esplin

Dixie 16, Crimson Cliffs 10

Jakheo Mitchell broke a tie game with a 50-yard TD pass from Bronson Barben and Dixie’s stout defense made the lead hold up as it forced five Crimson Cliffs turnovers to pick up the region victory. Barben connected with Mitchell just before halftime for Dixie’s only other touchdown of the game.

Desert Hills 34, Cedar City 33

Despite trailing by 12 points late in the fourth quarter, the Thunder were able to stay connected and rally for a road win over Cedar City. First Noah Fuailetolo hit Awsten turnbow for a 27-yard touchdown to cut the lead to five points less than a minute after a Cedar score. Later with just 68 seconds remaining, Tyden Morris punched in a game-winner from one yard out to lead Desert Hills. Koden Lunt threw for four touchdowns for the Reds.

“What a hard-fought win.Give Cedar a ton of credit for their effort. I’m proud of the kids for not giving up and battling to the end.”

— Desert Hills coach Ricky Berry

Region 11

Sky View 20, Green Canyon 7

Green Canyon was a foot away from from forcing overtime in the waning seconds as it faced third and goal from the one-foot line, but it fumbled the ball and Cole Watterson scooped it up and raced 99 yards on the final play of the game that was played in a steady downpour all night. Garrett Zollinger tossed a pair of TD passes for Sky View, including the go-ahead TD pass to Kimball Jackson with 8:54 left in the game.

“It was an absolute dogfight tonight. Green Canyon was super physical and played really hard. We found a way to make a couple critical plays. Our defense found a way to get a stop on the final play of the game.”

— Sky View coach Chris Howell

Ridgeline 49, Logan 7

Noah White rushed for two touchdowns and then also hauled in a 66-yard TD pass from Kaden Cox — one of four TD passes from Cox on the night — as 4A’s top-ranked team rolled to the easy win over Logan.

“Great win for our program. I thought our offense played great in the conditions and really carried us tonight. Defensively we made some timely plays and were able to create some turnovers. Can’t say enough about these kids. They are a joy to coach.”

— Ridgeline coach Travis Cox

3A South

Juab 44, Carbon 6

Juab was clicking on all cylinders Friday night as they smashed Carbon to remain undefeated in region play. Quarterback Alex Jackson tossed five touchdowns to five different receivers for the Wasps.

“The players responded well after some adversity last week.”

— Juab coach Mike Bowring

Richfield 30, Manti 7

Richfield flipped an early touchdown deficit to a 23-point win over Manti behind a three touchdown performance from Reggie Hafen. Cort Moon was the receiver on the last two, both totaling over 25 yards. Jaron Ross would rush for a touchdown in the second half to extend the Wildcat lead for good.

Canyon View 28, North Sanpete 27

Adrian Ward had three first half touchdowns for Canyon View while Landon Bowles had a trio of touchdown passes, including two to Morgan Bowles as North Sanpete and Canyon View were all tied up at halftime. The Hawks would strike first in the second half, but the Falcons would immediately respond. Andrew Barnes and Traie Buhler connected for a touchdown with five minutes left in the 3rd quarter, they would follow it up with a two-point conversion to take a one-point lead. The defenses would battle for the remainder of the game, with neither team scoring and Canyon View escaping with the narrow victory.

2A North

Emery 48, American Leadership 0

Jace Curtis scored four rushing touchdowns in the first half as Emery rolled to the region victory over American Leadership. Bowen Sitterud, Koalton Curtis and Jace Mangum all found the end zone in the second half to wrap up the scoring.

Summit Academy 41, Providence Hall 3

Quarterback Devin Watson was on fire all evening, throwing for five touchdowns in Summit Academy’s blowout victory at home over Providence Hall. Junior receiver Koa Sylvester hauled in three of Watson’s five touchdown strikes, including an 81-yarder early in the second quarter.

“Summit Academy was able to come away with a 41-3 win in a game that was much closer than the final score. Leading just 7-0 at halftime, the Summit Academy offense came alive in the third quarter, scoring three touchdowns in the quarter and a fourth to begin the final period. Koa Sylvester had three scores on the night. The defense played a stellar game, containing the Providence Hall rushing attack and allowing only a field goal on the last drive of the goal.”

— Summit Academy coach Ryan Miller

2A South

Millard 41, South Sevier 14

Junior Morgan Wade ran wild for the Eagles in their dominating victory over South Sevier. Wade finished with four rushing touchdowns—all coming from 25 or more yards out.

“Our team played really well throughout the game. They’ve had to overcome a lot of diversity with injuries and COVID. They’ve maintained a great attitude and tonight’s performance shows that.”

— Millard coach Ethan Stephenson

San Juan 8, Beaver 0

Bronson Snyder scored on a 25-yard TD pass from Jace Palmer in the second quarter, and that was all the offense visiting San Juan needed as it blanked Beaver to hand the Beavers their first loss of the season in the process halt their winning streak at 34 games. The 34-game winning streak is the fourth longest in state history. San Juan added a safety in the third quarter on a snap over the punter’s head.

“Such a great effort by our kids to come in to Beaver and get a win against such a great team. The field was wet and it was a defensive battle. Our offense found a way to score and defense took care of the rest shutting out a good offense.”

— San Juan coach Barkley Christensen

Delta 43, Grand 0

Josh Jackson scored three touchdowns and Wayland Crane caught two from Cameron Skeem as Delta shut out Grand.

1A North

North Summit 35, Rich 14

After falling behind late in the first half, North Summit proceeded to score the final four touchdowns of the game to rally past upset-minded Rich for the region win. Jake Smith rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another to lead the Braves, who improved to 3-4 with the victory.

1A South

Kanab 28, North Sevier 27

Kanab edged out a win over North Sevier in a battle that saw each team score four touchdowns. The Cowboys were trailing by six late in the fourth quarter when Noah McCorvey intercepted a pass and returned it 22 yards for a game-tying touchdown. Saxton Unsworth put the extra point through the uprights to give Kanab a one-point lead that the defense would preserve. Parker Franklin finished with 106 rushing yards and two TDs to lead the Cowboys.

“North Sevier played very tough football. We feel very fortunate to have gotten a win. A big effort from senior RJ Mognet blocking three kicks and tough running from senior halfback Karson Blomquist.”

— Kanab coach JR Quarnberg

Enterprise 24, Parowan 7

Parowan avoided the shutout with a touchdown late in the fourth quarter, but it was all Enterprise in this 1A South showdown. Sophomore Kyron Bracken notched three rushing touchdowns for the Wolves.

Milford 35, Gunnison Valley 6

After a scoreless opening quarter, Milford rattled off 35 unanswered points to set up a showdown with Enterprise next week that will likely determine the second place finisher in the 1A South region. Freshman Kielen Tsosie recorded three total touchdowns for the Tigers.

“Our offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage. Blake had a great night running the ball and Kilo Tsosie went 14 -24 for 139yards 2td in his first varsity start.”

— Milford coach Thane Marshall

Nonregion

Cottonwood 49, Hurricane 28

Cottonwood’s offense exploded for 21 points in the second quarter, helping them to a victory by the same margin. Brock Simpson threw three touchdowns in the first half, but it was Nick Bean returning a 57-yard pick-six on the final play of the half that really swung momentum towards the Cotls as it put them up two scores. They came out of halftime and quickly added another that pushed their lead over 20 points in a blink of an eye.

“After a slow start for the first half of the first quarter, our kids were able to re-focus and settle in. We got big plays to come back from down 13, then made some big defensive plays just before half and in the second half to secure the win.”

— Cottonwood coach Casey Miller