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Top 20 performances from Week 2 in Utah high school football

Lehi’s Carson Gonzalez (28) avoids Salem Hills’ Jackson Eyre (88) on a run during a football game at Lehi.
Lehi’s Carson Gonzalez (28) avoids Salem Hills’ Jackson Eyre (88) on a run during a football game at Lehi on Friday, Aug. 20, 2021. Lehi won 30-7.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Each week the Deseret News collects high school football stats from around the state, with approximately 90% of the coaches submitting their offensive and defensive stats each week.

Here’s a look back at some headliner performances from week 2, and also check out the Deseret News’ complete sortable leaders feature for offense, defense and special teams.


Class 6A

Miles Draper, Syracuse — Had a great day defensively in leading Syracuse to the 31-7 win over Brighton as he recorded 10 tackles and two of the Titans’ six sacks.

Ayden Helm, Mountain Ridge — Helped Mountain Ridge overwhelm Granger 56-12 as he completed 8 of 11 passes for 164 yards and four touchdowns while also running for 26 yards and another score.

Ethan Hearne, Layton — Played a key roll in leading Layton to the 41-19 victory over Northridge as the linebacker recorded six tackles and four sacks.

Maddux Madsen, American Fork — Completed 26 of 38 passes for 446 yards and four touchdowns, and also rushed for a score as American Fork torched Weber 45-14 to improve to 2-0 this preseason.

Jaeden Wright, Pleasant Grove — Rushed the ball 18 times for 112 yards and three touchdowns to lead Pleasant Grove to the thrilling 34-33 win over Maple Mountain.


Class 5A

Jace Welsch, Provo — Showed off his dual-threat ability in the 34-17 win over Box Elder as he passed for 189 yards and then rushed for 165 yards and two more scores on 11 carries.

Chandler Thompson, Murray — Played a key role in Murray’s 42-14 win over Copper Hills on both sides of the ball. Offensively, he caught six passes for 94 yards and then defensively he recorded two interceptions.

Carson Gonzalez, Lehi — Carried the ball 20 times for 171 yards and a score in powering Lehi to the easy 30-7 win over Salem Hills. His 45-yard touchdown run in the first quarter set the tone for the game.

Mapa Vaenuku, Tooele — Had a big impact both offensively and defensively in Tooele’s 41-0 win over Cyprus. Defensively he recorded six tackles and three sacks while offensively he carried the ball seven times for 86 yards and one touchdown.


Class 4A

Kaden Cox, Ridgeline — Completed 25 of 32 passes (78%) for 348 yards and a touchdown as Ridgeline rolled past Stansbury for the 42-14 victory to improve to 2-0 on the season.

Kody Kirk, Logan — Had an incredibly efficient day in leading Logan to the big 50-21 win over Juan Diego as he completed 22 of 32 passes for 295 yards and six touchdowns.

Hunter Johnson, Snow Canyon — Passed for 197 yards and two touchdowns and then also rushed for 87 yards as he accounted for most of the Warriors’ offense in the hard-fought 20-7 win over visiting Morgan.


Class 3A

Keaton Rich, Carbon — Had a great day offensively in leading Carbon to the 41-34 win over Cottonwood as Rich carried the ball 17 times for 157 yards and three touchdowns while also passing for 188 yards and two more scores.

Jace Palmer, San Juan — Summit Academy’s defense had no answer for San Juan’s quarterback as he completed 21 of 31 passes for 326 yards and four touchdowns to go along with a rushing touchdown in the 48-29 victory.

Yahir Morales, Ogden — Caught eight passes for 125 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for 47 yards to lead the Tigers to the 31-21 win over Providence Hall.

Andrew Mower, North Sanpete — Recorded 12 tackles to spearhead North Sanpete’s 27-0 win over Emery to go along with his six catches for 46 yards and a touchdown offensively.


Class 2A

KC Whitaker, Millard — Powered Millard to the 41-27 victory over Kanab as he carried the ball 16 times for 176 yards and two touchdowns while also recording four tackles defensively.

Josh Jackson, Delta — Carried the ball 12 times for 90 yards and two touchdowns to lead Delta to the 14-7 win over Manti.


Class 1A

Jack Hansen, Gunnison Valley — Helped Gunnison Valley open the season with a 42-28 win over Monticello as he completed 6 of 11 passes for 148 yards and three touchdowns to go along with his 104 yards on the ground and another score.

Jessaia Moala, Layton Christian — Had a big day on the ground carrying the ball 16 times for 150 yards and three touchdowns to lead Layton Christian to the lopsided 60-6 victory over Ben Lomond.