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Top 20 performances from Week 5 in Utah high school football

From the 6A ranks to the 1A ranks, excellent plays and players were aplenty

Olympus’ and Brighton play a high school football game at Brighton in Cottonwood Heights on Sept. 10, 2021. Olympus won 35-28.
Olympus’ Josh Peterson keeps his feet inbounds for an interception as the Titans and Brighton play at Brighton in Cottonwood Heights on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. Olympus won 35-28.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Each week the Deseret News collects high school football stats from around the state, with approximately 85% of the coaches submitting their offensive and defensive stats.

Here’s a look back at some headliner performances from Week 5 (you can also check out the Deseret News’ complete sortable leaders feature for offense, defense and special teams).


Class 6A

Maddux Madsen, American Fork — Completed 28 of 37 passes for 351 yards and five touchdowns as the Cavemen dominated Bingham for the 41-13 victory.

Jayce Jones, Weber — Kicked two field goals, including a game-winning 50-yarder as time expired as Weber rallied past Syracuse for the 34-32 region victory.

Dominic Thornton, Kearns — Played a big role in leading Kearns to the 37-30 win over Herriman as defensively he recorded seven tackles and returned an interception for a touchdown. He also rushed for 29 yards on three carries.

Garrett Gifford, Layton — Passed for 393 yards and two touchdowns as Layton improved to 4-1 with an impressive 24-21 victory over Fremont.


Class 5A

Josh Peterson, Olympus — Was all over the place in leading Olympus to the 35-28 win over Brighton as he scored a rushing touchdown and then also led the Titans defensively with 11 tackles and one interception.

Koy Dixon, Bonneville — Had a sensational game in leading Bonneville to the 56-26 win over Viewmont, which included outscoring the Vikings 28-0 in the fourth quarter. He finished the game completing 16 of 22 passes for 234 yards and four touchdowns and he also rushed for 103 yards and two more scores.

Josh Speirs, Uintah — Passed for 332 yards and four touchdowns and then also kicked the game-winning field goal in overtime as Uintah edged Mountain View for its second win of the season.

Quezon Villa, Wasatch — Completed 21 of 43 passes for 329 yards and four touchdowns and then also rushed for another score as he helped Wasatch score 41 unanswered points for the 41-12 win over Salem Hills after trailing 12-0 after the first quarter.

Jamarcus Smith, Jordan — Carried the ball 30 times for 222 yards and a touchdown as the ’Diggers pulled away from Cottonwood in the second half for the 31-14 victory.


Class 4A

Matthew Mason, Logan — Carried the ball 24 times for 133 yards and two touchdowns and then defensively added 10 tackles in leading the Grizzlies to the 27-7 win over Mountain Crest.

Benjamin Ellis, Cedar City — Racked up 10 tackles to lead the way defensively in Cedar’s 35-14 win over Hurricane, and then offensively got the job done too with 12 carries for 133 yards and two touchdowns.

Corbin Cuff, Crimson Cliffs — Came up big on defense and special teams to lead the Mustangs to the 20-7 win over Snow Canyon. On defense he recorded seven tackles and recorded a 65-yard pick six and then on special teams he blocked a punt that was returned for another TD.


Class 3A

Dallas Larson, Juan Diego — Carried the ball 20 times for 262 yards and two touchdowns to highlight a dominant performance by the Soaring Eagle in the 43-22 win over East.

Boone Lathem, Union — Completed 24 of 33 passes for 245 yards and three touchdowns and he also rushed for two touchdowns in leading the Cougars to the 38-6 win over Carbon.

Nick Despain, Morgan — Passed for 232 yards and three touchdowns as Morgan rolled past Manti for the 42-0 victory.


Class 2A

Devin Watson, Summit Academy — Completed 19 of 27 passes for 308 yards and five touchdowns as the Bears used a big fourth quarter to rally past Millard for the 36-22 win.

Cooper Black, San Juan — Caught three passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns, both in the first half, and he also recorded an interception as San Juan rolled past Canyon View 42-7.

Calaby Thompson, South Summit— Caught four touchdown passes in leading South Summit to the 26-20 victory over Ogden.


Class 1A

Peter Franklin, Kanab — Carried the ball 23 times for 151 yards and two touchdowns and also racked up nine tackles defensively to lead Kanab to the 49-14 win over North Summit.

Easton Jensen, Parowan — Had a big game in leading Parowan to the 49-7 win over Rich as he rushed the ball six times for 120 yards and three touchdowns.