3A playoffs

Grantsville at Canyon View

In the Class 3A quarterfinals this Friday, the No. 5 seed Grantsville will travel to No. 4 Canyon View. Both teams have performed impressively throughout the season, with Grantsville carrying a .545 record (6-5) while scoring an average of 32.5 points per game and allowing 36.8. On the other side, Canyon View has been more dominant, holding a .800 record (8-2), averaging 41.1 points per game and allowing 23.6.

Grantsville enters the quarterfinals on the back of a resounding 39-0 victory over Carbon in the first round. The Cowboys’ main offensive threats have been Jayden Atkinson, who leads the team in rushing with 760 yards and four TDs on 142 carries, and Dallen Van Vliet, who has completed 70 of 138 passes for 674 yards and four TDs. On the defensive end, Krue Warren, with 54 tackles, and Talon Butler, with 49 tackles and two sacks, have been pivotal.

Canyon View comes off a first-round bye. It has been led by the offensive duo of Jaxon Jensen and Traie Buhler. Jensen has completed 176 of 290 passes for 2,730 yards and 32 touchdowns, with much of that going to Buhler, who has 599 receiving yards and eight TDs. On defense, the Falcons have leaned on Lincoln Rushton, who tops the team with 123 tackles, and Marc Richardson, with 68 tackles and six sacks.

This game will be the first meeting between the teams since a 2002 regular-season clash, which saw Canyon View squeak out a 21-14 victory. The winner will then move on to face the victor of the Richfield-Ogden quarterfinal.

Ogden at Richfield

After a dominant regular season, No. 1 Richfield (10-0) is marching into the Class 3A quarterfinals hoping to replicate its regular-season performance against No. 8 seed Ogden (5-6) in the playoffs this Friday.

The Wildcats’ offense leans heavily on the arm of their star quarterback, Reggie Hafen, who has a 70.8% completion rate with 1,846 yards through air and 19 TDs in the season. Their robust defense, anchored by Caysen Acord with 47 tackles and six sacks and Cort Moon making 65 tackles, has contained opponents to a minimal 10.1 points per game.

While Richfield enjoyed a first-round bye last week, Ogden is feeling confident after a 28-14 first-round win over Juan Diego last week, its first win over Juan Diego in school history. Max Trujillo leads Ogden offensively with 824 yards and 10 touchdowns from 128 carries, as his team averaged 26 points per game. The defense, led by Gordy Allred’s 69 tackles and five sacks, has limited opponents to an average of 22 points per game.

In their previous meeting in Week 4 of the regular season, the Wildcats dominated the Tigers with a resounding 50-7 win. The winner advances to the semifinals against the winner of the Canyon View-Grantsville quarterfinal.

Union at Morgan

Defending 3A champion Morgan is set to clash against the underdog Union Cougars in a Class 3A quarterfinal game this Friday. Morgan’s pursuit of a repeat championship, following a first-round bye, meets Union’s tenacity, which saw it earn a spot in the quarterfinal after upsetting Ben Lomond 13-10 in the first round.

This matchup evokes a sense of déjà vu, as Morgan (7-3) has a fresh memory of dominating Union (2-8) in a 62-7 victory in the regular-season finale. Morgan averages 35.6 ppg while only allowing 16.5 ppg. Union will be entering this game as the clear underdog.

Both teams have key players to watch. Gannon Labrum has been pivotal for Union, racking up 964 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. On Morgan’s end, Zak Sargent’s performance has been impressive, with 713 yards and 11 touchdowns on his record.

The winner of this contest will grapple with either Juab or Manti in the 3A semifinals.

Juab at Manti

In a rematch of their regular-season finale just two weeks ago, the Manti Templars (8-2) will host the Juab Wasps (6-5) in the Class 3A quarterfinals on Friday.

Manti comes into the game with the momentum of a convincing 35-17 victory over Juab in their previous meeting. Trailing 14-7 at halftime, the Templars rallied in the second half, scoring 28 unanswered points to secure the win. Quarterback Maison Starkweather played a crucial role, throwing three touchdown passes, including a 19-yard connection with Bo Stevens that shifted the momentum in Manti’s favor.

Both teams have had successful seasons so far, with Manti boasting an 8-2 record and Juab standing at 6-5. Manti’s offense has been dominant, scoring an average of 39.6 points per game while allowing just 20.3 points per game on defense. Their top offensive weapon is Starkweather, who leads the team with 3,160 passing yards and 36 touchdowns. Hunter Stevens has been his favorite target, with 1,087 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns.

Juab’s offense has been solid as well, averaging 28.2 ppg while allowing 26.4 ppg on defense. Ryan Robinson has been the leading rusher, accumulating 355 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. Quarterback Austin Park has thrown for 1,454 yards and 14 TDs.

Manti enjoyed a first-round bye last week, while Juab defeated North Sanpete 41-13. The winner of this quarterfinal game will advance to face the winner of the Union-Morgan quarterfinal.

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2A playoffs

Summit Academy at Emery

The Summit Academy Bears will take on the Emery Spartans in the 2A quarterfinals on Friday, with both teams coming off a first-round bye. The Bears (6-4) average 32.3 points per game while allowing 25.8. The Spartans (6-3) average 32 points per game and give up an average of 21.

The Bears’ recent offensive performance has been driven by quarterback Kyan Anderson, who has completed 194 of 325 attempts, throwing for 2,322 yards and 21 touchdowns. The ground game has relied heavily on running back Bronson Dixon, who’s rushed for 1,146 yards and 14 TDs. Defense standouts include Khai Matagi with 85 tackles and Owen Egler with 64 tackles.

On the other hand, the Spartans showcase Dane Sitterud, who leads in rushing with 682 yards and nine touchdowns on 137 carries. Wade Stilson has been instrumental in the passing game, having completed 169 of 275 passes for 2,237 yards with 22 touchdowns. Creek Sharp has had a big year with 743 receiving yards on 37 catches, finding the end zone 12 times. Defensively, Boden Christman has been a force with 40 tackles, while Luke Justice and Wade Stilson have each intercepted four passes.

These teams met in the regular season last year, with Emery defeating Summit Academy 38-21. The winner of this game will face either Judge or San Juan in the semifinals.

Judge Memorial at San Juan

The San Juan Broncos are ready to take their first step toward a possible 2A three-peat, facing off against Judge Memorial this Friday in the 2A quarterfinals.

Enjoying a flawless season with a 9-0 overall record, the Broncos come into the playoffs in the midst of a 34-game winning streak. The Broncos’ high-octane offense is averaging 58.7 points per game, while their stalwart defense only allows an average of 12.3 points. Leading the way offensively for San Juan is Zack Conway, who’s rushed for 1,164 yards and 27 TDs on 111 carries. QB Parker Snyder has also passed for 2,463 yards and 29 touchdowns.

Comparatively, the Bulldogs average only 20.6 points per game, while their defense allowed an overwhelming average of 45.1 points. Nonetheless, Tyrese Boyce has shown his resilience as the team’s leading rusher with 575 yards and three touchdowns on 83 carries.

In their previous encounter during regular season, San Juan dominated in the 67-7 victory.

Delta at South Summit

The Delta Rabbits and South Summit Wildcats will tangle in the 2A quarterfinals for the second straight year this Friday. Last year, a similar faceoff saw the Wildcats clinching the narrow 30-26 to advance to the semifinals.

Delta (6-5) averages 32 points per game and features a strong defense allowing 21.5 points. South Summit (8-2) boasts an offense that averages 34.5 points and allows 16.7 ppg.

The Rabbits’ offense is powered by rusher Kadance Lovell and quarterback Hunt Robinson, who have showcased incredible performances throughout the season. Likewise, the Wildcats have in their arsenal the potent duo of quarterback Bracken Lassche and leading rusher Trey Stembridge.

This year, both teams are entering the quarterfinals on a winning streak; Delta beat South Sevier in the 2A first round last week 42-0, while South Summit enjoyed a first-round bye. The winner advances to the semifinals to face the winner of the Providence Hall-Layton Christian game.

Providence Hall at Layton Christian

The Layton Christian Eagles (5-4) will host the Providence Hall Patriots (7-4) in the 2A quarterfinals on Friday. The Patriots are coming into the match after a triumphant 38-28 victory over ALA in the first round, while the Eagles enjoyed a bye week. The winner advances to face either Delta or South Summit in the semifinals.

Providence Hall has been on a roller coaster this season, scoring an average of 23.8 points per game while conceding 28. The Patriots are entering the contest with mixed results in recent matchups, suffering heavy losses to Summit Academy (43-7) and to South Summit (45-0) before regaining their stride against ALA.

The last time these teams met on Sept. 29, Layton Christian dominated Providence Hall 49-7. In that game, Marcus Miles, the Eagles’ quarterback, fired four touchdown passes.

The Patriots lean heavily on Aaron Barlow, who has five receiving touchdowns, and Tui Fonua, who’s accounted for 22 total touchdowns. On the other side, Eagles’ quarterback Miles has completed 114 of 172 passes for 2,190 yards and 28 touchdowns. Running back Trevor Halalilio has been the workhorse for the Eagles ground attack, rolling up 912 yards and five TDs.

Layton Christian is entering the playoffs on a strong footing with an average of 38.6 points per game while containing its opponents to an average of 26.3 points per game. With their potent offensive force and solid defense, the Eagles are hoping to repeat their earlier success against the Patriots.

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1A playoffs

Milford at Duchesne

After a decisive first-round win, No. 7 Milford (5-6) is hoping to continue the momentum into the 1A quarterfinals against No. 2 seed Duchesne (9-1) this Friday. The Tigers are coming off an emphatic 60-16 win over North Sevier, while the Eagles enjoyed a first-round bye and have won five straight since a loss to Enterprise back on Sept. 5.

The Tigers average 30.4 points per game while allowing 20.3. They are led by quarterback Kielen Tsosie, who completed 162 of 266 passes for 2,226 yards and 29 TDs. The team’s top rusher is Judd Netto, who has rushed 862 yards and eight TDs on 191 carries. On the defensive side, Morgan Finicum leads the team with 98 tackles and five sacks.

Duchesne, on the other hand, boasts a scoring average of 31.0 ppg and has allowed 15.8 ppg. Its driving force, Parker Crum, has thrown for 1,510 yards and 17 TDs, completing 107 out of 215 passes. Crum also leads the way with 14 TDs and 614 yards on 129 carries. The defensive line is anchored by Jeshaun Johnson, who has put up impressive stats with 83 tackles and one sack.

The last meeting between these teams came early last season, with Milford winning 34-20. The winner advances to the semifinals to face the winner of the North Summit-Enterprise game.

North Summit at Enterprise

The 1A quarterfinals this Friday features a first-time matchup between No. 3 seed Enterprise Wolves (9-1) and visiting No. 6 seed North Summit Braves (6-4). The last meeting between these teams was in the 1A first round last year, with Enterprise winning 35-7.

The Wolves have averaged 31.6 points this season while only allowing 12.6. North Summit, meanwhile, has played in many more close games with a scoring average of 26.6 ppg while allowing 18.1 points.

Kyron Bracken has led Enterprise offensively with 142 carries for 1,103 yarda and 14 TDs, while Jaden Drake has rushed for 557 yards and 10 TDs on 78 carries. Wolves’ quarterback Ryker Phillips also had a notable season, completing 41 of 86 passes with 625 yards and nine touchdowns.

For the Braves, Jake Smith and McKade Nelson have been key contributors. Smith has rushed for 591 yards with 11 touchdowns on 93 carries, while he’s thrown for 608 yards and five touchdowns. Nelson complimented him well with 667 rushing yards and eight TDs.

Defenses also have noteworthy stars, with Enterprise’s Brayden Gardner leading his team with 95 tackles, while Buck Sargent has been critical for North Summit’s defense racking up 120 tackles.

Though on the back of a loss against Duchesne, the Braves are eager to bounce back and flip the script from last year. Meanwhile, the Wolves, fresh off a win over Parowan in the regular-season finale, have their eyes set on a repeat semifinal appearance.

Gunnison Valley at Beaver

No. 8 seed Gunnison Valley faces a tall task as it heads to top seed Beaver in the 1A quarterfinals this Friday. The Beavers finished the regular season with a 9-1 record, and average 33.8 points per game, while only allowing 8.1 points. The Bulldogs, who secured a 46-0 first-round win over Parowan, have an overall 6-4 record, with a scoring average of 31.20 points per game while allowing an average of 25.20 points.

For Gunnison Valley, a key player to watch is Pearson Judy, who has been great on the ground this season. The running back has amassed 1,383 yards and 16 touchdowns on 205 carries. Quarterback Tyson Tucker has completed 45 of 93 passes for 757 yards and 10 touchdowns while also carrying the ball 111 times for 591 yards and nine TDs on the ground. On defense, Gage Topham leads with 80 tackles on record, along with two interceptions.

On the other side, Beaver boasts an impressive rushing lineup led by Tavyn Hollinghsead, who recorded a total of 785 yards and 11 touchdowns on 99 carries. QB Bodie Wheatley has completed 35 of 78 passes for 820 yards and 10 touchdowns. Defensively, Kutlur Matheson leads the way with a team-high 85 tackles.

The quarterfinal matchup is the first meeting between the teams since their 2014 2A first-round game, where Beaver rolled 71-20.

Millard at Kanab

After an eventful regular season, the stage is set for a 1A quarterfinal clash between Millard Eagles (5-5) and Kanab Cowboys (6-4) this Friday.

Millard’s Lincoln Fullmer leads the Eagles with 524 rushing yards and seven TDs, while QB Kaden Turner has passed for 1,223 yards and eight scores. Defensively, Luke DeGraffenried has amassed 74 tackles and one sack. Kanab is led by QB Griffin Bone, who has passed for 11 TDs, with Hayden Gubler rushing for five TDs.

In the previous clash between these two teams back in Week 4, the Cowboys scraped by with a 16-13 victory over the Eagles. As both teams march into this clash on winning streaks — Millard with two straight victories and Kanab coming off a win against Milford — this matchup could be a nail-biter for fans.

Millard has averaged 21.5 points per game this season while allowing 20.0, with Kanab averaging 25 points per game and allowing 21.4 points.

This report was compiled with the assistance of ChatGPT.