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3A/2A high school football Week 9 takeaways: Manti prevails in OT thriller; Beaver stays undefeated

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SALT LAKE CITY — In one of the best games in 3A action, Manti knocked off No. 2 ranked North Sanpete in a 32-29 overtime thriller (box score).

The Templars led 29-14 after three, but the Hawks rallied to score 15 points in the fourth quarter, both passes from Tyler Allen to Cole Mickel. In overtime, Seth Cornelsen’s 31-yard field goal gave Manti the win after they held North Sanpete in overtime.

Austin Cox and Tyler Taukeiaho scored rushing touchdowns for the Templars. Manti’s special teams and defense showed up big with Tyson Brenchley having the highlight of the light with a 94-yard punt return and Larson Pogroszewski taking an interception 45 yards to the house.

“We’re proud of our kids. They hung in for a win against a very talented and well-coached North Sanpete team,” Manti head coach Cole Meacham said.


Juab remained on the top of 3A with a 37-6 win over Delta (box score).

The Wasps outscored the Rabbits 37-0 after three and only allowed a touchdown with 3 minutes left in the game. Quarterback Shan Jackson threw three touchdowns, one apiece to Jakob Bailey, Keyton Wright and Trey Lund. Lund and Carter Lynn each scored on the ground.

“The kids played well and we were able to capitalize on some turnovers early,” Juab head coach Mike Bowring said.


Morgan solidified its Region 13 supremacy in a 55-13 win against South Summit on Thursday (box score).

It was never close as the Trojans led 48-0 at halftime. Ryder Lish was the star of the night, rushing for four touchdowns including a 52-yarder, and throwing one to Gavin Turner.

Morgan’s Ryder Lish (3) carries the ball for a first down during a high school football game at Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020.
Morgan’s Ryder Lish (3), shown here against Juan Diego back on Oct. 2, rushed for four touchdowns in leading the Trojans past Tooele on Friday.
Yukai Peng, Deseret News

Jarron Savage, Tanner Belinski and William Lance all rushed for touchdowns as well.


Richfield improved to 8-1 and widened its lead over Region 12 with a 31-23 victory against Emery (box score).

The Wildcats were in control for much of the night, leading 31-7 after three, but survived a fourth-quarter scared from the Spartans, who scored 16 points in the final period. Richfield was able to buckle down at the end of the fourth and come away with the win.

Gavin Brown threw a touchdown to Jeremy Brannon and rushed for two scores, while Kasey Giddins also had a rushing touchdown.

“Emery is a program on the rise, but our boys toughed out a good win against a quality opponent to capture the region for our school. First time we’ve have at least a share of the region title since 1988,” Richfield head coach Ryan Shaddix said.


Summit Academy romped over Judge, 61-0 (box score).

The Bears’ defense was incredible all night and its offense put on a show as well.

Joe Garlick had two touchdown tosses, one to Koa Sylvester and one to Titan Kilgore. On the ground, Carson Jeffries and Jaxon Case found paydirt twice and Khai Matagi found the end zone on a rushing score.

Plenty of players got the chance to play, and Aden Stines and Devin Watson each had touchdown passes, to Hagan Walker and Kolbyn Martinez, respectively. Stines’ pass was an 88-yard bomb, the longest scoring play of the night,


In 2A play, Beaver keeps on rolling, its latest win coming in 57-7 fashion against Millard (box score).

The Beavers got to to a 29-0 start in the first quarter and scored 57 unanswered points before Millard scored in the fourth quarter.

Treyson Hunter found Jace Marshall twice for touchdowns, while Tyten Fails led the Beavers with two rushing touchdowns. Cobe Carter, Crayton Hollingshead and Jayton Jessup all scored via the ground. Cort Raddon joined the scoring party with a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown.

“Another great win for our young men. The injury bug continues to be an issue we are struggling with but we are having a lot of kids step up and fill those spots. Treyson Hunter had a couple of touchdown passes to Jace Marshall and Cobe Carter ran really well tonight,” Beaver head coach Jon Marshall said. “Our offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage and our defense played lights out. Defensive tackle Cort Raddon has a pick 6 to get our defense on the scoreboard.”


Enterprise knocked off Kanab with a 24-14 win (box score).

“Our kids came out hard and I felt played hard from the first play to the last. We played a very physical team and I thought we equally rose to the occasion. I felt like defensively we played the most physical game we played all year which caused turnovers and big plays for us,” Enterprise head coach Andy Messersmith said.

The Wolves set the tone early with a safety and had the first three scores of the game and four of five in the contest. Bryant Jimenez and Tyler Hiatt scored on the ground and Braxton Messersmith had a 46-yard fumble recovery.

“Offensively I’m proud of our team our passing game was much improved this week. I felt like our running backs ran extremely hard today and fought for every extra yard possible,” Messersmith said.


Monticello had an exciting game against Layton Christian as the Buckaroos edged out a 21-20 victory (box score). The Eagles went for a two-point conversion to win the game, but Monticello stopped it for the win.

“We had many players step up and take their role to the next level. That’s what it takes to be a team, everyone doing their part at a high level and we did that tonight,” Monticello head coach Reed Anderson said.


In a defensive battle, Parowan beat Milford, 14-7 (box score).

The Tigers struck first on a run from Bo Hardy before Easton Jense found the end zone from four yards out to tie the game at seven in the first quarter. A 10-yard touchdown run by Jense in the third quarter turned out to be the difference in the contest.

“Our boys played a tough game against a good opponent. We were able to get stops when we needed them. Our running game and defense won the game tonight. I’m proud of how our boys battled,” Parowan head coach Ryan Heath said.