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3A/2A high school football Week 8 takeaways: Crowded field emerges in 3A, while Beaver reigns supreme in battle of 2A unbeatens

Juan Diego takes on Morgan during a high school football game at Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020.
Juan Diego takes on Morgan during a high school football game at Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020.
Yukai Peng, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Juab remains at the top of the 3A mountain, rattling off its fifth straight win in a 34-14 win against Manti (box score).

The Wasps were ready from the outset, scoring the game’s first 18 points and setting the tone early.

Jakob Bailey and Trey Lund scored on the ground and Alex Jackson connected with Dawson Olsen for a passing touchdown. Ryker Richards added two field goals.

“We were able to balance our run and pass game tonight pretty well. We had some big plays that helped us get the win,” Juab head coach Mike Bowring said.


North Sanpete improved to 7-1, right behind Juab in Region 14. The Hawks blew out American Leadership 42-14 (box score).

North Sanpete was off to the races at the start of the game. scoring 21 in the first quarter and 28 unanswered midway through the second quarter. Landon Bowles had two touchdowns, one to Braxton Taylor and one to Magnus Clawson. Bowles was mobile, scoring two rushing touchdowns for a total of four touchdowns.

Bowles exited the game with a knee injury, but there’s hope that it isn’t severe and he’ll be ready for the playoffs.


Morgan stays atop Region 13, improving to 2-0 in region play with a 49-28 win over Juan Diego (box score). Down 21-7 midway through the second quarter, the Trojans scored 28 straight until halftime to pull away for the win.

Tanner Belinski and Ryder Lish combined for five rushing touchdowns and Lish threw two scores — one to Nick Despain and one to Jimmy Savage. Two of Belisnki’s three touchdown runs were monstrous — 82 and 62 yard scores.

“That was a hard fought game. Juan Diego is a good team and jumped on us early. Our kids battled back and focused on controlling what we can. It was good to see us execute well offensively again, and our defense settled in and played well. Really happy for our players, that was a quality win tonight against a very good team,” Morgan head coach Jared Barlow told the Deseret News after the game.


Richfield improved to 7-1 overall and 3-0 in region play, topping the Region 12 standings for another week in a 34-20 victory against San Juan (box score).

The Broncos had a 12-6 lead early in the second quarter before the Wildcats scored the next three touchdowns and four of the next five scores to grab the win.

Gavin Brown threw a touchdown pass to Kasey Giddings and rushed for another score and Giddings had two rushing touchdowns. Giddins also had a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown in the win.

“Our team came in hyper focused after a great week of practice and executed our game plan to perfection. San Juan is a phenomenal program and a super tough opponent. Grateful to come away with a big win,” Richfield head coach Ryan Shaddix said.


Emery also improved to 3-0 in region play, just trailing Richfield with a 5-3 overall record. This week, the Spartans beat South Sevier 38-7 (box score).

After a 73-yard Jaxin Torgerson touchdown run that cut Emery’s lead to three, the Spartans flexed their muscle, scoring the next 28 points of the game, highlighted by a 43-yard interception return to the house by Josh Olsen that sealed the game for good in the fourth quarter.

Ryker Jensen threw two touchdown tosses to Josh Olsen and Quintin Sorensen and also rushed for a score. Jace Curtis found himself in the end zone on a run.

“South Sevier was a really physical team and played us well the first half. Our defense was able to create five turnovers that helped generate points and opportunities for our offense,” Emery head coach Jon Faimalo said.


The game of the week in 2A between two unbeatens — Kanab and Beaver — turned out to be anticlimactic as the Beavers showed that they are the kings of the 2A North region in a resounding 56-7 win (box score).

Kanab’s defense held Beaver to six points in the first quarter, bu the Beavers exploded for 29 in the second and 14 in the third. After three periods, Beaver led 49-0 in a statement game.

“Our young men were fired up to play. Two undefeated teams that have a long, rivaled history. We had over 500 yards rushing and our defense held a team that was averaging around 300 yards rushing to 73 on the night,” Beaver head coach Jon Marshall said.

All of Beaver’s touchdowns came on the ground. Crayton Hollinshead led the way with three scores and Hunter Carter, Jayton Jessup, Trevin Hunter and Treyson Hunter all had touchdowns.

“To have this kind of effort with two of our best players, EJ Allred and Turner Williams, out was impressive. Our offensive line of Jake Eichorn, Cutler Edwards, Cort Raddon, Nate Benson Dylan Bartlett, Griffin Orton, Jace Marshall and Conner Crum were outstanding,” Marshall said.


Meanwhile, Duchesne stayed unbeaten and atop the 2A North with a 41-8 win against Layton Christian (box score).

“We took care of business at LCA, although LCA was challenging due to their average size up front being well over 200 pounds. They did a good job running behind them and getting enough first downs to keep our offense off the field more than we wanted,” Duchesne head coach Jerry Cowan said.

Trevin Coil had a touchdown grab, Kaleb Sanchez had a kick return for a touchdown and Westin Gines had a touchdown run in the win.

“Overall our kids had a great time and continued their undefeated season to this point,” Cowan said.


Sitting just below Duchesne in the standings, North Summit is now 4-1 in region play and 6-2 overall following a 45-7 blowout of Monticello (box score).

The Braves did their damage in the first half, going into the locker room with a 42-0 lead.

North Summit got contributions from lots of players. Ethan Crittenden, Jackson Prescott, Matagi Faavale and Ty Hirzel all scored rushing touchdowns. Quarterback Walker Woolstenhulme had two touchdown passes, to Kale Hobson and Quinton Jones.


Milford won its first region game, defeating Millard 27-13 (box score). Bret Beebe had three touchdowns — an 83-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown, a one-yard run and and 84-yard pass from quarterback Bo Hardy. Hardy also found Blake Barnes for a score.


Parowan also earned its first region win, beating North Sevier in a 48-41 shootout (box score).

All tied up heading into the fourth, Hutch Miller, who had previously scored in the third quarter to tie the game, found pay dirt from five yards out to give the Rams the lead with seven minutes remaining, then Parowan’s defense was able to hang on the rest of the way for the win.

Miller was phenomenal, throwing four touchdowns — three to Nicholas Goodman and one to Treven Yardley — and rushing for two scores.