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6A high school football takeaways: Region 4 sweep again, highlighted by Corner Canyon dismantling Herriman and Skyridge rolling past Bingham

Corner Canyon, Lone Peak, American Fork, Pleasant Grove, Skyridge and Westlake are all 2-0 after Week 2

Skyridge and Bingham play in a high school football game at Skyridge High School in Lehi on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020.
Skyridge and Bingham play in a high school football game at Skyridge High School in Lehi on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News

DRAPER — The notion that football teams might struggle early this season because of limitations caused by COVID-19 has been blown out of the water by Corner Canyon in just two weeks.

Corner Canyon obliterated its second straight opponent Friday night, building a 49-0 halftime lead on Herriman en route to the 56-0 victory. (Box Score)

The week before, it built a 49-0 lead on Farmington heading into the fourth quarter before the Phoenix tacked on 20 points in the fourth quarter.

“Offensively with as many guys as we had back I just expected them to be ready to go just because they played so much,” said coach Eric Kjar. “I think our defense has been the bigger surprise cause I thought it would take them a little longer to get going.”

Watch replay: Corner Canyon 56, Herriman 0

Corner Canyon returned eight offensive starters from last year’s undefeated 6A state championship team, but only three on defense.

New quarterback Jaxson Dart, who transferred from Roy High School in January, has been lights out for the Chargers, passing for seven touchdowns and rushing for four more.

“Arm-talent wise and ability, I’ve been surprised. I didn’t expect what he brought to the table,” said Kjar about the senior Dart, who has an offer from BYU and is garnering interest lately from Colorado and Arizona State as well.

With its winning streak now at 28 straight, Corner Canyon heads into Week 3 ready to face a Bingham team that it left in its wake in Week 3 last year as well with a 56-28 win.

All six Region 4 teams won again on Friday improving to 2-0, a clear reason why the league is always referred to as the SEC of Utah high school football.


Corner Canyon’s Week 3 opponent Bingham may be limping into the game after its humbling Friday night at Skyridge.

Sophomore McCae Hillstead tossed four touchdowns, and Skyridge dominated Bingham defensively on its way to the 35-7 victory. (Box Score)

Watch replay: Skyridge 35, Bingham 7

“There’s no limit what he can do,” Skyridge coach Jon Lehman told the Desert News after the game about his quarterback. “He can run and throw, and he never gets rattled.”

It was the first time Bingham dropped its season opener since 2008.


Region 4’s Pleasant Grove jumped out to a 19-0 lead on Maple Mountain and then held on for the 19-14 win despite not scoring in the second half. (Box Score)

The bigger story were for the injuries for the Vikings, which made the night kind of feel like a loss.

Pleasant Grove’s top two receivers Darrius Clemons (wrist) and Brooks Winterton (knee) both left the game with injuries and coach Mark Wootton didn’t seem encouraged about a quick return for either.

“We’re just kind of beat up and tired right now,” Wootton told the Deseret News after the game. “We just hung on.”

Clemons is a move-in from Oregon this season and is one of the top-ranked junior wide receivers in the nation. He caught six passes for 115 yards and a touchdown before landing awkwardly on a fourth-down catch attempt in the second half.

Watch replay: Pleasant Grove 19, Maple Mountain 14

Region 4’s other three teams also won easily. Lone Peak beat Jordan 52-3 (Box Score), Westlake beat Provo 30-13 (Box Score) and American Fork beat Timpview 31-21 on Thursday (Box Score)

Watch replay: Lone Peak 52, Jordan 3


Down in the sweltering heat of St. George, Roy scored the game’s final 10 points in the last six minutes to rally past Dixie for the impressive 24-21 victory. (Box Score)

Parker Kingston’s 16-yard TD run with 1:16 remaining proved to be the game-winner.

“This game was a back-and-forth game with two good teams battling to the end. Roy’s defense stepped up in the fourth quarter and got a couple key stops and Roy’s QB Parker Kingston made several key plays late with his arm and legs to get W. It was a great team win against a very good Dixie team,” said Roy coach Fred Fernandes.

The game was another reunion for two of the state’s longest-tenured coaches, as Fernandes and Dixie’s Blaine Monkres both got their coaching starts together as assistants at Roy High School.


Roy’s Region 1 counterpart Weber was thrilled to simply be playing after its Week 1 game was canceled the day before the game because of a couple of positive COVID-19 tests on Bingham.

Weber definitely took out some of its pent-up frustration out on Bountiful with the 28-3 win. (Box Score)

“I was happy for our kids. You don’t realize how special the game is until it is taken away from you. Our guys were hungry to play and I’m happy for them,” said Weber coach Jayson Anderson. “The kids did a great job executing the game plan. I’m just happy for our guys that they handled the tough situation last week and responded the right way.”

Weber quarterback Jake Lindsay completed 7-of-16 passes for 285 yards and three TDs, with Cannon DeVries the benefit of two of those TDs as he finished with 151 yards.

Logan Payne added 106 yards on the ground.


For Riverton, its Week 1 loss to Pleasant Grove wasn’t a surprise, but the way it lost was a surprise.

Coach Jody Morgan addressed some of the issues that plagued his team last week and it paid dividends with a 30-0 bounce-back win over West Jordan. (Box Score)

“Great response by our players. We try to be honest with one another and have thick skin. We played too tight last week, and were not flying around having fun. That starts with me, we need to realize this is an escape for these young men and at the end of the day be grateful they are able to play this week and have a hell of a time doing it,” said Morgan. “We still have things to fix, but love this teams mental toughness. Need to stay just as focused following a win.”

Jaxon Howard threw for two touchdowns in the win over the Jaguars.


And quietly in Week 1, Davis backed up its strong defensive performance in Week 1 with a great offensive and defensive performance in Week 2 to blow past rival Viewmont for the 48-6 win. (Box Score)

After a down year in 2019, the Darts are looking like a serious contender for the Region 1 title.


Perhaps the most entering game of the night in 6A was played at Taylorsville, where Taylorsville grinded out a 37-31 overtime win over Northridge. (Box Score)

Taylorsville’s Dalton Jamison scored on a 6-yard pass from Humani Wolfgramm with 14 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime.

In overtime, Northridge had possession first but Taylorsville’s Brison Peisley intercepted a pass as the 2-yard line. The Warriors followed by scoring early in their possession on a 20-yard TD run from Braxton Bates — his second of the game.

“We won because we stuck together as a team and never gave up. My kids have heart and represented the school well tonight,” said Taylorsville coach Joe Johnson, whose team did not play well last week in a 32-6 season-opening loss to Copper Hills.