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5A high school football takeaways: Farmington’s bounceback, dominant wins by Orem and Skyline highlight Week 2 slate

Orem handed East its first shutout since 2010, snapping a streak of 122 games

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Orem’s Zion Saleapaga (55) celebrates with his teammates after a turnover during a high school football game against East at Orem High School in Orem on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020.

Yukai Peng, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Farmington coach Daniel Coats acknowledged that his team’s ego “took a massive shot” last week in a thrashing against the state’s best team Corner Canyon.

The response from his team in Week 2 is proof the Phoenix will be just fine.

Farmington methodically pulled away from Syracuse for the 28-7 victory, returning some sense of normalcy to the program. (Box Score)

“Instead of them doubting themselves and second guessing all the work they’ve put in, they trusted the process and fought even harder. Super proud of all of them doing their part,” said Coats.

Four different players scored touchdowns in the win — Boston Reinhold, Caden Reynolds, Drew Patterson and Payton Patterson.

A week ago, Farmington didn’t score until the fourth quarter against Corner Canyon and by then it trailed 49-0.

“Last week there was a lot of stuff in our heads. The world is telling them there’s no chance (against Corner Canyon), so they were fighting a lot of stuff rather than just the game. I think this week they were almost relieved they didn’t have to battle with any kind of negativity,” said Coats.

With Lone Peak on the schedule in Week 4, the schedule doesn’t let up in the next few weeks, but Coats likes were his sits after two weeks.

“I feel like we’re going to keep this momentum going. They’ve been tested and been through some really rough stuff, so I think they’re getting stronger mentality which is helping them push harder physically. I feel like we’re in a great spot,” he said.

No. 1 Orem flexed its muscles defensively against 6A’s East in Week 2 in a dominant 24-0 victory, handing East its first shutout since 2010 — snapping a streak of 122 straight games. (Box Score)

Watch replay: Orem 24, East 0

“Our key was just doing our assignment,” Orem linebacker Jayden Ah You told the Deseret News after the game. “Coaches told us we had to sacrifice for our teammates, and there were a lot of guys who did that. ... And when it was any guy’s turn to make a play, it was sort of easy.”

With Skyridge on the schedule next week it will be another great opportunity for Orem to make another statement in Week 3.

One of the most impressive performances in Week 2 belonged to Skyline, which crushed Springville 49-14 to improve to 2-0 this season. (Box Score)

In the lead-up to the game, coach Mike Carlson told the Deseret News his team needed to match the physicality of Springville, and it’s safe to say it did just that.

With Braxton Bolingbroke leading the way with six touchdown passes, Skyline raced to a 35-14 halftime lead and coasted from there. Three of his TD passes went to Tyler Limpert.

“Started up front with great pass protection from our offensive line,” said Carlson about the offensive performance.

At the other end, the defense was outstanding for a second straight week.

“Defense was strong again like last week. They have carried us in both games this year. They are doing a great job. Forced two turnovers and multiple of three and outs,” said Carlson. “Overall, we played as a unified team with a lot of energy. Proud of the guys and how they’ve come together as a team.”

Two weeks into the season, Skyline might’ve surpassed rival Olympus when it comes to likelihood of winning the Region 6 title, but the Titans definitely righted the ship on Friday.

A week after a discouraging loss to Mountain Ridge, Olympus played great defense and then got a late touchdown from Johnny Frank to pull away for the 19-10 win over Hunter. (Box Score)

“We had a positive, effective week of practice. Players and coaches were able to make the necessary adjustments. Our two areas of emphasis coming into this game were to both establish and defend the run. We were satisfied with both areas,” said Olympus coach Aaron Whitehead. “We also saw great improvement with the offensive line play. I’m also happy with the leadership on this team. Heading into Week 3, we need to make improvements if we hope to compete with a quality opponent of Kearns.”

Alta traveled a long way to earn its bounce-back win, a 54-14 win over Desert Hills. (Box Score)

It even scored on a Hail Mary at the end of the first half as Ethan Jackson connected with D’Andre Randolph.

“I was really proud of how our defense responded after early mistakes that led to Desert Hills’ first score. Once we settled in we started to click as a D. The defensive scored twice off of interceptions by Vita Mafile’o and Gabe Barazza,” said Alta coach Alema Te’o. “Our special teams played awesome which ignited our offense. Quarterback Ethan Jackson connected with D’Andre Randolph for some big plays and the rest is history.

“It’s a great win but we have a big mountain to climb once we get to region.”

Watch replay Alta 54, Desert Hills 14

Salem Hills improved to 2-0 this preseason with another strong defensive performance in a 27-10 win over Fremont. (Box Score)

“I was proud of the resilience of our players. Our defense played solid all night, Willie Leota had a big pick at the right time and helped change the momentum of the game. Reed Johnson made a big hit in the end zone causing receiver to drop the ball,” said coach Jeff Higginson.

Offensively, Jarret Elmer passed for a score and rushed for a score in a balanced attack.

“Austin Hallows was huge on offense tonight. He caught a touchdown from Elmer which put the game away. It was great having Deven Johnson back at tight end, he made a couple of big catches at the right times. I thought our O-line was solid all night giving Elmer plenty of time to throw the ball around. It was a great team win.”

With wins over Mountain Crest and Fremont in the first two weeks, Salem Hills plays Juab and Highland with a bye sandwiched in before kicking off Region 8 which should be very competitive this year.