SALT LAKE CITY — The start of the 2020 high school football season did not go as planned for the Park City Miners or the Stansbury Stallions. Nor for the Pine View Panthers, or the Mountain View Bruins or the Hurricane Tigers.
All five teams suffered season-opening defeats Week 1, some in heartbreaking fashion, others in more convincing fashion.
The five teams shared something in common following Week 2 action as well: all bounced back for their first victories of the year.
None were more convincing in their entry into the win column than the Miners, even if it took a few quarters. Park City handily defeated Juan Diego 44-10, thanks to a 28-point fourth quarter explosion (box score). Max Alford rushed for three touchdowns in the win, including a 55-yard scamper late in the third quarter that kicked off a 35-0 run by the Miners.
That late surge was a point of pride for Park City head coach Josh Montzingo, though he was quick to note that his team still have a ways to go.
“Really proud of our team and the way they battled tonight,” Park City head coach Josh Montzingo said. “We have some work to do, but excited to watch them really late in the game.”
Excitement was readily apparent for Stansbury as well. The Stallions fell just short against defending champion Sky View in the season opener, but took care of business against Logan.
Stansbury defeated Logan 38-6, thanks to a strong performance by its defense (box score). The Grizzlies scored only one time the entire game, early in the fourth quarter after Stansbury led 24-0.
“Really dominant performance from our defense,” Stansbury head coach Eric Alder said.
He also had praise for his offense, which after a slow and sloppy start managed to score at least one touchdown in every quarter, led by quarterback Kru Huxford, who threw and ran for scores.
“Our offense was pretty sloppy early on,” Alder said, “but we managed to put some pretty good drives together.”
Pine View fell to Ridgeline in a heartbreaker a week ago, but the Panthers managed to pull out the victory this time around, in a 21-13 win over Highland (box score). Pine View quarterback Brayden Bunnell was the standout, throwing for three touchdowns, two to Dominique Mckenzie.
The Panthers’ defense was also key to the win, as they held the Rams to only two touchdowns in total. Both scores came on the ground, and prior to the season, Pine View head coach Ray Hosner explained that his team’s ability to stop the run this year would be the key to success.
“The key for us is going to be able to stop the run,” Hosner told the Deseret News. “I think our secondary is super fast, so we’re going to be have to be able to get physical up front to stop the run. If we can do that we’ll have a lot of success.”
Watch replay: Pine View 21, Highland 13
Mountain View struggled mightily Week 1 against rival Orem, but there was hardly a hangover of any kind from that setback. The Bruins dominated Timpanogos en route to a 53-13 victory (box score). The Bruins trailed early on, but halftime adjustments led to 32 unanswered second half points.
“We made some great halftime adjustments and our kids played a great third quarter to pull away,” Mountain View head coach Tyler Anderson said. “We played great team football in the second half.”
Rilan Sigua, Liam Hone, David Hair and Curtis Coleman all rushed for touchdowns in the Bruins’ win.
Hurricane lost in a nail-biter to Richfield in its season opener, as a late fourth quarter touchdown lifted the Wildcats past the Tigers.
This time around it was the Tigers who did the late game scoring, though. Hurricane scored the go-ahead touchdown with just under a minute remaining in its game against Murray, a 30-yard touchdown connection between quarterback Carter Ashby and Jack Reeve that gave Hurricane a 15-14 win (box score).
Afterward, Hurricane head coach Skyler Miller had only good things to say, whether it be about his team, Hurricane High or the community as a whole.
“I’m so incredibly proud of our players for how they responded tonight and our coaches for how hard they work,” Miller said. “So proud of how hard they played and how they never quit. We love our players, we love our school and we love our community for the energy and support they give us.”
For all the bounce-back wins, there were five teams that simply continued their winning ways, though it wasn’t always simple.
Green Canyon improved to 2-0 on the year with a 30-29 win over Box Elder, but the victory was only possible due to some late-game heroics by quarterback Jake Lundin and a play-making Jacob Regen (box score).
The duo connected multiple times on the game-winning drive, including for the game-winning score with 24 seconds remaining.
“Our defense made a key stop and the offense went 75 yards (down the field) for the go-ahead point,” Green Canyon head coach Craig Anhder said. “Jake Lundin connected with Jacob Regen on the last drive, including a circus catch to get in scoring position and for the touchdown a couple of plays later.”
Sky View defeated Bonneville 42-21, as the defending champs continued their early season success (box score). The Bobcats started strong for the second consecutive week and this time around prevented any sort of dangerous rally attempt by their opponent, the very kind of rally attempt they dealt with a week ago against Stansbury when the Bobcats “held on,” per head coach Chris Howell.
Running back Walter Collins rushed for two scores and caught another in the win over the Lakers.
Bear River was the third Region 11 team to improve to 2-0 to start the season, thanks to a hard-fought 20-14 victory over defending 3A state champion Morgan (box score). The Bears held the Trojans scoreless through three quarters before holding on for the victory.
“I was very proud of our boys tonight,” Bears head coach Chris Wise said. “They responded the way we would expect them to in the face of some hard adversity. Morgan is every bit a state championship team and our boys fought hard.”
Chance Udy, Garrison Marble and Kace Jones each scored for Bear River in the win.
Watch replay: Bear River 20, Morgan 14
Leaving Region 11 behind, Canyon View and Ogden, representing Region 9 and Region 10, respectively, continued their winning ways.
The Falcons made short work of Grand in a dominant 61-22 win (box score). Canyon View jumped out to a 26-0 edge in the first quarter and led 40-0 at the half. Gunner Hatch rushed for three touchdowns, but was only one of seven Falcons who found the end zone.
“It’s really nice to be 2-0,” Canyon View head coach Chris Sawyers said. “Our offense played really well and our defense forced five turnovers and scored. We also blocked a punt and gave our offense a short field all night.”
All that success enabled the Falcons to play a great deal of its youth, a benefit going forward.
“We were able to play a lot of kids,” said Sawyers. “Our young kids played in the second half and gave up a couple touchdowns, but they caught their footing and closed out the game.”
Watch replay: Canyon View 61, Grand 22
Ogden, meanwhile, defeated Providence Hall 35-6 for the Tigers’ second win this year (box score).
Running back Logan Shobe was once again the standout, as he rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns on only 16 carries. The Tigers’ defense recorded four sacks, in what was an all-around excellent outing.
“Our hearts are just full of gratitude each week when we see that ball kicked off Friday night at 7 p.m.,” Ogden head coach Erik Thompson said. “Just knowing we made it another week and we get to play the great game of football and battle with our brothers together and represent the great community of Ogden.”
Watch replay: Ogden 35, Providence Hall 6
In other 4A action, Ben Lomond fell to American Leadership Academy, while Tooele lost to Grantsville, and Cedar City to Juab. Crimson Cliffs suffered a setback against Lehi, as did Uintah against Union and Mountain Crest against Wasatch. Perennial contender Dixie fell to 0-2 on the year, with a 24-21 loss to Roy (box score).
Watch replay: Juab 30, Cedar City 19