SALT LAKE CITY — Week 3 of high school football is in the books. As we continue to roll towards region play, here’s a look at some notable games from around 3A and 2A play.
3A action featured a couple close, exciting games.
Emery beat American Leadership Academy 20-13 in an exciting comeback win on Friday (box score).
The Eagles struck first, scoring the first two touchdowns of the night on a 52-yard run from Hyrum Morley and a 5-yard pass from Boden Johnson to Marcus Haston to take a 13-0 lead into halftime. From there, though, it would be all Spartans. Josh Olsen found Koalton Curtis for a 20-yard touchdown pass to get the scoring started for Emery in the third quarter.
From there, Jace Curtis gave the Spartans a 14-13 lead on a 6-yard run. Curtis put the exclamation mark on the win with a 61-yard run to increase Emery’s lead to seven, then the Spartans’ defense would hang on for the win, Emery’s first of the season.
“We dug ourselves a hole the first half but we were able to settle down and dig in and get some critical stops in the second half. That allowed our offense to get rolling,” Emery head coach Jon Faimalo said. “We had close to 300 yards of offense in the second half and were able to hold them to under 100 yards on defense in the second half.”
Watch replay: Emery 20, American Leadership Academy 13
Richfield was another team involved in a close game on Friday night, prevailing 20-7 over Payson (box score).
Tied 7-7 entering the final quarter, Richfield — who entered the game ranked No. 5 in the Deseret News 3A rankings — scored two touchdowns to come away with the win and improve to 3-0 on the season. The Wildcats took the lead early in the fourth quarter on a 33-yard touchdown pass from Gavin Brown to Jake Hyatt.
The two would connect with two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, this time from 7 yards out, to seal the win.
“Payson is a tough and athletic bunch of kids who are a program you cannot overlook. We had a really solid game plan that we had to tweak because they took some things away from us, but in the end our relentless conditioning made all the difference,” Richfield head coach Ryan Shaddix said.
Watch replay: Richfield 20, Payson 7
Summit Academy, ranked No. 2 in the Deseret News 3A rankings, crossed state lines for a showdown against one of the best teams in Wyoming, Star Valley.
It was a close one through three quarters with the score knotted at 14-all heading into the fourth quarter. In crunch time, the Bears took over for a 24-14 win to boost their record to 3-0 (box score).
Kyson Andolsek broke the tie with a 22-yard field goal with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter. Not even two minutes later, Joe Garlick, who had two touchdowns throws on the night, found Titan Kilgore for a 75-yard touchdown that put the game out of reach as Summit Academy’s defense buckled down and didn’t allow a point in the fourth quarter.
“Great team win. Defense set the tone all night and offense got just enough big plays to get a win in a very hostile environment and against the best team in Wyoming,” Summit Academy head coach Les Hamilton said.
North Sanpete, ranked No. 5 in 3A, also kept its perfect record alive in a 58-0 rout of South Sevier (box score).
Most of the damage came in the first half as the Hawks racked up 48 points before halftime. Quarterback Landon Bowles was fantastic, throwing four touchdown passes, including two to Magnus Clawson. Trevin Morley was great on the ground, scoring three rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown.
“We came out with really good energy and focus which stems back to this week’s practices. Our kids are hungry to get better every week and willing to work on the things we see in film. Tonight you could see the communication was better up front and we got better at the little things,” North Sanpete head coach Rhett Bird said.
Morgan, ranked No. 4 in 3A, continued its tough nonregion schedule, again playing a 4A team and falling — this time in a 24-13 loss to Snow Canyon (box score).
The Trojans opened scoring in the first quarter with a Tanner Belenski touchdown run, but a 24-point second quarter, in which Snow Canyon scored four times unanswered, proved to be too much. Warriors quarterback Landon Frei had three touchdowns passes, two to Jake Hill, in the win.
Watch replay: Snow Canyon 24, Morgan 13
In 2A play, it was mostly business as usual, with four of the top five teams in the Deseret News 2A rankings winning and Beaver, Duchesne and Millard, the top three teams, all staying undefeated.
Beaver cruised to a 55-10 win over South Summit (box score). Quarterback Treyson Hunter was great for the Beavers, throwing three touchdown scores — one apiece to EJ Allred, Ky Brown and Statler Wright — and also rushed for another touchdown. EJ Allred and Turner Williams each had two rushing touchdowns.
Beaver’s defense was stout, allowing just 10 points.
“Our young men had a great effort tonight. EJ Allred and Turner Williams both had over 100 yards rushing and EJ almost broke the century mark in receiving yards. Treyson Hunter had a great night at QB going 9 of 10 for 195 yards and 3 TD passes. He also had 79 yards rushing and one rushing score,” Beaver head coach Jon Marshall said. “Our offensive line played great, allowing our backs to average over 11 yards a carry for the game. Our defense put in another very solid performance. We showed a lot of improvement this week against a good team.”
Watch replay: Beaver 55, South Summit 10
Duchesne blew out Carbon 53-7 (box score). The score was tied 7-7 after one period, with Duchesne’s score coming on an opening kickoff return from Kaleb Sanchez, but the Eagles blew it open, scoring the next 46 points while holding Carbon scoreless for three quarters. Brock Adams scored two rushing touchdowns, while Draker Goodliffe, Sanchez and Parker Crum all scored rushing touchdowns.
“Kaleb Sanchez took the opening kick back. We were pretty balanced throughout the game with the run and pass. Defensively we gave up a deep ball early in the first quarter that we need to clean up. Besides that, our kids played tough and hit hard all night,” Duchesne head coach Jerry Cowan said.
Millard beat Delta 32-14 in the meeting between the two rivals (box score).
Delta jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter via a touchdown pass from Austin Topham to Oran Finlinson and a 65-yard run from Will Finlinson. That would be the extent of the Rabbits’ scoring, however, as the Eagles were able to work their way back, scoring a touchdown in the second quarter on a 84-yard bomb from James Stephenson to Taylor Davies and a 48-yard run in the third quarter by Jed DeGraffenried.
From there, Millard had a strong fourth quarter, scoring 18 points on runs from DeGraffenried and KC Whittakers and a touchdown pass form James Stephenson to Mekhi Davis.
“To get the win in Delta with such a storied rivalry is huge, but for our kids to be able to grind back for the win after falling down 14-0 just shows the resiliency of these kids. It took a lot of heart for them to do what they did,” Millard head coach Ethan Stephenson said.
At halftime, North Summit was locked in a defensive battle with North Sevier, with the Wolves leading 3-2. After the halftime break, the Braves outscored the Wolves 15-3, with a rushing touchdown from Crimzon Crittenden in the third quarter and an interception return for a touchdown by Matagi Faavale in the fourth quarter that sealed a 17-6 win for the Braves (box score).
“The game was a huge step in the right direction for us. North Sevier is a class act program with tough kids and a well-coached team. To go in there and get a W was big. Being down at the half and fighting through some injuries, it was neat to see our kids step up to the challenge, dig deep, and find a way,” North Summit head coach Gary Crittenden said.
“Our o-and d-lines were huge. Often we see the running back rip off a huge run or a receiver with a grab and credit them for their effort but it was an unsung, unselfish, tough guy in the trenches who unassumingly did their job for everything to work. Fighting back for the win, what an honor to be involved with these student-athletes.”
Milford was the lone team of the top five to lose in Week 3, playing up against 4A Ogden, resulting in a 30-6 loss (box score). Logan Shobe rushed for two touchdowns to lead the Tigers. Milford’s lone touchdown came in the fourth quarter on a 6-yard pass from Bo Hardy to Bret Beebe.
Watch replay: Ogden 30, Milford 6