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3A/2A high school football takeaways: Explosive offenses lead the way in Week 5

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SALT LAKE CITY — In 2A action, Summit Academy and North Sanpete stayed undefeated with wins thanks to spectacular offensive performances.

Summit Academy’s offense was firing on all cylinders in a 56-30 win over Timpanogos (box score), marking its season high in points scored.

The Bears’ defense was also huge, forcing five turnovers, including a 38-yard interception return for a touchdown courtesy of Trey Bailey. Jaxon Case was a workhorse, scoring four rushing touchdowns and quarterback Joe Garlick was yet again impressive with three passing touchdowns to Koa Sylvester, Russ Oliver and Titan Kilgore.

“Summit’s defense created five turnovers including a Pick 6 by Trey Bailey. Jaxon Case ran for four touchdowns and Joe Garlick threw three touchdowns,” Summit Academy coach Les Hamilton said.

North Sanpete’s offense was yet again impressive in a 51-13 victory on the road at Grand (box score).

Friday’s win marked the third straight game in which the Hawks have scored 50 points or more. North Sanpete did its damage early, scoring 48 of the 51 points in the first half. PJ Cook had a 50-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown that set the the tone in the first quarter. Jordan Watts rushed for two scores, Trevin Morley rushed for another and quarterback Morgan Bowles threw three touchdowns passes, including two to Cole Mickel.

“We created some turnovers early in the game that led to a defensive score and good field position. The energy was great on and off the field no matter who was in the game which is great to see as a head coach,” North Sanpete coach Rhett Bird said.

Juab was another 2A team that got its offense rolling, scoring a season-high 44 points in a 44-0 win over Emery (box score).

Alex Jackson was key for the Wasps, throwing three touchdown passes to three different receivers — Brayden Lawton, Dawson Olsen and Luke Bailey — and rushed for one more. Boden Ballow also scored on the ground. Juab’s defense was strong the whole night, earning its first shutout of the season.

“I was happy with our week of practice and our execution tonight. The players played well and it was an awesome evening honoring our great nation and remembering the heroes associated with 9/11,” Juab head coach Mike Bowring said.

A common theme among top 3A performers on Friday, Richfield’s offense exploded for a season-best 42 points in a 42-14 win over Manti (box score).

After a 7-7 first quarter, the Wildcats grasped the lead for good with a 29-point second quarter. Gavin Brown had two touchdown passes and two touchdown runs in the win and Kasey Giddings added another rushing score.

Grantsville’s offense put in work as the Cowboys rode to a 39-14 win against San Juan (box score).

It was a tight game at halftime, with Grantsville up 10-7, but the Cowboys came charging out of the gates in the second half with a 22-point performance in the third quarter. Blake Thomas was great, scoring three rushing touchdowns, including a 78-yarder.

Caleb Sullivan and Ethan Rainer also scored and the Cowboys held San Juan, who scored 54 points in a win against American Leadership a week ago, to just 14 points — a season low.

“Our boys did a great job shutting down a very potent offense tonight. They definitely stepped up to the challenge. Offensively we were able to get our ground game going and oppose our will,” Grantsville head coach Kody Byrd said.

Like in 3A, the two unbeaten teams stayed that way as Beaver and Duchesne both improved to 5-0 on the season.

Beaver’s potent offense, averaging 55.3 points per game heading into its matchup, scored 48 against Milford — the most points the Tigers’ defense has allowed all year — in a 48-7 win (box score).

Treyson Hunter scored two passing touchdowns and three rushing touchdowns to lead the way for the Beavers in a dominating win. EJ Allred added a rushing touchdown.

“It was a hard fought game. Milford is a very good team. A couple of TD passes from Treyson Hunter to EJ Allred set the tone for us early. We finished with 395 yards rushing. Great job by our offensive line. Our defense played really solid. Proud of the way our kids have approached every game up to this point of the season,” Beaver head coach Jon Marshall said.

Duchesne ground it out in a 20-6 win against North Summit (box score).

Cameron Brady had two touchdown passes, to Makovey Jessen and Kaleb Sanchez. North Summit’s six points were the fewest scored this year by the Braves.

North Summit did a good job slowing our run game tonight but we were able to make a couple of big plays in the second half through the air,” Duchesne head coach Jerry Cowan said. “The defense settled down after giving up an early score and played great for us tonight. Overall a good team win against a North Summit team who came to play tonight.”

Millard bounced back from a 27-0 loss to Kanab last week in a big way with a 55-6 win over Monticello (box score).

James Stephenson threw two touchdowns and Jed DeGraffenried, Luke DeGraffenried and KC Whitaker all scored on the ground. Jed DeGraffenried provided the highlight of the night on a 75-yard interception return for a touchdown.

“This was a good bounce back game after last week. The boys showed up and played hard,” Millard head coach Ethan Stephenson said.

Kanab prevailed in a low-scoring affair against Parowan, 14-0 (box score). The Cowboys’ defense buckled down, allowing just 146 yards of total offense.

Kanab scored in the second and third quarters and it proved to be enough for the win. Derek Houston found Drew Hafen on a 9-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and then Houston ran it in himself in the third quarter.

“We were fortunate to get a win. We played good defense again this week. Offensively, we had a ton of penalties and could not get No. 54 (Jace Little) blocked,” Kanab coach JR Quarnberg said. “Our kids got tough, played through injuries and found a way to grind out an ugly win. Proud of them for that. We are ready to move on to North Sevier, they have a great back. The entire south region is solid.”

Enterprise scored three straight times to seize a win over North Sevier, 22-9 (box score).

After allowing a North Sevier field goal, Enterprise would score the next three touchdowns. Bryant Jimenez got it started with an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the second quarter. Tyler Hiatt would add two rushing touchdowns.

“I was proud of our boys, they were able to overcome adversity and come up with a win. We had a slow first quarter but Bryant sparked the team with a 90-yard kick return for a touchdown,” Enterprise head coach Andy Messersmith said.

“Sam Johnson was able to block a punt and Hunter Tullis ran in the 2-yard touchdown run to seal the game for us. Defensively Jeff Beckstrand and Kohlton Barlow played a tremendous game, slowing down the run and putting pressure on the quarterback.