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3A/2A high school football Week 6 takeaways: Top schools start to separate themselves as region play opens

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SALT LAKE CITY — In a 3A upset, Morgan handed Summit Academy its first loss of the season with a dominant 56-10 win (box score) to open up Region 13 play. After a 14-3 first quarter in favor of the Trojans, Morgan poured it on in the second quarter, outscoring the Bears 28-0.

Ryder Lish had four passing touchdowns, including two to Gavin Turner and one each to Jimmy Savage and Connor Brown, the latter an 82-yard completion. Lish also rushed for a score. Tanner Stanley set the tone for the game with a 35-yard interception return for the first score of the contest.

Great team win tonight. Our players came focused and ready to play against a quality opponent. Summit Academy has a great program, talented kids and a good coaching staff. As a team we felt blessed to go in and play well,” Morgan head coach Jared Barlow said. “Our coaches did a great job putting a game plan together, and our players executed it. Coach Millward and Coach Larsen do an awesome job and I am blessed to have such a good staff and team.”

With the Summit Academy loss, North Sanpete is the only remaining undefeated team, sitting at a record of 6-0. It opened up Region 14 play by holding on to win against Delta 28-21 (box score).

It was a close game throughout, but the Hawks were able to separate themselves and go up by 14 on pair of touchdown passes from Landon Bowles to Cole Mickel in the third and fourth quarters. Delta scored in the fourth quarter on a run by Will Finlinson to get within seven, but the Hawks’ defense sealed the deal and North Sanpete was able to escape with the win.

It was a grind for us tonight and Coach Fowles does a great job with his program. Games like these most definitely give you a playoff-like feel and our kids did a great job to rally around each other to get the win,” North Sanpete head coach Rhett Bird said.

Juab improved to 5-1 with a win on Region 14 opening night, cruising past Union, 55-6 (box score).

Louk Stevens got the scoring party started early in the first quarter with an interception return for a touchdown. Bodee Blackett scored a rushing touchdown and Jakob Bailey, Ryker Richards, Shan Jackson and Trey Lund all scored on the ground for the Wasps, while Luke Ivers found Mike Rasmussen for an arial score.

“We had some big plays on special teams and defense. The offense also made some nice plays. It’s a great group of seniors that we celebrated tonight on senior night,” Juab head coach Mike Bowring said.

Richfield sits atop the Region 12 standings with a 42-7 win against Carbon (box score).

After a 7-7 first quarter, the Wildcats responded with a 28-point second period and ran away with the game. Kasey Giddings was versatile, scoring three rushing touchdowns and a receiving score, from quarterback Gavin Brown, who threw three touchdown passes to Giddings, Jake Hyatt and Max Robinson.

In 2A action, Beaver remained undefeated with a 42-20 win against 3A Grantsville (box score).

Crayton Hollingshead had a rushing touchdown and two receiving touchdowns, both from Treyson Hunter, to lead the Beavers, who led 21-7 after a quarter and never looked back. EJ Allred, Bryton Langston and Turner Williams all had rushing touchdowns for Beaver.

“Really proud of our kids tonight. Grantsville is a very good team and our guys answered the bell. We had a lot of balance on offense with a lot of guys stepping up. Our defense did a good job containing a very good offense. But we still have lots of room to get better,” Beaver head coach Jon Marshall said.

Duchesne improved to 2-0 in 2A North play and 6-0 overall after a 60-6 blowout of Monticello (box score).

The Eagles scored 21 points in the first quarter and never let up, scoring a season-high 60. Cameron Brady threw four touchdown passes — two to Makovey Jessen and one each to Brock Adams and Trevin Coil. Adams, Brady, Kaleb Sanchez, Kodah Morgan and Westin GInes all scored on the ground as Duchesne got contributions from all over the field.

“We scored touchdowns on each of our first 3 offensive plays tonight. Overall did what we needed to do after the long drive to Monticello,” Duchesne head coach Jerry Cowan said.

Kanab was the third 2A team to stay undefeated, squeaking by North Sevier 28-23 (box score).

The Cowboys were ahead 28-2 heading into the fourth quarter before the Wolves rallied for 21 points in the final quarter. Kanab’s first-half performance turned out to be all it needed to hang on to the win. Derek Houston threw two touchdown passes and rushed for another in the Cowboys’ win.

“We are not a very good team when we don’t play hard as a group and execute. Fortunate to get a win. Hats off to them (North Sevier) for grinding for four quarters and for out-rushing us and out-possessing us,” Kanab coach JR Quarnberg said.

Millard improved to 5-1 win a close win over Parowan, 21-14 (box score).

The Eagles opened with the game’s first two scores by Jed DeGraffenried and Taylor Davies before Parowan got back into the game with a run from Easton Jense and another score to tie the game. With five minutes left, DeGraffenried scored from 10 yards out to seal the win for Millard

“We played a tough Parowan team tonight and to come out and get the win was awesome. Parowan’s record doesn’t show how good they really are. The key was that we were able to start off great and then play through some mistakes and come out on top. In the 2A South each week is going to be tough,” Millard head coach Ethan Stephenson said.

Enterprise’s record now stands at 4-2 with a 24-14 victory against Milford (box score).

Bryant Jimenez rushed for a touchdown and caught a Tyler Hiatt pass for a touchdown in the win. Hunter Tullis also scored for the Wolves and Enterprise recorded a safety.

“Our offense of line did a great job opening up big holes for our running backs. Tyler Haitt did a great job running the offense, he made some great audibles. Defensively we played a great game, taking away the pass,” Enterprise head coach Andy Messersmith said. “Adam Holt put pressure on the quarterback all game long and recorded another three sacks. Our secondary was able to take away the pass.”