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5A high school football Week 7 takeaways: Wasatch, Springville, Maple Mountain prevail in wild night in Region 8

Box Elder and Bonneville both notch key Region 5 wins

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Lehi takes on Timpview during a high school football game at Lehi High School in Lehi on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.

Yukai Peng, Deseret News

The marquee 5A game in Week 7 was supposed to feature the Region 6 showdown between Skyline and Brighton, but that game was ruined because of COVID-19 — which was the first domino to follow in a slightly disconcerting week for high school football this past week.

At the end of the day, it was Region 8 that ended up taking center stage. All three games lived up to the hype on Friday night as Springville, Maple Mountain and Wasatch all prevailed in games decided in the fourth quarter.

For Maple Mountain, coming off of last week’s 29-point loss to Wasatch it appeared it might be headed for another setback as it fell behind early to Spanish Fork.

Despite trailing by 10 at the break and 14 midway through the third, the Golden Eagles outscored rival Spanish Fork 18-3 in the fourth quarter to rally for the 44-37 victory. (Box Score)

“We were able to make a few plays in the fourth quarter to pull out the game. Spanish Fork is a good team that is well coached, and it took everything we had to pull out the win,” said coach Brad Burtenshaw.

“The punt return by Cole McAllister was a big turning point in the game. I was really proud of our defense for keeping them out of the end zone in the fourth quarter, and proud of our offense for finishing drives to win the game. It was a tough, back-and-forth battle, but the boys kept fighting and made plays down the stretch.”

That big 79-yard punt return by Cole McAllister came at the 4:27 mark of the third quarter and cut the deficit to 34-26 just when it appeared Spanish Fork might be pulling away.

Wasatch scored 17 unanswered points in the second half to rally past Provo for the 30-20 victory to remain the only undefeated team in Region 8. (Box Score)

It was an emotional night for both programs.

For Wasatch, it played with heavy hearts the day after Kaden Baxter, a former player who graduated in 2018, passed away in a car accident.

“Very pleased with the resilience of our team in the face of adversity. We lost a friend, leader and Wasatch football family member to a fatal crash Thursday. They pulled it together to beat a very good Provo team,” said Wasatch coach Steve Coburn. “Coming from behind in the second half behind a stinging defensive effort holding Provo scoreless. Keeping us undefeated in region play. Offensively we we were lead by our senior offensive lineman who paved the path for sophomore running backs Chris Cook and Tausili Akana. Very proud of our team.”

Provo let Wasatch wear its home white uniforms as a tribute to Baxter.

Provo, meanwhile, played with a little extra emotion of its own in a homecoming game with no fans because of the surge of COVID-19 cases in Utah County.

A week after nearly handing Brighton its first loss of the season, that’s exactly what Springville did to rival Salem Hills with the 16-13 victory on Friday which knocks the Skyhawks for the top RPI spot in the 5A rankings. (Box Score)

William Penrod and Seth Rigtrup both rushed for touchdowns for the Red Devils, but it was Springville’s defense that owned the night with five interceptions and a safety.

“Salem is a very explosive team and besides first drive our defense played great. Challenged passes and stopped the run. Defense kept us in the game and offense scored enough to get it done. Second half our offense had 10-minute drive that took control of game. Kids battled Seth Rigtrup carried the load offensively and covered one of their best guys on offense.”

Up in Region 5, Box Elder and Bonneville both won tight games to remain unbeaten in region play as they continue their unlikely march toward a Week 9 region title showdown.

Box Elder beat Bountiful 17-7 in a Friday afternoon game for its third straight win. (Box Score)

Bountiful scored on its first drive of the game, but Box Elder’s defense was dynamite the rest of the way.

“It always feels great to get a win in region. Each week we are grateful to be playing football. Bountiful came right out and took ball away and scored. I was impressed that our guys stayed together and kept playing hard. It was fun to see them run the ball well and play great defense.”

Resiliency isn’t something Box Elder is lacking this season, its last three wins are evidence of that.

The Bees went 0-4 in the preseason, including last-second losses to Green Canyon and rival Bear River. They never lung their heads and are now in the hunt for the region title.

Bonneville matched Box Elder’s region win with one of its own as it held off Woods Cross for the 24-17 victory. (Box Score)

Kord Shaw scored on a pair of first quarter rushing touchdowns to provide the offensive spark, but it was Bonneville’s defense that was the story as it routine kept Woods Cross out of the end zone forcing it to kick three field goals from the red zone

Down in Region 7, there was only region game on Friday night but it was certainly a statement win for Timpview.

The T-Birds scored the first 28 points of the game before Lehi tacked on a couple of late scores in rolling to the 28-14 victory. (Box Score)

Defense led the way for Timpview, which defensive lineman Logan Fano talked about after the game.

“It was the whole defensive line, collectively, and the linebackers,” Fano said. “Some of those sacks I didn’t have to make a move, but my guys were there for me, allowing me to make those plays.”

Timpview head coach Andy Stokes missed the game as he’s in quarantine for COVID-19.

The T-Birds will be back in action next week against rival Orem that could very well determine the Region 7 champion.