SALT LAKE CITY — The first half of East at American Fork was an absolute doozy on Friday night, with the teams tied 34-34 entering the break.
The second half, however, was all American Fork — especially Maddux Madsen.
He threw five straight touchdown passes in the second half as the Cavemen raced to the 69-49 victory to improve to 4-0. (Box Score)
Madsen finished with 629 yards, and his nine TD passes is one short of the state record set by Lehi’s Cammon Cooper.
“Maddux did a great job executing our game plan and really used his weapons well. All the receivers were making plays and Maddux was putting the ball in good spots. Our defense really got locked in at half, forced a few turnovers and we were able to capitalize on offense. I am really proud of our guys and their ability to weather the storm in the first half. East is a really good football team and is gonna have a great season,” said American Fork coach Aaron Behm.
Region 4 teams went 5-1, with Westlake the only team to lose as it narrowly fell at Herriman 17-15. (Box Score)
Westlake had a chance to tie the game with a two-point conversion attempt with 1:47 remaining after Brayden Perry’s 46-yard pass from Zach Childs, but the conversion came up one yard short.
For Herriman, it was a second-straight narrow, defensive victory as it improved to 2-2.
“It’s always nice to win, but it doesn’t feel real good when you have that many penalties,” Herriman coach Dustin Pearce told the Deseret News after the game. “It’s not good football. We’ve got to be better.”
Westlake’s region foes Corner Canyon and Lone Peak put up big numbers as well offensively, but Lone Peak sprinkled in some defensive and special teams playmaking as well in the 55-7 win over Farmington. (Box Score)
Kao Hansen and John Henry Daley both scored on scoop and scores in the first half, while Britton Berry also added a 45-yard punt return TD in the first half as Lone Peak built a 35-7 halftime lead.
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“Tonight I feel like we executed well in all three phases. Defense created turnovers, special teams made big plays resulting in points on the board and the offense was consistent led by the O-line,” said Lone Peak coach Bart Brockbank. “Defense was quick to the ball causing chaos which led to two scoop-and-score touchdowns. Special teams was consistent. Returners were able to find holes that led to a punt returned for a touchdown.”
Lone Peak hosts Orem next week before diving into the Region 4 gauntlet in Week 6.
Last Friday Corner Canyon quarterback Jaxson Dart threw for six touchdowns against Bingham in a nationally-televised game on ESPN.
Arizona State had been in communication numerous times with Dart before the game, but three days after the game he received an official scholarship offer.
Four days later, he was back at it throwing six more touchdown passes on Friday as Corner Canyon rolled past Jordan 51-14. (Box Score)
“The team for the most part came out and played with good focus and executed well. Jaxson threw the ball very well and executed our pass game well and continues to play on a very high level,” said Corner Canyon coach Eric Kjar.
Dart already has already thrown 19 TD passes in four games, for an average of 4.75 per game. Lehi’s Cammon Cooper owns the state record with 58 touchdown passes in a single season, which broke down to 4.14 per game.
There’s a lot of football left to play, but if Dart maintains that current clip and No. 1 Corner Canyon advances deep into the playoffs as everyone expects, he could threaten that record in November.
It’s a chase that American Fork’s Madsen may join him on as he 20 passing touchdowns in four games.
Skyridge and Pleasant both kept pace with the Region 4 juggernauts as they won easily improving to 4-0 as well. There’s one more week of preseason games before the Region 4 madness begins.
Up North, Davis, Roy and Weber all improved to 2-0 in Region 1 play and all three also remain undefeated overall.
None of the four games were competitive, but there were plenty of highlights.
The most noteworthy highlight was Davis’ David Spjut once again as his team beat Clearfield 49-25. (Box Score)
Spjut returned a punt for a touchdown for the third straight game, and also added a receiving touchdown.
“Great win tonight versus Clearfield. Hats off to their team, they came to play. Offense was led by our triplets Chance Trujillo, Spencer Ferguson and David Spjut. Spjut is a special type of return man. He makes plays happen by his agility and vision. Glad to be 4-0,” said Davis coach Mitch Arquette.
One of the most competitive games of the entire night in Utah was Hunter at West Jordan, as the teams needed two overtimes to decide a winner.
In the end, West Jordan eked out the 35-28 win as Boston Farmer did most of the damage late. It was his rushing touchdown with 3:35 left in regulation that sent the game into overtime, and then he scored both touchdowns in the overtimes as well. (Box Score)
“My kids fought hard. We battled and they left everything out on the field. We had struggled this season finishing the fourth quarter. We gave up the lead last week in the fourth against Herriman, and it was a one-possession game against East Week 1 with eight minutes to go in the fourth. The kids battled all four quarters tonight and two overtimes. Couldn’t be prouder especially proud of our big guys up front. Hunter is a good team and they got some guys that can play. I am very happy about tonight,” said West Jordan coach Carson Mund.
And last but not least in 6A is undefeated Kearns.
A week after narrowly beating Olympus 14-7, it set a new school record for points scored on Friday night, beating Taylorsville 84-3. (Box Score)
Taylorsville actually scored first on 27-yard field goal, but Jeff Bassa returned the ensuing kick 95 yards and the rest is history.
The Cougars had three special teams touchdowns and two safeties in the win.