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3A/2A high school football takeaways: Juan Diego, Morgan earn first wins; North Sanpete and Beaver among unbeatens who rolled

Michael Drager - stock.adobe.com

SALT LAKE CITY — In 3A action this week, Juan Diego and Morgan earned their first win of the season, while Summit Academy and North Sanpete stayed undefeated.

Summit Academy continued its hot start, improving to 4-0 by rolling over Providence Hall 43-0 (box score).

Quarterback Joe Garlick was great yet again, throwing four touchdown passes and rushing for another one in the blowout win. Garlick’s favorite target was Titan Gilgore, who had three receiving touchdowns on the night. The Bears’ defense was solid again, earning its first shutout of the season and causing four turnovers.

“Defense again was outstanding tonight. Porter Galvan, Jackson Bailey and Preston Maxfield helped create four turnovers. Joe Garlick had another big night, throwing four touchdowns and ran for another,” Summit Academy head coach Les Hamilton said.


In a battle between two top 3A teams, North Sanpete’s offense was up for the challenge, defeating Richfield 52-28 (box score).

The Hawks jumped out to an early 28-7 lead in the first quarter and added 21 more in the second quarter as North Sanpete quarterback Landon Bowles passed for six touchdowns in the first half alone.

It was Richfield’s first loss of the season and preserved North Sanpete’s perfect start to the season.

“We played with a lot of passion tonight and got an early start. Two turnovers early in the game made a huge difference and Landon Bowles made great decisions all night,” North Sanpete head coach Rhett Bird said.


Juab bounced back from a loss to Salem Hills last week with a resounding 42-7 win against South Sevier (box score).

The Wasps stung quick, scoring their 42 points before halftime and only allowing seven points, in garbage time in the fourth quarter. Teagan Christensen, Bodee Blackett, Grant Orme and Kaysen Sperry all scored rushing touchdowns, while Blackett returned an interception for a touchdown.

“Lots of different players contributed tonight for the win,” Juab head coach Mike Bowring said.


Morgan got its first win of the season in a 16-14 victory over Green Canyon (box score).

The Trojans had the first three scores of the contest, on a pair of field goals from Gavin Turner and an 18-yard pass from Ryder Lish to Jarron Savage. Green Canyon cut the lead to nine on an 8-yard run by Gavin Christiansen, but Morgan added to its lead with another field goal from Turner. The Wolves would answer back with a 28-yard pass from Jake Lundin to Jacob Regen, but Morgan’s defense held strong in the fourth quarter to preserve the win.

“Before the game we talked about building on success and continuing to fight through adversity. I really liked the heart that our team showed tonight. Green Canyon is a quality football team. To come out of there with a win is a credit to the work our kids have put in. We will build on what went well tonight,” Morgan head coach Jared Barlow said.


Juan Diego earned its first win under new head coach Greg Williams, outlasting Manti 28-27 (box score).

After trading scores to open the contest, Juan Diego pulled ahead, scoring 21 points in the end of the third quarter to take a 28-12 lead into the fourth quarter. Manti was dangerously close to sending the contest to overtime, scoring 15 points in the final period. After a 20-yard connection between Jax Perry and Keegan Strickland with six seconds left in the game, the Templars missed an extra point that would have tied it and the Soaring Eagle escaped with a win.

Dallas Larson led the way for Juan Diego, scoring two touchdowns. Dominic Lewis and Tyler Easter each scored rushing touchdowns.

“We came out of halftime and extended our lead immediately and felt like we were taking control of the game. But in true Manti fashion, their boys never gave up and battled back, only to fall short on a PAT with 6 seconds left,” Williams said. “I’m very proud of our guys to weather the storm and hold on for our first win. We’ll take it.”


In 2A play, Beaver, Duchesne and Kanab all continued their perfect start to the season with wins in week 4.

Beaver continued its dominant start, staying undefeated with a 56-0 shutout of North Sevier (box score).

The Beavers racked up 42 points by halftime and cruised from there. Five separate Beavers scored rushing touchdown — EJ Allred, Turner Williams, Crayton Hollinshead and Treyson Hunter, with Allred finding paydirt twice.

Two different Beaver quarterbacks — Hunter and Tyten Fails — tossed touchdown passes — to Ky Brown and Bowden Brown, respectively, as the Beavers rolled to the win.

“Our kids were ready to play. Our defense played really well and got the shutout. Our offense line controlled the line of scrimmage and we had a lot of different players contribute. Great effort all around for our team,” Beaver head coach Jon Marshall said.


Duchesne is still undefeated as well after a 28-14 win against top-five Milford (box score).

The Eagles raced out to a 14-point lead after a touchdown strike from quarterback Cameron Brady to Makovey Jensen and a rushing score from Brock Adams before Milford got back in the game with a Bret Beebe touchdown run in the second quarter.

The Eagles would finish the Tigers off in the third quarter, scoring twice on runs from Brady and Parker Crum and only allowing one more touchdown the rest of the way. Crum was instrumental in Duchesne’s defense with two interceptions on the night.

“Our kids played tough tonight against a talented and well-coached Milford team. We were able to control the ball and keep Milford’s offense off the field for much of the game,” Duchesne head coach Jerry Cowan said. “Big game from our offensive linemen Mac Thacker, Dylan Newell, Jaxon Morlan, Preston Spencer and Jimmy Diaz. Freshman Parker Crum had two interceptions and a rushing touchdown,”


Kanab defeated top-five Millard in impressive fashion, shutting out an Eagles offense that came in averaging 38 points per game in a 27-0 victory (box score).

Karson Blomquist, Michael Warino and Travis Stewart all scored rushing touchdowns, while quarterback Derek Houston had a 30-yard touchdown pass to Kason James in the win. The Cowboys are now 4-0 on the season.


North Summit put it all together in a 45-6 win against Layton Christian (box score).

After a scoreless first quarter from both teams, the Braves turned it on with a 24-point second quarter and after a scoreless third quarter, added 21 points in the fourth quarter while holding the Eagles to just six points the whole game.

The game tonight was a great way to open up region play against a tough as nails LCA team. Give them credit for a great game plan and never quitting. The thing I’m most happy with is the team effort that was there tonight. From top to bottom each guy did their job and contributed to the win,” North Summit head coach Gary Crittenden said.

Beau Woolstenhulme had three touchdowns passes — to Ethan Crittenden, Kale Hobson and Kandon Mosher. Hobson and Ty Hirzel rushed for touchdowns and Mosher had an interception return for a touchdown as it was all clicking for the Braves underneath the lights.

“Our senior quarterback Beau came back tonight, got his feet under him and took what they gave him. Our defense has been solid all year, tonight our offense took a huge step forward. I know tons of athletes across the nation would trade places with us in a heartbeat for a chance at Friday Night Lights. Both teams put on a great show and can be proud of the memories they will have forever,” Crittenden said.


Enterprise defeated Parowan in a low-scoring game, 9-0 (box score).

The Wolves got a safety in the first quarter to open up scoring, then scored on a 2-yard run from Braxton Messersmith. That turned out to be all Enterprise needed, as the team held the Rams to zero points and improved to 2-2 on the season.

“Defensively we played a tremendous game. Offensively, we struggled with penalties and turnovers. I’m proud of our kids for dealing with adversity and never giving up,” Enterprise head coach Andy Messersmith said. Our offensive line had a great game and Hunter Tullis opened up big holes for Braxton and Bryant.”