4A high school football Week 5 takeaways: Region title races starting to take shape


FILE: Snow Canyon’s Landon Frei (9) carries the ball while attempting to break the sack from Cyprus’ Fisi Tuatonga (9) during a high school football game at Cyprus High School in Magna on Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. | Yukai Peng, Deseret News

Whether it be in Region 9, 10 or 11, title contenders are beginning to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.

SALT LAKE CITY — Just two weeks into region play — one week for Region 11 — it is absurd to suggest that region races are already over. The majority of the season has yet to be played and with the threat of COVID-19 cancelations looming every week, anything is possible still.

As of this weekend, sixteen out of the 22 teams in the 4A classification are only a game away from sitting at the top of their region standings, including the whole of Region 11.

An upset win here, a surprising loss there and region title races could be completely upended.

And yet, as early in the season as it is, a real argument can be made that region title races are already beginning to take shape.

Take Region 9. There might still be five weeks of football left before the postseason, but Snow Canyon, Pine View and Dixie have established themselves as the teams to beat.

A combined 10-4 on the year, 6-0 in region play, the Warriors, Panthers and Flyers have combined to beat all but one team in Region 9, excluding each other. On Friday night, the trio combined to defeat their opponents 112-21.

The Warriors led the way, as they have been wont to do this season, with a dominant 44-0 victory (box score) over Hurricane.

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Snow Canyon started slowly, scoring just two first quarter points, but after some needed adjustments erupted for 21 points in both the second and third quarters.

Quarterback Landon Frei was the standout, as he completed 16 of 17 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns.

“We had a crisp week of practice and felt prepared,” Snow Canyon head coach Mike Esplin said. “But Hurricane played hard. They threw some different looks at us early, looks that were different than what we had seen on film, especially defensively. It took some time for us to adjust, but I’m proud of our coaches and student athletes being able to make the needed changes. We were physical and able to go quick on offense at times. That really helped us to be successful.”

Watch replay: Snow Canyon 44, Hurricane 0

Under head coach Ray Hosner, Pine View has been know for its high powered and quick attacking offense, which was on display against Cedar City. The Panthers scored early and often in their 55-21 win (box score) over the Reds, powered by quarterback Brayden Bunnell, who completed 29 of 41 passes for 384 yards and four touchdowns.

The Panthers scored in every quarter of the game, and while Cedar City hung close — the Reds were within striking distance through the first three …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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