Snow Canyon at Pine View, 7 p.m.
One of these schools will start 3AA South football 0-2. Pine View is hoping to rebound from an eyebrow-raising — and maybe an awakening — loss to Dixie. Snow Canyon, despite hardly not having the ball against Hurricane, still had a chance at the end.
PV’s offense has been greatly helped by the emergence of running back Jacob Mpungi, who will be a major key for Snow Canyon’s defense to try and stop. The Warriors’ middle linebacker duo of Kaleb Gates and Britton Webster has been strong this year.
The game will be broadcast on radio on 890 KDXU.
Hurricane at Desert Hills, 7 p.m.
Desert Hills is coming off an impressive win at Cedar that cements the Thunder as one of the top teams in 3AA South. The Thunder know how to control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, thanks in part to Penei and Bundy Sewell, and their defense, led in tackles by Jacob Stokes, knows how to force turnovers
On the other sideline, Hurricane controlled the clock in its win over Snow Canyon. Jaron Cordova rushed for 165 yards and two scores and played a huge part in milking the clock. In order to do so again, the Tigers will have to dominate the line of scrimmage against Desert Hills, which is no easy task. Josh Parker has established himself as a game-manager quarterback, and he’s developed a No. 1 target in receiver Riley Ballard.
The game will be broadcast on ESPN 97.7 FM.
Dixie at Cedar, 7 p.m.
Dixie’s offense is flying high right now, and the question for Cedar will be: can the Redmen score enough points to keep up? It’ll be tougher given the loss of leading receiver Drake Lewis, but Cedar still has plenty of weapons (including quarterback Mason Fakahua) to be able to score points.
While the Flyers’ offense is prolific, its defense is making huge strides as well, led by Malakai Fakahua, Kaden Williams and Tyson Fisher. Cedar’s defense, led by Jade Bulloch, Bailey Gray and Quaid Murray, is also a tough squad to crack. This should be a fun game.
According to football historian George Felt, this will be the 87th meeting between Dixie and Cedar, with the Flyers owning a 53-33 series edge. An audio stream can be found on southernutahbroadcasting.com.
Enterprise at San Juan, 7 p.m.
The Wolves take their school-record 5-0 record on the road to face the 4-1 San Juan Broncos, regarded as one of the best teams in 2A. The emergence of John Oswald as a playmaker has benefitted Enterprise’s offense, which features dual-threat quarterback Jayson Holt.
The Wolves’ defensive leader, middle linebacker Jesus Morales, isn’t having as dominant of a year as last year. That’s because he doesn’t have to: the Wolves are swarming to the ball and have allowed just 7.6 poin They’ll need that to stop the dynamic Broncos’ offense.
According to Felt, Enterprise coach Andy Messersmith is the only first-year head coach that’s still unbeaten in Utah.
Richfield at Canyon View, 7 p.m.
The Falcons figured it out last Friday against Manti. Can they do it again against the 0-5 Richfield Wildcats? CV will need running back Isaiah Shearer to be his usual self, plus the Falcons will need to contain Richfield defensive end Jason Schaugaard. He has four sacks this year.
Monticello at Parowan, 7 p.m.
Parowan has had an up and down year to start; the Rams are 2-2, and they’ve played well in their wins.
Monticello has only scored more than 10 points once this year and the Buckaroos have been shut out twice in their 1-3 start.
Rich at Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m.
This matchup pits the 1A state champions from the previous years against each other. Diamond Ranch is coming off a bye week and the Diamondbacks themselves are still adjusting, but they won 43-0 in their last outing. Rich is a perennial player in the state championship, but has struggled mightily this year.
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