PREP FOOTBALL: Thunder, Flyers look to stay unbeaten in region

PREP FOOTBALL: Thunder, Flyers look to stay unbeaten in region


PREP FOOTBALL: Thunder, Flyers look to stay unbeaten in region


All games start at 7 p.m.

DESERT HILLS (2-0, 5-0) AT PINE VIEW (1-1, 3-2)

ABOUT THE THUNDER: Balance and consistency has been the theme in Desert Hills’ hot start. The offense benefits with a variety of production from its skill players. The running game is near 171 yards per game and the passing game near 160. Together, they’ve produced 19 touchdowns on the year. Quarterback Nick Warmsley orchestrates the unit while continuing to progress each week. The underclassman played his best game in varsity during last week’s pure thrashing of Payson (44-13), throwing for 344 yards and three touchdowns. More impressively, Warmsley completed 60 percent of his attempts. Yet the story for the Thunder remains its defense, which is allowing just 6.4 points per game through the first five weeks, and ranks third in the entire state. This group has tormented opposing quarterbacks by securing six interceptions. Braden Reber is responsible for three of those.

ABOUT THE PANTHERS: Are coming off a tough four-point defeat to region foe Dixie. In tonight’s matchup, Pine View could possibly be playing its most important game of the season. A second region loss could all but eliminate their chances of competing for the top spot. If the Panthers defeat the region leading Thunder, however, it could send them on a trajectory towards the top with their final three games coming against teams that have struggled this year. … Quarterback Kody Wilstead paces the high-flying Panthers offensive attack. He’s completing 61 percent of his attempts for 1,932 yards and 19 touchdowns. Wilstead’s QB rating is an impressive 105, but if there was one concern on the signal caller thus far, it would have to be his eight interceptions, which three of those were committed last week against the Flyers.

HURRICANE (1-1, 1-4) AT DIXIE (1-0, 3-2)

ABOUT THE TIGERS: Could not fully execute their offense in last week’s 6-0 loss to Cedar. It wasn’t so much that Hurricane failed to move the ball, but rather, it was not capitalizing on its opportunities when in the opposition’s territory. Nevertheless, the Tigers don’t have time to dwell on the past as the defending state champions await them tonight. In order to keep Dixie’s highly productive offense off the field, it’ll be critical or Hurricane to milk the clock and dominate time of possession. J.D. Stansworth and Kole Richins received the most carries last week, going for a combined 25 carries for 74 yards. The duo will need to up its production in order to move the chains and give their team a chance to pull off the upset. … Dixie battles Hurricane for the 62nd time. Hurricane has taken four straight, but the Flyers still own a commanding 42-18-1 lead since 1949.

ABOUT THE FLYERS: Although their defense struggled at times early in the season, it looks as though significant adjustments have been made. Dixie looked awfully sharp in last week’s win at Pine View, forcing three critical interceptions on a top-notch quarterback. On the season, the Flyers’ underrated defense has produced seven interceptions in all to go along with eight sacks. The unit is compiling 58.4 tackles per game. Stetson Jones leads the team in tackles for loss at 5.5. … Quarterback Ammon Takau looks to keep his stellar season going. The offensive leader is completing just over 60 percent of his attempts for 1,118 yards with eight touchdowns and five interceptions. His QB rating stands at 92. Takau’s developed a good rapport with receivers Drew Batchelor (348 yards and 3 TDs) and Lukas Hildebrandt (303 yards and 2 TDs).

SEQUOIA, CALIF. (3-0) AT CEDAR (1-1, 2-3)

ABOUT THE CHEROKEE: Are averaging 367 yards rushing per game. The main guy leading the charge from the backfield and through the air is Faavae Brown, who has totaled 590 yards with seven touchdowns in the first three games.

ABOUT THE REDMEN: Bounced back from a previous two-game losing streak with a hard-fought 6-0 win at Hurricane last Friday. The offensive production has been inconsistent for Cedar thus far, but one thing that is certain is they’ll attack from the ground. Dallin Grover is the focal point within the scheme, which was on display in last week’s game where he produced nearly 80 yards on 27 carries. On the defensive end, Ty Bulloch is coming off a solid game where he had 10 tackles and one sack. The unit overall is coming off perhaps its best outing of the season, which netted them a shutout win.

SNOW CANYON (0-1, 3-1) AT

PAYSON (0-2, 1-4)

ABOUT THE WARRIORS: Hope to nab their first region win of the season after dropping the opener to Pine View two weeks ago. The encouraging sign for Snow Canyon fans is coming off a solid 23-20 non-region win at Copper Hills. Trevor Horlacher paced the offense with 74 yards rushing with a touchdown. His partners-in-crime, Warner Rigby and Zach Kennedy added a combined 143 yards and a touchdown. … The Warriors hold a 93-85 point differential advantage over its opponents. … Snow Canyon has won three of its four meetings with Payson (series played from 2001-04).

ABOUT THE LIONS: Can’t seem to turn the corner offensively after being outscored, 151-96 on the season. … Easton Smith has shown glimpses of solid play at times, but inconsistency plagues both him and the offensive unit. He has, however, thrown six touchdowns and is completing 51-percent of his attempts. Running back Kyle Moffat is averaging 5.7 yards per carry with five touchdowns.

JUAB (1-0, 3-2) AT CANYON VIEW (0-1, 0-5)

ABOUT THE WASPS: Broke a two-game slide after pounding Delta, 50-26 last week. … Dalton Harmon leads Juab in tackles with 39 and three different Wasps have pulled off an interception. … Quarterback Nick Robbins has thrown for 794 yards with 13 touchdowns. He is averaging 13.7 yards per completion.

ABOUT THE FALCONS: Running back Braxton Higgins leads the team in rushing with 551 yards and one touchdown. He’s averaging 6.9 yards per carry. … Quarterback Koy Huxford is averaging 11 yards per completion. … Austin Evans leads the Falcons in tackles with 47.

BEAVER (2-0, 4-1) AT SAN JUAN (2-1, 3-2)

ABOUT THE BEAVERS: Are averaging better than 300 yards of offense per game, which has netted 20 touchdowns. The defense is getting plenty of work done as well, averaging 73 tackles per. … Jesse McMullin leads the offensive attack with 6.8 yards per carry. … Michael Roberts continues to tear it up downfield, pulling in 24.3 yards per catch. He leads the receiving corps with four scores. … Travis Gilman and Bailey Bradshaw have each produced nine tackles for losses this season. Together, they’ve combined for 94 tackles. … The Beavers have outscored foes 135-63, entering tonight’s matchup.

ABOUT THE BRONCOS: Have netted just 68 points of offense in their first five games. Fortunately for San Juan fans, though, its defense has yielded just 49. … Max Morley and Jens Grover lead the backfield with a combined 521 yards and three touchdowns.

ENTERPRISE (2-0, 4-1) AT GRAND (2-1, 4-1)

ABOUT THE WOLVES: Winners of two straight have resulted in outscoring foes (Parowan, South Sevier) by a combined score of 64-22. … Enterprise’s rushing game is its key to success, averaging 245 yards per game. Kelton Hunt creeps closer to the 1,000-yard mark, needing just 177 to do so. He’s averaging seven yards per carry. … The Wolves’ defense continues to rack up the pressure, converting 16 sacks and four picks.

ABOUT THE RED DEVILS: Have outscored their opponents, 181-53 entering Week 6. … Jacob Francis is the focal point of Grand’s offense where he’s produced 564 yards rushing with eight touchdowns. … Defensively, Koi Cook is a player to gameplan for. He leads the team in tackles (37) and sacks (2).

NORTH SEVIER (0-2, 0-5) AT

PAROWAN (0-3, 2-3)

ABOUT THE WOLVES: Struggles continue for this team, which is looking for its first win of the season. To date, North Sevier has a negative point differential of 79 points. … Quarterback Fisher Anderson is averaging 11.9 yards per completion with five touchdowns.

ABOUT THE RAMS: Lost their third straight game after a disappointing 24-0 loss at San Juan. Not that coincidental, Parowan has also been shutout in its last three games. … Defensively, Justice Walker leads the team with three interceptions and Andrew Anderson leads in tackles with 34.

DIAMOND RANCH (2-0, 3-2) AT ALTAMONT (1-0, 3-2)

ABOUT THE D-BACKS: Are looking to extend their winning streak to four games. … Diamond Ranch holds a 156-70 scoring margin advantage. … Levi Vivier leads the team in receptions with 25.3 yards per catch. … The D-Backs are in a three-way tie for first place in the 1A South Region.

ABOUT THE LONGHORNS: Like their counterpart tonight, Altamont is hoping to extend its winning streak to four games. … Quarterback Dylan Lindsey paces the offense, totaling 1,160 yards and 10 touchdowns through the air and ground.

KANAB (2-0, 3-2) AT DUCHESNE (1-0, 5-0)

ABOUT THE COWBOYS: A four-game winning streak has put them back in the title hunt conversation. Kanab has outscored foes (Monument Valley, Monticello, and Whitehorse) 143-36 during that span. … Receiver Hadin Jones leads all Cowboys receivers with 187 yards for 15.5 yards per catch and seven touchdowns. Quarterback Merrill Terry is completing 54 percent of his attempts with nine touchdowns. … After tonight’s road matchup, Kanab plays three of its final four games at home, which could be a serious momentum builder heading into the postseason.

ABOUT THE EAGLES: The rushing attack is averaging 225 yards per game and another 100 through the air. Quarterback Trent Roberts is completing 66-percent of his attempts for 496 yards with four touchdowns. … Matt Dye has rushed for 307 yards with five touchdowns. … Daniel Hanberg leads the defense with 27 tackles (3.5 for losses) and 1.5 sacks. Duchesne has also held three opponents scoreless and allowed just a touchdown to each of the other two. The Eagles lead the state in winning margin (32.2 ppg) and defense (allowing just 2.6 ppg). Duchesne also continues to build on its admirable, state-record 39-game winning streak.

– John Renshaw (@SpectrumRenshaw)

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