Cedar (3-0) at Desert Hills (3-0)
The Thunder welcome the Redmen Friday in a battle of 3AA South’s undefeated teams. Desert Hills is coming off a bit of a struggle in its home opener, a 29-14 victory over Legacy (Nev.). It’s been special teams and defense getting it done for the Thunder so far this season, and that was the case again last week. Nephi Sewell returned a punt for a score with Desert Hills trailing in the second quarter and then forced a Legacy fumble and returned it for a touchdown to give the Thunder the lead at the break.
Cedar is coming off an impressive 17-7 road win at Skyline last week. The Redmen trailed 7-0 after a quarter, but rallied behind the arm of quarterback Brecken Lewis and the running of Brock Oldroyd. Lewis threw a touchdown pass to Berick Englestead in the second quarter that got Cedar on the board, and Oldroyd added a 3-yard TD run in the fourth quarter that sealed the win.
For the season, Oldroyd leads the team with four rushing TDs and Lewis has four through the air and two more on the ground.
The Thunder have won the last two meetings with Cedar by a combined score of 67-14, including a 25-0 shutout last season.
Dixie (1-2) at Canyon View (0-3)
The Flyers are looking to get their defense back on track after giving up 62 points and allowing more than 450 rushing yards to Riverton last week at home. QB Ammon Takau has had the offense humming, but it was running back Treton Miller who stood out against the Silverwolves with two scores, including an 80-yard run in the third quarter. The Falcons, who haven’t beaten a 3AA South team since topping Cedar, 14-6 in 2005, are led by quarterback Michael Musto who has thrown for three scores and ran for two more. Braxton Higgins is the leading rusher for Canyon View with five TDs and 285 yards on the season.
The Falcons fell behind big early, but made it a game heading to the fourth quarter before dropping a 52-35 decision to 3AA North team Tooele last week. Canyon View has had a lot more offense behind Musto at quarterback and Braxton and Payton Higgins at running back. Payton Higgins is second on the team in rushing with an average of more than eight yards per carry.
Payson (0-3) at Hurricane (1-2)
The Tigers jumped out to a 14-0 lead over Moapa Valley last week, but were outscored 28-0 during the remainder of the game to suffer their second loss of the season. Jake Carr scored both touchdowns for Hurricane in the loss. This week, the Tigers host winless Payson, who has failed to score more than 10 points in any game this season. Wideout Preston Little is the top playmaker for the Lions, as he has hauled in two touchdowns and nearly 200 receiving yards on the season. Behind center, QB Easton Smith is completing just 44 percent of his passes, with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Snow Canyon (2-1) at Pine View (2-1)
Senior QB Kody Wilstead had his best game of the season, tossing for 332 yards and four scores, as the Panthers rolled to a 41-7 victory over Lehi last week. Running back Pano Tiatia was also a force as he topped 100 yards rushing once again. This week, the Panthers welcome crosstown rival Snow Canyon for Homecoming. The Warriors are 2-1 on the young season, with both wins coming in overtime, including last week at Juan Diego. Tight end Chance Thorkelson is the biggest Weapon for the Warriors, as he’s already tallied six receiving touchdowns this season.
After trailing 21-0 at the end of the first quarter at Juan Diego, it looked like the Warriors were going to get blown out. Instead, Jake Frei tossed three touchdown passes and Josh Barnes rushed for two scores as the Warriors stormed back to shock the Soaring Eagle, 34-28, in overtime. In 2013’s battle between the Warriors and the Panthers, Pine View turned a close battle into a blowout by scoring 28 points in the fourth quarter for a 56-28 win.