It was another great week filled with star performances.
We are already a month into the season and there are still plenty of unbeaten teams left as both Pine View and Enterprise look to keep their perfect football seasons going with home games this Friday. Pine View golfer Noah Schone also picked up medalist honors once again this past week at Sunbrook and looks to go for his six consecutive individual victory at Cedar Ridge on Wednesday.
This week, I’ll be at Desert Hills on Thursday as the Thunder host the Dixie Flyers in the Region 9 volleyball opener. On Friday, come say hi to me at the Dixie-Pine View football game where the Flyers look for their third consecutive victory over the Panthers. These two programs always play close games with the average margin of victory over the last three meetings standing at just 4.6.
With another great week on tap, we can’t forget about the notable performances from the past week. So without further ado, here they are.
In football, we’ll start off with Desert Hills’ Penei Sewell. The junior offensive and defensive lineman forced two fumbles and recovered both of them in a 50-0 pounding over Grantsville on the road. Sewell is one of the many leaders on the “Dark side defense” as the Thunder pitched back-to-back shutouts. For the season, Desert Hills is allowing just 8.75 points per game and have allowed just 35 points all season, of which 28 came on the road against Jordan (5A), a team that is averaging nearly 45 points per game.
Pine View running back Jacob Mpungi nearly eclipsed 200 yards last Friday as the junior rushed for 193 yards and three touchdowns on just 19 carries in the Panthers’ 49-12 victory over Cyprus (4A) on the road. Mpungi came in averaging just over 11 yards a carry, and this performance will keep his impressive numbers right up there.
Snow Canyon quarterback Matt Kitchen came back from an injury earlier this season and threw for four touchdowns – two to Tyson Deland – in a 48-20 victory over Ogden on the road. Running back Chris Poulsen had 120 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Cedar’s Mr. Everything Mason Fakahua rushed for 194 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Redmen to a 33-6 victory at home over Juab. The Redmen are off to their best start since 2010 when the Redmen finished the season 9-2.
Speaking of off to the best start, the Enterprise football team set a program record last Friday by winning its fourth consecutive game of the season in a 40-7 pounding over Millard. The perfect 4-0 start is made possible thanks to its tough defense and explosive offense. Running back Caleb Koopmans put on a show as he tallied a hat trick, scoring all three touchdowns in the first quarter to pace the Wolves.
In golf, Pine View’s Trajen Kidd came close to topping Schone with an impressive eagle on the par-4 fifth hole on Blackrock. Dixie’s Brody Henderson finished tied for third overall on the day but most importantly picked up team bragging rights by finishing with the top score of the day for the Flyers. It was Henderson’s first team victory of the season after coming up just short in previous weeks.
In volleyball, Desert Hills made quick work of Canyon View in a 3-0 sweep over the Falcons. Rachel Winters and Charity Bradley each had 14 kills apiece and combined for 23 digs. Kaylee Carter added seven digs and Hailee Harmer had an impressive 31 assists on the night.
In soccer, Snow Canyon picked up two big victories to open region play last week. Freshman striker Heidi Smith scored both goals, including an extra time game-winner in a 2-1 win over Desert Hills Thursday.
Dixie’s Starlee Woodbury had a hat trick against Cedar as the Flyers rolled to an impressive 5-0 win over the Lady Reds.
Hurricane’s Shanel Stevens scored two goals including the golden goal over Desert Hills in a 3-2 win on the road. The win marked the Tigers’ first region win since Sept. 4, 2014, against Canyon View.
In tennis, Pine View’s Hattie Erekson made quite the statement as she played arguably her best match of the season to take down Snow Canyon’s Brielle Nielsen 6-0, 6-1 in No. 1 singles.
In No. 2 singles, Desert Hills freshman sensation Mo Behymer picked up an impressive 6-0, 6-1 win over Hurricane’s Rachel Morgan. The Thunder are now 2-0 to start region play.
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