Pine View at Desert Hills, 7 p.m.
Pine View (6-1, 2-1 3AA South) got back to early-season form in the Panthers’ dismantling of Hurricane last week, but can they repeat the same performance against the Thunder (5-2, 2-1 3AA South)?
An interesting matchup will be the deep and talented Pine View receivers, including Carson Clark, Lance Mandrigues and Michael Moten, against the Thunder secondary, which has allowed six touchdown passes the past two weeks.
Like any game, Desert Hills is tough to run against and its rushing offense, featuring Nephi Sewell, Brock Parry and Marco Jordan, resembles a three-headed dragon.
It’s that time of year when the playoff picture is beginning to crystalize. This game carries a substantial weight in terms of playoff seeding. The winner will be 3-1 in region play and in a prime position for the second seed.
Dixie at Snow Canyon, 7 p.m.
Snow Canyon’s defense hasn’t seen anything like Dixie’s passing attack, led by Jacob Barben, Hobbs Nyberg and Josh Topham.
The Flyers also might be in for a surprise with Snow Canyon’s gritty and tough play. The Warriors might have four losses, but three of them have come down to the final possession.
Dixie had one blemish on its region record last year: a home loss to the Warriors. SCHS, meanwhile, just got its first region win and is starting to find its feet.
It sets up as a classic “Region 9 football” matchup where literally anything can happen and the teams’ respective records might as well be thrown out the window.
Hurricane at Cedar, 7 p.m.
The Redmen, so mighty at the start of the year, are now just trying to get it together for a playoff push. The offense has fallen victim to the injury bug, but the defense is steady as ever led by Jade Bulloch, Bailey Gray and Quaid Murray.
The Tigers resemble a more balanced team than they have in years past. Quarterback Josh Parker has two established receivers in Riley Ballard and Michael Lacy to throw to.
Canyon View at Delta, 7 p.m.
The Falcons have averaged just under 30 points per game the past four weeks and hope the momentum will carry over against a tough Delta defense.
Canyon View faces the unenviable task of trying to stop Delta’s fast running attack led by 100-meter state champion Dallin Draper.
South Sevier at Enterprise, 7 p.m.
Enterprise is guaranteed a winning season, but the Wolves want more. A win means Enterprise would be in prime position for a second or third seed in the 2A South Region.
Dual-threat quarterback Jayson Holt leads a steady Wolves’ offense while Jesus Morales and John Oswald anchor the defense.
South Sevier is 2-5 and has been shutout offensively twice.
Parowan at Kanab, 7 p.m.
Ethan Guymon is having a stellar rushing season for the Rams (2-4), but they’ll need more than just Guymon to take down a tough Kanab team.
Kanab is 6-1 and boasts a very competent quarterback in Tavin Ott. Jaxson Giddings has 6.5 sacks on defense for the Cowboys.
Diamond Ranch at Monticello, 7 p.m.
Diamond Ranch has won three in a row and is starting to resemble the team that went undefeated and won the 1A state title last year.
Monticello is 3-3 and has been shutout on offense twice, but has shutout opposing offenses twice, also.
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