Desert Hills at Dixie, 7 p.m.
The game that might mean the most going forward as far as who wins the regular season 3AA South title. Both teams are 2-0 in region play so far, and both teams have reason to believe they can win.
Desert Hills’ defense has been suffocating this season, the Thunder regularly control the line of scrimmage and it’s hard to run against them. Desert Hills has a balanced offense with running and passing playmakers, such as Brock Parry, Logan Hokanson and Nephi Sewell, that make the Thunder hard to line up against.
On the other side, Dixie quarterback Jacob Barben’s had an MVP-caliber year already. He’s thrown for 1,318 yards, 10 touchdowns and completed 62.5 percent of his passes. He has two obvious targets to throw to: Hobbs Nyberg and Josh Topham.
On defense, the Flyers have given up seven points per game in their two region wins. They know how to force turnovers and Dixie will no doubt be pumped to be playing at home for the first time in six weeks. The game will be broadcast on ESPN 97.7 FM radio.
Pine View at Hurricane, 7 p.m.
Both teams are 1-1, both have been blown out in a loss and both beat Snow Canyon by six points. Which means this game is a toss-up.
Pine View boasts several receivers for quarterback Ryan Javines to throw to. Can Hurricane defend Carson Clark, Michael Moten, Lance Mandrigues and stop running back Jacob Mpungi?
Tigers quarterback Josh Parker threw three touchdowns last week, all to Mike Lacy. Riley Ballard has been Parker’s main target this year, too, as the offense has Hurricane seems to have more of a passing game compared to years past. The game will be broadcast on KDXU 890 AM radio.
Cedar at Snow Canyon, 7 p.m.
One of these teams will get its first region win. Cedar’s offense has struggled the past two weeks as the Reds deal with losing receiver Drake Lewis for the year. But their pass rush has still been effective, as Quaid Murray, Bailey Gray and Jade Bulloch have been active in that department the past two games.
Snow Canyon has shown all year it won’t be blown out in a game. Now the Warriors just need to find a way to be on the other side of the score. Britton Webster anchors the SCHS defense with Kaleb Gates, and Webster also has four rushing touchdowns this year.
Canyon View at Juab, 7 p.m.
Cedar handily beat both of these schools in non-region play, which indicates CV and Juab should be a tightly contested game. The Falcons have won two in a row and it’s no secret the offense runs through running back Isaiah Shearer, who has 561 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.
Juab’s 3-3 this season, helped on defense by leading tackler Ashton Seely, who’s recorded 3.5 sacks so far.
Grand at Enterprise, 7 p.m.
Enterprise hopes to bounce back from a double-digit loss last week against San Juan. The Wolves will need their pass rush to return to previous form, as well as getting Caleb Koopmans and John Oswald going in the run game.
Grand comes in with a 4-2 overall record and fits the mold of most 2A teams: the Red Devils like to run the ball a lot. Their defense is solid, giving up 16 points a game through six games this year.
Parowan at Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m.
This is the first of three straight road games for Parowan. It’s also the first 1A South region game for Diamond Ranch, which needs to get an early win to keep pace with Monticello and Milford. The Rams are 2-3 and the Diamondbacks are 2-2.
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