Desert Hills at Cedar, 7 p.m.
Desert Hills and Cedar are winners of their last three in a row, and the defenses have been the stars of the show. The Thunder have allowed seven points since their loss at Jordan, while Cedar’s defense has allowed an average of nine points per game during the Reds’ three-game winning streak.
The key matchup will be how Desert Hills’ defense handles Cedar’s multi-headed offense. Quarterback Mason Fakahua spearheads the Redmen offense which also features Drake Lewis, Braden Garrett and Travis Tait.
This should end up being a close game — and exciting one, too — as these are two teams that some have tabbed as the two best in 3AA South.
Dixie at Pine View, 7 p.m.
Friday’s game between Dixie and Pine View is one that you won’t want to miss.
The Panthers are looking to go 5-0 for the first time since 2007, but must do so against the Flyers who are looking for their fourth consecutive victory in the series.
Since 2011, the past seven games have been decided by an average of 5.6 points, with four of those games decided by a touchdown or less.
Dixie comes in with a deceiving 1-3 record after going on the road and facing some of the top 4A and 5A schools earlier this year. The Flyers are led by quarterback Jacob Barben who is averaging just over 300 passing yards a game. The junior’s top targets are Hobbs Nyberg and Josh Topham who have combined for 48 catches for 939 yards and seven touchdowns.
On the other side of the ball, the Panther defense comes in allowing just 7.3 points per game which ranks second best in the entire state. Dylan Hendrickson and D’Angelo Mpungi are arguably one of the top defensive back duos in all of 3AA thanks to their great size and speed.
Pine View has a number of weapons on offense led by running back Jacob Mpungi who is averaging nearly 11 yards per carry.
Whether the game turns into an offensive show or a defensive slugfest, fans can expect another down to the wire game between these two teams.
Snow Canyon at Hurricane, 7 p.m.
Both teams enter with a 2-2 overall record, but coaches have preached this week to think of the record as 0-0. SC quarterback Matt Kitchen is fully healthy after suffering a knee injury in the season opener, and he’s found a big target with wide receiver Tyson Deland (seven catches, five touchdowns). Running back Chris Poulsen has 365 yards and four scores on the ground.
Hurricane’s offense is averaging just over 20 points per game, but it’s still looking for a consistent rhythm. The Tigers boast a two-headed running game of Jaron Cordova, Tobie Swenson and Michael Lacy. Swenson is one of Hurricane’s more impactful players on defense as well. The Tigers won last year’s matchup 35-21.
North Sevier at Enterprise, 7 p.m.
Enterprise is off to its best start in school history after picking up a 40-7 victory over Millard at home last week. With the 4-0 start, Enterprise head coach Andy Messersmith is now the only first-time head coach that is still undefeated.
The Wolves will look to go 5-0 when they welcome North Sevier to town.
Enterprise is led by the running back duo of Caleb Koopmans and John Oswald. The talented duo have already combined for 442 yards (7.1 yards per carry) and seven touchdowns.
But don’t overlook the defense as the Wolves rank near the top in several defensive categories. So far this season, the Wolves are giving up just 9.5 points per game which ranks fourth best in the state. Tyler Hess, Jayson Holt, Ryan Holt and John Oswald each have an interception on the year.
North Sevier comes in 1-3 on the year with heartbreaking losses to both Parowan and Milford. The Wolves defense allows just 19.2 points per game so it may very well come down to a defensive showdown.
Canyon View at Manti, 7 p.m.
Canyon View hopes it can put an 0-4 non-region start in the rear-view mirror when the Falcons head north to face the Templars. Canyon View will have to stop Manti running back Mac Stephens in the run and pass game in order to have a chance. But Manti’s defense has been solid this year, allowing 14.5 points per game despite a 1-3 record.
Milford at Parowan, 7 p.m.
Coming off a bye week, the Rams get their next two games at home starting with Milford on Friday. Parowan is off to a 2-1 start this season and already has as many wins than it did last year. Milford won last season’s meeting 56-28.
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