The final week of the prep football regular season is upon us and even after the games are over, the playoff picture might not be totally set.
Hurricane, Cedar and Snow Canyon are in a three-way tie for fourth place in 3AA South with 1-3 records. Fourth place is coveted because it would mean a home playoff game, as opposed to a long road trip up north. There’s even the potential for a four-way tie for third place, should results go that way.
Dixie (4-0, 3AA South) and Desert Hills (3-1, 3AA South) have essentially solidified the top two seeds in the region, while a Pine View (2-2, 3AA South) win would put the Panthers in as the No. 3 seed.
Hurricane at Dixie, 7 p.m.
Dixie’s offense has been led by prolific quarterback Jacob Barben all year, but running back Ammon Ah Quin has two straight 100-plus yard rushing games. Receiver Nate Mahi has emerged as a third receiving target for Barben, to go along with Hobbs Nyberg and Josh Topham.
Hurricane is 1-3 in region play, led all season on the ground by running back Jaron Cordova (873 yards, six touchdowns) and on defense by lineman Isaiah Johnson (57 tackles, two-and-a-half sacks).
According to high school football historian George Felt, this is the 66th meeting between the two schools, with Dixie owning a 45-19-1 series advantage.
Snow Canyon at Desert Hills, 7 p.m.
Desert Hills and Snow Canyon meet in a rematch of last year’s playoff quarterfinal, a close 17-13 win for Snow Canyon.
The Thunder’s rushing attack, led by Nephi Sewell and Brock Parry, has been hard to stop, but the Warriors’ linebackers, led by Britton Webster and Kaleb Gates, are two of the best backers in 3AA South.
Both teams also boast two of the best offensive linemen in the region: Thunder right tackle Penei Sewell and Snow Canyon offensive tackle Wyatt Brinkerhoff.
Cedar at Pine View, 7 p.m.
A Pine View win puts the Panthers in as the third seed out of 3AA South and in line for a home playoff game. A Cedar win ties the Redmen with PV at 2-3, and creates the potential for a four-way tie of third place should Hurricane and Snow Canyon also win.
Cedar has been hit hard by the injury bug this season, losing starters Mason Fakahua and Drake Lewis for the year. In Fakahua’s absence, Braden Garrett ran for 119 yards against Hurricane and threw for a touchdown.
Seven different Pine View wide receivers have caught at least two touchdown passes this season. Michael Moten and Dylan Hendrickson lead the Panthers with three.
Juan Diego at Canyon View, 7 p.m.
Juan Diego and Canyon View meet in the regular season finale on Friday, then will turn around and play each other again a week later in the first round of the 3A playoffs at Juan Diego.
They’re both already locked into their respective playoff spots, as Juan Diego is the second seed out of the north and Canyon View is the third seed in 3A south.
Falcons running back Isaiah Shearer needs 45 yards to hit the 1,000-yard mark this season.
Wayne at Parowan, 7 p.m.
Parowan looks to finish the season 3-6 as the Rams host the winless Wayne Badgers.
Parowan running back Ethan Guyman leads the team with 1,038 rushing yards and seven touchdowns in the Rams’ eight games this year.
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