Canyon View at Cedar, 7 p.m.
Last year’s contest came down to the very last play, as the Falcons escaped with a 42-41 win to claim their first victory over Cedar since 2005. What will the sequel hold? Canyon View running back Isaiah Shearer will try to make it two in a row for the Falcons. Shearer ran for 143 yards last week in a tight loss to Hurricane.
Cedar will counter with quarterback Mason Fakahua and a high-powered offense. The Redmen are coming off their first win of the season against Virgin Valley.
Pine View at Manti, 7 p.m.
The Pine View Panthers are the only team left in 3AA South with a perfect record and they hope to keep it that way against the Manti Templars Friday night. Junior quarterback Ryan Javines is coming off a four-touchdown performance in a 47-3 victory over Uintah last week. Dylan Hendrickson had two interceptions including a pick-six to lead the Panthers on defense.
Manti, a predominantly run-heavy offense, will go up against the stout Panthers front. Mac Stevens and Lance Fowles have combined for 353 yards and three touchdowns over the first two games of the season. The Templars will likely need a big game from Stevens and Fowles if they look to upset the Panthers.
Dixie at Alta, 7 p.m.
Dixie may be winless on the season, but don’t be fooled by their 0-2 record. The Flyers have played one of the toughest schedules to start the season after taking on powerhouses Springville (4A) and Lone Peak (5A). This week doesn’t get any easier as the Flyers go on the road to face the undefeated Alta Hawks (4A) whose average margin of victory stands at 34.5 points. The Hawks blitzed both Taylorsville and Hillcrest and are averaging 58 points per game.
Dixie’s defense will certainly be tested before region play starts in two weeks. Luckily for the defense, the Flyer offense is clicking on all cylinders as quarterback Jacob Barben has passed for 678 yards and four touchdowns. Barben’s top targets are Hobbs Nyberg (365 yards) and Josh Topham (119 yards, 3 TDs).
Carbon at Snow Canyon, 7 p.m.
Snow Canyon looks to get its first win of the season when the Warriors take on the Carbon Dinos. The Warriors have jumped out to some big leads early in the first quarter but haven’t been able to finish things off in some heartbreaking losses this year. Snow Canyon’s Chris Poulson is the leading rusher for the Warriors with 204 yards and two touchdowns and should have a big game Friday night. Carbon’s defense has been non-existent this season as the Dino defense is giving up an average of 52 points per game.
Desert Hills at Foothill (Nevada), 8 p.m. MDT
Desert Hills has been able to run the ball with success in its first two games. Quarterback Quinn Kiser has shown himself to be a reliable dual-threat quarterback that Foothill will have to defend against. The Falcons running back Blake Wilson ran for 233 yards in their first game and figures to be a priority for the Thunder on defense. But Foothill’s quarterback Jordan Wilson was 8-of-10 last week for 98 yards and a touchdown. Desert Hills won last year’s matchup 50-6.
Hurricane at Moapa Valley, 8 p.m. MDT
Hurricane might earn a reputation as the cardiac kids the way the Tigers’ first two games have panned out. They beat Moapa Valley 17-14 last year in Hurricane, but the Pirates struggled in their season-opener last week. They gained just five yards on the ground. Josh Parker has figured things out for Hurricane at quarterback and the Tigers have shown through two games that they can hang close and come back from any deficit.
Enterprise at North Summit, 7 p.m.
Enterprise is 2-0 and is looking to stay perfect as the Wolves go on the road to take on the North Summit Braves. Enterprise is led by a trio of running backs in John Oswald, Jayson Holt, Caleb Koopmans who have combined for 311 yards and three touchdowns. North Summit is winless on the season after close losses to Duchesne and Layton Christian.
The last time the Wolves won their first three games was back in 2012.
Diamond Ranch at Duchesne, 7 p.m.
Diamond Ranch is coming off a bye week after the Week 1 loss at Enterprise. The Diamondbacks only scored 12 points, and now face a perennially tough Duchesne team. The Eagles are 2-0 and have allowed an average of 10.5 points per game. DRA will be tested again, but if running back Aaron Kern gets going, that could spell good things for the Diamondbacks.
Parowan at Altamont, 5 p.m.
Parowan will look to bounce back after being shutout 33-0 by Enterprise last Friday. Altamont is 0-2 on the season and has been outscored 70-8 in its first two games.
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