1A high school football preview: Altamont at Layton Christian
Altamont (2-7) at Layton Christian (4-5)
1A state tournament quarterfinal
Friday, 5:30 p.m.
Parry's Power Guide: Layton Christian by 2
All-time series: Altamont leads 4-3
Coach vs. coach: Altamont's Mick Fieldsted leads Layton Christian's William Hawes, 2-1
Last meeting: Oct. 7, 2011, Layton Christian 41, Altamont 14
Of the four 1A high school football quarterfinals, Layton Christian at Altamont is definitely the most intriguing.
It's a rematch of a 41-24 victory for Layton Christian back on Oct. 7, a game the Longhorns felt they let slip away in the second half. For Layton Christian, it backed up its historic first win at Altamont with its first victory ever over Rich last weekend.
"They're pretty excited about the win, but we don't want to look back," said Layton Christian coach William Hawes.
For Altamont coach Mick Fieldsted, he's making sure his players haven't forgotten about the Layton Christian loss earlier this month.
In that game, Altamont was leading 18-14 late in the third and appeared poised to punch in another touchdown. Instead, it fumbled the ball on the 1-yard line and Layton Christian's Brandon Faison scooped it up and raced 99 yards to give the Eagles a 21-18 lead. Altamont fumbled the ensuing kickoff and threw an interception on the possession after that, and each turnover Layton Christian turned into points to build a 35-18 lead.
"We just self-destructed," said Fieldsted.
Altamont is a very young team, but Fieldsted has been impressed with how they've responded to the adversity of the Layton Christian loss.
"We've got a lot of young kids that we rely on quite a bit, and they're starting to catch on," said Fieldsted.
Altamont will definitely lean on the running of Kyle Foy on Friday. The junior has rushed for 1,405 yards this season, including a state-record 451-yard performance at Milford two weeks ago.
Foy rushed for 91 yards against Layton Christian the last time these two teams met, and Hawes knows slowing him again will be key.
"We're going to have to have a great day on defense. We can't let down and let them get a bunch of big plays," said Hawes.
Linebacker Eliyah Mayberry will be key for Layton Christian. He missed nearly a month with an injury earlier in the season, but he returned a few weeks ago and he's back at 100 percent as evidenced by his 17-tackle performance against Rich.
Altamont statistical breakdown
Scoring offense: 13.2 ppg
Scoring defense: 30.0 ppg
Passing leader: Jordan Benson (40-160, 37.7%, 442 yards, 2 TDs, 8 INTs)
Rushing leaders: Kyle Foy (185 carries, 1,405 yards, 9 TDs), Dathan Panas (92 carries, 436 yards, 2 TDs)
Receiving leaders: Jake Stevenson (14 receptions, 184 yards, 0 TDs)
Tackles leaders: Cassidy Smith (39 total tackles)
Sacks leaders: Tony Brown (2 sacks)
Note: Does not include Week 10 stats. Defensive stats have only been reported for 6 of 9 games
Layton Christian statistical breakdown
Scoring offense: 24.2 ppg
Scoring defense: 29.0 ppg
Passing leader: Kyle Yockey (42-116, 36.2%, 874 yards, 13 TDs, 13 INTs)
Rushing leaders: Jaques Carter (64 carries, 374 yards, 5 TDs), Duce Namazi (68 carries, 330 yards, 4 TDs)
Receiving leaders: Brandon Faison (13 receptions, 421 yards, 5 TDs), Quincy Mason (9 receptions, 167 yards, 6 TDs)
Sacks leaders: Quincy Mason (7 sacks)
Interceptions leader: Brandon Faison (4 interceptions)