Although Alta is one of the three front-runners to claim this year's 5A crown along with Lone Peak and Bingham, coach Stephens doesn't dare look too far down the road for fear of hitting a huge chuckhole along the way.
"There's some great teams that are in this thing, and I really don't want to think about that (championship) too much just yet," he said. "I know it sounds cliche and a little cheesy, but you've really got to look at 'em one game at a time. You can't look ahead, and my biggest thing is keeping my kids focused on that as well.
"You've just got to keep them focused — like a horse with blinders on."
Syracuse statistical breakdown
Scoring offense: 22.1 ppg
Scoring defense: 14.7 ppg
Passing leader: Trevor Davis (107-175, 61.1&, 1,189 yards, 11 TDs, 4 INTs).
Rushing leaders: Mason Woodward (151 carries, 662 yards, 3 TDs), Trevor Davis (121 carries, 542 yards, 5 TDs)
Tackles leaders: Tyson Greenwood (68 total tackles), Dillon Sandberg (60 total tackles)
Sacks leaders: Hunter Dimick (8 sacks)
Interceptions leader: Taylor Carlson (3 interceptions)
Alta statistical breakdown
Scoring offense: 29.2 ppg
Scoring defense: 12.0 ppg
Passing leader: Tyson Blackner (124-231, 53.7%, 1,799 yards, 18 TDs, 4 INTs)
Rushing leaders: Bryan Engstrom (139 carries, 966 yards, 19 TDs), Tyson Blackner (53 carries, 180 yards, 6 TDs)
Sacks leaders: Kole Afu (9 sacks), Steven Miller (4.5 sacks)
Interceptions leader: Beaver Ho-Ching (2 interceptions)
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