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3A football finals: 'Everything is different' as Tigers, Thunder meet again

Published: Thursday, Nov. 17 2011 6:43 p.m. MST

Hurricane leads the all-time series 3-1, including a 35-8 victory in Week 9 this year. … Hurricane is 0-6 in state championship games, including three straight losses to Juan Diego from 2008 to 2010. … This is Desert Hills' first title game appearance since the school opened four years ago. … This is the first time since 2005 that a 5A, 4A or 3A championship game has featured teams from the same region, with Skyline beating Brighton that year. … It's the first all-Southern Utah title game since 1998 when Dixie beat Cedar.

COACHING REPORT

Desert Hills coach Jake Nelson: Has been Thunder head coach for the past three years, compiling a 22-11 record. This is his first time coaching in championship game.

Hurricane coach Chris Homer: Now in his 10th year at Hurricane, coach Homer has guided the Tigers to four straight state championship games. His all-time record at Hurricane is 75-42.

DESERT HILLS THUNDER DEPTH CHART

OFFENSE

QB PORTER HARRIS 14

Nate Brinker 13

RB MIKE NEEDHAM 34

Kevan Webb 21

RB KEVAN WEBB 21

Gavin Sargent 35

WR COLTON KENNEY 29

Cole Kiser 18

WR TY RUTLEDGE 1

Bud Pope 5

TE JOSH ANDERSON 85

Chipper Whatcott 93

RT GUNNER FORSYTH 69

Kalob Stevenson 68

RG NICH CONTRYS 77

Taylor Hummel 75

C TY SHELLEY 51

Robert Tauoa 56

LG BROCK DOMAN 57

Bronson Degelbeck 70

LT MCKAY ERICCSON 50

Jordan Kirsch 62

KR MIKE NEEDHAM 34

KR TY RUTLEDGE 1

K GUSTAVO MORALES-ALEGRIA 7

DEFENSE

DE JOSH ANDERSON 85

Keenan Wittwer 37

DT KALOB STEVENSON 68

Gunner Forsyth 69

DT TY SHELLEY 51

Brock Doman 57

DE NATE BRINKER 13

McKay Ericcson 50

OLB KEVAN WEBB 21

Mike Needham 34

MLB PETER BROWN 31

Kellyn Larson 9

OLB BROCK JOHNSON 10

Travis LaGrone 11

CB BUD POPE 5

Colton Kenney 29

CB BRAD WULFENSTEIN 8

Ty Rutledge 1

SS TY RUTLEDGE 1

Jordan Hokanson 33

FS PORTER HARRIS 14

Braeden Adams 3

PR BUD POPE 5

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