3A football finals: 'Everything is different' as Tigers, Thunder meet again
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.
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
QB PORTER HARRIS 14
Nate Brinker 13
RB MIKE NEEDHAM 34
Kevan Webb 21
RB KEVAN WEBB 21
WR COLTON KENNEY 29
Cole Kiser 18
WR TY RUTLEDGE 1
Bud Pope 5
TE JOSH ANDERSON 85
RT GUNNER FORSYTH 69
RG NICH CONTRYS 77
C TY SHELLEY 51
Robert Tauoa 56
LG BROCK DOMAN 57
LT MCKAY ERICCSON 50
KR MIKE NEEDHAM 34
KR TY RUTLEDGE 1
K GUSTAVO MORALES-ALEGRIA 7
DE JOSH ANDERSON 85
DT KALOB STEVENSON 68
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
OLB BROCK JOHNSON 10
CB BUD POPE 5
CB BRAD WULFENSTEIN 8
SS TY RUTLEDGE 1
FS PORTER HARRIS 14
PR BUD POPE 5
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