3A high school football previews: Dixie at North Sanpete
North Sanpete needs a strong performance out of its secondary that has been susceptible in the air, especially against Wasatch. With a comparable offensive scheme to Dixie, they were torched for 441 yards and five touchdowns.
“Well I think their front seven are pretty good against the run and their secondary has struggled against the pass,” Monkres said. “So, hopefully it’s going to be good enough weather and we’ll be able to exploit that and see if teams have just had really good passing games or if they’re a little weaker in the secondary then they are up front.”
Roberts believes his secondary is up for the task after showing improvements against Spanish Fork.
“Our corners are playing a lot better; safety play has been a lot better,” he said. “There’s no doubt that Barney is one of the best playmakers in the state and we have to take that away from them or we’re going to be in trouble.”
Citing the loss to Snow Canyon mixed with what is expected to be a euphoric atmosphere as North Sanpete looks for its first playoff win since 2001, Monkres believes a quick start is critical to escaping to the second round.
“I think we need to be ready to go from the start and not overlook their record. They played Canyon View and won by a touchdown and we kind of beat them up pretty good,” he explained. “So, hopefully we convince the kids that they’re a good team and not overlook them and be ready to go from the start and not show up at halftime and try and come from behind.”
Dixie statistical breakdown
Scoring offense: 38.8 ppg
Scoring defense: 20.4 ppg
Passing leader: Blake Barney (115-199, 57.8%, 2,149 yards, 22 TDs, 3 INTs)
Rushing leaders: Blake Barney (101 carries, 842 yards, 11 TDs), Taylor Berry (38 carries, 200 yards, 7 TDs)
Receiving leaders: Drew Batchelor (35 rec., 647 yards, 10 TDs), Tanner Webster (24 rec., 406 yards, 5 TDs)
Tackles leaders: Tyson Graff (106 tackles), Jesse Lambert (82 tackles)
Sack leader: Joseph Mitchell (2)
Interception leader: Tyson Graff (4)
North Sanpete statistical breakdown
Scoring offense: 18.0 ppg
Scoring defense: 19.8 ppg
Passing leader: Brady Wheeler (45-124, 36.3%, 499 yards, 4 TDs, 6 INTs)
Rushing leaders: Brady Walker (143 carries, 905 yards, 10 TDs), Kaden Poulson (101 carries, 770 yards, 5 TDs)
Receiving leader: Kaden Poulson (21 rec., 255 yards, 2 TDs)
Tackles leaders: Kaden Poulson (73 tackles), Ed Moroney (62 tackles)
Sack leader: Oliver Silva (5)
Interception leader: Hunter Atkinson (4)
Felts Facts for Dixie High School
All-time record: 383-232-6 (68 years)
Region championships: 22 (1949, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970 co, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1982, 1983, 1988, 1989, 1991 co, 1994 co, 2009 co)
Playoff appearances: 39 (including 2012)
All-time playoff record: 48-32
State championships: 6 (1957, 1967, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1998)
State championship record: 6-2
Felt’s Factoid(s): Dixie owns the state record for most points in a season with 678 in 1972.
Felt’s Facts for North Sanpete High School
All-time record: 284-411-19 (97 years)
Region championships: 10 (1923, 1984 co, 1990, 1996 co, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003 co, 2004 co, 2005 co)
Playoff appearances: 24 (including 2012)
All-time playoff record: 9-23
State championships: 0
State championship record: 0-0
Felt’s Factoid(s): North Sanpete racked up 12 sacks to set a state playoff-game record against Union in 2001. ... Dave Peck, who has coached Bingham to three state championships, and Mark Wootton, who has directed Mountain Crest to a state title, both began their head coaching careers at North Sanpete in 1984 and 1991, respectively.
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