Judge (5-5) at Morgan (6-4)
3A state tournament first round
Friday, 5 p.m.
Parry’s Power Guide: Morgan by 3
All-time series: Judge leads 20-14-1
Coach vs. coach: Morgan’s Kovi Christiansen leads Judge’s James Cordova, 2-1
Last meeting: Oct. 22, 2010 — Morgan 23, Judge 3
The Judge Memorial and Morgan football teams have not yet played each other this season. But for their head coaches, meeting in late October is familiar territory.
“It seems like every first round we’re heading to Morgan,” Judge Memorial coach James Cordova said of the first-round 3A playoff match-up. “We know each other well. (Morgan coach) Kovi Christiansen is a great coach, his team is always well-prepared.”
Christiansen had a similar reaction to facing the Bulldogs again this season.
“We have coached against each other three or four or more times, and we know each other a little,” he said. “(The Bulldogs) are athletic, like always. They are well-coached and physical.”
The Trojans lost just one Region 11 contest — a one-point, overtime loss to region champion Stansbury — and earned the home playoff game. Judge Memorial took third in the Region 10 race.
Cordova said visiting Morgan is a good experience for his team.
“The fan base is great,” he said. “Everybody comes to the games. They are supportive of their team and gracious toward visitors.”
But, he added, with their constantly different looks on offense, the Trojans are challenging to prepare for.
“They are tough, they are different from any other team on offense. That makes them difficult to prepare for,” Cordova said. “Sometimes there is one tight end, sometimes two, sometimes they are wide, sometimes they run a sweep nobody runs it as well as Morgan.”
Christiansen had similar thoughts when drawing up his game plan against the Bulldogs.
“We will have to be disciplined to hang with them,” he said. “They have a complex offense. We really need to make sure we know our assignments on defense.”
Judge Memorial will be looking for a strong game from its defense.
“We have to shut down the run,” Cordova said.
Senior Pat Neville, who leads the team in tackles with 113, will need to have a big day. The same goes for safety Sean McMinimee.
“Sean has done a nice job in the secondary,” Cordova said. “This week, we need to stop their pass game.”
For Morgan, Christiansen said this week, as it has been the entire season, must be a solid team effort.
“We have a whole bunch of kids who are contributing. One of our biggest strengths is that we play well together.”
While the team is led by a core of seniors, there is a contingent of younger players who are adding to the team’s success.
“We have a good mix, and they are peaking at just the right time,” Christiansen said.
Ultimately, the coach said, the Trojans are happy to play another week.
“We are excited to be in the playoffs. We are looking forward to the home game.”
Judge statistical breakdown
(Note: Does not include stats from Weeks 9 and 10)
Scoring offense: 24.6 ppg
Scoring defense: 20.8 ppg
Passing leader: Kaden Elliss (37-80, 46.3%, 739 yards, 12 TDs, 7 INTs)
Rushing leaders: Kaden Elliss (95 carries, 644 yards, 7 TDs), Max Barnett (43 carries, 342 yards, 1 TD)
Receiving leaders: Mark Barnet (10 rec., 176 yards, 2 TDs), Michael Kearns (8 rec., 169 yards, 3 TDs)
Tackles leaders: Pat Neville (113 tackles), Sosefo Falemaka (66 tackles)
Sack leaders: Sosefo Falemaka (3 sacks)
Interception leaders: Sean McMinimee (3 INTs)
Morgan statistical breakdown
Scoring offense: 35.0 ppg
Scoring defense: 23.0 ppg
Passing leader: Ben Saunders (43-70, 61.4%, 921 yards, 9 TDs, 2 INTs)
Rushing leaders: Lantzen Toomer (77 carries, 524 yards, 9 TDs), Kade Carrigan (84 carries, 448 yards, 5 TDs), Josh Kippen (38 carries, 251 yards, 6 TDs)
Receiving leaders: Lantzen Toomer (21 rec., 455 yards, 6 TDs)
Tackles leaders: Cameron Skinner (38 tackles), Ben Holland (35 tackles)
Sack leaders: Ethan Hipwell, Cameron Skinner, Kyle Stapley (3.5 sacks)
Interception leaders: K.T. Tibbitts, Kade Carrigan (3 INTs)
Felt's facts for Judge Memorial High School
All-time record: 422-341-9 (86 years)
Region championships: 18 (1948, 1949, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966 co, 1972, 1977 co, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1993 co, 2008)
Playoff appearances: 40 (including 2012)
All-time playoff record: 50-30
State championships: 9 (1948, 1949, 1959, 1953, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1981, 1983)
State championship record: 9-5
Felt’s factoid(s): JM holds the single-game pass interception record (tied with Bonneville) of nine, set in 1981 against Murray. Bulldog Mike Chambers returned three kickoffs for touchdowns in a 1967 game (also against Murray) to set a single-game state record. Judge is one of only five programs to appear in at least five consecutive championship games — 1969-73 (won 3).
Felt’s facts for Morgan High School
All-time record: 423-316-22 (85 years)
Region championships: 21 (1930 co, 1935, 1939, 1940, 1946, 1947, 1975 co, 1976, 1977 co, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1989, 1991 co, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2005 co, 2008)
Playoff appearances: 45 (including 2012)
All-time playoff record: 46-38
State championships: 6 (1940, 1977, 1979, 1983, 1993, 1997)
State championship record: 6-4
Felt’s factoid(s): Morgan holds the single-game sack record (tied with Weber) of 15, set in 1972 against Grantsville. Trojan Jordan Wamsley returned five kickoffs for TDs in 2009 to set a state season record (tied with San Juan’s Jens Wilson).