The Utah prep football regular season wraps up this week with several teams already knowing their fate, while others enter the matchups with a lot at stake. Several teams will be playing to boost their seedings in postseason plays, but others, including six of the seven teams housed by Region 2, will be playing to keep their seasons alive.
Let's start with the easy stuff.
Eight teams have already claimed outright region championships entering Wednesday's games. Those teams are Lone Peak (Region 4), Olympus (Region 6), Alta (Region 7), Springville (Region 8), Morgan (3A North), Juab (3A South), Summit Academy (2A North) and San Juan (2A South.)
Six other teams have the opportunity to win their regions outright with victories in their final games. This group includes Bingham (Region 3), which takes on Brighton; East (Region 5), which will travel to take on Woods Cross; Stansbury (3AA North), which hosts Bear River; Dixie (3AA South), which takes on Hurricane at home; Duchesne (1A North), which has Altamont at home; and Kanab (1A South), which plays a road game at Monticello.
In Region 1, Fremont (5-1 in region) has at least a share of the league crown, but Roy (4-1) can become co-champion and claim top seed by defeating Weber. Weber (2-3) is on the outside looking in, but can get into a play-in game with a win coupled with a loss from either Sky View or Northridge. Sky View travels to take on Mountain Crest (1-4) while Northridge is at Clearfield (0-5.)
Region 2’s six-way tie for first place heading into the final week is unique. Never before have six teams been tied for first this late in the season. The winners of the three league contests — Davis at Layton, Syracuse at Hunter and Viewmont at Granger — will be region co-champs, and the three losers will enter a play-in game for the final berth.
There are eight possible outcomes, one of which will determine the final standings. Two outcomes will require a coin flip (Davis, Syracuse and Viewmont winning or Layton, Hunter and Granger winning). In the other six, the winning teams could end up anywhere from first to third, depending on their record against the other two teams.
Region 3's seedings are pretty much set, save for the unlikely possibility of Brighton (2-3) pulling an upset over Bingham. Other seeds, in order, will likely be Jordan (4-1), West Jordan (3-2) and Taylorsville (3-3.)
Region 4 is a bit muddled entering the final week, with four teams locked in a second-place tie. American Fork (3-2) will host Pleasant Grove (3-2) while Lehi (3-2) hosts Westlake (1-4.) Herriman (3-2) apparently has the toughest way in, traveling to take on Lone Peak (5-0.)
Region 5 has its final seed undecided, but will be the winner of Box Elder (1-3) vs. Bountiful (1-3.)
Region 6 play has already concluded save for Kearns (3-1) and Cyprus (0-4.) The Cougars can clinch the No. 2 seed with a win over the Pirates.
Region 7 sees five teams still alive for the final three spots entering the final week. Corner Canyon (3-3) hosts Alta; Orem (3-3) will take on Mountain View (0-6); Provo (3-3) travels to take on Timpanogos (1-5) while Skyridge (4-2) hosts Timpview (4-2.)
Wasatch (2-3) can secure the fourth and final spot out of Region 8 with a win at Uintah (1-4.) Spanish Fork (1-4) is still alive and needs to beat Payson (0-5) for Uintah to beat the Wasps.
The 3AA South Region has the final three teams tied for fourth (Cedar, Hurricane and Snow Canyon) all taking on teams ahead of them in the standings. Cedar (1-3) is at Pine View (2-2); Hurricane (1-3) travels to take on Dixie (4-0) while Snow Canyon is at Desert Hills (3-1.)