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4A high school football preview: Bountiful vs. Mountain Crest

Braves and Mustangs will renew a rivalry in much bigger setting

Published: Monday, Aug. 3 2015 12:19 p.m. MDT

Mountain Crest defenders Mike Dart (38) and Joseph Carley (34) tackle a Lone Peak player. Bountiful is up next. (Keith Johnson, Deseret News) Mountain Crest defenders Mike Dart (38) and Joseph Carley (34) tackle a Lone Peak player. Bountiful is up next. (Keith Johnson, Deseret News)

BOUNTIFUL (9-3) VS. MOUNTAIN CREST (9-2)

Friday, 2:30 p.m. — Rice-Eccles Stadium (field turf)

Ticket Information: Fans can purchase tickets at www.uhsaa.org

TV: KJZZ — Parry's Power Guide — Mountain Crest by 8

SALT LAKE CITY — Two years ago Mountain Crest beat Bountiful in a regular season region game, and while some things have certainly changed, there are a couple of things that have stayed the same.

The coaches in that 2008 Region 5 game, Larry Wall for Bountiful and Mark Wootton for Mountain Crest, were the same as Friday's 2:30 p.m. 4A semifinal at Rice-Eccles Stadium, but the two schools are from different regions now. During that game, Mountain Crest's sophomore quarterback threw two touchdowns passes to lead his team to a 21-7 win. On Friday, the Mustangs are hoping senior quarterback Alex Kuresa can do the same.

Dillon Salazar, Bountiful () Dillon Salazar, Bountiful ()

"It seems like he has been there forever," said Braves coach Wall of Kuresa. "I guess it just seems that way because he is such a good player. I know we have a lot of respect for what he can do."

The Braves, and the rest of the state for that matter, have seen Kuresa making play after play for four years now. The BYU signee will leave Mountain Crest as one of the state's most prolific quarterbacks in history.

Kuresa has thrown for a state record 95 career touchdowns and rushed for another 27, making him responsible for 122 touchdowns. He trails only Logan's Riley Nelson (130) in that category. He has thrown for 10,214 yards in his career, easily a state record and has rushed for another 1,758.

"Alex is a great football player and a great person," said Wootton. "The thing about Alex that I don't think people realize is how hard he works. They see all the physical talent, but he has worked so hard every year to get better. He is one of the hardest workers we have ever had here."

Troy Pickett, Mountain Crest () Troy Pickett, Mountain Crest ()

While Kuresa has remained a constant, he is not a one-man team.

"Alex can't win it by himself," added Wootton. "I think that may be why we are playing some of our best football at the right time. We have had guys that have realized that they can make plays for us. They no longer wait around and watch Alex go out and make plays, they want to make them, too."

Bountiful has advanced to this stage relying on a bevy of players as well. The Braves have five players that have rushed for at least a pair of touchdowns. One of those is senior Spencer Schmidt.

"Spencer had knee surgery earlier in the year and he is out there playing — and playing well," said Wall. "He is exactly the type of kid that we have had this season. They are a bunch of hard workers that just want to play football and they do it for each other. They know what is at stake, and they really want to play one more week."

Alex Kuresa, Mountain Crest () Alex Kuresa, Mountain Crest ()

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY

The all-time series between Mountain Crest and Bountiful is tied 3-3 ... The most recent meeting occurred in 2008 when they were in the same region, with Mountain Crest winning 21-7 ... Mountain Crest's Mark Wootton leads Bountiful's Larry Wall in head-to-head meetings 3-1 ... Bountiful has won five state championships, including back-to-back titles in 2002 and 2003. Its all-time playoff record is 45-29 ... Mountain Crest has won three state championships, most recently when it beat Highland in the 2005 title game. The Mustangs all-time playoff record is 38-18.

COACHING REPORT

Bountiful coach Larry Wall: One of the elder statesmen of the coaching ranks, Wall is in his 26th year as a head coach, all at Bountiful. His career record is 201-93.

David Coffman, Bountiful () David Coffman, Bountiful ()

Mountain Crest coach Mark Wootton: He's in his seventh year as the Mustangs' head coach, and he's amassed a 58-23 record. Prior to that he spent 13 years at North Sanpete with a 73-56 record.

BOUNTIFUL BRAVES DEPTH CHART

OFFENSE

QB CAM ZOLLINGER 7

Ty Hayes 12

FB DAVID COFFMAN 44

Jakob Hunt 30

RB SPENCER SCHMIDT 34

Teau Satuala 25

WR LUKE LARSEN 22

Kyle Pawlowski 8

WR DILLON SALAZAR 10

Taylor Perkins 9

TE TYLER POPPE 88

Moses Manu 35

RT COLTON KILPACK 76

Hayden Call 70

RG WYATT FRASIER 58

David Hulet 53

C LANDON LAYTON 59

Mitch Gee 74

LG AUSTIN BURNINGHAM 55

Dalton Titsworth 56

LT JORDAN PARKINSON 67

Taylor Allen 52

PK JASON HOLMES 80

Garrett Jones 86

KR LUKE LARSEN 22

DEFENSE

DE JORDAN PARKINSON 67

Eric Kovacs 83

DT TJ MAKA 50

Richard Gautavai 72

DT MONSON WELCH 42

Junior Hamilton 54

DE LANDON LAYTON 59

Tyler Poppe 88

OLB TEAU SATUALA 25

Eric Blair 24

MLB RYLEE GAUTAVAI 33

Jack Fabrizio 45

OLB MATT PARRISH 5

Jakob Hunt 30

CB KYLE PAWLOWSKI 8

Kiet Tran 3

CB LUKE LARSEN 22

Spencer Schmidt 34

FS CAM ZOLLINGER 10

Adam Alvey 6

SS DILLON SALAZAR 10

Brandon Menlove 2

P KYLE PAWLOWSKI 8

Jason Holmes 80

MOUNTAIN CREST MUSTANGS DEPTH CHART

OFFENSE

QB ALEX KURESA 7

Eddy Hall 1

FB NATE RIGBY 6

Schofield Smith 5

RB EDDY HALL 1

Keegan Mitton 44

WR TROY PICKETT 9

Cody Perkes 13

WR DAX FACKRELL 3

Taylor Root 20

TE BRADON FULLER 4

Alex Huerta 12

RT JOEY JENKINS 61

Jacob Keller 62

RG BLACK LYMAN 63

Ryan Lund 65

C TANNER COLLINS 50

Race Black 52

LG FRANK PACK 54

Brander Lucas 55

LT FERNANDO HUERTA 73

Bridger Daley 70

PK JUSTIN CALL 28

KR SCHOFIELD SMITH 5

DEFENSE

DE ETHAN RASSMUSSEN 15

Braden Fuller 4

DT JOSEPH CARLEY 34

Porter Wilden 58

NG NATE RIGBY 6

JD Brown 68

DT JORDAN HAUN 35

Kyle Christiansen 60

DE BRADY LOWE 24

Troy Pickett 9

OLB MIKE DART 38

Taylor Root 20

MLB TANNER RICHARDSON 2

Cole Sorensen 36

OLB KEEGAN MITTON 44

Cole Sorensen 36

CB FAIMAFILI LAULU-PUTUTAU 8

Tyler Herbert 84

CB NICK NEELEY 22

Tyler Herbert 84

FS TAYLOR ROOT 20

SS SCHOFIELD SMITH 5

PR SCHOFIELD SMITH 5

BOUNTIFUL STATS

Scoring offense: 25.7 ppg

Scoring defense: 11.5 ppg

Passing leader: Cam Zollinger (79-129, 59.2%, 1,190 yards, 14 TDs, 4 INTs)

Rushing leaders: Teau Satuala (110 carries, 803 yards, 4 TDs), David Coffman (136, 741, 8)

Receiving leader: Dillon Salazar (30 rec., 581 yards, 6 TDs)

Tackles leader: Teau Satuala (78 total tackles)

Sacks leader: Jordan Parkinson (3.5 sacks)

Int. leader: Kyle Pawlowski (6 INTs)

MOUNTAIN CREST STATS

Scoring offense: 40.4 ppg

Scoring defense: 18.2 ppg

Passing leader: Alex Kuresa (241-373, 64.6%, 3,246 yards, 32 TDs, 9 INTs)

Rushing leaders: Alex Kuresa (151 carries, 565 yards, 17 TDs), Nate Rigby (93, 533, 6)

Receiving leader: Troy Pickett (75 rec., 1,016 yards, 13 TDs)

Tackles leader: Schofield Smith (78 total tackles)

Sacks leader: Nate Rigby (6 sacks)

Int. leader: Faimafili Laulu-Pututau (4 INTs)

BOUNTIFUL GAME-BY-GAME

Aug. 20 … Lone Peak 10, Bountiful 7

Aug. 27 … Bountiful 10, Spanish Fork 7

Sept. 3 … Bountiful 17, Logan 6

Sept. 10 … Bountiful 42, Tooele 7

Sept. 17 … Bountiful 22, Woods Cross 17

Sept. 24 … Viewmont 27, Bountiful 2

Oct. 1 … Bountiful 21, East 0

Oct. 8 … Highland 31, Bountiful 17

Oct. 13 … Bountiful 42, Stansbury 7

Oct. 21 … Bountiful 56, Olympus 14

Oct. 30 … Bountiful 41, Orem 0

Nov. 5 … Bountiful 31, Spanish Fork 12

MOUNTAIN CREST GAME-BY-GAME

Aug. 20 … Mountain Crest 28, Highland 14

Aug. 28 … Lone Peak 23, Mountain Crest 13

Sept. 3 … Mountain Crest 42, Woods Cross 35

Sept. 11 … Mountain Crest 51, Las Vegas 7

Sept. 17 … Mountain Crest 41, Bonneville 27

Sept. 24 … Mountain Crest 34, Box Elder 7

Sept. 30 … Logan 35, Mountain Crest 34

Oct. 8 … Mountain Crest 55, Ogden 14

Oct. 21 … Mountain Crest 38, Sky View 6

Oct. 29 … Mountain Crest 52, Payson 6

Nov. 5 … Mountain Crest 56, East 26

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