Keith Johnson, Deseret News
10 Bingham 49, Alta 26, Aug. 28, 2010
Keith Johnson, Deseret News

In the first-regular season clash between these fierce rivals at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Bingham flexed its muscles in the second half by breaking open a close game with 21 straight points in the fourth quarter. Despite the lopsided final score, a huge crowd was on hand to watch another Black-and-Blue classic.

9 Jordan 35, Brighton 28, Oct. 22, 2010
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Needing a victory over rival Brighton to clinch a playoff spot, Jordan pulled out the thrilling victory by scoring the game-winning touchdown with less than a minute remaining. McCoy Hill, who finished with 263 yards passing and 162 rushing, scored the winner on a six-yard run. Jordan never trailed, but the game was tied at 21-21 and 28-28 during the second half.

8 Mountain Crest 42, Bountiful 35, Nov. 12, 2010
Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

In the first of two exciting playoff games at Rice-Eccles Stadium for the Mustangs, Alex Kuresa helped his team outlast Bountiful in a thrilling shootout. After Bountiful tied the game at 35-35 with 4:15 remaining, Mountain Crest marched 74 yards for the winning score as Kuresa connected with Nate Rigby on a 39-yard touchdown pass. It was Kuresa's second touchdown of the fourth quarter, adding more fireworks to a game that featured 42 first-quarter points.

7 Lone Peak 33, Riverton 28, Nov. 5, 2010
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

After blowing a 13-point fourth-quarter lead and seeing Riverton pull in front 28-27 with just a few minutes remaining, Region 4 champion Lone Peak responded with a quick scoring drive that quarterback Chase Hansen capped with a four-yard TD run to punch Lone Peak's ticket to the 5A semifinals.

6 Juan Diego 10, Hurricane 7, Nov. 19, 2010
Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

In another classic finish between Hurricane and Juan Diego, Skyler Doran booted a field goal as time expired to lift the Soaring Eagle to their third straight 3A state championship. In what had been a defensive game throughout, Juan Diego's offense used up the final 7:10 on the clock in marching 90 yards to set up the game-winning field goal.

5 Springville 35, Spanish Fork 34, Oct. 8, 2010
Mike Terry, Deseret News

With all of the momentum after scoring two touchdowns in the final seven minutes, Spanish Fork decided to go for the victory against rival Springville by trying a two-point conversion with 1:20 remaining in the game. Springville's defense stuffed the attempt two yards short of the end zone to clinch the Region 8 title. The defensive stand capped a wild evening in Springville that featured numerous big plays, not to mention 180 penalty yards and four turnovers.

4 Fremont 24, Syracuse 21 (OT) Sept. 17, 2010
Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

Fremont's will to win — which eventually led to an appearance in the 5A championship — was never more evident than in this Week 5 victory. The 'Wolves were awful in the first half, spotting Syracuse a 21-0 lead. Led by Aaron Van Woerkom, Tate Lewis, Nick Vigil and Cash Hancock, Fremont scored 24 unanswered points to prevail in overtime.

3 Springville 38, Timpview 27, Nov. 5, 2010
Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

A big underdog in this 4A quarterfinal playoff game, Springville pulled off the upset by dominating Timpview for most of the game. Timpview had won the previous four state championships, but its quest for a fifth was spoiled by the same team it beat in the 2009 championship.

2 Cottonwood 28, Alta 21, Aug. 20, 2010
Jason Olson, Deseret News

Down 21-14, with less than four minutes remaining in the game and Alta lining up for a chip-shot field goal, the Cottonwood Colts needed a miracle. Twenty-eight seconds and two TDs later, they were convinced there was an unseen force that helped them to their surprising victory. Cottonwood played with heavy hearts the entire game, just a few weeks removed from the stunning death of Cottonwood coach Teko Johnson.

1 Highland 37, Mountain 36 (2OT), Nov. 19, 2010
Mike Terry, Deseret News

In a game for the ages, Highland's defense stuffed Mountain Crest's two-point conversion attempt in double overtime to clinch the school's first football state championship since 1986. The game featured three ties, six lead changes and countless momentum shifts in the fourth quarter and overtime as both teams' offenses came up with big play after big play. Highland receiver Nate Fakahafua turned in a particularly memorable performance with 200 receiving yards and three touchdowns.