7 at 7: The seven best games in Week 1 of Utah high school football

Published: Friday, Aug. 23 2013 6:56 a.m. MDT

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Parry’s Power Guide Advantage: Brighton 8.4 points

Deseret News Prep Editor James Edward’s Selection: Brighton

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS — Last season was quite a yawner when these two met. Brighton built a 27-0 lead until American Fork chipped in a useless touchdown late in the fourth quarter. This season, the Cavemen are expected to be much improved after starting several underclassmen in 2012, making this a clash of top 25 teams.

“They’ve got a lot of returning starters,” Brighton coach Ryan Bullet said. “They were pretty athletic last year and it was all their young kids (playing). I think we’ll have our hands full.”

Bullet said American Fork may have actually outshined his team during 7-on-7 competition in the offseason.

“I think we’ve got to keep their skill kids in check,” Bullet said. “We played them in Ute Shoot, and they were really good. We’ve got to slow the game down, hold onto the football and keep the ball in front of us on defense.”

Not to say that the Bengals aren’t equipped with weapons at the skill positions — i.e. Osa Masina and Isaiah Kaufusi — but the strength of the program resides within the trenches. Three-year starters Jackson Barton, Tyson Aldridge and Nick Giles headline one of the more talented groups in the state.

“We’re going to do what we do. Obviously our first thing is to run the ball and make them load the box up,” Bullet said. “This year we do have three quality receivers, which we haven’t had in awhile. If teams want to load the box up — we can throw this year. I feel it’s probably the best passing attack we’ve had since ’05.”

The Bengals check in at No. 10 on the Deseret News preseason state poll, but anything can change when another team takes the field.

“I don’t know what we have. We’re going to find out. I think we’re pretty good; as good as we’ve had here for a while,” Bullet said. “But, (we’re) playing a team with a lot of talent and athletic ability, and you just want to see how your kids will respond. We’re expecting a tough game. I’m glad we have it at home — we usually play a little better.”

KEY: How will American Fork compete in the interior? The Cavemen are outmatched up front in nearly every capacity, but if the defensive linemen can challenge Brighton’s front five enough to prevent them from picking up ’backers in the second level, it’ll still be a winnable game in the fourth quarter. Actually doing that is the challenge.
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Ogden, UT

You mean you will include the seven best games in your OPINION! I'm sure there will be many people who will probably tend to disagree with some of the games that you choose because their opinion is different than yours.

Salt Lake, UT

Somebody watch the grill at East and make sure it doesn't "accidentally" set itself on fire when East is up by a few points haha

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