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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: Syracuse 26.8 points

Deseret News Prep Editor James Edward’s Selection: Syracuse

BRIGHAM CITY — Box Elder was a peculiar team in 2012. It finished 7-5, but in four of its losses it had a possibility to secure a win in the fourth quarter against teams that advanced to the semifinals or further and Logan.

The only game that was seemingly out of reach was its 31-14 setback against Syracuse at Weber State. Now, with several returning starters and the location moving to their home stadium, the Bees are in a much different situation this time around.

“It’ll be nice if that helped out a little bit — they’re a pretty good football team, so we need every little bit we can get,” Box Elder coach Robbie Gunter said of the home-field advantage. “It’s a great way to start the year; going against a great team. It’s an opportunity for our guys to see where they’re at and measure ourselves that way.”

Syracuse begins the 2013 campaign ranked No. 3 in the state for numerous reasons, but specifically because of the abundance of returning starters on the defensive side of the ball. Offensively, the Titans are relatively unchallenged, but as Gunter explained, they certainly aren't in short supply of talent.

“They’re powerful up front, and they’ve got some great skills guys. They’ve got a great scheme,” Gunter said. “They don’t put themselves in bad-down situations. It seems like they’re always playing ahead — getting four or five yards on first down. They’re always third-and-short. I think a big key is trying to get them into those long-down situations that change things up.”

Box Elder prefers to play clock management already, but as obvious underdogs it’ll have to milk drives further and leave the game in the defense’s ability to get stops.

“I want to see them compete. It’s putting all this time in the weight room and out on the field,” Gunter said. “Well now it’s Friday night and I want to see them go out and compete and see how they do when adversity strikes and when things aren’t going exactly the way they’re supposed to.”

KEY: Box Elder deepened its depth chart with experience, but Syracuse is one of the top teams in the state. In order for the Bees to pull off the upset, they’ll have to force a few turnovers and execute on special teams. An interception there or a solid punt return here and suddenly the crowd is jumping. Then anything can happen.
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papi_chulo
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.

wolvie23
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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