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Published: Monday, Oct. 8 2012 7:51 p.m. MDT

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One Observer
Somewhere in, UT

@joseywales said . . . some people are going to be shocked by the outcome in 3A this year.

That made me think - what team would shock me by winning the 3A state title? Not Hurricane or JD - they won the last 4. Not SF or Dixie - they had positive buzz all season. Not even Pineview winning the title would shock me. They’ve been playing really well since Wilstead came back after missing 5 games with the broken ankle.

Only these 3A title scenarios would shock me:
1. Some team nobody is talking about – like Wasatch or Morgan – comes out of nowhere to win it all. That would shock me.

2. Desert Hills wins it. That would shock me because there are 3 better teams in their own region.

3. Stansbury wins it. Stallions have played the softest schedule – by far – of any of the 3A title contenders. Their winning the title would run counter to everything I have ever experienced about sports and life – you can’t learn to beat tough opponents by competing against softies, and DH is their only quality win. If Stansbury can pull it off, that would shock me.

amanap
Washington, ut

@ jomomma

Pine View will finish 4th in region 9 and then go to Spanish Fork and beat them in the first round. Pine View will be playing Hurricane at RES...

markymark
HERRIMAN, UT

I can't wait to see how the playoffs play out. I think there will be some surprises in 4a and 5a.

Jo Momma
CEDAR CITY, UT

@ amanap
I agree with you that pv will beat spanish fork. pine views line is bigger than byu's line. pine views line would give byu's offense a spark. still don't know why they have such a bad record?

HurricaneFan
Hurricane, UT

PV's line probably could give BYU a spark!
I think in region nine we discuss the strength of the region so much because we see such great games and teams week in and week out. As we discuss this it would be easy to assume that most of us are overlooking some great teams up north. For the majority, that isn't the case.
I've really enjoyed this season and continue to be impressed with each region 9 team we play this year!

CheetahMahi
Salt Lake City, UT

I agree a 2-point win over Cottonwood is reason enough to doubt Jordan belongs at #1. Before this week, I thought schedule difficulty qualified them above East but regardless of the disappointing showing against Cottonwood, East outshines Jordan based on depth and ability on both sides of the ball. East shows depth and player development whereas Jordan is showing, like last season, dependency on Kafentzis. Also, compared to Jordan who has scored 330 and allowed 146 so far this season, East has scored 314 and allowed 39 overall- talk about an offensive and defensive powerhouse.

Sampson
Orem, UT

@t22 Dizie has has a great season...but have no signature wins. They beat Springville and Provo, sure--a combined (2-14). They beat Pine View soundly when their #1 QB was out. They played Hurricane tough but lost. The Flyers are explosive and could be as good as Stansbury or Spanish Fork.

Stansbury edged D-Hills as did Dixie. Spanish beat Springville similarly as Dixie. The playoffs will help us see the picture better. Dixie will face Juan Diego in the 2nd round. Beat the Soaring Eagle and you will get the respect you wish.

just sayin'
Woods Cross, UT

WX will smoke Bountiful this week and then do some serious damage at state!! 4A This is our year!! Go WX!! GO CATS!!

Whiteshoes
Orem, UT

I agree with t22 in the sense that a team shouldn't drop in the standings when they win big.

fender
Washington, UT

@Jo Momma

Why isn't PV's record better is a very good question. It's a head scratcher for sure. Who knows the answer, but couple of obvious things. Anytime a team loses a kid with Wilstead's upside it's a problem. No coach is going to play that kid without two safeties. Without him, teams load the box and no matter how good the O line is it can't block everybody. Haven't seen all PV's games, but Wilstead was out for Dixie game and Dixie loaded the box, brought the outside backers on every play and ignored PV's passing game.

Wilstead was back for Hurricane game and didn't play well, but Hurricane still had to play him honest and the PV line and the RB put up something like 360 yards rushing.

The other thing I saw in those games were some very questionable coaching decisions that handicapped PV. PV could learn something from Hurricane: keep it simple, play the percentages and keep your kids focused. That's why IMO Hurricane is still the team to beat.

PrepFootballNut
Orem, UT

@t22 Spanish Fork has outscored 3A opponents 226-26. I know St. George teams are good but never underestimate the team that everyone is overlooking. Top 4 in 3A Hurricane, Juan Diego, dixie and SF but it's hard to put them in order.

fender
Washington, UT

@PrepFootballNut

Don't think anybody down south is overlooking SF. It's obviously a good team, but here's something to put it in perspective for you. SF beat Springville 28-14 and Juan Diego beat Springville 19-18. Orem, however, beat Springville 45-18, so you might draw the conclusion that Orem is a little stronger team than SF or JD. Yet, PV, which will finish in 4th or 5th place in Region 9 beat Orem @ Orem and without its starting QB. I think the point is that the competition in Region 9 is just tougher and teams in that region are going to get more credit...or should.

WXcat
Bountiful, UT

Interesting thought. If East beats Highland (which I expect,) and WX beats Bountiful (Less expect,) that sets up the three way tie for second. That would be pretty fun.

binghamalum
South Jordan, UT

All you 3A lovers,

just going to say real quick.... we all know you have your teams in St. George and no one is taking you lightly, these top 25 in the state dont matter, You can prove it more and more by winning.

Hurricane hasnt lost in 18 games or something, and you all talk like Pine View, Dixie, Have these amazing teams, Beat your own teams in your own region before you talk.

I am going to say this right now....

Juan Diego will win 3A! There defense is awesome, they just run the ball right at you all night, and have a great Focus because of that horrible trajedy with one of there former players passing away.

Eat this up you 3A lovers,

SOOOOOOO stoked to see Brighton hopefully beat Jordan 2 times in 2 years, and I can see them winning because they get up for these type of games. Jordan and Brighton..... Hate each other!!!! Should be a good one on Friday at Jordan, I will be attending.

binghamalum
South Jordan, UT

First Round of the 5A playoffs,

Region 1 plays Region 2
I dont expect any team from REGION 2 TO win a playoff game.
(Maybe HUNTER might snag one from Davis or Layton)
Granger got owned by 50 points to 3A Juan Diego,
Viewmont has got beat badly to!

Region 3 plays Region 4
-Meaning many fun games for first round,
Jordan vs (Riverton/PG)
Alta vs (Riverton/Pg)
Brighton vs (LP OR bingham)
Cottonwood vs (Lp or Bingham)

This does stink!
Syracuse wins REGION 1, and could face region 3 #2 (Alta ) second round...... REDEMPTION GAME FOR THE HAWKS
Bingham will face Brighton first round, then will face Region 2 winner (hunter) or region 1 #4 (layton)

d0wns0uth
Hurricane, UTAH

Dont worry about Dixie dropping off the top 25. We all know what they are capable of. Dixie has had its hands full with the strength of the schedule unlike some teams playing cheerleaders to stay undefeated. Everything will be sorted out soon enough. I cant wait this year to see who is crowned with all the talent. Last years game was SF and Hurricane and to bad they meant before but for me that was the game.

H-TownTiger
Hurricane, 00

@binghamalum

if you don't know how good or bad teams like pine view or dixie are then don't even try and sound like you know what you are talking about. dixie and pine view DO win their games. Juan Diego may win....so can hurricane, or SF, or Dixie, or any other playoff team. it's what the playoffs are for, no one in region 9 has ever been cocky enough to say anything like "hurricane, or dixie, etc is going to win the title" we have never overlook the northern teams especially juan diego and spanish fork, and even stansbury. we are allowed to talk highly about our own teams without putting down others. we talk highly about our region, because our region (which produced 3 semi final teams) is arguably even better than last year. So of course we are gonna root for our teams...it's called school spirit.

the way you say that Juan Diego is going to win is both petty and rude (not saying they wont), but it shows that you have no respect for other schools showing support for their teams.

mab93
Provo, UT

@WXcat

Region 8 has a similar situation. If Timpanogos beats Orem region 8 will have a three way tie for second. They lost by one point to Maple Mountain without a star player and I think he is supposed to be back for the Orem game. Go Timpanogos!! Go Woods Cross!!

amanap
Washington, ut

@jomomma

Coaching. PV has had probably 5 teams in the past 10 years that should have won state but didn't due to coaching. The coaches are un-disciplined and un-smart most of the time. Maybe we should stop looking for people to come help our team and start being disciplined with our own young guys coming up...

Digs
Dickshooter, ID

Good luck Diggers! Should be a good game. Is Cavendar or Moss playing this week? Diggers are 6-1 against the Bengals the last six years. I hope they make it 7-1 tomorrow night.

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