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Published: Wednesday, Oct. 17 2012 11:00 p.m. MDT

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Herriman, UT

Springville, Salem Hills and Mountain View have to have a three way play-in game, so that they can get into the play-in game. I'll be interested to see how all this plays out.

Farmington, UT

In Region 1, Syracuse and Northridge are clearly #1 and #2. Davis, Layton, and Fremont all finished 2-3, tied for #3 through #5. In games among these three teams, each team finished 1-1.

Could somebody please explain why Davis and Layton are playing a play-in game to determine the Region 1 #3 seed? And what about Fremont--are they the #4 seed or are they excluded? And why?

North Salt Lake, UT

Region 1 has tie breakers set up that the winner of the coin toss gets the 4 seed and the other two have the play-in for the 3 seed

South Jordan, UT

fremont won the coin toss! so in region 1 tiebraker, you get the automatic bid into the playoffs,
#4 seed

so Layton and davis are playing a win or go home tiebraker, win your #3, lose your out!

Where regoin 3 is really smart!

There tiebraker is Brighton plays Cottonwood for a half, win, they get the #3 seed, if they lose the half, Cwood gets it, and who ever loses plays West Jordan in the 2nd half and that winner would be the 4TH seed.

Two different tie breakers, makes no sense!

North Salt Lake, UT

Isn't it pretty clear that Jordan will be 1 and Alta 2 out of Region 3?

St. George, UT

I am sure it is just a clerical error but I don't think region 12 2 will be playing both Hurricane and Dixie as shown in the brackets.

North Salt Lake, UT

Not so fast 2020. The forfeit win over Timpview gives MV 3 wins and sole possession of the 5 seed.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

How in the world does a 2-8 team make the state playoffs? In Washington you better be atleast 10-2, or your'e not getting in.

Draper, UT

This is not a good system when you have teams with records like 2-8 or 3-6 getting into the playoffs. They need to have a minimum win total of at least 4 or 5 to be in the playoffs. I would give the top seeds a bye if the lowest ranked teams don't have enough wins. I know some Regions are stronger than others, but this looks stupid.


Yes Jordan is Region 3 first seed, Alta is the Region 3 second seed. This puts Alta at Syracuse in round two and if Alta and Bingham win their first two they will meet in the semi's.
I have Alta v Bingham in one semi and Lone Peak and Jordan in the other one, with an Alta vs Jordan rematch for the title.
With that said I think Syracuse, Bingham, Alta, and Jordan all have a shot to win it all this year.

Farmington, UT

Thank you UTOutlaw and binghamalum! I had no idea, and never would have suspected, that the regions have different tie-breaker rules!

I am planning on attending the Brighton vs Cottonwood vs West Jordan game, just because it is so intriguing. Would be especially weird if, say, the first half required OT to determine who plays West Jordan in the second half!

Lucky Fremont! They had a horrible season, then upset Layton in their last game of the season to get their second win of the year, and viola....a coin flip later, and they're a 4th seed in the playoffs.


@Binghamalum - Thats not exactly how it works with the tie breaker in Region 3, read it again. The two winners from each half are in and then it goes to their head to head matchups from the regular season to determine the seeding. It breaks down like this.

WJ and C-Wood win - WJ 3rd and C-Wood 4th
WJ and Brighton win - Brighton 3rd and WJ 4th
Brighton and C-Wood win - C-Wood 3rd and Brighton 4th

Old ball coach
Sandy, UT

Looking at the Brackets...

5A: Semi's: Syracuse vs. Bingham... Jordan* vs. Lone Peak
4A: Semi's: Timpview vs. MC........ Herriman* vs. Logan
3A: Semi's: Spanish vs. Desert..... Hurricane vs. Stansbury

*Baring upsets with Northridge and Box Elder

South Jordan, UT


South Jordan, UT

5A - Jordan,Syracuse,Alta, Bingham & Northridge are the contenders. Jordan has the edge with their O line and QB in addition to playing a very tough schedule. Alta is putting up big points..their passing attack is impressive and better than last year, but their run game and defense seem down a bit. Syracuse has a much better offense than last year and their defense has better speed than in previous years...the question for Syracuse is will they still play with that chip on their shoulder that gives them the edge now that they are getting so much press. Bingham has the athletes to make a deep run, but I think their coaches are a bit over-rated. Northridge is the dark horse...they don't have a lot of size, but they play harder and hit harder than anyone. Their coaches are under-rated and they have the most explosive running back I have seen in years. If their passing game can produce off the play action, they might be able to give Jordan an early 2nd round threat.

Salt Lake city, UT

@Spokane Ute

It's all about the region record here in Utah. Without getting into all the specifics of play in games and all that stuff, the top 4 teams in each region qualify for the playoffs. Viewmont (I'm assuming you're talking about them) has a 2-8 overall record, but they went 2-3 in their region finishing in 4th place whereas two other schools finished 1-4 and 0-5 in region play.

If you look at region 5 in 4A, Sky View finished 5-5 overall and Roy finished 6-4 overall, but Sky View finished 2-3 and Roy finished 1-4 in region play. Therefore, Sky View gets into the playoffs and Roy stays home this offseason.

south fan
washington, utah

3A semis pine view vs hurricane, desert hills vs dixie, finals pine view vs dixie, dixie wins

Provo, UT

Orem wins tonight then they will No. 2 from Region 8, Maple Mountain No. 3 and Timpanogos No. 4. If Timpanogos wins all bets are off, unless somebody knows if the principals flipped the coins and how that came out.

Biggest winners from the Timpview and East flap are Cyprus and Mountain View. Cyprus is in as the 4th seed for the play-in game. But Mountain View even more. The Bruins no longer have to play-in to get into the play-in game, their forfeit win over Timpview gives them three wins and one clear of Salem Hills and Springville. East isn't the only loser in this. Of course Timpview's follies didn't hurt the T-Birds at all. They got two meaningless forfeit losses in pre-season and one loss in region but still won the league. But Salem Hills and Springville lost their chance to compete for the right to go to the state tournament. So while everyone whines about East consider their other victims here that are just collateral damage that actually had bad timing (when they were "lucky" enough to have played Timpview) and played by the rules...

Saratoga Springs, UT

My thoughts.....

5A Semis

Syracuse vs. Bingham = Syracuse defense is way to stout. Syracuse advances
Lone Peak vs. Jordan = Lone Peak gets the lucky side of the bracket draw and Jordan hangs 50+ on them to advance

4A Semis

Bountiful vs. Timpview = I also think Mtn Crest is getting upset in the first round, and this winner could upset Bountiful as well. But I will stick with this and Timpview moves on.
Region 8 #3 Who I think will be Maple Mountain vs. Herriman = I will take the size speed and experience of Herriman.

*I would have taken East vs. Herriman, but that won't happen. And I think that would have been a great game to see with East winning in the end 34-17

5A Finals

Syracuse vs. Jordan = Offense vs Defense, what a match up. But which Jordan team shows up? I will still take Jordan 38-14

4A Finals

Timpview vs. Herriman = I think a very exciting game, Timpview is good, but so is Herriman. I like Herriman in the upset 17-16

3A Finals

Stansbury vs. Hurricane - Hurricane
Pine View vs. Desert Hills - Pine View
WINNER - Hurricane

2A - Manti
1A - Duchesne


Hey Utah Bruin, and sorry you like the Bruins over the Trojans, but why would you not even consider JUan Diego playing in the final?

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