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Published: Thursday, Nov. 1 2012 1:54 p.m. MDT

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ProudBigBrother
NORTH SALT LAKE, UT

This article, and the stats in general, don't do Alta's defense credit. It's worth noting that in Alta's last 4 games, during the quarters that their first string defense played, Alta has outscored their opponents 144-6, and that 6 points was on a kickoff return. Apparently that beating by Don Bosco left a bad taste in the Hawks mouth, because since they emerged from the locker room against that team that is ranked #5 nationally, the defense has been completely transformed! I think they have what it takes to shut down Syracuse's offense.

Final score, Alta 24 Syracuse 14.

Remember-The-Titans
Syreacuse, UT

Alta has a killer offense and Syracuse has a killer defense. It just depends if Alta amazing offense can score on Syracuse's amazing defense. ProudBidBrother you are being biased, You have to give credit to Syracuse defense. Yes Alta has good defense but it is not better then Syracuse's And yes Syracuse has a good offense but its not as good as Alta's. I want Syracuse to win but i am not saying everyone else isn't as good just because they are not my favorite team. I know that it is going to be tough for our defense but it wont be a 10 point difference. I have faith that Syracuse's defense can hold them. And if it ends up that Alta wins then so be it. Just give credit to them. They might actually surprise you.

ProudBigBrother
NORTH SALT LAKE, UT

Of course I'm biased! Alta is my brother's team! But read my other posts; I have nothing but respect for the Titans! I fully expect a competitive game, and it could as easily go the other way! My score prediction was simply hopeful thinking, not based on stats or anything. But I DO think that Alta's offense is capable of putting up that many points against a Syracuse offense that, I think, is largely unproven vs tough offenses. This will definitely be a defensive battle.

papi_chulo
Ogden, UT

ProudBigBrother has even admitted that he is biased as his nephew plays for Alta. Therefore, his comments don't have much validity when it comes to Alta High Schools games. According to him and others, Alta High School should be playing on Sundays against the 49ers they are so good.

TruBlueAggie25
Logan, UT

@ papi and Remember
You are also biased, so you're posts shouldn't be valid either.
We all are. I want Syracuse to win. My money goes to the Syracuse offense versus Alta defense will decide this game. Alta will probably score 20 on Syracuse. Even the best defenses allow points to high powered offenses... They just won't allow 40 like everyone else does. But my money is that Syracuse will score 27 to 30 on Alta, who although they have a good defense it isn't that good, and because Syracuse has no 1 star player Alta has a lot to worry about. Also, the most accurate QB in the state is Anderson from Syracuse (That doesn't mean he is the best, just most accurate, he has the highest percentage complete 69.9%) He also has only 2 interceptions with 24 touchdowns. He may not be a star, but he is very consistent and reliable. Lucero has 34 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. (Im not saying he isn't good, just making a comparison). I think Syracuse will beat Alta because Syracuse seldom makes mistakes and that is what it will come down to.

wimmer33
clearfield, ut

I would like to point out that 5 of the teams Syracuse played this season are still in the plaoyffs, And of the 8 teams left in 5A 4 of them are from Syracuse so unproven is incorrect. Davis and Fremont both beat region champs in Kearns and Hunter they may not have winning records but they still won. 3 of the teams Alta beat are a combined 7-24 sp maybe there offense isnt as good as indicated. Not really a Syracuse fan just saying

ProudBigBrother
NORTH SALT LAKE, UT

Wow, I can't even say something nice about Syracuse without someone jumping down my throat! But you can't get me down today, I've got too much to be happy about on this particular evening! My brother just got offered from UCLA, to go along with his offers from all the Utah schools! Guess what, UtahBruin, you and I may shortly have something in common! So, hate all you want. Win or lose, at least I can go forward knowing I have a few more years of football to watch my brother play! :D And one final Go Hawks!!! before the game!

markymark
HERRIMAN, UT

Congrats on taking notes during alta games, and keeping track of when the starters went out. But who there opponents in these games? That might have more to do with it then the bitter taste.

SportsLover24
SLC, UT

Not only will this be the best game of the week but I have a feeling that this will be the best game in the entire 5A playoffs. Two stellar teams with high potent play makers, great coaching staffs, and play their hardest. Unfortunately, both teams have really biased and annoying fans. Hahaha I can't wait to just let the players talk for themselves and let all the assumed scores and justifications go to waste.
My prediction as an unbiased fan: Syracuse wins in a grinded-out, hard fought victory with a big defensive play in the game. Syracuse 24 - Alta 14
I LOVE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL!! (Especially the playoffs!) Good luck to both sides and play a great game boys!

papi_chulo
Ogden, UT

@Trubluaggie
@ papi and Remember
You are also biased, so you're posts shouldn't be valid either.

--Explain to me how I am biased? Or how my comment was biased? I never said anything about who I wanted to win etc. I am affiliated with a Region 1 school and it is NOT Syracuse. I am not an Alta fan either as I have been treated badly by many of their fans when I played against and beat them a few years ago. I just hate when people are so biased in their own opinion and won't listen to anyone else and people that don't have the facts straight.

Parry is a Farce
Layton, UT

papi_chulo

Apparently it is Syracuse who would win the NFC west with that vaunted defense. In other threads I said:

I think Alta has played a tougher schedule and as such I think they are more tempered and will win this game.

Syracuse going 10-0 is incredible. Great season but I think they are a little overrated (because of their schedule). I HOPE they win but I think Alta will.

Region 2 is bad and that is the reason Region 1 went 4-0. Had Region 1 lined up against Region 3 or Region 4, Region 1 would probably be 2-2 and the Region that had lined up against Region 2 would be 4-0. Region 2 is just bad and beating them is not a measure of how good any other region is.

Just because 7 of your 9 opponents made the playoffs, does not mean your schedule is great. Other teams (e.g., Alta) had 7 of their 9 opponents make the playoffs too.

And, I think Bingham beats Fremont.

For this, I was accused of 1) not giving Syracuse credit, 2) providing biased opinions, and 3) looking at this with my "Bingham homer glasses"

wimmer33
clearfield, ut

@proudbigbrother, Congrats on the offers to your brother. Its great to see Utah kids get the offers than they put in all those years of work!

UtahBruin
Saratoga Springs, UT

@ProudBigBrother

You called me out and I haven't even posted yet. Listen, I pick 'Cuse to win over Alta. I am not hating, I have respect for Alta.

In Altas defense of the QB comparison by Aggie. Alta throws the ball a lot more and you are bound to have a few more INT's when you throw the ball the way they do, so I am not quite sure the comparisons is all that fair. However, both QB's a very good at what they do.

And if your brother picks UCLA, my son and I will be his biggest fan. There are no bigger UCLA fans here than my son and I, what position does your brother play? Congrats to him, you and your family on the offer, that's great.

@Farce

You still have not given 'Cuse credit. You say 10-0 is incredible only to be debunked by your "overrated", "schedule" and "Region Playoff Matchup" talk.

To all, it's here, game weekend. This should be a crazy good game. I would love to see both teams play perfect and have the overall best team prevail. Good luck to both the Hawks and Titans!

Prep Fanatic
Los Angeles, CA

Last night on channel 5 news, they were commenting on all of the quarterfinal football games today. They were talking about the Alta and Syracuse game, and talking about the great game it was going to be.I did find it ironic though that they mentioned the same comments that I have already made in prior posts, that Syracuse has not seen nor played a team that is as talented as Alta is this year. I have said this all along to you Syracuse fans, that yes you are 10-0, and that is a wonderful feat, but you have played a weak schedule. If Alta had played your schedule, they too would be 10-0, and have the best defense in the state. Should be a great game tonight, but I think the potent offense of Alta will score allot of points, and Alta's defense is as good as the Titans defense, if not better. Don't worry though, the coaching staff at Alta will have these boys prepared to play. They will not overlook Syracuse tonight, and they will come prepared to play, and deliver a fantastic performance. Alta is hungry!

Remember-The-Titans
Syreacuse, UT

People really need to stop judging Syracuse based on who they have played. Yes alta has played a hard schedule and yes Syracuse has played a weaker schedule but that does not mean one is better then the other, Syracus hasn't had the chance to show you they can play hard teams, so it doesn't mean they will loose it just means this is the test. I want Syracuse to win, i really do. But alta is really good and I know it will be a close game. That being sad I wish both teams luck. I want both of them to play there best game ever and only then we will know who the best team is. Now i have always respected alta ever since they slaughtered us in the playoffs a few years ago. I will always respect them. But tonight i will be a TITAN fan. So Play your best Alta, And will see if a our defence can handle it.

Parry is a Farce
Layton, UT

OK UtahBruin

Syracuse going 10-0 is the best feat ever accomplished in Utah High School Football History. The fact that they had to play a region schedule that automatically eliminated 2 of Syracuses opponents made it so only 7 of those 9 opponents could make the playoffs, otherwise they could have scheduled Rich and Duchesne and then all 9 opponents would have made the play-offs. Region 2 might be the best region ever, but that could not be because they went 0-4 against the dominant region that Syracuse played in. While Alta is good, I predict that they will lose points to that Syracuse defense (because it is that good) and Syracuse wins 273 to negative 7. Is that enough credit?

Parry is a Farce
Layton, UT

I give Syracuse credit for what they have done. 10-0. Region Champion. Play-off win.

My opinion is that they are a little (Note: "a little") overated because they went 10-0 against weaker (not the weakest, but weaker) schedule. They deserve to be ranked #2 based on what they have done.

My opinion is also that Alta beats them this evening. I hope Syracuse wins, I think Alta does. Just my opinion and my opinion has absolutely no bearing on this game.

My opinion is that Region 2 is bad and going 4-0 against them does not prove you are the best region.

My opinion is that just because 7 of your 9 oponents made the playoffs does not validate your schedule when 1 of those teams made the playoffs in 3A, 2 in 4A, and one with a 2-7 record.

These are my opinions and just because my opinion is not the same as yours, does not mean I do not give Syracuse credit. At least I acknowledge that my opinions are opinions and they are biased based on my experience. My opinions could be, and I hope they are proven wrong by Syracuse tonight.

TruBlueAggie25
Logan, UT

@UtahBruin
You are right that Alta throws it more, that is why I didn't judge either player based off the comparison. Although it does have truth in it. You say that Lucero has more interceptions because he throws it more which is true. However if you look at the overall stats. almost 4% of Lucero's throws have been intercepted and only 1% of Andersen's (I don't view either of these numbers as bad) so you can see that Andersen has been more accurate. And my point was that Syracuse would win because Alta would have more mistakes. That could be 1 untimely turnover to 0, but Lucero has thrown an average of a little more than 1 interception a game. Again, I don't think Lucero is bad and overall at throwing he may be better than Andersen, but I see him throwing one against Syracuse and that being the difference. That is what happened to Northridge. One mistake was a game-changer against Syracuse, because Syracuse hardly makes bad mistakes like fumbles and interceptions. That is what the game will come down to because it is so close.

ProudBigBrother
NORTH SALT LAKE, UT

Thanks for the congratulations! I'm proud of him. My brother is a WR. He is very interested in UCLA.

I agree, both QB's are very talented. Anderson only throwing 2 interceptions is pretty incredible, considering how many passing yards he has. Is Anderson a junior or senior?

Good luck to both teams!

binghamalum
South Jordan, UT

ENOUGH TALK ALL OF YOU!

game time is in 2 and a half hours! Hustle up to Syracuse and watch!

Since Desnews decided to air the Bingham Fremont game
not the Alta Syracuse game which will be the best 5A game all day!

Intead they are showing a blowout and 2 3A games and some other bad 4A game.

Then KJZZ is airing livin the Timpview vs woodscross game which will also be a blowout!

Im mad they dont have all quarterfinals on, instead they have 8 cameras showing girls high school volleyball. Common Desnews!

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