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Published: Friday, Aug. 16 2013 7:20 p.m. MDT

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plyxply
SLC, UT

I really believe the state champ will once again be either Alta or Bingham, and I think it's about a toss up.
I am picking Alta to win the Region title, with the only discernible difference in the regular season being that Alta has the Miners at home and the fact that Alta now has Van Orden helping with the offense. Van Orden as Chipper Luceros coach should make for an impressive year at Alta.
Bingham may run for 4,000 yards this year with their O-line and the tailback and quarterback. The only question is play calling, it seems that Bingham wins because of great talent and not great offensive schemes, although I think Peck is the best head coach in the region.
Brighton and Jordan will also be tough, both have outstanding players, but I think Alta and Bingham are a step above everyone else.
Just listing the number of talented players in Region 3 is impressive when you look at it and I can't wait for it to begin.

eagle
Provo, UT

This is definitely a great region. It also seems a bit unfair. They could have balanced the regions a bit better in football (and every sport). For example, they could have made these regions:

Region 2: Brighton, Hillcrest, Alta, Cottonwood, Jordan and Taylorsville. When Corner Canyon goes 5A put it in this league and maybe move Taylorsville to the next region below (what would be Region 2).

Great natural rivalries from the past and all east side schools except Taylorsville which used to be made up of Cottonwood boundaries before created. Thus, all past natural rivalries and decreased travel.

Take Bingham, Riverton, Copper Hills, West Jordan, Granger, and West and put them in this league called Region 3. All west side schools, with easy quick access to the freeway or Bangerter Drive.

Now the Black and Blue game can be played in a neutral site.

The regions are much more balanced now and probably travel time is reduced for many schools.

playwhereyoulive
SLC, UT

Just as an FYI - Alta will not even be 5A in the next realignment and Corner Canyon will never be a 5A school. They have split it so that neither school will be big enough in 2-3 years to be a 5A school.

I am not sold on Bingham, so I would also go with Alta as my region pick with Bingham 2nd. There is no way I would place Jordan behind Brighton based on the past few years. And certainly, you cannot underestimate what Jordan has brought in over the summer from out of state and from surrounding schools. Until I see a roster I am not willing to drop them all the way to 4th.

West Jordan and Copper Hills are fighting it out for 5th, neither team will beat any of the top four this year.

airliner
Salt Lake City, UT

This is a great region, but in all do respect, I disagree with the CH coach saying its the best period. I think the teams of Region VI pose a solid argument. Their top 3 (East, Highland, and Bountiful) could stack up against Brighton, Alta, or Bingham. Brighton is not that good this year. They have the D1 talent, but they've had it in the past and have never been able to do anything with it. Jordan will finish in the top 3 of region instead. Big, big game on the 23rd between East and Alta. If Alta wins, I will come on here and admit that I was wrong.

I just hope that CH can field a team after the brutal gauntlet. Seriously, who is this guy, "best region, period,"? Has he coached HS football before?

markymark
HERRIMAN, UT

No one knows about other teams besides the one there kid is on, and half the time there wrong about that. So it's a good thing for everyone that no one commenting on here really knows what there talking about. Lets just let the teams play do the talking. That's why preseason rankings mean nothing. Other coaches have no idea what's going on at other teams right now. Can't wait for the games to start.

markymark
HERRIMAN, UT

Re. Airliner

How many state titles have come out of that region in the last 10 years?

airliner
Salt Lake City, UT

@markymark, good point, although Highland won it in '10, Bountiful a few years before. Not talking about the last ten years, talking about this year. Bingham may be the best in the entire state, I'm just not impressed with the rest of your region. Ata will be down, you just can't lose half of your team, including the majority of your sophomores and still be one of the top in all of Utah. Brighton hasn't impressed me since playing for the title in '97.

You are absolutely right, preseason polls mean nothing. It's too bad that East and Bingham aren't playing, that would be a good game.

eagle
Provo, UT

Bingham would beat East 9 out of 10 times. Peck's teams are more disciplined. The Leopards were exposed against Timpview in the semi-finals, a team that had similar talent but played more disciplined and won handily. Until I see different Timpview is the team to beat in 4A. And no doubt Region 3 is tougher than Region 6. I think it would be ludicrous to say any different.

waterboy23
Salt Lake, UT

We might as well compare Wisconsin to Alabama if we're going to compare East to Bingham.

Parry is a Farce
Layton, UT

Bingham will not play East. Bingham only plays (in-state) teams from their classification and has done so since losing to 3A Provo in 1988 (Bingham was 4A then and there was no 5A).

Gunner
South Jordan, UT

Airliner: Alta didn't lose half their team this year. Sr's were allowed to stay there without going to Corner Canyon. Alta will be extremely tough to beat this year. Especially with Van Orden helping with that offense. East, Highland, and Bountiful would lose EVERY time if they played Bingham.

slcftball
Salt Lake City, UT

I am a 5A fan, but I would go 50/50 with East vs Bingham.

Last 2 years East would have won. Ball control, both teams run heavily. Would be a low scoring clock eating contest.

Remember, East was beating Jordan last year after 3rd qtr then game was called.

I also believe Timpview would have beat anyone (except Jordan) in the state. Easily. It was the best offense.

So The gap has closed between 4A and 5A powers. Not all 4A...but the top 6 in 4A would all make the 5A playoffs easily. Timpview, MC, Highland, East Bountiful and Logan.

markymark
HERRIMAN, UT

Re: Parry
Bingham has tried to schedule Timpview multiple times, including last year and timpview wouldn't play them. Why would peck care about what happened in 1988? He started coaching there in 2000. Since no one really runs the ball against Bingham I don't think they would be to worried about east. the last team to run the ball against them was alta with shaq. Binghams problems have always been against the pass.

Gunner
South Jordan, UT

Markymark: Peck was actually an assistant at Bingham in that 88 loss to Provo. I don't think that has anything to do with it. There really isn't anything to prove with playing a 4A team. I spoke with coach Peck about it a couple of years ago. There was a chance for a Timpview vs Bingham game a couple of years ago, but the only time TV would do it was in place of the Bingham/Alta game at the U. There was no way they were giving that game up. There just is really no reason to play a 4A team when you're a top 5A team. It's a no win situation. You should win that game. And if you don't for some reason, it can send your program down the tubes for the season. Just doesn't make sense. And I agree, Bingham isn't really to concerned with East being a power against them.

Parry is a Farce
Layton, UT

MarkyMark,

I don't know why, or even if, Peck cares about what happened in 1988. Just stating the fact that Bingham has not played a team from a lower classification since 1988. That seems to be a Bingham policy.

Maybe there have been attempts to schedule games against 4A teams, but the fact is that that game in 1988 is the last time they have done so. I don't think Bingham is afraid to play anyone in the state, Timpview and East included, but they really have nothing to gain and a lot to lose by "playing down" as Gunner said.

Isn't 1988-1989 about when Brad Bevan gave up the baseball coaching gig and became A.D.? Maybe the A.D. has decided not to schedule downand when Coach Bevan retires, they'll start to do so again.

Gunner
South Jordan, UT

It was after that Parry. Sato has only been the head coach for about 13-15 years now. And Bevan held it until then. I don't think it has anything to do besides why play a good 4A team, when you can play a good 5A team?

Gunner
South Jordan, UT

FYI, Sato took over for Bevan in 93. Not sure if Bevan took over the AD from Keith Chappel at that time or not.

Digs
Dickshooter, ID

Bingham does play a 4A team from Idaho. Bonneville High. Not a top team.

Gunner
South Jordan, UT

And what's your point Digs relating to Bingham not playing Utah 4A teams?

Digs
Dickshooter, ID

My point is this. Bingham can schedule a 4A school like Bonneville High Idaho but they can't schedule a game with a 4A in State power like Timpview or East because these teams are to good. To be the best play the best. I would like to see a Bingham and Timpview game or a East and Bingham game. Not a Bonneville Idaho and Bingham game. 4A in Idaho is like the new 3AA classification in Utah.

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