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Published: Wednesday, Oct. 30 2013 5:40 p.m. MDT

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Sports Nutz
Smithfield, UT

Timpview was lucky to beat Sky View in week 1 thanks to a missed TD call on 3rd down late in the game. East walks to the Championship.

Frankenberry
Saint George, UT

Ah, the playoffs. During the season you can laugh and win in your region; and have everybody from the Golden Spike to the San Juan tickled pink with the way you're carrying on. But now they've taken away the net. Nobody owes you a tomorrow in the tournament. You went 7 and 2 and you're healthy. But make one mistake. Leave too many 3rd downs on the field at Kanab; mishandle a punt in a fine, freezing rain in Logan; or let that fast kid from East get behind you and turn you around on an out and up and they'll put a fork in you fellas, 'cause you'll be done. Good luck to all the playoff teams.

Kipp
Salt Lake City, UT

My picks:

Riverton, East, and Juan Diego

wolvie23
Salt Lake, UT

Kipp are those your picks for football or for the cheerleading competition?

Eagle78
Salt Lake City, UT

I really don't think there is much uncertainty in 5A or 4A this year. I don't follow the lower divisions so I can't say for sure. East and Bingham are the clear favorites to win this year though.

Bingham's last game did call into question how easy that victory will be though. I can understand why Coach Peck is drilling into his boys that they have to play 110% from the first kick off. Slacking off because you think the win will be easy is a great way to watch the rest of the play offs from your couch. :)

BigBenzo88
Herriman, UT

Like Eagle78 I will say I don't know much about 3AA, 3A, 2A or 1A. Unlike Eagle78, I believe there is a lot of uncertainty in 5A and 4A...but most people can't see. If history is any indicator...there is no reason to believe that Bingham or East will win championships this year.

In 4A...I am putting my money on Logan.

In 5A...I agree that its Bingham's championship to lose...and I think its extremely possible for that to happen. Comments that Region 3 and Bingham will own the playoffs is a bit off...look for Region 4 to make its presence known. Games of note in 5A are:

Round 1:
Pleasant Grove at Davis
Lone Peak at Syracuse

Quarterfinals:
Brighton at Herriman
Pleasant Grove at Jordan / Jordan at Davis
Alta at Syracuse/Lone Peak

The semifinals will not be an all Region 3 event...Bingham may be the only Region 3 team.

T-birds to win
Provo / Utah, UT

Sports Nutz, A lot has happened since the first game of the season, Timpview changed their quarterback after the Pleasant Grove game. Maybe you remember him, he returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, and then scored 3 more touchdowns as a receiver against Sky View. I do expect that both Timpview ,and Sky View will win this Friday and meet next week for a rematch. Good luck on Friday.

Eagle78
Salt Lake City, UT

I would never discount Timpview. I do believe this is East's year, but Timpview's record speaks for itself. If anyone could snatch the title out from you it would be the Thunderbirds.

Either way it is going to be a fun few weeks.

Sports Nutz
Smithfield, UT

t-birds win,

You are correct, a lot has changed since that first game. SV was playing without 2 of their best players, who have since returned. Hopefully there will be a rematch.

Gunner
South Jordan, UT

Brighton rolls Herriman.

binghamalum
South Jordan, UT

Bigbenzo

If history is any education.. You'll notice this....
2012 jordan 13-1 lost to Cali team was picked to win
2011 LP 14-0 same prediction
2010, 2009 Bingham lost 1 time in Texas they were easily favorite
2008 alta 14-1 lost in Cali only
2007 alta 13-1 lost to Bingham only
2006 Bingham 14-0

I'd say Bingham and east/Logan are very good picks

But agree with coach peck after round one it's going to be earned this year!

I think east vs Logan will be 66 to 55 I can't wait to see that!

Bingham vs rIverton
Alta vs syracuse
Davis vs Jordan
Herriman Brighton
Game on!

SCCougar
LEXINGTON, SC

Don't look past the Orem Tigers...well on 2nd thought go ahead and look past them. How long has it been since a .500 team went the distance? This could be the year. They are coming together at just the right time. Their QB is now well seasoned and look out for that tall, fast receiver they have. He's scary good with deceptive speed. Would love to see coach Anderson take his team to the championships just like he did 26 years ago! Go Tigers!

Mokie
Podunk, UT

As a fan of the little guys, the 2A tourney is of interest to me. I was shocked at a few of the upsets that happened last week with Parowan and South Sevier heading on the road and beating favored teams. The other two games were pretty easy to figure with San Juan at home against Summit and Gunnison throwing all over the field on Enterprise. With those games in the past now, looking forward, I don't see any favored teams losing this weekend. I expect to see a N.Summit/Grand and Beaver/S.Summit semis. Unfortunately, the Beaver/S.Summit game should be the title game, but with N.Summit pulling the upset a few weeks back, it changed things up a bit. Good luck to all the smaller schools. My Pick: South Summit Wins Title!

BigBenzo88
Herriman, UT

@Gunner - For the record, just so I know, what does "Brighton rolls Herriman" mean. I am predicting a Herriman win for that game...but will say its possible they lose...however, if Herriman loses...it will be a close game that won't be decided until the 4th quarter and will be decided by 13 points or less.

@binghamalum - I am referring to the 2011, 2012 and 2013 seasons. At the beginning of each of those years....Bingham and East have been the preseason favorites to win the championship...and again...the same prediction has taken place this year. No one on Bingham or East is holding a championship ring. However, Logan's seniors are holding a ring and most of Timpview's team are holding rings. East will have to beat the past two reining champions to get their ring...and I'm not sure if they can do it.

Pig Skin Fan
Syracuse, UT

I disagree with this article. Two teams for "Certain".

Bingham, Coach Peck is being too Humble or Politically Correct in the Article
East, They knows from Coaches, Players, and Fans it their Year!!!

ScoobyDoo
monticello, UT

Mokie I agree SSummit wins it but I will bet on grand as the opponent. Grand was beating beaver in beaver when they loss the QB. They loss but he is back and I think they will beat north summit.

jarka-rus
Layton, Utah

@Pig Skin Fan
Coach Peck is being honest not just spewing coach talk. If you knew him like I have for over 10 years now you'ld know he never thinks his team will steamroll everyone in the playoffs. Every year I ask him how his team looks for the upcoming season and he always gives me honest straightforward answers, he said this year that his QB could be an all state QB and that's exactly what its looking like. Bingham will make the finals and hopefully win state but you still have to play the games. Cannot wait for tomorrow!!! Go MINERS

Gunner
South Jordan, UT

Benzo: What don't you understand about the term "roll"? As in Brighton wins by 21 pts. Again, love your dedication, but each year it's the same thing with you. "Herriman has a great chance of taking state this year" Sorry bud, but no they don't. They couldn't beat PG when the outright region title was on the line. They don't have the talent. And yes I know, they made the playoffs as a first year school. 3 years ago!

Gunner
South Jordan, UT

You're also wrong Benzo on the comment of "nobody on Bingham holds a ring" There are several kids who made that team in 2010 as 9th graders that have championship rings.

Ut Spartan Fan
countryboy, UT

This year there will be two 3A trophies handed out — big school and small school — and Catholic schools are favored to win both. Last year Timpview was in trouble for bringing in a couple of kids to play on their team. They ended up having to forfeit a couple of games that they had already won, yet Juan Diego and Judge Memorial get to recruit every kid on their team, and it is supposedly fair. They play with huge advantages over the smaller schools in their regions. For example Judge Memorial is a 4a school in every sport other than football. Yet they are in a region with schools like Manti, Emery, and Richfield. These schools are in 2a in all other sports. Why does Judge bypass the 3aa division altogether? On top of this they can recruit against these schools that barely field a team. I like the new 3a division. I just feel that if you are a private school you should have to compete against teams your own strength. This being said good luck to all this weekend.

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