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Published: Sunday, Nov. 10 2013 8:15 a.m. MST

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milner
Centerfield Sanpete, UT

Channel five sports casters called Manti the underdogs in this game! I do not know how they came to this conculsion! They have played one of the toughest scedules in 3A and had the same record as Morgan before this game was played! Rankings mean nothing! You still have to play the game!

UtahBruin
Saratoga Springs, UT

I am not quite sure how Mantis schedule is one of the toughest in 3A, the non region games where Provo and Mt. View who combined records was 2-18, other than that, they played roughly the same schedule as every other school in 3A. Judge Memorial who they lost to once already I would give the toughest 3A schedule too, having played Pine View (3AA SemiFinalist) and Woods Cross (4A SemiFinalist). It ends for Manti this week. Congrats on a good season though.

CTJ fan
Salt Lake City, UT

Judge Memorial did have the hardest schedule for sure, but Manti's was not far behind that. Something you missed UtahBruin was that Manti beat a very good Shelley Idaho team this year and it was the first loss that team had in over 2 seasons. Shelley had already beaten a 5A utah team the week before by 4 touchdowns, so yes other than Judge, Manti played the most difficult schedule for 3A.

I take it UtahBruin that your a Judge Memorial fan, so you know it also ends for Judge this week too, it is the last game of the year. And if you think that Judge will just walk through the game that will be a major mistake, first of all Manti is at full strength now which it haden't been all season, one of it's best players missed the year, and just came back for the playoffs. Also during the Judge game they had guys not playing, and basically played their second string most the second half that your first string scored 3 more touchdowns on. Pretty classy by the way, so do us a favor and be overconfident.

ABITOUTSIDE
Central, UT

Yes, and Manti plays another 4A team for the championship, so 4 games against 4A teams.

UtahBruin
Saratoga Springs, UT

@CJT

First, no I am not Judge fan. I follow High School football and this is only my two cents. It doesn't mean I am right.

Second, I am very familiar with Shelley, Idaho football. Having done business up in the Idaho Falls area, and with many friends up there I am familiar with Shelley. Smaller school in a larger classification living area. Compared to Utah, they are a Timpview, a school who is 4A and should be in 5A. That is Shelley.

Third, you talk about how Shelley beat a Utah 5A team. Impressive, they beat a 1-9 West Jordan team who's only win came against a 1-9 Hillcrest team.

Fourth, to talk about schedules, Judges losses are to 9-2 Pine View who's two losses are by a combined 7 points, and 10-1 Woods Cross,who's only loss is to arguably the best team in the state in East.

Fifth, Manti has been a great team for many, many year. I am not taking anything away from them. I wish them the best of luck. May the best team win. I just think that is Judge Memorial.

The Short Bus
St. Johns, NFL

If manti loses to 4a judge I think the uhsaa should call a special session to redue the classifaction. JM2C

Mtn Tracker
Ephraim, UT

If Manti wins this will be a huge victory for them. If Judge wins put another asterisk on it for the UHSAA. Public Schools with boundaries competing with a catholic school that recruits players from everywhere. Yet still has the same classification due to the number of students that attend. Just like Jaun Diego University, Judge has figured how to give scholarships to players and call them academic scholarships. Until the UHSAA does what almost every other state has done and create a separate league, any championship that these private schools win will be tainted with a false glory.

Mtn Tracker
Ephraim, UT

@ UTahBruin

Manti is a 2A School. They play only football in 3A.

podunk utah
DRAPER, UT

there will be no asterik awarded to the championship but you all can let your imaginations run wild on all the supposed recruiting that Judge does.. give me a break

Nebsy
Ephraim, UT

I think the most valuable comment here is regarding UHSAA creating a separate classification for private schools.
In my opinion, Judge has all of the advantages and resources and, on paper, should come out on top this weekend. All the more reason.....I will be cheering for the public school underdog Templars to overcome that challenge (as they have proven able to do over and over).

sinkme
Salt Lake, UT

Once again, the "recruiting angle." I will ask it again, where was all this talk last year when Judge was rolled by Morgan and beat by Grantsville? Where was the talk when they were ousted out of the first round of the playoffs a few years ago by Delta or some school down that way? Judge had SIX seniors on their team last year. This year there is closer to 20. Most of which received considerable playing time last year. That has translated into more wins this year. Talent comes and goes. At Judge and Manti and everywhere else. The last Football Championship for Judge was 1983. If they are recruiting, they need to fire the guy in charge of it.

podunk utah
DRAPER, UT

Nebsy

Ok JD will Play Judge 9 times during the regular season, and then play a championship game between themselves up the U.. can you get an education in Ephraim

Flashback
Kearns, UT

I was there. It was a heck of a good game from both manti and Morgan. Either could have won the game. Both played basic smash mouth football. Manti did what they had to do to win. They played largely mistake free. Judge should take notice.

CTJ fan
Salt Lake City, UT

@UtahBruin

That was my bad assuming that you were a fan of Judge. Overall though I agreed with you that Judge played the more difficult schedule. I am by no way stating that Mtn view or Provo are great teams but anytime you have a school with 3 times the students it's something to notice. When 1 team has to play both ways and other doesn't that is a bit of an advantage. For a school Manti's size those aren't just cakewalk games. If you look at the other schedules I think You'd agree were just behind Judge in that regard.

I'm not big on the talk that Judge should be a 4A team because they can recruit etc, yes it does give them advantages but its not their fault it's the high school board that should take the brunt of that. I do think that Judge will face a completely different team in Manti then it did a few weeks ago. This should be a very good game, looking forward to it.

123UTAH
Salt Lake City, UT

Go Judge!!!

OneTime
Salt Lake, UT

@CTJ fan

Are you assuming or do you know for fact that Judge recruits football players? Just because they can, doesn't mean they do. Students go to Judge for the faith and education, not football.

A lot of SL County schools have open enrollment. Do you think recruiting go on in non-private high schools?

Mtn Tracker
Ephraim, UT

inkme

Not only is Judge a school that doesn't have a boundary and can recruit, they should be 4A. JD has fewer students. Their are plenty of these no boundary schools to go around that have sports programs. Call it what you want, recruiting, acquiring, it is what it is. There's no getting around it. No boundaries, same level of classification as public schools. Which is even better in judge's case. Just because Judge hasn't won a championship in forever doesn't mean they don't try to bring in football players. We dealt with JD a few years back just the same as judge has lately. It's not Judge that we don't like. It's the UHSAA and their ridiculous rules.

Podunk
Your intelligence is about the same as my 3 year old. There are plenty no boundary type schools in utah for private / charter schools to have a league.

podunk utah
DRAPER, UT

Mtn Tracker

your 3 year old must be very, very, very smart

podunk utah
DRAPER, UT

MTn Tracker

BTW, JD has more students than Judge, probably 100-150 more, so obviously you are not the most informed mind in the state

The Short Bus
St. Johns, NFL

help me out. when Manti was the biggest school in 2A does anyone remember them saying anything about the numbers. I DON'T

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