Multiple choice question: What did Alta's Ryan Bills do as the fifth-ranked Hawks hosted Brighton in Region 2 prep football action Wednesday?
He A) rushed 26 times for 116 yards; B) scored two touchdowns on runs of 1-yard each; C) kicked two field goals of 27 and 34 yards; D) intercepted two Bengal passes; E) tossed a 43-yard halfback pass to Ken Sharp to set up a Hawk TD; F) all of the above.The correct answer is F) all of the above, meaning that multi-performance Bills played multi-important roles for Alta in the Hawks' 26-7 victory over the Bengals.
Alta QB Steve Gagon opened the game's scoring on a 1-yard keeper, while Brighton managed a sole score - a 63-yard pass from Matt Pearce to Todd Sofonia - while being able to cross midfield only three times in the game.
The Hawks improved their record to 6-2 overall and 4-2 in the region, while Brighton dropped to 5-3 and 3-2. With top-ranked Skyline being upset by Highland, Alta could share the Region 2 title with the Eagles should they be beaten by Brighton next week. But because of a previous 49-9 loss to Skyline, Alta will end up as the league's No. 2 seed in the 4A playoffs in two weeks.
Records: In subsequent game summaries, a team's overall mark will be listed first, followed by its region record.
Davis 35, Viewmont 14: The second-ranked Darts clinched the league title, as Judd Cummings rushed for two TDs and Todd Heath passed for a pair of scores. Davis is 7-1 and 5-0; Viewmont is 2-6 and 1-4.
Clearfield 10, Bonneville 7: The Falcons snapped a two-loss skid and moved into third place in the league standings as Travis Leifeste kicked the game-winning 40-yard field goal with less than a minute to play. Tony Cussimanio rushed for 124 yards and a TD on 24 carries. Clearfield is 5-3 and 3-2; Bonneville is 5-3 and 2-3.
Roy 20, Weber 14: The third-ranked Royals clinched second-place honors with their fifth consecutive victory. Roy is 7-1 and 5-1; Weber is 4-4 and 2-3.
Highland 21, Skyline 14: Joe Sheffield scored three rushing TDs for the Rams - the last two in the third quarter as Highland took a 21-7 lead over top-ranked Skyline. Skyline scored a TD on a 27-yard pass from Joe Dupaix to Jake Marshal, but Highland ran out the final four minutes of the game to preserve the upset win.
After losing two of its last three games, Highland improves to 6-2 and 3-2; Skyline is 7-1 and 4-1.
East 20, Olympus 7: The once-ranked Titans dropped their third straight game and put their playoff hopes in jeopardy, while the Leopards broke their five-game losing streak. East is 2-6 and 1-4; Olympus is 4-4 and 2-3.
Taylorsville 13, Granger 0: Neither team earned passing marks, as Taylorsville completed just 2 of 12 attempts and Granger gained only 19 yards in the air. Aaron Lightfoot and Aaron Payne scored on rushing TDs for the Warriors. Both teams have identical records at 5-3 and 4-2.
Kearns 35, Hunter 21: The 1989 champion Cougars prevailed over the first-year Wolverines in a meeting of previously winless teams. Kearns is 1-5 and 1-7; Hunter is 0-6 and 0-8.
Bingham 33, Hillcrest 7: Kicker Brian Chamberlain scored 15 of the Miners' 33 points on four field goals and three extra-point kicks. Bingham is 3-5 and 3-3; Hillcrest is 2-6 and 2-4.
West Jordan 21, Cyprus 14: The Jaguars pulled into a tie for first place with the road upset of the Pirates, as Bryan Johnson passed for two long TDs - 53 yards to Brandon Cahoon and 78 yards to Shawn Todd. Francis Palepoi rushed 20 yards for the game-winning score to snap Cyprus' five-game string of triumphs. West Jordan is 5-3 and 5-1; Cyprus is 6-2 and 5-1.
Bear River 36, Mountain Crest 13: In a battle of teams tied for fifth in the 3A polls, the Bears extended their win streak to seven games while stopping the Mustangs' string at four wins. Having clinched the league crown, Bear River is 7-1 and 5-0; Mountain Crest is 4-3 and 4-1.
Sky View 26, Box Elder 19: The Bobcats' Greg Robertson rushed for one TD and passed for another - the latter a 30-yard pass to Bryan Webb for the game-winning score. Jamie Greer rushed for 201 yards and two TDs for the Bees. Sky View is 6-2 and 3-2; Box Elder is 4-3 and 2-3.
Logan 25, Ogden 7: After losing four of their previous five games, the Grizzlies enhanced their playoff hopes, while Ogden ended its season winless. Logan is 3-4 and 2-3; Ogden is 0-8 and 0-6.
Bountiful 41, West 15: The top-ranked Braves assured themselves of the league title as Austin Lindsey passed for three TDs and rushed for another while teammate Aaron Roderick scored on two receptions and an interception return. West's Marce Wilson passed for two scores, kicked two PATs and added a 25-yard FG. Bountiful is 8-0 and 6-0; West is 4-4 and 4-2.
Granite 7, Judge 6: Nathan Clayton rushed for 124 yards for Granite, which held on to its 7-6 halftime lead and stopped a five-loss funk. Granite is 1-7 and 1-5; Judge is 0-8 and 0-6.
Jordan 31, Tooele 6: Tommy Payne rushed eight times for 113 yards and three TDs - 60, 1 and 32 yards - as the third-ranked Beetdigger handed the Buffaloes their fourth straight loss. Jordan is 7-1 and 5-1; Tooele is 3-5 and 2-3.
Murray 14, Woods Cross 3: In another game with a scoreless second half, Davis Hooper rushed for one TD and Tom Gourdin pass to Jeremy Winget for the other as the Spartans won their third straight game. Murray is 5-3 and 3-3; Woods Cross is 4-4 and 3-3.
Park City 25, Morgan 0: Miner QB Matt Marriott passed for two TDs and rushed for a third, while Mike Packard carried 17 times for 128 yards and another PC TD. Both of Marriott's scoring passes went to Roger Osguthorpe, who had seven receptions for 143 yards. No. 4 Park City is 7-1 and 5-1; Morgan is 3-5 and 2-4.
South Summit 13, Grantsville 0: Taigon Worthen scored on a 4-yard run while Brandon McKey threw a 5-yard TD to Richie Bridge for the Wildcats' fourth shutout. South Summit is 5-3 and 3-3; Grantsville is 4-4 and 3-3.
North Sanpete 55, Juab 19: John Miller passed for two touchdowns and rushed for a third to lead the second-ranked Hawks. North Sanpete is 8-0 and 6-0; Juab is 1-6 and 0-6.
Hurricane 31, South Sevier 0: Justin Roundy caught two TD passes from Cal Nielson and added a rushing score as well as the top-ranked Tigers ended unbeaten in league play. Hurricane is 8-0 and 7-0; South Sevier is 0-8 and 0-7.
Delta 20, Kanab 14: Winning their fourth game in five outings, the Rabbits earned fourth win the win. Delta is 4-4 and 4-3; Kanab is 4-4 and 3-4.
Millard 48, North Sevier 20: The fourth-ranked Eagles scored 35 points or more for the fifth time this season. Millard is 6-2 and 4-2; North Sevier is 1-7 and 1-6.
Beaver 43, Richfield 13: The third-ranked Beavers finished second in the league standings. Beaver is 6-2 and 6-1; Richfield is 2-6 and 2-5.
Layton 40, Cottonwood 36: Joel Peterson picked off two of the three intercepted Colt passes in the fourth quarter and then hauled in a 16-yard pass from Wylle Strong for the game-winning touchdown as Layton scored 20 points in the final period to break an 18-game, two-year losing streak.
Layton had not won a game since a 40-16 victory over Box Elder on Oct. 7, 1988. Layton is now 1-7; Cottonwood is 2-6.
Strong passed for three TDs and one-two-point conversion and Lancer teammate Brian Hoskins scored two rushing TDs and one receiving. Cottonwood's Matt Frankhauser caught two of of the three TD passes thrown by Jeff Cunningham, a fourth-string sophomore QB pressed into playing time because of Colt injuries. Franhauser added a reverse TD run, a two-point PAT recepetion and four PAT kicks to score 24 points.
Pine View 36, Union 20: The Panthers handed the host Cougars their sixth straight loss. Pine View is 5-3; Union is 1-7.
Carbon 18, Ben Lomond 13: The Dinos claimed their third win in the past four games. Carbon is 4-4; Ben Lomond is 2-6.
Wasatch 24, Cedar City 21: The Wasps evened their overall record while handing the Redmen their third straight loss. Wasatch is 4-4; Cedar is 1-7.
Manti 13, North Summit 10: Eric Olsen and Mark Nelson scored a TD run each for the Templars, while the top-ranked 1A Braves suffered their fourth loss in as many tries against 2A foes. Both teams are 4-4 overall.
Emery County 16, Payson 13: The Spartans claimed their fourth straight victory, while Payson remained winless. Emery is 6-2; Payson is 0-8.
San Juan 45, Grand County 0: In a battle of 2A independents, the Broncos broke a three-loss skid in a big way. Both teams are 4-4 overall.
How they fared
1. Skyline (7-1) lost to Highland, 21-14.
2. Davis (7-1) defeated Viewmont, 35-14.
3. Roy (7-1) defeated Weber, 20-14.
4. Cyprus (6-2) lost to West Jordan, 21-14.
5. Alta (6-2) defeated Brighton, 26-7
1. Bountiful (8-0) defeated West, 41-15.
2. Springville (7-0) was idle.
3. Jordan (7-1) defeated Tooele, 31-6.
4. Dixie (6-1) was idle.
5. Bear River (7-1) defeated Mtn. Crest, 36-13.
(tie) Mtn. Crest (4-3) lost to Bear River, 36-13.
1. Hurricane (8-0) defeated South Sevier, 31-0.
2. North Sanpete (8-0) defeated Juab, 55-19.
3. Beaver (6-2) defeated Richfield, 43-13.
4. Park City (7-1) defeated Morgan, 25-0.
(tie) Millard (6-2) defeated North Sevier, 48-20.
1. North Summit (4-4) lost Manti, 13-10.
2. Milford (7-1) defeated Gunnison, 60-8.
3. Duchesne (5-1) played Altamont.
4. Monticello (4-3) played Monument Valley.
5. Rich (4-3) played Dugway.