For the majority of the high school football teams in Utah, there's one more week remaining in the regular season. But that's not the case in the 2A ranks.
To ensure that every team gets a piece of the playoff pie, for the past several years Class 2A has opted to bypass the 10th week of the regular season in favor of play-in games.
Thanks to Richfield's overtime upset of San Juan on Friday night and a Saturday-morning coin flip, the playoff field is set.
The most intriguing aspect of the state tournament involves defending state champion San Juan. With a win over Richfield Friday, a game San Juan led 21-7 at the half, the Broncos would've clinched 2A South's second seed and the accompanying bye. Instead, San Juan lost in overtime and left itself vulnerable to the randomness of a coin flip.
Now the Broncos enter the state tournament as the No. 4 seed and are staring at the likelihood of a quarterfinal showdown with top-ranked North Summit assuming they knock off struggling Gunnison in next week's play-in game.
Besides Gunnison at San Juan (TBA), the other three play-in games are: Beaver at Manti (Friday, 5 p.m.); South Sevier at Juab (Thursday, 6 p.m.); and ALA at Richfield (Friday, 5 p.m.).
Surprisingly, none of the four play-in games are rematches of nonregion games this year.
Grand was the biggest winner of the crapshoot coin flip. The Red Devils earned the No. 2 seed and now get to rest this week as do No. 1 North Summit, No. 2 Millard and No. 3 South Summit.
If the higher seeds all advance past the first two rounds, the semifinal matchups would be Millard vs. South Summit and Grand vs. North Summit.
A NIGHT OF FIRSTS: Sky View's shutout of Mountain Crest was the Mustangs' first shutout since 1999, a 93-game streak. Only Skyline, San Juan and Box Elder haven't been shut out this century ... With its win Friday, Ogden guaranteed itself a playoff berth for the first time since 2001 ... Brighton's string of 16-straight postseason appearances is officially over ... Richfield won five games for the first time since 1993 ... Spanish Fork's 48 points in a 55-48 loss to Timpanogos last week ties a state record for most points scored in a non-overtime loss.
WIN OR YOU'RE OUT: With one week remaining in the season, here's a list of the 13 teams throughout the state who must win this week to keep their playoff hopes alive: 5A Fremont, Copper Hills, Spanish Fork, Kearns, West Jordan. 4A Box Elder, Granger, Olympus, Payson, Provo. 3A Carbon, Ben Lomond. 1A Milford.
ALREADY OUT: Here's a look at the teams already eliminated from postseason consideration: 5A Syracuse, Weber, Brighton, Hillcrest, Taylorsville, Lehi. 4A Murray, Tooele, Snow Canyon. 3A Canyon View. 1A Layton Christian.
ODDS and ENDS: Millard clinched its 18th undefeated season, a state record, with its win over Beaver Friday ... Jordan's Cody Raymond is one touchdown catch away from tying the state record of 41 career TDs ... West Jordan is now 14-0 all-time against cross-town rival Copper Hills.ATTENTION, COACHES: Coaches and statisticians are reminded to e-mail offensive yardage statistics to [email protected] by Monday afternoon for publication in Tuesday's paper. Stats also can be faxed to 801-237-2543
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