Dixie (6-3, 4-1) at Cottonwood (9-1, 6-1)

4A State Tournament first round

Saturday, 2p.m.

Parry's Power Guide: Cottonwood by 16

All-time series: First meeting

This game features two of the state's top running backs in Dixie's Nate Carter and Cottonwood's Isi Sofele. The two have nearly identical statistics, but are a contrast in styles. Carter is more of a power back and can run between the tackles with the best. Sofele is smaller and quicker, but don't be fooled into thinking he can't run inside. He may be at his best when he gets the ball in open space, but is not afraid to lower his head and get the tough yard or two.

Defensively Cottonwood can be devastating. The Colts have a big defensive line that keeps the offensive linemen from getting off to make blocks on the linebackers and Cottonwood has one of the best in the country in Lynn Katoa. Katoa was named a U.S. Army All-American on Monday.

This contest will probably be decided by the matchup between the Flyers' O-line and the Colts' defensive line. Whichever controls the line of scrimmage will give its team a big heads up in a chance to move on.

It's worth nothing that there will be five Katoa cousins participating in this game. Lynn and Tim play for Cottonwood, while Bill, Judah and Sampson play for Dixie.

Dixie Flyers statistical breakdown

Scoring offense: 22.1 ppg

Scoring defense: 18.7 ppg

Passing leader: MaCrae Heppler (57-89, 679 yards, 6 TDs )

Rushing leader: Nate Carter (195 carries, 1579 yards, 14 TDs)

Receiving leader: Tanner Torres (9 catches, 151 yards, 2 TD)

Tackles leader: Cowden (52 tackles)

Sacks leader: Bobby King/Cowden (6 sacks)

Interceptions leader: Bobby King/Whitney (2 interceptions)

Cottonwood Colts statistical breakdown

Scoring offense: 30.3 ppg

Scoring defense: 13.6 ppg

Passing leader: Steve Romero (108-209, 1600 yards, 13 TDs)

Rushing leader: Isi Sofele (201 carries, 1,299 yards, 15 TDs)

Receiving leader: Rich Tukuafu (27 catches, 497 yards, 6 TDs)

Tackles leader: Lam (60 tackles)

Sacks leader: Paul Fuaalii (6 sacks)

Interceptions leader: Asi Hosea/Keoni Barawis (3 interceptions)

Dixie game-by-game results

08/17/07 ... Dixie 39, Springville 17

08/24/07 ... Cimarron, Nev. 29, Dixie 27

08/31/07 ... Dixie 13, Coronado, Nev. 0

09/07/07 ... Bishop Gorman, Nev. 35, Dixie 0

09/21/07 ... Dixie 29, Cedar 15

09/28/07 ... Dixie 39, Canyon View 13

10/04/07 ... Pine View 27, Dixie 6

10/10/07 ... Dixie 26, Snow Canyon 19

10/19/07 ... Dixie 20, Hurricane 13

Cottonwood game-by-game results

08/17/07 ... Cottonwood 14, Brighton 3

08/24/07 ... Cottonwood 30, Grand Junction, Colo. 20

08/31/07 ... Cottonwood 51, Provo 16

09/07/07 ... Cottonwood 47, Murray 0

09/14/07 ... Cottonwood 31, Cyprus 13

09/21/07 ... Cottonwood 20, West 14

09/28/07 ... Highland 17, Cottonwood 14

10/05/07 ... Cottonwood 30, East 29

10/12/07 ... Cottonwood 48, Granger 14

10/18/07 ... Cottonwood 18, Olympus 10