Before the season started, if I had been asked to rank the teams in 4A it would have gone like this: Timpview No. 1, Cottonwood No. 1A and then everyone else.
After three weeks of the season, I would add a 1B with Sky View.
What a defensive performance by the Bobcats against potent Logan on Friday night. Rarely do you see the Grizzlies turn the ball over four times in a game, or allow their quarterback to get sacked four times, or score just seven points in a game.
But that's exactly what the Bobcats did. They kept Logan at bay while their own offense struggled in the first half, and then took the game over with three interceptions in the third quarter. Brayden Compton returned one of those picks for a touchdown to turn the game's momentum in Sky View's favor.
It was a statement win for Sky View. Actually, all three ranked teams made loud and clear statements on Friday.
Timpview: Some dummy on a blog picked Lone Peak to end the T-birds' 25-game winning streak. Oh yeah, that was me. Timpview impressively stretched that streak to 26 games with a 28-3 victory. The Knights were on a roll heading into Friday's game, but the T-birds halted any kind of momentum Lone Peak had.
Timpview is going to be awfully tough to beat this season. 1994-'97 Rich Rebels, you guys put together an impressive winning streak (28 games), but that state record will soon belong to the T-birds.
Cottonwood: The Colts' offense had looked good going into Friday's showdown against Pine View, and then they turned their play up a notch against the Panthers. They gained 330 yards of offense in the first half and led 28-0 at halftime.
If anyone is capable of beating Timpview, it's Cottonwood. The good news for the Colts is if they take care of business and win Region 6, they'll be on the opposite bracket of Timpview, assuming it wins Region 7. That's a wordy way of saying the two teams probably won't meet in the quarterfinals this year.
Sky View: I visited the Bobcats during the summer and saw they put up 34 points against Fremont and 55 against a Wyoming team. I knew they were explosive on offense with the unit built around J.D. Falslev.
I'm a little embarrassed to say I had no idea they are as good as they are on defense. Linebacker Riley Spackman is a hitter, and seemingly the heart of the defense. Eric Bernston is a beast on the defensive line. He was basically unblockable by the end of last night's game.
You can't overlook Highland, Mountain Crest, Bountiful, Pine View and East in 4A. But at this point, I'd say Timpview, Cottonwood and Sky View are on their own level.
I realize last week's Quarterback was mostly about Alta-Bingham, and I apologize to the fans of other teams. From now on, I'll highlight at least one team from each classification for something it accomplished on Friday night.
5A: The Clearfield Falcons notched one in the win column last night. They trailed Bonneville by 10 points at halftime before rallying to win 13-10. I think coach Billy Pluim does a great job with that program. He lost a lot of players when Syracuse High opened up, and doesn't have the depth to work with that the Falcons have traditionally had.
Defensive standout Justin Parkinson had a big game at running back, gaining 75 yards on eight carries to help the Falcons to the victory.
Taylorsville also deserves some credit for picking up its first win of the season. The Warriors defeated Murray 19-7 behind a big night from Nate Azera, who rushed for 229 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.
4A: I mentioned Tooele last week, but I've got to do it again. The Buffaloes are now 2-1 after routing Ben Lomond, and they got a big performance from Jordan Biorge, who rushed for 167 yards and three touchdowns.
3A: Is Juan Diego the team to beat? It very well may be. The Soaring Eagle whipped Cyprus 33-0 last night. That result followed a 24-6 win over West and a 65-6 victory over Grantsville. Juan Diego is loaded at key positions this season, and might just be 3A's most complete team.
2A: The playoffs are still a long way down the road, but they are going to be fun. Manti is putting up points like crazy, while Juab and defending champion North Summit have been awfully impressive. South Summit is a surprise team. Give coach Jerry Parker credit for having the Wildcats at 3-0 when most people thought they'd be in a rebuilding season.
1A: Not one 1A team prevailed on Friday night in games against bigger schools. But Rich turned in a nice performance in a 26-21 loss to Kemmerer, Wyo. Bradley Holmes threw for 148 yards and rushed for 112 and two touchdowns in the defeat.
Aragon's TOP 10:
7. Sky View
10. Pine View
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Nick Orchard, Highland
The Rams beat Skyline with a 99-yard drive in the final minutes. Orchard accounted for 79 of those yards on the ground, and he threw a game-winning 5-yard touchdown pass to Nate Fakahafua to give the Rams the victory.
DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Brayden Compton, Zach Saxton, Eric Bernston, Riley Spackman, Sky View
I'm making progress because I didn't select an entire defensive unit this week. Each of these guys deserves the award this week and I can't pick just one. Compton had two interceptions, one of which was a pick-six, and Saxton had two interceptions. Bernston had three sacks, and Spackman made some big hits and key tackles in Sky View's 28-7 win over Logan.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Joe Lake, Bountiful
Lake provided the difference in Bountiful's 17-14 win over Viewmont when he kicked a 26-yard field goal in the third quarter.
STAT OF THE WEEK
I'll give it to Timpview after doubting the two-time defending 4A champions this week. The T-birds picked up their 26th straight victory this week, and are on their way to setting a state record for consecutive victories.
COACH OF THE WEEK
Eric Eyre, Ogden
The only detail we got on Ogden's 31-8 win over Granger was the final score. But that's enough to show me that Eyre deserves the honor this week. That's a big victory for Ogden's football program.
League play begins in Regions 1, 5, 6 and 7 next week. I'd say the top matchup in each league would be Syracuse at Viewmont (1), Bonneville at Bountiful (5), Highland at East (6) and Orem at Tooele (7). Other big games include a rematch of last year's 3A championship game between Logan and Judge, Lone Peak at Park City, Jordan at Bingham, Pleasant Grove at Copper Hills, Alta at Hunter, Millard at Manti, South Summit at Delta and American Fork at Skyline.