The high school football regular season is in the books, with all six classifications diving into the playoffs this week in what figures to be an exciting opening week this Friday.
Before turning the page on the regular season, here’s a look back at some of the headline makers from around the state the past 10 weeks.
State’s leading passers
Cammon Cooper, Lehi
This Washington State-bound senior led the entire state by averaging 350.9 yards and 41 total touchdowns during the regular season. His biggest game occurred in Week 1 when he threw for 609 yards and 10 TDs in a 72-66 double-overtime win over Alta.
Tommy McGrath, Skyline
The only other QB to average over 300-yards passing, this senior ranked second in Utah averaging 344.3 yards per game to go along with his 35 passing TDs. His best game came against Brighton in Week 5 when he threw for 413 yards and five TDs in a 42-28 win.
Bronson Barron, American Fork
Like McGrath, this senior also threw for 35 touchdowns during the regular season. He ranked third in the state by averaging 298.1 yards per game. His biggest game also came in Week 5 when he threw for 401 yards and seven touchdowns in a 56-20 win over Westlake.
Brock Jones, Lone Peak
Came up just short in averaging 300 yards passing per game, but still ranked fourth in the state during the regular season averaging 294.8 yards per game to go along with his 27 TDs. Best game was against Westlake in Week 8 when he passed for 383 yards and five scores.
State’s leading rushers
Mosese Sonasi, Granger
Before the playoffs have even begun, Sonasi has guaranteed that a running back in Utah will eclipse 2,000 yards rushing for the sixth straight season as he heads into the playoffs with 2,051 yards rushing in just nine games. He ran for 388 yards against Olympus and 360 yards against American Fork. The streak of 2,000 rushers includes Pine View’s Prentiss Miller (2012), East’s Ula Tolutau (2013), Hunter’s Joseph Tiatia (2014), Alta’s Josh Davis (2015), Alta’s Josh Davis (2016), East’s Jaylen Warren (2016). Warren ran for a state record 3,099 last year.
Dane Leituala, Taylorsville
Taylorsville’s quarterback did as much damage on the ground as he did through the air this year as he ranked second in the state averaging 171.5 yards per game and sixth with 18 TDs. His passing numbers were slightly down from last year, but he still racked up 2,481 yards and 25 TDs.
Sione Molisi, East
Ranks third in Utah averaging 168.9 yards as he filled some big shoes for the Leopards this year. He finished second in the state with 21 TDs, with his best game coming against Copper Hills when he ripped of 287 yards and three TDs on just 13 carries.
Sese Felila, Kearns
Finished fourth in the state averaging 154.8 yards per game to go along with his state-leading 22 rushing TDs. He scored in every game but one this season, with his best game coming against Olympus when he rushed for 272 yards and two TDs on 36 carries.
State’s leading receivers
Puka Nacua, Orem
Missed two games with injury, but played eight games and led the state by averaging 150.1 receiving yards per game. He finished second with 17 receiving TDs, scoring in every game he played. He caught 10 passes on three occasions, including an impressive 10 catches for 180 yards and two TDs against Bingham in Week 1.
Chad Yorgason, Green Canyon
The senior was the biggest weapon for first-year Green Canyon and it utilized him as often as possible. He finished with a state-best 18 receiving TDs to go along with his 143.3 yards per game, which ranked second.
Keegan Stracher, South Summit
Ranked second in the state averaging 132.0 yards per game to go along with his 14 TDs. His two biggest games came in the first two weeks of the season. In Week 1 he finished with 215 yards and three TDs against San Juan and the following week he caught 218 yards and three TDs against Morgan. He led the state with 77 receptions in nine games.
Taylor Larsen, Skyline
Tommy McGrath’s favorite target was definitely this senior. He ranked third in the state with 131.6 yards per game, and finished with over 100 yards receiving in seven of nine games. His best game came last week when he racked up 195 yards against Lehi.
State’s leading tacklers
Brian Williamson, Milford
Led the entire state in total tackles as he racked up 14.8 total tackles for Milford.
Tyson Chisholm, South Sevier
Finished tied for second in total tackles as he averaged 13.8 tackles per game for the Rams.
Dylan Ivins, San Juan
Finished tied for second in total tackles as he averaged 13.8 tackles per game for San Juan.
Sam Lawrence, Ogden
Was a big key defensively for the Tigers this year as he finished fourth in the state averaging 13.5 tackles per game.