Beaver (9-1) vs. Delta (8-2)
2A state tournament quarterfinals
Saturday, 2:30 p.m. (At Weber State)
Parry’s Power Guide: Beaver by 17
All-time series: Delta leads 12-5-1
Coach vs. coach: Beaver’s Jon Marshall leads Delta’s Russ Fowles, 1-0
Last meeting: Sept. 1 (Week 3) – Beaver 34-21
The coaching staffs for Delta and Beaver have everything they could hope for when it comes to preparing their teams for this Saturday’s 2A semifinal at Weber State.
In Beaver’s 34-21 win over Delta earlier this year, both teams had a half they were pleased with and a half they weren’t pleased with. So, as they prepare for Saturday’s game, both programs have an idea of what works and what doesn’t.
Beaver coach Jon Marshall said that now it all comes down to execution.
“When you’ve played a team once already, I think the team that’s able to make those adjustments and be able to be more effective with them is the team that’s going to have the advantage,” said Marshall.
In the earlier meeting on Sept. 1, Delta led 21-14 at the half and was feeling pretty good about trying to knock off the defending 2A state champs. In the second half, though, the Beavers scored 20 unanswered points to pull away for the victory.
“Had a couple injuries, and a couple things fell apart in the second half. I feel like we are a different team than we were at that time, so we’re excited for the chance,” said Delta coach Russ Fowles.
The focus of Saturday’s rematch on both sides of the ball will be establishing the run.
In the first meeting in Week 3, Beaver had a lot of success on the ground as running back Tyce Raddon rushed for 180 yards and four touchdowns, while quarterback Porter Hollingshead added 165 yards and a touchdown.
Beaver only attempted four passes in that game.
Marshall knows Delta will have some wrinkles up its sleeves to try to slow down that potent running attack.
“For us, it just comes down to us executing, and, whatever adjustments they make, hopefully we’ve got some things that can counter that. And, if that means we need to throw the football a little more, we definitely have the capabilities of doing that,” he said.
Beaver hasn’t thrown the ball as much this year as it did in its previous two championship seasons, but Hollingshead has thrown for over 100 yards in four different games this season. He might be called upon to air it out a bit more this weekend, too.
Last week, he threw for 114 yards in Beaver’s 56-3 win over American Leadership Academy in the 2A quarterfinals.
Marshall called the performance the most complete of the season both offensively and defensively for the Beavers.
Delta is also coming off a strong performance as it beat North Sevier 54-33 in the quarterfinals. Running back Dallen Draper rushed for 162 yards and three touchdowns in the win, and he’ll be the focal point over Beaver’s defense.
Draper has rushed for a 2A-best 1,296 yards this season, but, in Week 3 against Beaver, he was limited to just 83 yards.
Beaver’s commitment to slowing Draper allowed quarterback Jake Day to have some success throwing the football in the first half. In the second half Beaver’s defense was successful in slowing down both parts of Delta’s offense as it pulled away for the win.
Delta’s defense ranks seventh in 2A in allowing over 24 ppg, and it needs to find a way to get more stops against Beaver to have a chance. Trying to outscore teams in the semifinals and beyond is rarely a successfully formula.
“We have to play good, they’re a good football team for sure, but, I think, if we play well, we can play with them and hopefully have a chance in the end,” said Fowles.
The winner advances to next Saturday’s 2A championship game at Southern Utah at 11 a.m.
Beaver statistical breakdown
Scoring offense: 33.7 ppg (3rd in 2A)
Scoring defense: 13.3 ppg (3rd in 2A)
Passing leader: Porter Hollingshead (43-92, 46.7%, 861 yards, 8 TDs, 3 INTs)
Rushing leaders: Porter Hollingshead (173 carries, 1,282 yards, 15 TDs), Tyce Raddon (139 carries, 780 yards, 10 TDs)
Receiving leaders: Walter LeBaron (9 rec., 265 yards, 4 TDs), Rhett Jordan (10 rec., 208 yards, 2 TDs)
Tackles leaders: Kolby Oakden (84 tackles), Tyce Raddon (76 tackles)
Sack leader: Walter LeBaron (6 sacks)
Interception leaders: Spencer Williams (4 INTs), Porter Hollingshead (3 INTs)
Delta statistical breakdown
Scoring offense: 33.1 ppg (4th in 2A)
Scoring defense: 24.8 ppg (7th in 2A)
Passing leader: Jake Day (51-114, 44.7%, 946 yards, 13 TDs, 7 INTs)
Rushing leaders: Dalin Draper (168 carries, 1,296 yards, 16 TDs), Jaymen Brough (83 carries, 570 yards, 2 TDs)
Receiving leader: Trevor Burton (22 rec., 483 yards, 10 TDs)
Tackles leaders: Brandon Atkinson (92 tackles), Sam Clark (62 tackles), Jake Jackson (58 tackles)
Sack leader: Trevor Burton (7 sacks)
Interception leaders: Jake Day (6 INTs), Dawson Dutson (4 INTs)
Felts Facts for Beaver High School
Head Coach: 2017-current — Jon Marshall (9-1)
All-time record: 458-252-11 (78 years)
Region championships: 18 (1962, 1965 co, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1977 co, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1987, 1992 co, 1994 co, 2002 co, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017)
Playoff appearances: 51
Current playoff appearance streak: 28 (1990-2017)
All-time playoff record: 66-39
State championships: 11 (1970, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1990, 2015, 2016)
State championship record: 11-9
Felt’s Facts for Delta High School
Head Coach: 2013-current — Russ Fowles (26-28)
All-time record: 541-295-24 (94 years)
Region championships: 30 (1927, 1930 co, 1931, 1932 co, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1947 co, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1970 co, 1975, 1976 co, 1977, 1983 co, 1986, 1991 co, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2003 co, 2004 co, 2005 co, 2009 co, 2010, 2011)
Playoff appearances: 55
Current playoff appearance streak: 3 (2015-2017)
All-time playoff record: 66-45
State championships: 9 (1938, 1966, 1968, 1975, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1995, 2001)
State championship record: 9-4