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I’ve been telling our kids he’s the real deal, we just have to have a bend don’t break mentality. —Wood Cross coach Andrew Fresques on Lehi's QB Cammon Cooper

Woods Cross (7-4) at Lehi (9-2)

5A state tournament quarterfinals

Friday, 4 p.m.

Parry’s Power Guide: Lehi by 14

All-time series: Lehi leads 1-0

Coach vs. coach: First meeting between Woods Cross’ Andrew Fresques and Lehi’s Ed Larson

Last meeting: Sept. 9, 1977 – Lehi 30-16

Woods Cross lost to both Viewmont and Bountiful in Region 5 play this season and didn’t seem like much of a threat to knock off Timpview in the 5A first round last week.

That’s precisely what the Wildcats did anyway, prevailing 28-24, while all of their region counterparts bowed out of the playoffs.

Woods Cross’ defense forced five turnovers in upsetting Timpview, but now it faces an even more daunting task in the 5A quarterfinals this Friday at 4 p.m. against Lehi.

Lehi has won seven straight and is led by the top QB in the state as Cammon Cooper has passed for 3,866 yards and 46 TDs this season. The defense has matched that productivity during the winning streak, as the Pioneers are one of the favorites to win the whole thing.

“There was no question for us to do anything substantially in the playoffs that side of the ball was going to step up and I think they’ve done a good job,” said Lehi coach Ed Larson about his defense.

Lehi beat Provo 42-16 in the first round. Cooper passed for 357 yards and five touchdowns in the win, the seventh straight game he’s passed for over 300 yards.

Larson thought his team showed a lot of playoff maturity in its approach against Provo, and he said it stems from last year’s quarterfinal loss to Bingham. Even though Bingham won that game 37-14 en route to the title, Lehi only trailed 14-7 at the half, a moral victory that’s paid dividends this year.

“They weren’t afraid. They felt like they belonged, and I felt like that was a big turning point in the program as far as getting the kids mentally right at the playing at this level,” said Larson.

That group is now one win away from Lehi’s first semifinal appearance at Rice-Eccles Stadium since 2002 when it lost to Tooele 32-21 in 2002.

Lehi’s last state championship came in 2000 when it beat Delta 30-25 in the 3A title game.

The Pioneers face a gritty Woods Cross squad that few expected to still be playing football in November this season.

Woods Cross owns a 7-4 record and its defense has been the catalyst as it ranks fourth in 5A scoring at 17.4 ppg. That defense will need to have its best game of the season against Cooper.

“I’ve been telling our kids he’s the real deal, we just have to have a bend don’t break mentality,” said Woods Cross coach Andrew Fresques.

Larson said he’s impressed with the physical nature that Woods Cross plays defense, which he said is always half the battle in high school sports.

With Cooper at the helm, no matter how well Woods Cross plays defensively Lehi will inevitably score points. The Wildcats will need to match that offense, which has been the Achilles heel at times this season as it ranks 15th in 5A averaging 23.9 ppg.

“We just can’t beat ourselves. Offensively, if we limit our turnovers and penalties, we’ll be OK,” said Fresques.

It limited those penalties against Timpview, which allowed quarterback Carston Naegle to methodically run the offense as he completed 27 of 42 passes for 273 yards and three TDs.

Similar production should give Woods Cross a fighting chance at Lehi.

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Woods Cross statistical breakdown

Scoring offense: 23.9 ppg (15th in 5A)

Scoring defense: 17.4 ppg (4th in 5A)

Passing leader: Carston Naegle (112-168, 66.7%, 1,239 yards, 7 TDs, 3 INTs)

Rushing leaders: Justice Samuelu (89 carries, 454 yards, 5 TDs), Kwaku Robinson (52 carries, 356 yards, 3 TDs)

Receiving leaders: Judge Samuelu (45 rec., 677 yards, 4 TDs), Jordan Johnson (36 rec., 391 yards, 1 TD), Franky Jacobsen (40 rec., 383 yards, 4 TDs)

Tackles leaders: Not provided

Sack leaders: Not provided

Interception leaders: Not provided

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Lehi statistical breakdown

Scoring offense: 37.6 ppg (6th in 5A)

Scoring defense: 21.1 ppg (7th in 5A)

Passing leader: Cammon Cooper (268-424, 63.2%, 3,866 yards, 46 TDs, 8 INTs)

Rushing leaders: Carsen Manookin (146 carries, 875 yards, 5 TDs)

Receiving leaders: Dallin Holker (74 rec., 1,394 yards, 17 TDs), Kade Moore (73 rec., 1,159 yards, 18 TDs), Jaxon Moody (44 rec., 545 yards, 7 TDs)

Tackles leaders: Will Overstreet (60 tackles), Jeremy Hansmann (59 tackles)

Sack leaders: Drake Knowles (3 sacks), Jase Andersen (2.5 sacks)

Interception leaders: Jacob Vasquez (2 INTs), Qi’Sean Rust (2 INTs)

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Felts Facts for Woods Cross High School

Head Coach: 2017-current — Andrew Fresques (7-4)

All-time record: 171-234 (41 years)

Region championships: 3 (1988 co, 2012 co, 2014)

Playoff appearances: 178

Current playoff appearance streak: 2 (2016-2017)

All-time playoff record: 16-17

State championships: 0

State championship record: 0-0

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Felt’s Facts for Lehi High School

Head Coach: 2014-current — Ed Larsen (20-23)

All-time record: 365-444-22 (96 years)

Region championships: 13 (1940, 1944, 1950, 1963, 1990, 1992, 1996 co, 1997, 1999 co, 2000 co, 2003 co, 2004 co, 2017)

Playoff appearances: 33

Current playoff appearance streak: 2 (2016-2017)

All-time playoff record: 21-30

State championships: 2 (1980, 2000)

State championship record: 2-2