We learned some good lessons and we were trying to figure out who we were. —Weber's coach Matt Hammer
Lone Peak (8-2) at Weber (9-1)
6A state tournament quarterfinals
Friday, 6 p.m.
Parry’s Power Guide: Lone Peak by 12
All-time series: Lone Peak leads 1-0
Coach vs. coach: First meeting between Lone Peak’s Bart Brockbank and Weber’s Matt Hammer
Last meeting: Oct. 3, 2003 – Lone Peak 35-0
Although there are 75 miles that separate the two schools, coaches from both Lone Peak and Weber see a lot of similarities between the two football programs. Those similarities will square off in what looks to be a highly-competitive 6A semifinal matchup this Friday.
Weber enters the contest with nine straight wins, including a 31-13 win over Riverton in the first round. Lone Peak has won seven of its last eight games and jumped all over Granger 56-12 in its playoff opener.
Although both teams are humming currently, each of them had to endure some growing pains. The Warriors started to come alive after losing a tough game to American Fork 54-39 in the season's first week.
“We learned some good lessons and we were trying to figure out who we were,” said Weber coach Matt Hammer. “You learn a lot more from losing than from winning, and our kids have made a lot of great changes in forming into the team they are today.”
Lone Peak's early difficulties started when it traveled to St. George to take on 4A powerhouse Dixie, only to drive back home after incurring a 44-30 loss, which worked as a big-time wakeup call.
“We needed time to mature with what was a pretty young and inexperienced group starting out the year,” said Lone Peak coach Bart Brockbank. “We took a tough loss to Dixie early, but since then I think guys have really honed in on the things we needed to do to become the type of team people expect from Lone Peak.”
Lone Peak is a team used to making deep runs in the playoffs, evidenced by successive trips to the state championship game. It's also noted for a high-powered offensive system, which Weber will have to contend with this Friday.
“They have great skill and they have a great quarterback. They’re talented, top to bottom,” Hammer said. “They play with the right type of confidence and we’ll have our hands full, that’s for sure.”
Turns out Lone Peak's composition of attributes runs very similar to what Weber has enjoyed this season.
"Everything I said about Lone Peak I’d say about our kids as well,” Hammer said. “We’re well-balanced and we have a lot of weapons on offense and kids who can make plays. We’re a matchup problem, just like they are and we have good team speed. I think it’s going to be a really good matchup.”
Brockbank generally agrees with Hammer's assessment of both teams and understands his team will need to be at its best to advance to the semis.
“They have a real high-powered offense, so we’re going to have to be on our toes,” Brockbank said. “We’re going to have to be on our best defensively, and it’s the same story on the other side of the ball. It’s a very good, well-coached team. We’re not as familiar with them as other teams, but it’s obvious they’re a team that deserves to be where they’re at.”
Lone Peak statistical breakdown
Scoring offense: 37.9 ppg (5th in 6A)
Scoring defense: 22.7 ppg (11th in 6A)
Passing leader: Brock Jones (183-306, 59.8%, 2,910 yards, 31 TDs, 11 INTs)
Sack leaders: Andrew Ostler (7 sacks), Jonah Vimahi (6.5 sacks)
Interception leaders: Thomas Bateman (2 INTs), Nate Ritchie (2 INTs)
Weber statistical breakdown
Scoring offense: 35.2 ppg (6th in 6A)
Scoring defense: 14.8 ppg (2nd in 6A)
Passing leader: Austin Bartholomew (141-201, 70.1%, 1,974 yards, 22 TDs, 7 INTs)
Sack leaders: Tyler Short (4 sacks), Colton Jones (4 sacks)
Interception leaders: Cy Denney (4 INTs), Ty Barnett (3 INTs)
Felts Facts for Lone Peak High School
Head Coach: 2017-current — Bart Brockbank (8-2)
All-time record: 180-70 (21 years)
Region championships: 13 (1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 co, 2005, 2009-co, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 co, 2015, 2016)
Playoff appearances: 19
Current playoff appearance streak: 10 (2008-2017)
All-time playoff record: 30-17
State championships: 1 (2011)
State championship record: 1-4
Felt’s Facts for Weber High School
Head Coach: 2013-current — Matt Hammer (24-26)
All-time record: 304-486-22 (91 years)
Region championships: 6 (1948, 1952, 1964, 1985 co, 1996 co, 2017)
Playoff appearances: 18
Current playoff appearance streak: 1 (2017)
All-time playoff record: 9-15
State championships: 2 (1985, 1999)
State championship record: 2-1