Juan Diego, Summit Academy, Juab and Morgan will enter Weber State's Stewart Stadium with title-game aspirations on Friday and Saturday, but only two schools will advance to the 3A championship.
Juan Diego vs. Summit Academy
Saturday’s contest should be another game with lots of offensive firepower as Summit Academy and Juan Diego come into the matchup ranked first and second in 3A scoring offense, respectively. Headlining those offenses are Bears quarterback Hayden Reynolds and Soaring Eagle quarterback Zach Hoffman.
Hoffman, who runs Juan Diego’s triple-option offense, enters with four passing touchdowns and 17 rushing scores.
“Hoffman, he is their guy. He’s surrounded by really good players, but, in their offense, he makes everything happen. Whether it is him running the ball, or making a read, or him throwing the ball, they go as he goes. Our main focus has to be to slow him down, he’s a very, very good player,” Summit Academy coach Les Hamilton said.
For Summit Academy, Reynolds, who has thrown for 26 touchdowns and 2,575 yards, is the key to the Bears offense.
“I think their quarterback is outstanding. He’s a great passer, good runner, and he’s got some good receivers around him, especially Gavin Davey, who is a really nice receiver, catches everything, and then their running back, Talmage Brown, is just a hard-nosed, hard runner and you have to account for him, and that’s always tough to do when you have a good running game and a good passing game, like Summit Academy does,” said Juan Diego coach Colosimo, whose team has won back-to-back titles.
Both teams enter Saturday’s contest with good defenses, with Juan Diego’s ranked second in 3A, only giving up 16.2 points per game, while Summit Academy enters as the fourth-ranked defense in 3A, allowing 19.2 points per game. Those defenses will be tested by high-powered offenses.
Morgan vs. Juab
When Morgan and Juab face off in the 3A semifinals at Weber State on Friday, each school will be trying to get one step closer to erasing a state title drought. Morgan hasn’t won it all since 1997, while Juab is trying to win its first state football championship in school history.
Morgan enters the matchup scoring 29 points per game. The Trojans’ offense is led by quarterback Jacob Stephens, who has thrown for 2,051 yards and 24 touchdowns and running back Bridger Miller, who has carried the ball 116 times for 666 yards and five touchdowns.
“They’ve got a lot of good players. We’ve got to prepare for all of them, they’ve got lots of good kids, so we’ll have to be ready for all of them,” Juab coach Mike Bowring said.
On the offensive side of the ball for Juab, the Wasps are led by running back Alex White, who has rushed for 881 yards on 123 carries with 13 touchdowns.
“He’s playing really well, we’ve got a lot of kids playing well but, no question, Alex has had a great year for us and he’s a key part of our success,” Bowring said.
Juab is the best defensive team in 3A, allowing only 14.5 points per game, while Morgan ranks sixth in 3A scoring defense. The Trojans have allowed 23 points per game.