3A high school football championship: Juan Diego beats Hurricane on final play — again

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  • Ted Saint George, UT
    Nov. 22, 2010 8:09 a.m.

    Pine View lost 3 out of 4 years in the title game and Hurricane has lost 3 in a row. Let's all hope they meet in the title game next year. this way one team will be able to get the monkey off their back.

  • 2AFBFAN Blanding, UT
    Nov. 20, 2010 10:44 a.m.

    i told all the hurricane fans not to worry about playing san juan and to worry about the time you gave juan diego and look what happened. Next time listen to me.

  • golden days Cedar City, UT
    Nov. 20, 2010 1:07 a.m.

    i wish we could of seen a cedar vs juan diego. That would of been a epic game.

  • milkshake St. George, UT
    Nov. 19, 2010 10:44 p.m.

    Congrats to JD. Great game all around. Region 9 will be very tough next year. Dixie was very young this year, Pine View returns nearly all of it's o-line and d-line which averaged 260 lbs this year...and by the way, owned Highland until the last 10 minutes. Hurricane and Cedar will always be tough. Should be pretty exciting week in and week out.

  • MantiCoug Manti, UT
    Nov. 19, 2010 9:42 p.m.

    Who is the last team to beat Juan Diego in a state championship game? That's right, my Manti Templars in 2003!

  • Scots Ogden, UT
    Nov. 19, 2010 7:23 p.m.

    Hurricane is alredy in a region with all the St. George schools and they kill every one in it. Next year will be harder with Cedar getting John Ursua from Westlake, and Pine View is getting older most there team was so. this year.

  • JD Fan Long Beach, CA
    Nov. 19, 2010 7:19 p.m.

    Well everyone here I am. :)
    Fender: "still hasn't convinced me it's the better team"? Really? Three, Count them, Three State Championship Rings. All vs. Hurricane. What doe we need to do to convince you JD is the better team? We did win all three games didn't we?
    Old Bald Coach: "You play small town teams, and draw from Salt Lake City, how fair is that? " Again, really? We beat 4A Springville, lost to 5A West in OT, beat 5A Cyprus, 3A Park City (large) and of course Hurricane. I am sure the coaches and the players would love to move up to 4A, but of course that is the UHSAA, not JD. As far as drawing from SLC, you mean same as all other schools in SLC? Then why was JD the smaller team on the field today? Must be because we "unfairly" draw from SLC, but thanks for the congrats anyways. Not!
    Bama Fan: Thank You!
    This was a defensive battle, and defense win Championships! JD moved the ball on the ground in the final 7 minutes and burned the clock and won the game! Congrats JD on a great accomplishment!
    Its been fun!

  • mightyd Hurricane, UT
    Nov. 19, 2010 7:05 p.m.

    whoever tiger-souljah is, isnt a true follower of the Hurricane program...for you to say that we lost a lot of players and that the other st. george schools will be in 3a again doesnt know what they are talking about...our jv team went undefeated again(3 years now)closest game was 30 points(INCLUDING st. george schools...3 years in a row as region 9 champion, we had 4 starters on off, and 3 to 4 on def that were underclassmen, who btw, did not play jv...so ur statements are not valid....very good chance for hurricane to be back next year

  • fender Washington, UT
    Nov. 19, 2010 7:04 p.m.


    I never said winning three championships was not impressive...obviously it is. What I said was that JD has not convinced me in any of these games that it was a better team than Hurricane, just a luckier team. I stand by that. Don't get too high and mighty. If memory serves, the last Region Nine team your boys met up with in the playoffs before Hurricane (Pine View) blew JD out.

  • Tiger_Souljah H-Town, UT
    Nov. 19, 2010 6:34 p.m.

    This was our last chance at a shot at the title for a while. We lose a lot of players, and with all the St. George schools dropping back down to 3A, it's going to be a tougher road back to Rice Eccles. What a heart breaker! I would much rather have gotten blown out, than to go out like that again. By a last second play. Tough pill to swallow, but hats off to the Eagles. They didn't panic at the fast start by Hurricane. Their defense was "bend don't break" and just ran the ball effectively when it counted.

  • Scots Ogden, UT
    Nov. 19, 2010 6:29 p.m.

    Old ball coach ,

    They pick the pre season games they play. The smallest team they played in pre season was Park City(the biggest 3A school). Then they played two 5A school's and a 4A school.

  • EagleFan Lake Forest, CA
    Nov. 19, 2010 6:07 p.m.

    Old ball and fender, I am positive that JD is not worried about impressing you or convincing you. If three state championships in a row doesn't impress you...ha ha!! Old Ball if you really are an old coach you should know it is not JDs choice where they play...dont fall into that old rap, and keep your reasons and excuses to yourself...Game OVER..JD WINS!

  • EagleDad6 Bluffdale, UT
    Nov. 19, 2010 5:56 p.m.

    Old ball coach:

    I'm not sure I understand you point about moving up a class. EVERY game JD plays non-region is either 5A or 4A. The losses last year to Highland (ID) and this year to West High really disappointed our boys. They thought they actually should have won those games and each loss was great for motivation (Highland was nationally ranked). BTW, the reason so many of those kids chose JD is because it's a smaller school and a great community. So sorry that doesn't fit in your realm of "fairness". Speaking of fairness...you switch coaching staffs for this game and Hurricane wins it.

  • Dr Rush Saint George, UT
    Nov. 19, 2010 5:55 p.m.

    Well Hurricane had their chance 3 years in a row and found a way to lose each time,they won't be back for a long time,I hope the Hurricane trash talkers will be silenced for a while,but that's on the adults who get on here,I feel bad for the kids who should have won at lest one state championship and have none.Making to the big game and having a chance to win and not doing it is something you never get over.

  • Old ball coach Sandy, UT
    Nov. 19, 2010 5:11 p.m.

    Yawner....gut it up and move up a Class Juan Diego. You play small town teams, and draw from Salt Lake City, how fair is that?

    Congrats I guess??????

  • d0wns0uth Hurricane, UTAH
    Nov. 19, 2010 4:51 p.m.

    Hurricane don't got the talent coming up for at least 2 years. So there won't be a 4th time for them. Good job and another great game. Hurricane always finds a way to lose and JD finds the way to win, that's the diff. Next year will be fun to watch with the region 9 back to where it should have been. Every kid on that field are winners on both teams, Thanks for everything.

  • dhsalum Saint George, UT
    Nov. 19, 2010 3:36 p.m.

    Thats tough to lose by 3 when your future D-1 kicker goes 0/3 on field goals (one blocked). I really thought Hurricane was going to take this game semi easily and it seemed like they would in the first quarter, but oh well... Congrats to Juan Diego.

  • spotaplaya West Valley, utah
    Nov. 19, 2010 3:12 p.m.

    Re: Official

    Don't plan on a rematch next year between JD and Hurricane. 3A is going to be competetive and I dought Hurricane can make it through a fourth time. Cedar exposed their weaknesses and JD took advantage. I bet Region 9 teams will do the same next year.

  • BamaFan Spanish Fork, UT
    Nov. 19, 2010 3:04 p.m.

    I will eat some crow on this and apologize to Juan Diego fans..I actually thought this was the year that Hurricane would get it done. With the way JD limped into the play-offs, I thought Hurricane had a huge advantage with an improved offense from last year. I felt they would win this one by two touchdowns. Congratulations to JD! Three in a row is impressive. The wins might have been ugly but they just find a way to win and thats what State Champions do! Again, great job Juan Diego!

  • fender Washington, UT
    Nov. 19, 2010 2:56 p.m.

    Gdot and H-Town

    You may be a rival in Region Nine, but when it comes to playing the teams up north, I'm behind you all the way. You have nothing to be ashamed of. You've made it to the big game three years running and that's a huge accomplishment all by itself. Furthermore, although JD has some kind of mojo, it still hasn't convinced me it's the better team with outcomes of three points or less in three games.

    Next year is a new chapter. Good things come to those who wait and work hard.

  • jbkhbrmz Saint George, UT
    Nov. 19, 2010 2:36 p.m.

    Congratulations to Juan Diego for winning yet another nailbiter. The Hurricane players and coaches must be just sick. But they can be proud of the fact that they have made it to the championship game three years in a row and have established a very consistent and succesful program.

  • altahoops Provo, UT
    Nov. 19, 2010 2:29 p.m.


    One problem with your theory: It was almost 60 degrees "up North" today. Perfect football weather.

    The early game time might be a factor, but I'm sure JD isn't used to playing that early either. So that would be a wash.

  • pv Saint George, UT
    Nov. 19, 2010 2:29 p.m.

    Champions can play anytime and anywhere!!!!!!!!

  • The Official Bingham Canyon, UT
    Nov. 19, 2010 2:28 p.m.

    Congrates to the Juan Diego Soaring Eagle! 3-A Champions ... again, 3rd times a charm!

    To the Hurricane Tigers. A hard fought game that was dicided by defense and who would control the ball last. What a way to lose, again.
    I will say that it is very heart breaking to the Tiger players, the town and the student body.

    You want to meet again next year?

  • The Official Bingham Canyon, UT
    Nov. 19, 2010 2:22 p.m.

    RE:Troutman, I agreeen that this Tiger team could be the Buffalo Bills too, but lets not forget the Minnisota Vikings, of the '70s!!

    Last years title game was played as the night cap. The times that the games are played rotate from year to year. 2011 3-A title game will be played at 2:30 and 2012 will play again at the 6:30 game and so on.
    The weather didnt play that much of a factor to the outcome of the game, IMHO. Coaching, and knowing your apponents weakness is what pulled the game out for JD. Perhaps JD's final drive may have fatiged the tigers and the JD running game could not be stopped!

  • Lone Peak High School Fan Alpine, Utah
    Nov. 19, 2010 2:21 p.m.

    sad.... For some reason I was expecting a blowout by hurricane.... I don't know why. JD just always seems to be at the right blace at the right time.

  • 2A Football Blanding, UT
    Nov. 19, 2010 2:21 p.m.

    cold, hot, rainy, snowy, sunny or cloudy it shouldnt matter. The better team always finds a way to win. Juan Diego has been the better team the last three years.

  • backwardsbob West Valley, utah
    Nov. 19, 2010 2:19 p.m.

    Sweet! I new this would happen... JD wins all the close games. They play inspired football which is what sets them apart from Hurricane.

  • bookonwomen Beverly Hills, CA
    Nov. 19, 2010 2:06 p.m.

    Hurricane squandered this game away. There was poor clock management at the end of the first half, poor blocking on the blocked field goal and failure to capitalize when they had scoring opportunities.

  • troutman Washington, UT
    Nov. 19, 2010 2:02 p.m.

    Hurricane has become the Buffalo Bills of High School Football in Utah!

    I really think that it is an environmental factor for Hurricaned. Let me explain. The games are always the early morning ones. Today's was at 11 am. I really feel that Hurricane is not used to that type of cold that is up North at that time of day. To me they play slugish! I would like them to play just once in the Nighttime like they are used to all year. When they have gotten to the championship game the last 3 years they always play the early morning game. This is the only time they play this early all year. As I have heard Juan Diego plays a lot of their games early in the day? Correct me if I am wrong on this. I just think that athletes Bodies get used to playing in a certain time frame, and again, Hurricane is just not used to playing this early of a game in this cold time of year up North. Th

  • SJH BRONCOS Blanding, UT
    Nov. 19, 2010 1:58 p.m.

    You know I am kind of glad this happened again. Better luck next year Hurricane.