High school football: Desert Hills shuts down defending champion Dixie to advance to 3AA final

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  • CC Saint George, UT
    Nov. 18, 2013 7:35 a.m.

    I watched both games between Dixie and DHHS this year. The Thunder made some defensive adjustments to their game plan the second time around, including putting more pressure on the QB. It was an absolute chess match the other day between great coaching staffs on both sides. What I saw was a hard fought game that was played by a bunch of great young men, being coached by two dedicated coaching staffs. Here is what Dixie brings to the table...Come in with pressure, they throw the short pass and kill you. Hang back, and their speed at receiver will kill you over the top. DHHS simply chose to take their chances covering the short routes while bringing pressure to the QB....Something they didn't do the first game.

  • DHHS fan st. george, UT
    Nov. 17, 2013 12:25 p.m.

    To Leatherhead..
    Just an FYI neither of these boys has ever played in a state finals game. The Dixie QB is a Junior and the DHHS QB is just a Sophmore! Yes I agree they are both inexperienced but I thought football was a TEAM sport. You win as a team, you lose as a team. Of course they are going to make errors/bad decisions they are still learning their positions. If you look at Dixie's QB's record for the regular season he put up some great numbers. He was sacked six times in this game. My question was where was his O line? Now onto the DHHS QB, this is the first time that he has played QB! If you would have looked at the rest of his stats he had over half of the teams rushing yards. So he did move the ball just not through the air. I agree neither offense played their best, blame should not be put on one person! Also next FYI the DHHS QB did not seek media attention if you read or listened his interviews he gave credit to his team! The media called him over to interview.

  • H-TownTiger Hurricane, 00
    Nov. 17, 2013 10:52 a.m.

    I really wish people would stop complaining about the travel to RES. Especially for a game as significant as the championship. The semifinals maybe... but the championship game is something all of these kids dream and play their hearts out for. I'm sure most players likely want to play at RES than in a backyard field in comparison. Even though it may 'seem' unfair to parents and other non-players, they didn't sacrifice what free time they could of had during the summer and fall seasons to dedicate all of there energy into making it to the big stage, the players did.

    and besides, a 4 and a half to 5 hour drive isn't even that much of a burden, especially if the reason behind the travel is as significant as the championship game.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Nov. 17, 2013 9:37 a.m.

    I think it good to leave out the names of kids in posts and wish the DN Moderator would have done his/her job better. These are HS athletes, not professional athletes. Losing a hard fought game is bad enough.

    P.S. I have no ties to either program and like the poster above also think it is stupid for Pine View and Desert Hills to travel to SLC to play the state championship game when a perfectly good field sits right there. I'm sure there is a way to accommodate TV or live streaming or whatever. I would hate to see any student, parent or alumni killed in unnecessary travel plus in tough economic times, it is a waste of money for people and the schools alike.

  • Leatherhead Maui, HI
    Nov. 16, 2013 5:02 p.m.

    Yale 23, Both QBs had a tough go at it, as did both offensive lines. It looked like both offenses were stalled by their QB's. I assume that the teams used the best they have at that position. I wouldn't be so hard on the Dixie kid, I think he actually had a much better game that the D-Hills QB.

    The D-Hills QB threw for a negative 3 yards, the worst semi-final outing in almost fifteen years. He has basically had three inteceptions for touchdowns and this fumble that gave Dixie the ball on the five yard line that they ran in for a score. I was confused why he was seeking media attention with that type of outting.

    If you delete that 28 points from the D-Hills defense, then they are giving up a whopping seven points per game.

    Both of these QBs are inexperienced and make questinable decisions, remember when Barney was a sophomore and a junior, they are young and the speed and understanding of the game at this level has outpaced their ability.

    It looked like both QBs were making wrong reads and calls based on the outcome of their performances.

  • Elay23 Saint George, UT
    Nov. 16, 2013 1:28 p.m.

    Like i said...I dont want to take away desert hills credit. They brought a lot of pressure. Takau held onto the ball most plays for atleast 4-6 second. They teach you as a qb once you hit 3 seconds you either start running or throw it away..and he NEVER even attempted to.

  • Pig Skin Fan Syracuse, UT
    Nov. 15, 2013 9:06 p.m.

    Both these two teams in the championship are well deserved. Good Luck to you both, may the best team win.

  • Herby Hurricane, UT
    Nov. 15, 2013 7:39 p.m.

    I amazed at how much negative diatribe people delve into concerning these kids! They all played hard. One team had to lose. In addition, it is sad how much hate one has for a fan base. This is football. It is a game. The game is designed to teach these young men about life. Sounds like the arm chair qb's out there must have missed that lesson when they played.

  • Sports View Eagle River, AK
    Nov. 15, 2013 3:55 p.m.

    Really ??? The reason Dixie had such a bad game is because the D-Hill defense took them out of their ability to run the same plays they ran last time they played. It was too easy for the best defense in the State.

    Dixie's defense did a good job, but D-Hills was smart enough to use Cowdin as bait when they were stacking the box. Dixie's use of flash cards for the snap count allowed the D-Hills defense to jump and snap and be in the backfield all game.

    Dixie scored the first time on a controversial turnover. You take that away and their high powered offense was stuffed just like Stansbury was stuffed last week. The Thunder are for real and the game next week should be another stellar game between the two Region 9 powers.

    Great seasons for both teams.

  • Indy St George, Utah
    Nov. 15, 2013 3:45 p.m.


    There is absolutely no reason to talk about Ammon Takau like that. No he did not play a great game. But don't you think a BIG part of that was the fact the offensive line was getting dominated the whole game?? 7 sacks is way too many.. and the RB's were just as bad at picking up blocks. The only reason D-Hills is playing in the Championship is because 2 big plays on Special Teams. Dixie's defense played them tough all game long. Dixie's biggest offensive weapon Drew Batchelor was shut down.

    I do agree that Dixie got out-coached. Like I said, I think they got caught looking ahead.

  • dallas realist rockwall, texas
    Nov. 15, 2013 3:24 p.m.

    can someone please explain to me why this game and next weeks game are going to be played in slc? what a waste of money, if they played it at suu or dixie state the uhsaa will make more money on ticket sales and the fan bases wont have to spend the extra money going up to salt lake.

  • Oldcoach Hurricane, 00
    Nov. 15, 2013 2:32 p.m.

    My question is with enough time to go the length of the field, why did it take the Dixie coaching staff so long to get a play called. It seemed that the Takau kid was just waiting for the offensive coordinator to make up his mind what to run. I though they had the ability to pull it out, but there was no urgency to get the ball downfield in the last minute. I chalk this loss up to Dixie's coaching staff.

  • Elay23 Saint George, UT
    Nov. 15, 2013 2:03 p.m.

    My 2 cents....and I don't mean to take away credibility from desert hills they played a great game but....

    1) Dixie's quarterback played a terrible game. Desert hills brought a lot of pressure, but holy cow they should have put him on the spirit bus and let him cheer cause that's about all he was worth

    2) dixie got out coached. I realize that your qb playing terrible changes your game plan but they were SO conservative and took 20 seconds or more to call plays with less than 3 minutes left.

    3) dixie can't put their seniors who never play on special teams...it bit them in the tail.

    4) you have to have better tackling. #19 arm tackled all game

    5) too many egos on the team. Ipson had a stupid penalty at the first, and bachelor always points fingers and tells people to play better...even when he gets burned.

    Great officiating. Good job dixie. Congrats to desert hills

  • Indy St George, Utah
    Nov. 15, 2013 1:51 p.m.

    It looked like Dixie was looking ahead to the championship next weekend. The offense looked extremely sloppy, particularly the O-Line missing multiple blocking assignments and giving up 6 or 7 sacks. Takau has struggled under pressure all year, and his interceptions pretty much iced the game for D-Hills. Desert Hills did what they had to do to win, they bottled up Batchelor and got pressure on Takau all game long. That being said, 2 big Special Teams plays were the difference in this game. Dixie's defense was tough all game despite the poor showing by the offense. No excuses for this one. Dixie can't win if they don't show up to play. Good luck to Desert Hills next week. Please beat Pine View, their arrogant fanbase is hard enough to stand without ever winning a State Championship.