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SALT LAKE CITY - Last week's games included a cross town rivalry game, a matchup of numbers one and two in the 5A coaches' poll, along with two very close games that came down to the wire.
One game also featured a quarterback that I would love to have for my fantasy football team because Jay Cutler (QB for the Chicago Bears) is just not cutting it for me, pun very much intended.
No. 4 Timpview 29 vs. Orem 14
This cross town rivalry has been very lopsided lately in Timpview's favor and that did not change Friday night for the Orem Tigers. The Tigers had a lead 14-10 going into the fourth quarter before the Thunderbirds woke up and scored 19 unanswered points for the win. T-birds' quarterback Jake Lloyd had 3 passing touchdowns to go with his three interceptions, but luckily for him and the T-birds, two of the TDs came in the fourth quarter. Tigers QB Tyler Camp threw for two TDs as well, in the second and third quarters. Timpview is now all alone in first place for region 8.
No. 1 Lone Peak 45 vs. No. 2 Bingham 24
This highly anticipated matchup could very well decide the winner of region 4 and brings together two high powered and physical teams both on offense and defense. Bingham's 31 game in-state winning streak came to an end at the hands of the Lone Peak Knights and quarterback Chase Hansen. Hansen passed for 381 yards on 21/33 and 6 touchdowns (I wish he was on my fantasy team), three of which went to wide-out Connor Humphry, the first TD good for 80 yards. The 45 points were the most given up by the Miners in a regular season, in-state, game since 1996.
No. 4 Spanish Fork 14 vs. Delta 35
Spanish Fork did not have what it takes to stop the Delta Rabbits but Delta has a true Iron Man in QB/Defensive Back Colin Christensen. Not only can he pass the ball for scores, which he had four TDs on Friday night, but he can also play some defense, grabbing two interceptions. He can also kick the ball, making 6 PATs. Dons' QB Hayden Nielson also passed for the two scores. Look for the Rabbits to be ranked in this week's coaches' poll.
Northridge 28 vs. Syracuse 25
The Northridge Knights did everything in their power to win and lose the game all at the same time. The Knights fumbled four times inside of Syracuse's 40 yard line and the Titans' first two scores came on those weird, fluke-like plays. The first one was a blocked punt in the end zone where the Titans fell on the ball and then a fumble recovery that was run back to the one foot line, and then punched in for a TD. David Adams, running back for the Knights, did what was necessary to win, he rushed 14 times for 114 yards and a TD as well as caught 5 passes good for 156 yards, one of which was a 71 yard TD.
Herriman 21 vs. Olympus 27
Herriman lost last week on a last second blocked field goal against Skyline, and lost again this week after their comeback just came up a bit short. The Mustangs recovered a blocked punt by Ben Richard who then ran it in for a TD from 6 yards and then recovered the on-sides kick on the ensuing kick off but could not get it into the end zone. The Olympus Titans won with the strong play of running back Brandon McBride who had 15 carries for 105 yards and two TDS. QB Scott Porter also passed for 153 yards on 9 completions and had two TDs.