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SALT LAKE CITY - Several games this week will determine region titles and playoff seeding.
There was little change in this week's KSL Coaches' Poll as the top teams in the state continued dominate their competition. There are just six undefeated teams left in the state. The only team with a perfect record not ranked No. 1 is East, and they will get their chance to earn that top ranking when they host Logan on October 19th.
The "Battle for the Rock" is a storied rivalry with one of, if not, the best traveling trophies in the state. This time it's more than just a rivalry, as the winner will claim an outright region title.No. 3 Highland @ No. 2 East Friday 7pm
East is 8-0 and can claim the outright region 6 title with a win over their rival. Highland, the defending 4A state champions, have dealt with injuries to star players and can make a huge statement with a win that the title still goes through them.No. 1 Hurricane @ No. 2 Desert Hills Thursday 7pm
This is the game of the year in Southern Utah. The Tigers have been dominant this season. They boast double digit wins over West Jordan (5A) and Skyline (4A). Their smallest margin of victory has been 9 points. Desert Hills has also had an impressive season. The only blemish on their record is a 2-point loss to Syracuse (5A). The winner of this clash will likely take home the region 9 championship.No. 2 Millard @ No. 3 Manti Friday 7pm
Manti's only loss this season was against Juan Diego and they boast a win over Delta, the 4th ranked team in 4A. Millard has also had in impressive season dominating 2A competition. The winner of this game wins the 2A North title and will establish themselves as the team with the best chance to challenge San Juan in 2A.Grantsville @ Stansbury Thursday 7pm
The Stansbury Stallions are having a banner season and are very close to breaking into the top five in 3A. Grantsville is also enjoying a terrific season and these Tooele county neighbors meet on Thursday with the winner claiming at least a share of the Region 11 title.
There was a slight change in 5A as Alta has moved past Bingham to claim the No. 2 ranking.
Following Bingham in the poll is Jordan at No. 4 and Fremont at No. 5.
No. 1 Lone Peak can clinch a share of the region 4 title with a win over Riverton.
Fremont can win the outright region 1 title with a win over Layton
Following Logan and East in the 4A poll at No. 3 is Highland.
The freshman phenom continued his terrific season rushing for 275 yards and four touchdowns in the Beetdiggers 49-35 win over CottonwoodSteve Bate QB Springville
The Red Devils continued their late season charge led by the arm of Bate. He was 18/25 passing for 407 yards and 6 touchdowns in a 40-0 win over Provo.Braxton Peterson/Prentiss Miller Pine View
The quarterback/running back combo combined for 379 yards and six touchdowns. Peterson rushed for 176 yards and 5 scores while Miller had 203 yards and a score in a win over Canyon View.Patrick Baker RB/S South Sevier
Baker returned an interception 75 yards for a touchdown and also ran back a kickoff 94 yards for a score to go along with 10 tackles and a sack leading the Rams to their first victory of the season.Hayden Babka Jordan
Babka had 13 tackles, 2.5 sacks and an interception in the Diggers big win over Cottonwood.
Skyline has moved back into the poll at No. 4 with Timpview coming in at No. 5.
There are two big games in 4A this week with East hosting rival Highland and Skyline hosting rival Olympus for the region 8 championship.
Hurricane remains at No. 1 in 3A followed by Desert Hills. The Thunder move past three time defending champion Juan Diego at No. 2. The Thunder hosts the Tigers in a 1 vs. 2 matchup that will likely determine the Region 9 championship.
Juan Diego is now ranked 3rd followed by Delta and Judge who makes their first appearance this season in the top five.
San Juan continues to add to the state's longest current win streak. The Broncos have tied the 96-98 Rich Rebels for the 2nd longest winning streak in state history with 28.
Millard is No. 2 followed by Manti. Both schools will finally meet on the football field Friday to determine the 2A north title.
They are followed by South Summit at No. 4 and Enterprise enters the top five at No. 5.
Duchesne is No. 1 in 1A followed by Monticello. The Eagles will host the Buckaroos in what could be a preview of the 1A state championship.
Layton Christian moves up to No. 3 followed by Rich and Diamond Ranch.