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What players went above and beyond in week 9 of high school football? What teams shocked the state with impressive victories?
Top five performances of the week
Mitch Phillips RB Snow Canyon
Phillips stepped up when his team needed them most. The Warrior running back was a workhorse carrying the ball 37 times for 340 yards and three touchdowns. His monster game helped Snow Canyon upset a ranked Dixie team and keep their playoff hopes alive. Ty Rutledge QB Desert Hills
Rutledge had his best game at the best time for the Thunder. He passed for 219 yards and 3 touchdowns, rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown and also recovered a fumble for a touchdown. His impressive performance helped the Thunder end Hurricane's 20-game win streak and avenged their loss to the Tigers in the 2011 3A Championship. Michael Smith K Lone Peak
Smith was a hero earlier in the season when he nailed a 47-yard field goal to give Lone Peak a improbable come-from-behind win over Mountain Crest. He topped that last week by nailing a 58-yard field goal in Lone Peak's 17-13 win over Riverton. James Elkins RB Granger
His 176 yards rushing were impressive but it was how many times he found the end zone that got our attention. Elkins scored six touchdowns to lead Granger to a 56-35 win over West. Kale Leavitt Delta
Leavitt did it all for the Rabbits in an important region win over Juab. He rushed for 170 yards and three touchdowns but he also had three interceptions on defense and returned one for a score. He scored 26 of Delta's 43 points in the game. Most impressive teams of the week
Woods Cross had not beat its rival Bountiful since 1989. They had suffered through 21 straight defeats to the Braves since that last win. The Wildcats finally broke through Friday night and ended the streak with a 14-0 shutout in the rain. It also forced a three-way tie for second in Region 6. Desert Hills
Hurricane had won 20 straight games and had an even longer winning streak on their home field. Desert Hills ended that streak on Thursday and stunned the defending champions. Hurricane had a 28-7 lead with 8:13 left in the 3rd quarter but the Thunder would outscore Hurricane 39-10 the rest of the way in a game that went into triple overtime. If the Thunder defeat Cedar on Wednesday they will claim the No. 1 seed in Region 9. Snow Canyon
Not many gave Snow Canyon a chance to make the playoffs in a tough region that includes Hurricane, Dixie, Desert Hills and Pine View. The Warriors have exceeded expectations and turned heads Thursday night with a stunning upset of Dixie. Running back Mitch Phillips carried the ball 37 times and gained 340 yards and three touchdowns. With the win the Warriors are in position to make the playoffs if they beat Pine View on Wednesday. Orem
After a slow start to the season the Orem Tigers are hitting their stride. They crushed 5th ranked Maple Mountain last week 39-19. Quarterback Taylor Camp was 19-for-27 for 295 yards and three touchdowns. The Tigers have won 6 of their last 7 games and can clinch a No. 2 seed and home playoff game with a win Wednesday over Timpanogos. Olympus
The Skyline Eagles had a chance to win an outright region title for the first time since 2004. Olympus spoiled their rivals run at a title with an impressive performance that helped them earn a share of the Region 7 title. They did it with defense shutting out the Eagles in the 2nd half and holding them without a first down in the 3rd quarter. More important, the Titans won the battle of the rock and keep Utah's most famous traveling trophy in their trophy case for a 4th consecutive year.