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Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News HS Football Top 20+1: Royals take big leap as unbeatens fall with region play

By Sports | Posted - Sep. 22, 2020 at 8:31 a.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — After six weeks of the 2020 high school football season, region play has arrived.

And with it come more teams falling from the ranks of the unbeatens.

Top-ranked Corner Canyon handed Pleasant Grove its first loss of the year, but that was hardly the most surprising all-undefeated upset of the week.

Roy scored 15 points in the final 68 seconds, including Parker Kingston’s 20-yard strike to Ethan Ecker with 14 seconds left to rally past previously unbeaten Davis, 48-47, in a Friday night classic in Region 1.

Those two games shook up the Top 10 in this week’s Top 20+1, plus Skyridge’s rout of previously unbeaten American Fork.

Here’s how the rest of the chips fell Friday night.

1. Corner Canyon (6-0)

The Chargers won their 32nd-straight game, the longest active winning streak in the state, with a 38-7 blitz of the Vikings (5-1). Jaxson Dart threw for 318 yards and four touchdowns, including three touchdowns and 212 yards to fellow senior Noah Kjar, in ranking among the top passers in the country, according to MaxPreps.

2. Skyridge (6-0)

The Falcons’ win over American Fork wasn’t as surprising as its 41-9 near-shutout of a Cavemen squad that featured nine-touchdown throwing quarterback Maddux Madsen a week earlier.

3. Lone Peak (6-0)

The Knights’ 5.0 points-per-game defense lived up to the hype in a 33-7 win at Westlake to open Region 4 play with a win.

4. Brighton (6-0)

The Bengals are 6-0 after Gabe Curtis rushed for a pair of touchdowns to hold off Springville, 28-21, on the road. Brighton’s key Region 5 matchup with Skyline has been postponed as a result of four positive tests for COVID-19 in the Eagles’ program.

5. American Fork (5-1)

The Cavemen’s high-powered offense was derailed by the Falcons, scoring just 9 points. Can AF regain momentum against Westlake on Friday.

6. Roy (6-0)

The Royals made the biggest jump up nine spots after handing Davis its first loss of the year, and became the team to beat in Region 1 in the process.

7. Pleasant Grove (5-1)

The Vikings' loss at Corner Canyon was frustrating, if not disappointing. But more disappointing was the loss of dynamic rusher Rex Connors, who did not play in the game.

8. Kearns (6-0)

The Cougars are unbeaten in region play after a 38-0 shutout of West Jordan.

9. Davis (5-1)

The Darts' season is far from over after giving up 15 points in the final 68 seconds of falling to Roy on the last play of the game.

10. Orem (3-2)

The Tigers had a bye last week.

11. Salem Hills (5-0)

The Skyhawks are still the team to beat in Region 8 after holding off Spanish Fork, 41-34. But a new challenger awaits from the Heber Valley.

12. Sky View (6-0)

The Bobcats are still unbeaten thanks to Kasen Erickson’s field goal in a 17-14 win at Ridgeline, but were held to their lowest scoring game of the season for both squads.

13. Bingham (3-2)

The Miners are gaining momentum, most recently through a 44-10 win over Herriman, before this week’s much-anticipated Region 3 clash with new rival East.

14. Skyline (6-0)

The Eagles' 63-10 win at Murray set up a highly desired clash with Brighton, but as with most things during 2020, COVID-19 had other plans.

15. Snow Canyon (5-0)

The Warriors' 28-21 win at Desert Hills wasn’t easy, but keeps them in the drivers' seat for a Region 9 title. This week’s matchup with Dixie looms large, though.

16. Lehi (4-2)

The Pioneers bounced back from an overtime loss to Pleasant Grove with a 35-21 win at Provo.

17. Wasatch (5-1)

The Wasps enter the rankings at No. 17 thanks to a 49-20 upset of Maple Mountain, establishing the Wasps as a contender in Region 8.

18. Maple Mountain (4-2)

Do losses to Wasatch and PG show cracks in the Golden Eagles' foundation?

19. Beaver (5-0)

The first 2A team to enter the rankings does so after going undefeated through five weeks — a feat at any level — and a 42-20 win over Grantsville. The Beavers have two 500-plus yard rushers in EJ Allred and Turner Williams, and Allred is an option in open space, too.

20. Ridgeline (4-1)

The Riverhawks gave Sky View a scare before suffering their first loss of the year.


Park City 33, Stansbury 28

The Stallions nearly moved to 5-1 when Kru Huxford plunged into the end zone with a 1-yard run with 28 seconds left. But Park City had just enough time for a Hail Mary, and Chase Beyer hit Riley Finlayson with an improbable 29-yard heave at the horn to escape with the road win and improve to 4-2.

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