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HS football playoffs: Corner Canyon leads 4 Region 4 teams atop 6A; Brighton, Sky View, Juab, Beaver take top seeds

By Sean Walker, | Posted - Oct. 17, 2020 at 4:21 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY β€” The regular season is over.

It's time for the playoffs.

The Utah High School Activities Association released its final RPI ratings Saturday, and with them came the unveiling of the 2020 football state tournament brackets.

In a season unlike any other due to COVID-19 guidelines and a rash of cancelations across the state, a familiar name sits atop Utah's highest classification: Corner Canyon.

Not only the Chargers, but their region rivals claimed the top-four seeds in Class 6A. Brighton won top honors in 5A, as well as 4A Sky View, 3A Juab and 2A Beaver.

Here's how the first round shook out.

Class 6A

As expected, defending champion Corner Canyon secured the top seed after going unbeaten on a schedule that included a brutal Region 4 slate. But the Chargers' region swept the top-four seeds in the 6A bracket, meaning, No. 2 Lone Peak, No. 3 Skyridge and No. 4 American Fork all earned a first-round bye.

Also earning early byes are Kearns, Weber, Roy and Pleasant Grove.

Unlike in the other classifications, the semifinals on Nov. 12 and the championship game on Nov. 20 are still at a neutral site yet to be determined.

First-round games (Oct. 23)

No. 17 Westlake at No. 16 Hunter, 5:30 p.m.

No. 24 Granger at No. 9 Bingham, 5:30 p.m.

No. 20 Copper Hills at No. 13 Fremont, 6 p.m.

No. 21 Clearfield at No. 12 East, 6 p.m.

No. 18 Layton at No. 15 Riverton, 6 p.m.

No. 23 Jordan at No. 10 West, 6 p.m.

No. 19 West Jordan at No. 14 Herriman, 6 p.m.

No. 22 Syracuse at No. 11 Davis, 4 p.m.

Class 5A

After clinching the Region 6 title with a 52-21 win at Highland, Brighton secured the No. 1 overall seed by virtue of the RPI. The Bengals are opposite two-time defending champion and second-seeded Orem, while Bonneville and Salem Hills round out the top-four seeds. Fresh off the annual rivalry game for The Rock, Olympus and Skyline joined Wasatch, Maple Mountain, and Timpview in earning a bye in the first round, which will include just seven games.

The state semifinals and championship game will be held at Greater Zion Stadium in St. George on Nov. 13 and Nov. 21, respectively.

First-round games (Oct. 23)

No. 17 Spanish Fork at No. 16 Highland, 6 p.m.

No. 20 Woods Cross at No. 13 Box Elder, 6 p.m.

No. 21 Viewmont at No. 12 Lehi, 6 p.m.

No. 22 Murray at No. 11 Springville, 6 p.m.

No. 19 Farmington at No. 14 Alta, 6 p.m.

No. 23 Hillcrest at No. 10 Bountiful, 6 p.m.

No. 18 Provo at No. 15 Mountain Ridge, 6 p.m.

Class 4A

Undefeated Sky View has shown no reason to give up the top seed in the state, and the defending 4A champion Bobcats lead Pine View, Snow Canyon and Ridgeline into top-four berths.

Park City, Stansbury, Green Canyon, Bear River, Cedar, and Dixie also earned first-round byes. Among the most intriguing first-round matchups is an Iron Horse rivalry in the postseason; Ogden held off Ben Lomond 32-24 at home and will host the rematch next week.

First-round games (Oct. 23)

No. 17 Mountain Crest at No. 16 Desert Hills, 6 p.m.

No. 20 Tooele at No. 13 Cedar Valley, 6 p.m.

No. 21 Ben Lomond at No. 12 Ogden, 6 p.m.

No. 15 Canyon View at No. 18 Crimson Cliffs, 6 p.m.

No. 19 Hurricane at No. 14 Logan, 5 p.m.

No. 22 Uintah at No. 11 Mountain View, 6 p.m.

Class 3A

Top-seeded Juab takes a 9-1 record into the postseason, and the only first-round bye in the 15-team, single-elimination tournament. Defending champion Morgan drew the No. 2 seed, followed by Summit Academy and Richfield in the top four.

The 3A semifinals will be held Nov. 6 at Southern Utah's Eccles Coliseum and the championship game on Nov. 14 at 4:30 p.m. at Dixie State.

First-round games (Oct. 23)

No. 9 Manti at No. 8 San Juan, 6 p.m.

No. 4 Union at No. 13 Richfield, 6 p.m.

No. 12 Delta at No. 5 North Sanpete, 6 p.m.

No. 15 South Sevier at No. 2 Morgan, 6 p.m.

No. 10 South Summit at No. 7 Juan Diego, 6 p.m.

No. 14 American Leadership at No. 3 Summit Academy, 6 p.m.

No. 11 Emery at No. 6 Grantsville, 6 p.m.

Class 2A

Undefeated Beaver has been rolling through the regular season and earned the top seed for the four-round tournament. No. 2 Duchesne and No. 3 Kanab also earned first-round byes in 2A, which will host semifinals on Nov. 17 at SUU and the championship game on Nov. 14 at 11:30 a.m. at Dixie State.

First-round games

No. 9 North Sevier at No. 8 Millard, 6 p.m.

No. 13 Layton Christian at No. 4 Enterprise, 6 p.m.

No. 12 Rich at No. 5 North Summit, 6 p.m.

No. 10 Gunnison Valley at No. 7 Parowan, 6 p.m.

No. 11 Monticello at No. 6 Milford, 4 p.m.

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