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A look at the state football playoffs for 4A

Sky View celebrates after their game-winning field goal during a high school football game at Ridgeline High School in Millville on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020.

Sky View celebrates after their game-winning field goal during a high school football game at Ridgeline High School in Millville on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. (Yukai Peng, KSL)



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SALT LAKE CITY — In the last two years, the 4A state football playoffs ended in a similar fashion: Sky View hoisting the championship trophy into the air, completing back-to-back dominant seasons.

But with a 27-game winning streak snapped and Sky View finishing the 2021 season with a 6-4 record, a new team may be crowned champion on Nov. 12 at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

Last year's champion: Sky View

Teams with a bye: No. 1 Desert Hills (9-1), No. 2 Ridgeline (10-0), No. 3 Green Canyon (7-2)

Team to beat this year: Ridgeline

Although Ridgeline was edged out by Desert Hills for the No. 1 spot in the final 4A RPI rankings, the RiverHawks were one of two teams in the entire state to finish with a perfect 10-0 record — the other was 2A's South Summit.

The RiverHawks led 4A in both offensive and defensive, scoring 44.4 points per game and giving up only 12.6 points per game. Week by week, the RiverHawks knocked off team after team with an obliterating 31.8 point average margin of victory.

Going into the playoffs, Ridgeline players finished the regular season atop of the classification in almost every offensive category: Kaden Cox in passing touchdowns (41) and passing yards (2,851); Noah White in rushing yards (1,465); Jackson Olsen in receiving touchdowns (13); and Stratford Simmons in receiving yards (928).

Team likely to upset: Crimson Cliffs

In Crimson Cliffs' inaugural year, the Mustangs finished the 2019 season just 1-9 and lost in the first round of the playoffs. Now, in the school's third year, Crimson Cliffs finished 6-4 and had the best defense in Region 7, giving up just 11.7 points per game.

The Mustangs had opportunities to win in each of the losses to 4A foes but could not find ways to complete a full 48 minutes. Against No. 4 Dixie, they were tied 10-10 going into the fourth quarter; they led 7-6 going into the fourth quarter over No. 1 Desert Hills; and they had a 13-7 advantage at the half against No. 3 Green Canyon.

The only other loss on the schedule comes from the No. 2 seeded team in 5A's Timpview where they were narrowly defeated 30-25.

With a few adjustments in learning how to closeout games, the Mustangs could be a team to watch during the 4A football state playoffs.

Weekend's schedule: All games played on Oct. 22

  • No. 8 Snow Canyon v. No. 9 Pine View, 6 p.m.
  • No. 4 Dixie v. No. 13 Bear River, 4 p.m.
  • No. 5 Sky View v. No. 12 Hurricane, 4 p.m.
  • No. 7 Logan v. No. 10 Cedar, 4 p.m.
  • No. 6 Crimson Cliffs v. No. 11 Mountain Crest, 6 p.m.

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