There are three homecomings on tap for Tooele County football teams this Friday — on different levels.
At Tooele High, it’s homecoming week as the Buffaloes seek their second consecutive victory, playing host to a suddenly surging Cedar Valley squad. Meanwhile, Stansbury hits the road again after suffering its first Region 10 loss of the season, with the added motivation of giving coach Eric Alder his first win over a Ben Lomond squad he led for five seasons.
Grantsville, which demolished Judge Memorial in its homecoming game last week, travels to Kamas to face South Summit in the Wildcats’ homecoming contest.
Here’s a closer look at Friday’s games.
Cedar Valley Aviators
(2-4, 2-1 Region 10,
No. 18 in RPI)
at Tooele Buffaloes
(3-3, 2-1, No. 9 in RPI)
Where: Buffalo Stadium, Tooele High School, 301 W. Vine Street, Tooele
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
All-time series: First meeting
Last week: Cedar Valley beat Uintah 37-0; Tooele beat Ogden 21-14
The scoop: Tooele came up with the big plays when it needed them most last week against Ogden, picking up its second Region 10 victory of the season. The Buffaloes are in position to take another step forward this week against first-year school Cedar Valley, but the Aviators are riding a little momentum of their own.
Cedar Valley lost its first four games of its inaugural season, including a blowout loss to Stansbury in the Region 10 opener. However, the Aviators have since rolled past Ben Lomond and Uintah over the past two weeks, outscoring the Scots and Utes by a combined score of 72-0. They’ve thrown for 739 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions, while racking up 280 yards and three TDs on the ground after rushing for just 167 yards over their first four games combined.
The Buffaloes are an entirely different beast from those two winless squads, though. Tooele ran for 323 yards against Ogden and have 1,305 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground. The Buffs also have 694 yards and six TDs through the air. Nukuluve Helu has rushed for 793 yards and seven TDs, and Gavin Ware has 236 rushing yards and three TDs. Joe Douglas has 14 catches for 297 yards and three scores.
The winner of Friday’s game will likely find itself in a three-way tie for second place in the region standings, as Stansbury faces winless Ben Lomond, and undefeated Park City and Mountain View play each other.
(3-3, 2-1 Region 10,
No. 6 in RPI)
at Ben Lomond Scots
(0-6, 0-3, No. 21 in RPI)
Where: Spence Eccles Ogden Community Sports Complex, 1950 Monroe Blvd., Ogden
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
All-time series: Stansbury leads 8-0
Last meeting: Stansbury 35, at Ben Lomond 28; Oct. 5, 2018
Last week: Stansbury lost to Park City 38-14; Ben Lomond lost to Mountain View 45-0
The scoop: Ben Lomond has given Stansbury fits over the past few years on its home field, twice coming within a touchdown of the Stallions. However, the man who coached those Scots teams — Eric Alder — is now on the Stansbury sideline, and the Stallions would love to give their first-year coach a win in his return to his old stomping grounds.
Most importantly, Stansbury wants to bounce back after a tough outing last week in Park City. On paper, Friday’s game shouldn’t be a difficult task, as Ben Lomond hasn’t scored in its past four games, and has been shut out five times overall outside of a 31-27 loss to American Leadership Academy in Week 2. The Scots have given up 259 points for an average of 43.2 points per game, including a 60-0 loss to a Tooele team that Stansbury beat 38-0.
Friday’s game could be the perfect opportunity for the Stallions to get their offense going. The Scots have allowed 722 rushing yards and 670 passing yards in their three region losses, a good omen for a Stansbury team averaging 421.7 yards of total offense this season. Look for quarterback Kru Huxford (180.8 passing yards per game), Tommy Christopherson (136.7 rushing yards per game) and Gabe Harris (124.8 receiving yards per game) to play big roles for SHS on Friday night in Ogden.
(4-2, 1-0 Region 13,
No. 4 in RPI)
at South Summit Wildcats (2-3, 0-1, No. 8 in RPI)
Where: South Summit High School, 45 S. 300 East, Kamas
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Since 1970: Grantsville leads 18-10
Last meeting: South Summit 27, at Grantsville 14; Sept. 22, 2000
Last week: Grantsville beat Judge Memorial 52-0; South Summit lost to Juan Diego 31-0
The scoop: South Summit is suffering some growing pains in its first season in Class 3A after winning the Class 2A state championship last year. Meanwhile, Grantsville appears to be hitting its stride after a pair of close losses to Manti and North Sanpete early in the season, and would like to build on a dominant defensive performance from a week ago.
The Wildcats’ two wins were a 26-0 victory over Class 2A North Summit, along with a 7-6 win at Grand in a rematch of last year’s 2A title game. They lost 38-9 to Milford, last year’s Class 1A champion, and fell 32-0 to 2A semifinalist Beaver and 31-0 to Juan Diego in the Region 13 opener. South Summit’s struggling offense, averaging 7.0 points per game, faces a tough uphill battle against a Cowboys squad that has given up 20 points or fewer in five of six games. Kaden Kelley continues to terrorize opposing offenses, recording two sacks, three interceptions, four pass breakups, three fumble recoveries and 35 tackles, while Chace Gipson has broken up six passes.
Grantsville has also found its stride on the offensive side of the ball, scoring 129 points in wins over Delta, San Juan and Judge Memorial. The Cowboys’ multi-pronged attack features a brutally efficient passing game, with Jackson Sandberg and Logan White combining to complete 61.3% of their attempts for 978 yards and 13 touchdowns with just three interceptions. Ammon Bartley has caught 32 passes for 529 yards and six TDs.
On the ground, Trent Brown and James Fuluvaka average 120.8 yards per game, and they’ve combined for four TDs.