Tooele County took it on the chin in last week’s high-school football action, with Stansbury losing to Park City on a last-second Hail Mary pass and Grantsville and Tooele both losing by multiple scores on the road.
As unkind as Week 6 of the 2020 season was, Week 7 brings with it a heightened sense of optimism — and urgency. Grantsville faces South Summit at home in its Region 13 opener Friday night, while Stansbury will play host to a Ben Lomond team that has never beaten the Stallions. Tooele hits the road to face Cedar Valley, and the Buffaloes will have revenge on their mind after the Aviators spoiled their homecoming game a year ago.
Here’s a closer look at this week’s games, with each team’s current ranking in the Ratings Percentage Index.
No. 10 South Summit Wildcats (3-3, 0-1 Region 13) at No. 6 Grantsville Cowboys (4-2, 0-0)
Where: Cowboy Stadium, Grantsville High School; 155 E. Cherry Street, Grantsville
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Last Week: South Summit lost to Juan Diego, 58-7; Grantsville lost to Beaver, 42-20
Since 1970: Grantsville leads 19-10
Last Meeting: Grantsville 28, at South Summit 13; Sept. 27, 2019
The Scoop: The Cowboys’ four-game winning streak was snapped last week by a stacked Beaver team, and they’ll be eager to get back on the winning track now that the Region 13 season is under way. On the other side, South Summit is looking to bounce back from a disastrous loss to Juan Diego in its last outing.
Grantsville had a season-low 214 yards of total offense against Beaver, including just 54 yards on the ground — a week after torching San Juan for 287 rushing yards. The Cowboys also allowed 42 points to the Beavers after giving up just 30 over its previous four games combined.
South Summit has been hit-or-miss this season, holding North Summit, Grand and Payson to 22 combined points in its three wins, though the Braves, Red Devils and Lions have a combined record of 5-13 this season. However, the Wildcats have also been outscored 151-37 in blowout losses to Milford, Beaver and Juan Diego, meaning the opportunity is there for the Cowboys’ explosive offense to make some big plays.
No. 18 Ben Lomond Scots (2-4, 0-3 Region 10) at No. 6 Stansbury Stallions (4-2, 2-1)
Where: Stallion Stadium, Stansbury High School; 5300 N. Stallion Way (Aberdeen Lane), Stansbury Park
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Last Week: Stansbury lost to Park City, 33-28; Ben Lomond lost to Mountain View, 49-10
All-Time Series: Stansbury leads 9-0
Last Meeting: Stansbury 49, at Ben Lomond 7; Sept. 27, 2019
The Scoop: Stansbury no longer controls its own destiny in the Region 10 championship race after last week’s heartbreaking loss, but it can maintain its grip on a high RPI ranking and earn a chance to host a second-round playoff game if it continues to win games. A visit from Ben Lomond represents the Stallions’ first chance to get back on the winning track.
Stansbury has never lost to the Scots, dating back to 2011. In fact, the Stallions’ nine victories over Ben Lomond are tied for the most wins SHS has against any opponent (the Stallions are 9-3 against Tooele). Most of the games have been blowouts, with the exceptions being a pair of 35-28 Stallions wins in 2016 and 2018, when current SHS coach Eric Alder was on the Ben Lomond sideline.
The Scots have more victories this season than they had in the previous three seasons combined, but picking up a win on Stansbury’s home field is asking a lot for a program that is just 1-19 in region play since 2017. However, Ben Lomond gave Cedar Valley all it could handle in Week 5 before losing to the Aviators by a touchdown, so the Scots aren’t exactly a pushover.
No. 20 Tooele Buffaloes (1-5, 1-2 Region 10) at No. 16 Cedar Valley Aviators (3-3, 2-1)
Where: Cedar Valley High School, 1389 E. Aviator Ave., Eagle Mountain
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Last Week: Tooele lost to Ogden, 21-7; Cedar Valley beat Uintah, 42-13
All-Time Series: Cedar Valley leads 1-0
Last Meeting: Cedar Valley 28, at Tooele 24; Sept. 27, 2019
The Scoop: Last year’s homecoming loss left a bitter taste in the Buffaloes’ mouths, as the Aviators came from behind to squeak past Tooele in 2019. The Buffs would love nothing more than to pick up a win on Cedar Valley’s home turf this time around, particularly because it would even the Buffs’ Region 10 record at 2-2 and pull them within a game of Stansbury and the Park City-Mountain View loser for a share of second place.
Tooele will look to avoid the same kind of missed opportunities that plagued it in last week’s loss to Ogden. The Buffs reached the red zone three times, only to come away empty-handed each time. They’ll need to put points on the board in what figures to be an evenly matched game against Cedar Valley — a key contest for both teams, given that they both face Park City and Mountain View in the final two weeks.
For comparison’s sake, the Aviators beat Ben Lomond 28-21 last week, while Tooele beat the Scots 35-6 in their region opener. Cedar Valley lost to Stansbury 56-21 a week before the Buffs lost to the Stallions 44-21.