The Utah High School Activities Association released the brackets for the upcoming state football playoffs on Saturday morning, with two Tooele County squads earning the right to host their postseason openers.
Grantsville (5-5 overall) earned the No. 6 seed in Class 3A, which will allow the Cowboys to host a first-round game on Friday. In Class 4A, Stansbury (7-2) is the No. 6 seed, which earned the Stallions a first-round bye and a second-round home game. Tooele (2-7) is the No. 20 seed, and the Buffaloes will hit the road for a first-round game Friday evening.
Stansbury will get a week off — its second bye in three weeks — to prepare for the winner of Friday night’s game in Orem between 11th-seeded Mountain View and No. 22 Uintah. The Stallions will welcome the Bruins or Utes at 6 p.m. Oct. 30, with the winner facing either No. 3 Snow Canyon, No. 14 Logan or No. 19 Hurricane in a quarterfinal game Nov. 6.
Meanwhile, Tooele will be back in action following an unplanned bye, caused by the COVID-19 outbreak at THS. The Buffs will face a familiar foe on Friday at 4 p.m., traveling to Eagle Mountain to face No. 13 Cedar Valley, with the winner facing No. 4 Ridgeline next week in the second round. The Aviators (5-4) held off the Buffs for a 23-21 win on Sept. 25 at CVHS.
There are six first-round games in Class 4A: Tooele-Cedar Valley, Mountain View-Uintah, Logan-Hurricane, Crimson Cliffs-Canyon View, Desert Hills-Mountain Crest and Ogden-Ben Lomond. The top-10 teams received first-round byes: No. 1 Sky View, No. 2 Pine View, No. 3 Snow Canyon, No. 4 Ridgeline, No. 5 Park City, No. 6 Stansbury, No. 7 Green Canyon, No. 8 Cedar City, No. 9 Dixie and No. 10 Bear River. The top eight teams will host second-round games, with higher seeds hosting the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds before the Class 4A state championship game, scheduled for Nov. 21 at Dixie State University in St. George.
Grantsville stumbled a bit down the stretch, but was rewarded for its strength of schedule. The Cowboys faced No. 2 Morgan, No. 3 Summit Academy, No. 7 Juan Diego and No. 10 South Summit in Region 13 play, and also took on No. 5 North Sanpete, No. 8 San Juan, No. 9 Manti, No. 12 Delta and Class 2A No. 1 Beaver in the preseason.
The Cowboys will face No. 11 Emery in the first round Friday at 6 p.m. in Grantsville. The Spartans and Cowboys were in the same region from 2013-2018, with Grantsville winning five of the six meetings. The winner of Friday’s game will face Summit Academy or No. 14 American Leadership Academy in the quarterfinals Oct. 30.
Top-seeded Juab received a bye when No. 16 Grand and No. 17 Carbon both opted out of the postseason. That leaves six other first-round matchups on the docket for Friday night: No. 15 South Sevier at Morgan; American Leadership Academy at Summit Academy; No. 13 Union at No. 4 Richfield; Delta at North Sanpete; South Summit at Juan Diego and Manti at San Juan.
Quarterfinal games will be played Oct. 30 at the higher seed’s home field. The semifinals are set for Nov. 6 at Southern Utah University’s Eccles Coliseum in Cedar City, with Dixie State hosting the Class 3A championship game Nov. 14.