The Grantsville football team won its first region championship in 21 years by beating Morgan in Wednesday’s regular-season finale, but a shiny new addition to the school’s trophy case isn’t all the Cowboys got for beating the Trojans.
On Saturday morning, the Utah High School Activities Association revealed the brackets for the upcoming state playoffs, with Grantsville receiving the No. 3 seed in Class 3A. The Cowboys (8-2, 5-0 Region 13) will play host to No. 14 Union in the opening round of the playoffs Friday at 4 p.m.
The only two teams ahead of the Cowboys are No. 1 North Sanpete (9-1), the second-place team from Region 14 that beat Grantsville 7-6 in Week 1; and No. 2 Juab (9-1), the Region 14 champion that handed North Sanpete a 28-5 loss on Sept. 27. Manti, the only other team to beat Grantsville, is seeded fourth, followed by Morgan, San Juan, American Leadership Academy and Juan Diego.
Grantsville will carry a seven-game winning streak into Friday’s postseason opener, with the Cowboys’ last loss coming in a 12-7 setback against Manti on Aug. 30. Since then, no team has come within 10 points of Grantsville, and six of the Cowboys’ eight victories this season have come by at least 15 points. Union (2-8) is a familiar foe for GHS, as the two schools competed in the same region from 2013-18 and will meet for the 32nd time in the past 50 seasons.
The winner of the Grantsville-Union game will face either No. 6 San Juan or No. 11 Richfield in the quarterfinals Nov. 1. The Class 3A semifinals are Nov. 8 at Mountain View High School in Orem, while the state championship game is scheduled for Nov. 15 at Dixie State University in St. George.
In Class 4A, Stansbury (7-3) received the No. 6 seed, earning the Stallions a first-round bye and a second-round home game. The Stallions, who finished second to Park City in Region 10, will face the winner of Friday’s first-round matchup between No. 11 Mountain Crest and No. 22 Uintah on Nov. 1 at 4 p.m. at Stallion Stadium. Stansbury beat Uintah (1-9) 55-10 in Wednesday’s regular-season finale, and lost to Mountain Crest (4-6) 17-7 in Week 4 of the 2018 season.
Stansbury won six of its final seven games, with its only loss in that stretch coming on the road against undefeated Park City in Week 6.
Tooele (4-6) also earned a first-round bye as Class 4A’s No. 10 seed, but will open the postseason on the road against No. 7 Mountain View (8-2) on Nov. 1 in Orem. The Bruins beat the Buffaloes 34-7 in the final game of the regular season on Friday, and lead the all-time series between the schools 3-0.
Park City earned the No. 1 seed, with Sky View at No. 2, Dixie at No. 3 and Green Canyon at No. 4. No. 5 Pine View, No. 6 Stansbury, No. 7 Mountain View and No. 8 Desert Hills all earned second-round home games, while No. 9 Snow Canyon and No. 10 Tooele captured first-round byes.
The Class 4A championship is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 22 at a venue to be determined. The semifinals will be played between Nov. 14-16 at a neutral site, with the quarterfinals to be hosted by the higher-seeded remaining teams Nov. 8-9.