Perhaps Stansbury and Tooele will indeed vie for the Region 7 championship in football.
After two games MaxPreps ranks Stansbury (1-1) as the 11th top 5A team in the state and the best in Region 7. Tooele (2-0) is ranked as the 18th best team in 5A and second in Region 7. Maxpreps has Cedar Valley as 22nd in 5A and third in Region 7 with Mountain View 23rd and fourth in the region.
Region 7 and its eight teams don’t appear to be worldbeaters in the 32-team 5A division. After Mountain View at 23rd, Payson sits at 26th, Timpanogas 30th, Uintah 31st and Hillcrest 32nd.
It’s a different story with 5A Region 8 as their five teams are currently ranked Timpview first, Orem second, Alta eighth, Lehi 13th, and Jordan 27th.
I suppose these rankings don’t mean much now. The season ends Oct. 15 and the next day the 5A tournament brackets will be revealed according to the RPI. It will be good if Stansbury and Tooele rank high enough to earn home playoff games on Oct. 22-23.
Tooele hosts region opponent Uintah (32st) on Friday while Stansbury travels back to Cache County and Utah State University’s Maverik Stadium to face Logan ranked seventh in 4A’s 13-team league. Last week, the Stallions tangled with the highest rated team in 4A Ridgeline. The Stallions’ first Region 7 game is set for Sept. 3 at home against Uintah.
Grantsville started the season with two narrow losses to a pair of strong opponents Provo and Beaver. MaxPreps currently ranks the Cowboys as the fourth best team in 3A behind Morgan first, Juab second, Juan Diego third, Grantsville fourth. North Sanpete rounds out the top five in the 12-team 3A division.
Morgan, Juan Diego and Grantsville will battle to win the 3A North Region. Other teams in the region are Ogden, Ben Lomond and Union. MaxPreps has Ogden seventh in 3A, Ben Lomond 11th and Union 10th.
Grantsville hosts Manti Friday at 7 p.m. The Templars defeated Union 19-7 and lost to 2A Delta 14-7. Manti is currently rated eighth in 3A in the computer ratings.
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