The 2020 high school football season is almost complete, with the postseason set to begin Oct. 22.
For Stansbury and Grantsville, that means one more opportunity to work out any bugs before it’s win-or-go-home time. It will be tough for both the Stallions and Cowboys to do that in Week 9, though not for the same reasons.
Neither team had much time to prepare for this week’s games, which are being played Wednesday night. Grantsville played Friday night in Draper, while Stansbury was at home Thursday night against Ogden. Fortunately for the Stallions, they aren’t likely to be tested too much by a Uintah team that has lost 17 consecutive games.
The same can’t be said for Grantsville, which is facing red-hot Morgan on the road. There is a lot at stake for the Cowboys, as a win would put them in a three-way tie for second place in Region 13 with Juan Diego and the winner of the Summit Academy-South Summit game. A loss would put them in a tie for fourth place with the Summit Academy-South Summit loser.
Here’s a closer look at Wednesday’s games.
Stansbury Stallions (6-2, 4-1 Region 10) at Uintah Utes (0-9, 0-6)
Where: Uintah High School, 1880 W. 500 North, Vernal
When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Last Week: Stansbury beat Ogden, 62-10; Uintah lost to Ben Lomond, 30-14
All-Time Series: Stansbury leads 5-0
Last Meeting: at Stansbury 55, Uintah 10; Oct. 18, 2019
The Scoop: This is a matchup of two programs at complete opposite ends of the spectrum. With six wins this season, Stansbury has as many victories as Uintah has enjoyed in the past five seasons combined. The Stallions are preparing for what they hope is a deep postseason run, while the Utes will likely wrap up their season next week in the first round of the state playoffs.
Stansbury hasn’t gone easy on anybody this season, regardless of record. While Region 10 isn’t as strong this season as it has been in years past, the Stallions’ margin of victory is still impressive. In their four wins over Cedar Valley, Tooele, Ben Lomond and Ogden, the Stallions are averaging 58 points per game and allowing 14.8 points per contest.
Meanwhile, it has been another trying season for Uintah, with all but two of the Utes’ losses coming by 20 points or more as their region losing streak has reached 28 games, dating back to their first region contest of the 2016 season. The closest the Utes have come to winning this season was a 13-10 loss to Class 2A North Summit in the opener, along with a 28-21 loss to Ogden in Region 10 play.
Grantsville Cowboys (5-4, 1-2 Region 13) at Morgan Trojans (4-2, 3-0)
Where: Morgan High School, 55 N. 200 East, Morgan
When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Last Week: Grantsville lost to Juan Diego, 41-24; Morgan beat South Summit, 55-13
All-Time Series: Morgan leads 52-29-2
Last Meeting: at Grantsville 34, Morgan 18; Oct. 18, 2019
The Scoop: Defending state champion Morgan has separated itself from the rest of the Region 13 pack, and appears to be one of the top teams in Class 3A yet again. The Trojans’ only two losses were to Class 4A Bear River and Snow Canyon in their first two games of the season, and nobody has come within three touchdowns of them in region play. In fact, the Trojans are averaging 53.3 points per game in their wins over Summit Academy, South Summit and Juan Diego while allowing just 17 per contest.
Grantsville is hoping to get back on track before the postseason starts next week, having lost three of four after winning four of its first five games to open the season. A week after putting up 45 points in an impressive win against Summit Academy, the Cowboys were held scoreless for the first three-plus quarters of a loss to Juan Diego. They’ll need their offense to be firing on all cylinders to keep up with Morgan’s high-scoring attack.