It was an interesting Week 8 for Tooele County’s three high school football teams, with Grantsville and Tooele picking up big wins at home and Stansbury getting an unexpected week off when COVID-19 caused the cancellation of its game against Mountain View.
This week throws another curveball at Tooele and Stansbury, who will have less time to prepare for their next two games with Week 9’s games being on Thursday and Week 10’s games on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Grantsville has to hit the road for its final two games, which happen to be against two of the toughest teams they’ll face all season.
Here’s a closer look at this week’s games, with each team’s current ranking in the Ratings Percentage Index.
No. 12 Ogden Tigers (5-3, 2-3 Region 10) at No. 6 Stansbury Stallions (5-2, 3-1)
Where: Stallion Stadium, Stansbury High School; 5300 N. Stallion Way (Aberdeen Lane), Stansbury Park
When: Thursday, 7 p.m.
Last Week: Ogden lost to Cedar Valley, 37-27; Stansbury’s game against Mountain View was canceled
All-Time Series: Stansbury leads 6-1
Last Meeting: Stansbury 63, at Ogden 15; Oct. 10, 2019
The Scoop: Stansbury hasn’t played since its 70-7 demolition of Ben Lomond on Sept. 25, meaning it will have been 13 days since the last time the Stallions stepped on the field. They ought to be well-rested for their regular-season home finale, with Ogden posing an interesting challenge.
The Tigers have been inconsistent since the start of Region 10 play. They were blown out by Park City, but lost by just 10 to Mountain View. They beat Tooele by two touchdowns, but only beat winless Uintah by a single score. Last week, they lost by 10 at home against Cedar Valley. One thing is for sure: as goes running back Logan Shobe, so goes Ogden.
With the region title now out of reach because of last week’s cancellation, the Stallions will work toward using the next two games to fine-tune things for the playoffs. Their offense has been rock-solid all season, averaging 209 passing yards and 235 rushing yards per game. The defense has been equally good, racking up 37 tackles-for-loss, 19 sacks, seven interceptions and three fumble recoveries.
No. 21 Tooele Buffaloes (2-6, 2-3 Region 10) at No. 5 Park City Miners (6-2, 5-0)
Where: Park City High School, 1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City
When: Thursday, 7 p.m.
Last Week: Tooele beat Uintah, 34-14; Park City beat Ben Lomond, 48-7
Since 1970: Tooele leads 6-4
Last Meeting: Park City 31, at Tooele 0; Oct. 10, 2019
The Scoop: Tooele faces a steep uphill climb in its effort to build off of last week’s homecoming victory, as Park City is starting to look like the team that advanced to last season’s Class 4A championship game.
Stansbury is the only team to have challenged Park City in region play, with the Miners prevailing on a last-second Hail Mary pass. Every other region game has been decided by 20 points or more, including a 45-point win over an Ogden team that beat Tooele 21-7 earlier this season.
However, the Buffaloes are rarely out of a game, and they hope to give themselves a chance against Park City. In fact, if not for three missed red-zone opportunities against Ogden and a slow start against Cedar Valley, Tooele could be in the hunt for the top spot in Region 10 coming into this contest.
No. 6 Grantsville Cowboys (5-3, 1-1 Region 13) at No. 8 Juan Diego Soaring Eagle (3-5, 1-2)
Where: Juan Diego Catholic High School, 300 Kimballs Lane, Draper
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Last Week: Grantsville beat Summit Academy, 45-27; Juan Diego lost to Morgan, 49-28
All-Time Series: Juan Diego leads 15-1
Last Meeting: at Grantsville 32, Juan Diego 14; Oct. 10, 2019
The Scoop: The Cowboys looked like they might be headed for a third consecutive loss last week before ripping off 31 points in a row against Summit Academy. They’ll look to carry that momentum into Friday’s road game against Juan Diego, with the Soaring Eagle coming off two straight losses of their own.
Summit Academy beat Juan Diego in Week 7, but Grantsville shredded the Bears for more than 500 yards of total offense in a blowout win. Juan Diego blew out South Summit in its region opener, but has struggled in its past two games to put the Region 13 title out of reach. Another loss would bury the perennial powerhouse in the region basement, tied with whoever loses the South Summit-Summit Academy game in Week 10.
Grantsville is equally desperate for a win, as it faces a red-hot Morgan team on the road in Week 10 on a short turnaround. The Cowboys are also looking to solidify their spot in the RPI, with a top-eight seed meaning that they would get to host a first-round playoff game.