For fans who like high-scoring football, Stallion Stadium may be the place to be on Friday afternoon.
Two of Class 4A’s most prolific offenses will meet in the state quarterfinals as Region 11 co-champion Stansbury and Pine View, the third-place team from Region 9, meet with a trip to Rice-Eccles Stadium for next week’s semifinals on the line. Both teams are coming off of historic offensive performances, with Pine View’s 68-50 win over Logan representing the highest-scoring playoff game in Utah high school football history and Stansbury’s 57-43 win over Mountain View ranking 10th all-time.
While both teams love to put points on the board, the way they go about it couldn’t be any more different. The Stallions (7-3) feature a triple-option attack, heavy on the run, though they have show the ability to make plays in the passing game at times. Stansbury ran for 570 yards in last week’s win over Mountain View, marking the third time the Stallions have broken the 500-yard barrier in a game this season. They have multiple threats, led by senior Silas Young, who has 1,227 yards and 16 touchdowns in 10 games. Kaeden Kincaid has 865 yards and 11 TDs on 75 carries, averaging 11.5 yards per attempt. Quarterback Austin Woodhouse has rushed for 724 yards and seven scores to go with 455 yards and four TDs through the air, and senior Jet Richins has 478 rushing yards and five TDs.
On the other side, the Panthers (7-3) feature more of a balanced attack. Last week against Logan, quarterbacks Dallin Brown and Macloud Crowton combined to go 24-for-41 for 295 yards and two touchdowns through the air, and Brown rushed for 211 yards and five scores. Tosh Wright ran for 191 yards and three TDs as PV had nearly 700 yards of total offense on 83 plays.
PV’s passing attack could pose a problem for a Stansbury defense that has allowed some big plays through the air in recent weeks. The Stallions gave up 184 passing yards and three touchdowns in the fourth quarter of last week’s win over Mountain View, narrowly beat a winless Ben Lomond team, gave up three passing TDs against Park City and gave up 240 passing yards against Ogden. The rushing defense has been stout, but Stansbury will have to apply more pressure against Brown and Crowton and get a strong effort from its secondary to slow down Pine View’s attack.
However, the Panthers have also given up some big numbers this season. Logan had 687 yards of offense, including 508 yards and five TDs through the air. They gave up 271 rushing yards in a 52-44 loss to Desert Hills and 221 rushing yards in a 20-14 loss to Dixie.
Defensively, the Stallions are led by Richins, who had 115 tackles, three sacks and 10 tackles-for-loss. Payton Didericksen had 88 tackles, three sacks and nine tackles-for-loss, and Jake Spaulding is the Stallions’ leading tackler in the secondary with 68 stops. Jordon Snow has a team-high four quarterback sacks and Dillon Carpenter has three. Conner Kincaid leads the team with nine pass breakups and is one of four Stallions with two interceptions — Richins, Kooper Roundy and Tommy Christopherson are the others.
The winner of Friday’s game, which begins at 4 p.m. will advance to the Class 4A semifinals, where they will meet the winner of the Mountain Crest-Orem game next Friday at 6 p.m. at Rice-Eccles Stadium on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City. The state championship game is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Nov. 16 at Rice-Eccles Stadium.