It’s a big week for Tooele County’s three high school football teams.
Stansbury travels to Park City on Friday night to face the Miners, with the winner remaining unbeaten in Region 10 play and gaining the inside track to the region title. Tooele plays host to Ogden in just its second home game of the season, and the Buffaloes and Tigers are both desperate to get back on the winning track.
In Grantsville, the Cowboys are celebrating homecoming week, as well as the beginning of Region 13 play with a home game against Judge Memorial after an impressive win last week on the road against San Juan.
Here’s a closer look at Friday’s games.
(3-2, 2-0 Region 10, No. 6 in Ratings Percentage Index) at Park City Miners
(5-0, 2-0, No. 1 in RPI)
Where: Park City High School, 1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Last week: Stansbury beat Tooele 38-0; Park City beat Ogden 59-14
All-time series: Stansbury leads 8-1
Last meeting: at Stansbury 47, Park City 27; Sept. 28, 2018
The scoop: On Friday, the Miners will look to prove they deserve their top RPI billing on their homecoming night, while the visiting Stallions are hoping to maintain their grip on the region championship they’ve earned each of the past three seasons.
Park City, playing its 900th game in school history, is averaging 48.8 points per game this season and allowing just 14.6. The Miners are led by dual-threat quarterback Jack Skidmore, who has thrown for 712 yards, 12 touchdowns and just two interceptions while rushing for 248 yards and two scores. Dylan Bauer is Park City’s leading rusher with 510 yards and five TDs, and Mark McCurdy has 18 catches for 308 yards and seven TDs. Chase Johansen is the Miners’ leading tackler with 63, and Kirby Baynes has a team-high three interceptions.
Stansbury is capable of putting up big numbers of its own. The Stallions are averaging 34.6 points per game, led by senior running back Tommy Christopherson, who has 758 yards and 10 touchdowns and averages 7.9 yards per carry. Quarterback Kru Huxford has thrown for 963 yards and six touchdowns to go with 412 yards and four TDs on the ground. Gabe Harris has been the Stallions’ primary big-play threat, catching 28 balls for 686 yards and four TDs. Andrew Hanson leads the Stallions with 56 tackles and Harris has four interceptions as part of a defense that allows 25.6 points per game.
The winner of Friday’s game will be tied for first place in the region standings with Mountain View, which plays its next two games against the Miners and Stallions.
Ogden Tigers (1-4,
0-2 Region 10, No. 7 in RPI)
at Tooele Buffaloes (2-3, 1-1, No. 9 in RPI)
Where: Buffalo Stadium, Tooele High School, 301 W. Vine Street, Tooele
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Last week: Ogden lost to Park City 59-14; Tooele lost to Stansbury 38-0
Since 1970: Tooele leads 12-8
Last meeting: At Ogden 26, Tooele 15; Sept. 28, 2018
The scoop: Both teams are looking to get a bad taste out of their mouths after tough losses last week.
The Tigers have taken it on the chin in back-to-back defeats to region-leading Mountain View and Park City, and they’ve lost four in a row overall since beating Class 3A Judge Memorial 49-6 in the season opener Aug. 16. Since then, they’ve been outscored 207-61, including blowout losses to Morgan and Milford — powerhouses from Classes 3A and 2A, respectively.
Ogden’s offense is far from punchless, however. Chase Butler has rushed for 433 yards and six touchdowns, including a 159-yard, four-TD performance against Milford, and has caught 13 passes for 237 yards and two TDs. Jaice Holt and Isaiah Ortiz have combined for 813 yards through the air, tossing seven touchdown passes. Cooper Crabtree has 449 yards and three TDs on 24 receptions.
Nukuluve Helu is Tooele’s leading rusher, gaining 591 yards on 111 attempts with seven touchdowns. Quarterback Kulani Iongi has thrown for 635 yards and six touchdowns, with Joe Douglas’ 283 yards and three TDs on 13 receptions leading the Buffs’ receiving corps. Ty Sutherland (43 tackles) and Gavin Ware (42 tackles) lead an improving Tooele defense, while Josh Prescott has two interceptions this season and could get some opportunities against a turnover-prone Ogden air attack.
A win for Tooele would put the Buffs in a tie for third place in Region 10 entering next week’s homecoming game against Cedar Valley. A win for Ogden would be the 450th in school history, and it would give the Tigers some much-needed momentum with games against Uintah and Cedar Valley on the horizon.
Judge Memorial Bulldogs
(1-4, No. 17 in RPI)
at Grantsville Cowboys
(3-2, No. 3 in RPI)
Where: Cowboy Stadium, Grantsville High School, 155 E. Cherry Street, Grantsville
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Last week: Judge Memorial lost to American Leadership Academy 69-27; Grantsville beat San Juan 52-32
Since 1970: Judge Memorial leads 7-3
Last meeting: Grantsville 44, at Judge Memorial 21; Oct. 5, 2018
The scoop: Two teams on opposite ends of the Class 3A spectrum meet in the Region 13 opener. Grantsville came out of a brutal preseason schedule with a winning record, while Judge Memorial is fighting to get back into the top 16 in the RPI in order to advance to the postseason next month.
The Bulldogs have lost 15 of their past 16 games, a stretch that dates back to the end of the 2017 season. Their only win this season was a 20-7 victory over Layton Christian in Week 3 — otherwise, they’ve been outscored 214-39. That includes a 46-0 loss to Class 2A Millard, a 49-6 loss to Class 4A Ogden and a 50-6 loss to Carbon.
The statistics aren’t pretty for Judge Memorial. The Bulldogs have completed 40.5% of their passing attempts for 459 yards, two touchdowns and six interceptions. Their rushing attack averages 112.4 yards per game and has accounted for seven touchdowns, but they’ve also lost six fumbles. In fact, Judge has lost the turnover battle 12-3 over the first five games — a bad omen against a Grantsville squad starting to find its footing.
Cowboys quarterbacks Jackson Sandberg and Logan White have combined to throw for 862 yards, 11 touchdowns and just three interceptions, with Ammon Bartley catching 29 passes for 460 yards and six scores. Trent Brown and James Fuluvaka have combined for 629 rushing yards and three TDs.
Defensively, Kaden Kelley has a team-high 27 tackles with two sacks and three interceptions. Fuluvaka has three sacks and Chace Gipson has six pass breakups for a defense that has created 17 turnovers in five games, helping the Cowboys record a plus-9 turnover differential.
The Cowboys will hit the road to face South Summit and Summit Academy the next two weeks, making Friday’s game that much more important. Judge will return home to face Morgan, the top-ranked team in the Class 3A RPI rankings, next week, followed by a home game against South Summit.