The question now for Stansbury and Tooele football teams is “just how good are the Timpanogas Timberwolves?”
Tooele (7-1, 5-1) travels to Timpanogas (6-1, 4-1) for a Thursday night battle, and the Stallions (5-2,5-0) will host the Timberwolves at Stallion Stadium in the last region game of the season on Wednesday, Oct. 13.
But before the Stallions can think too much about Timpanagos, they must defeat Payson in a homecoming battle this Friday at Stallion Stadium.
The Lions are only 1-4 in region, but trailed Tooele 21-13 at halftime last Friday at Tooele. The Buffaloes took charge in the second half to win 48-27. The Lions will most likely not be a major threat for the Stallions.
Payson did, however, lead Timpanogas 42-27 after three quarters in a game at Payson, but the Timberwolves scored three touchdowns and a field goal in the final quarter to beat the Lions 51-48.
The lone Timberwolves loss this season was at home against Cedar Valley. The Aviators scored a touchdown with 32 seconds left in the game and added a 2-point conversion to edge Timpanogas 36-35. Otherwise, Tooele would be facing an undefeated team this Thursday.
The Timberwolves have now won seven games for just the third time in school history. It’s never been 7-1 for a Timpanogas football team, according to the Deseret News.
Senior Josh Jones averages 6.86 yards a carry this year for the Timberwolves. He’s rushed 64 times for 439 yards. Senior quarterback Matu Holdaway is completing 64% of his passes and has thrown 39 touchdown passes with only four interceptions.
Sophomore receiver Luke Livingston is Holdaway’s main target. He’s caught 17 touchdown passes and tallied big-yardage games, including 251 yards against Payson with four touchdowns, 217 yards against Hurricane and three touchdowns, 190 yards against Millard and three touchdowns.
Current RPI has Stansbury sixth, Tooele seventh, Timpanagoas ninth and Cedar Valley 10th. The top 8 teams, according to the final RPI, will receive byes in the first round of the 5A state tournament on Oct. 22.
These eight teams will then host second-round games on Oct. 29.
Grantsville (6-2, 3-0) travels to Union (4-4, 2-1) Thursday as the only undefeated team in 3A North, and will wrap up the regular season at home on Wednesday, Oct. 13 against Juan Diego. The final regular season home game against the Soaring Eagle is slated for a 6 p.m. kickoff.
The Union Cougars have had their ups and downs, so Grantsville should be a big favorite. Union lost its opening game at Manti 19-7, a team Gransville beat 42-14. The Cougars did handle Ogden 37-20 in Roosevelt, a team the Cowboys recently defeated 10-0 at Ogden.
The current 3A RPI has Grantsville first, Juab second, Morgan third, Juan Diego fourth, North Sanpete fifth and Union sixth.
The top four teams in the 12-team 3A football league will receive byes in the first round slated for Oct. 22. These four teams will then host quarterfinal games Oct. 29. Semifinal games are slated for Nov. 6 at SUU. The state championship game is set for Nov. 13 at Weber State University.