Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

November 2, 2021
Top 3A, 2A, 1A teams travel to Cedar City for semifinal bouts this weekend

If you’re a high school football junkie and would like to see four games featuring eight top teams, you could travel to Cedar City on Saturday and watch semifinal matchups in 3A and 2A football.

If you happen to be curious about 1A football you could make a weekend of it and watch the 1A semifinals in Cedar City on Friday and then stick around for Saturday’s 2A action. In truth, the only people who will probably see all six games this weekend would be Utah High School Activities Association officials.

Eccles Coliseum on the Southern Utah University campus will be the site of six games in two days.

Here’s the 2A-3A lineup for Saturday.:

2A San Juan (10-1) vs. Summit Academy (7-4) at 10 a.m. 

2A South Summit (11-0) vs Beaver (10-1) at 1 p.m.

3A semifinal Morgan (8-3) vs. Juab (10-1) at 4 p.m.

3A semifinal Grantsville (8-3) vs. Juan Diego (8-2) at 7 p.m.

It won’t be Morgan (8-3) versus Juab (10-1) this year in the state championship game. The pair will tangle in the semifinals this time at 4 p.m. Saturday in Cedar City.

Last year, Juab downed Morgan 17-14 in the final game. In 2019, Morgan beat Juab 8-0 for the state title; In 2018, Morgan edged Juab 24-22 for the crown.

Juab’s lone loss this year was a 42-7 beatdown at 5A Salem Hills (1-8). It was the SkyHawks only win of the season.

It’s Grantsville (8-3) vs. Juan Diego (8-2) at 7 p.m. in the final game Saturday. 

The Cowboys lost two close games to start the season before winning seven-straight contests. Juan Diego snapped Grantsville’s win streak with a 17-14 victory at Cowboy Stadium in the final region game of the year. 

Juan Diego lost this year to Logan 50-21 and Morgan 41-28. The Soaring Eagle led Morgan 28-16 at halftime until the Trojans turned it on in the second half with 25 unanswered points to win 41-28.

Grantsville and Juan Diego both received byes in the first round of the state playoffs. 

The Soaring Eagle defeated Canyon View in the quarterfinals 34-19, and Grantsville blasted Union 49-18 in its quarterfinal contest.

The first contest Saturday in the 2A ranks pits top-rated San Juan (10-1) against fourth-rated Summit Academy (7-4). The teams will meet for the second time this season. The Bears traveled to Blanding on Aug. 20 and led at halftime 16-14, but the Broncos outscored the Bears 34-13 in the second half to win the game 48-29. San Juan finished 5-0 in the 2A South.

The Broncos opened the season with a 45-20 loss to 4A Desert Hills Thunder (9-2) and haven’t lost since then.

San Juan snapped Beaver’s 34-game winning streak with an 8-0 victory over the Beavers on Oct. 8. The Beavers held on to edge Grantsville 20-14 in the second game of the season at Cowboys Stadium.

Summit Academy lost to Beaver 33-31 and to South Summit 43-42 in overtime.

Undefeated South Summit and Beaver will tangle at 1 p.m. 

The Beavers’ only loss came at the hands of San Juan 8-0. Beaver is the defending 2A champs.

In the 1A semifinals Friday, Duchesne plays Milford at 2 p.m. and Kanab takes on  Layton Christian Academy at 5 p.m. FYI.

 

Mark Watson

Sports Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Mark directs all editorial coverage of sports in addition to reporting on a wide range of events from high school football to international racing. He has a wealth of journalism experience, having worked for four other newspapers in the state. Mark grew up in Tooele County and graduated from Grantsville High School and Brigham Young University.

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