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Utah 5A High School Football Semifinal Deseret News Print Spread

Utah 5A High School Football Semifinal Deseret News Print Spread

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November 7, 2012 spread for the 5A semifinal matchups in the UHSAA Utah high school football playoffs
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deseret news wednesday, november 7, 2012

LONE PEAK (10-2) VS. JORDAN (10-1)
5A semis on the air
Lone Peak vs. Jordan Thursday, 2:30 p.m. Rice-Eccles Stadium TV: KJZZ Webcast: DeseretNews.com Parry’s Power: Jordan by 19

SYRACUSE (11-0) VS. BINGHAM (10-2)
5A semis on the air
Bingham vs. Syracuse Thursday, 11 a.m. Rice-Eccles Stadium TV: KJZZ Webcast: DeseretNews.com Parry’s Power: Bingham by 5


Unbeaten Titans face powerhouse Bingham without starting QB
Deseret News


JEFFrEY D. ALLrED, Deseret News

Rematch of 2011 semifinal has 1 player in different uniform
Deseret News


SALT LAKE CITY — Thursday’s 5A state semifinals feature perennial prep football powerhouse Bingham going against a relatively new Syracuse program buoyed by a deep run in last year’s playoffs and an undefeated regular season this year. The Titans served notice to the state that they were poised to be a perennial contender after upsetting Alta in the first round of the 2011 playoffs. They went on to reach the semifinals a year ago, only to lose in overtime to Region 1 rival Fremont. This year, the Titans advanced to the semifinals after beating Alta again 31-24. “Syracuse is a very wellcoached team that has some of the quickest players we’ll have faced all year,” observed Bingham coach Dave Peck. “They have a very good system they run on both sides of the ball and guys that can beat you on any play.” Unfortunately for Syracuse (11-0), it will be without starting quarterback Brock Anderson, who tore his Achilles in the fourth quarter of last week’s game against Alta. “By all accounts, he was a great kid and you hate to see any kid go out like that,” said Peck. “It’s a tough loss for them, but in systems that are as good as the one Syracuse runs, you can often plug in a guy and not miss a beat, so we have to be ready for anything.” The Titans will have their work cut out for them, facing a 10-2 Bingham team. The Miners have proven dominant down the stretch and advanced to the semis after a lopsided 38-0 win over Fremont. Bingham, as always, presents

Bingham High’s offense has found its stride in recent weeks and scores an average of 35.3 points per game.

Scoring offense: 33.1 ppg Scoring defense: 8.5 ppg Passing leader: Brock Anderson (143-207, 69.1%, 1,850 yards, 25 TDs, 4 INTs) Rushing leaders: Mason Woodward (161 carries, 727 yards, 7 TDs), Brock Anderson (95, 396, 6) Receiving leaders: Kiwa Mo’o (32 rec., 492 yards, 6 TDs), Diante Mitchell (34, 390, 7) Tackles leader: Wyatt German (96 tackles) Sacks leader: Jace Purser (8.5 sacks) Int. leader: Kavika Fonua, Diante Mitchell (4 INTs)

Scoring offense: 35.3 ppg Scoring defense: 10.8 ppg Passing leader: Coleman Stout (72-128, 56.3%, 1,005 yards, 9 TDs, 7 INTs) Rushing leaders: Tonga Manu (139 carries, 820 yards, 15 TDs), Scott Nichols (61, 533, 7 TDs) Receiving leaders: Hayden Weichers (35 rec., 641 yards, 7 TDs), Dalton Schultz (32, 456, 3) Tackles leader: Drake Miller (99 tackles) Sacks leader: Durrant Miles (7 sacks) Interceptions leader: Koa Wilson (5 INTs)

K. Fonua

D. Mitchell

K. Hicks

Sky Manu

big and very physical players on both sides of the ball and will enjoy a considerable size advantage. “They average about 250 pounds while we probably average 200 pounds, so that’s going to be tough,” said Syracuse coach Russ Jones. “They’re not only big, but very wellcoached in their technique, so we’re going to have to play a great game to beat them and we certainly can’t make big mistakes.” Bingham has found its stride on offense, but it’s on the defensive side of the ball where Peck sees the biggest improvements. “I think this is one of the three best defensive units I’ve coached here at Bingham,” said Peck, who has sent many of his players to the next level. “Lowell Lotulelei is as good

as any defensive tackle I’ve coached, and we have two very good linebackers in Durrant Miles and Drake Miller, and I really like our secondary. We have a lot of experienced guys there and I really like how we’re playing there.” Peck believes his team is peaking at exactly the right time and is confident going against a very good Syracuse team. “We simply have to win the turnover battle — that’s the key in most games, but I think it’s even more important in this one,” said Peck. “Syracuse has so many players that can beat you and they’re so well-coached that we can’t give them anything. If we stay away from mistakes and win the turnover battle, then we should win.”
EMAIL: bgurney@desnews.com

SALT LAKE CITY — It was one of the most thrilling prep football games ever when Jordan and Lone Peak squared off in the state semifinals last season at Rice-Eccles Stadium. The Knights came away with a 45-41 win, but the Beetdiggers took it to the last minute due in large part to the play of quarterback Baron Gajkowski, who subbed in for an injured Austin Kafentzis for most of the game. This time around Gajkowski will be on the other side of the field going against his former team as Lone Peak’s starter at quarterback. Gajkowski is a duel-threat QB who has rushed for 1,050 yards this season and thrown for another 1,951. Kafentzis leads the Beetdigger attack and has rushed for 1,520 yards and thrown for 2,417 more. “Baron (Gajkowski) has been exceptional for us throughout the year. He’s been a leader and has just made some great plays for us,” said Lone Peak coachTony McGeary. “(Jordan’s) quarterback is obviously as good as it gets and he can beat you in a lot of ways. It should be a great matchup and we’re going to need a great effort to win this one.” Jordan is widely considered the favorite to win the 5A championship and hasn’t dropped an in-state game all year. It also appears in prime form two games into the playoffs with convincing wins over Pleasant Grove (56-7) and Northridge (49-13.) Kafentzis will be fronted by a very big and productive offensive front and flanked by two very good running backs (Clay Moss and

JEffrEY D. ALLrED, Deseret News

Lone Peak quarterback Baron Gajkowski will be facing his former team in the 5A semifinals on Thursday.

Scoring offense: 26.8 ppg Scoring defense: 20.1 ppg Passing leader: Baron Gajkowski (160-259, 61.8%, 1,941 yards, 17 TDs, 8 INTs) Rushing leaders: Baron Gajkowski (187 carries, 1,050 yards, 13 TDs), Dustin Watkins (29, 187, 1) Receiving leaders: Talon Shunway (63 rec., 941 yards, 14 TDs), Dustin Watkins (59, 627, 2) Tackles leader: Josh Buck (130) Sacks leader: Taylor Nelson (4) Int. leader: Matthew Criddle, Michael Lindeman (3)

Scoring offense: 47.7 ppg Scoring defense: 19.7 ppg Passing leader: Austin Kafentzis (166-262, 63.4%, 2,417 yards, 27 TDs, 11 INTs) Rushing leaders: Austin Kafentzis (192 carries, 1,520 yards, 19 TDs), Clay Moss (110, 862, 17) Receiving leaders: Nick West (50 rec., 839 yards, 10 TDs), Mason Krueger (53, 705, 7) Tackles leader: Tyler Swan (107 tackles) Sacks leader: Mori Savini (5 sacks) Interceptions leader: Cooper Clark (7 INTs)

Josh Buck

T. Shumway

A. Kafentzis Tyler Swan

Dezmond Carter.) “Their line is massive and very physical with how they play,” noted McGeary. “They’re used to just pushing people around and doing what they want on offense and we can’t let them do that. We need to make sure we’re putting them in difficult situations and I like how our defense is playing — it’s going to be a huge challenge though.” Lone Peak is the defending 5A champs and has fought hard to get back to RiceEccles. While Jordan has generally romped over its competition, the Knights have battled through some very close contests, including last week’s 27-26 win over Davis. “We’ve done well in winning a lot of close games, but we’ve also lost some of those games, too,” said McGeary. “I think

our boys know that we’re never out of it and that we have guys that have stepped up in key moments for us all year in helping us win those close games.” Lone Peak will also have to limit a Jordan offense that has averaged 47.8 points per game. Fortunately, the defense has been reborn under new defensive coordinator and Outland trophy winner Jason Buck. “I really like how we’re playing on defense, but we’re going to have to play our best game there to beat these guys,” said McGeary. “It will be as big of a challenge as we’ve faced, but I think if we focus on what we need to get done and if we force them into difficult situations that we’ll have enough to win, but this will be a tough one.”
EmAil: bgurney@desnews.com

QB RB FB WR WR TE RT RG C LG LT K KR KR OFFENSE BROCK ANDERSON Spencer Johnson Kole Tracy MASON WOODWARD Kavika Fonua MATT KEALAMAKIA Trevor Olsen DIANTE MITCHELL Deondre Watson KOA MO’O Austin Evans KIWA MO’O Landon O’Camb CARDON MALAN Brandon Landcaster KADEN CRAIG Dallas Beshaw NOAH SORENSON Aspen Naylor HAYDEN BERRY Caden Call BRAIDEN TOVEY Jace Purser MATT KEALAMKIA MASON WOODWARD KAVIA FONUA 7 6 11 2 14 22 23 17 18 15 20 1 34 52 60 63 77 57 50 58 54 76 53 22 2 14 DEFENSE DE CARDON MALAN Landon O’Camb DT KADEN CRAIG Dallin Alofipo DT BRAIDEN TOVEY Caden Call DE JACE PURSER Spencer Woodhall OLB TEAGUE VIGIL Matt Kealamakia MLB WYATT GERMAN Hayden Barney OLB MYLES NAISBITT Blake Taurone CB DIANTE MITCHELL Josh Homer CB JACOB GARVER Dillon Spencer FS KOA MO’O Colton Chadwick SS KAVIKA FONUA Will Haddick P DIANTE MITCHELL Kyle Coffee PR KAVIKA FONUA Diante Mitchell 52 34 63 55 76 54 53 75 33 22 40 58 45 19 17 28 8 21 15 41 14 31 17 37 14 17

Series history Bingham leads 1-0 Last meeting Nov. 6, 2009 (5A quarters), Bingham 38-3 All-time playoff records Syracuse 7-4, Bingham 44-32 State championships Bingham 7 (1939, 1941, 1945, 1946, 2006, 2009, 2010) Felt’s Factoids Bingham is one of just five teams in state history to have a 14-0 record (2006). ... The 2009 and 2010 Miners totaled 1,192 points in 27 games, the most points scored by any school over two consecutive seasons. QB RB RB WR WR TE RT RG C

OFFENSE BARON GAJKOWSKI Braden Miles BRADY ANDERSON Zach Buhrley DUSTIN WATKINS Jake Larsen TALON SHUMWAY Tanner Hafen AUSTIN MCCHESNEY Zachary Mortensen DAVID JENSEN Tanner Shiede CHANDLER CLARK Tayler Nelson DALLIN RODGERS Josh Weight LEVI FISO Hunter Apostolos ALEX BOWCUTT Josh Weight AUSTIN KRUGER Daniel Auelua MICHAEL SMITH AUSTIN MCCHESNEY CARSON BEUS 15 11 24 39 1 28 6 9 20 12 7 27 70 53 68 56 69 59 54 56 66 58 13 20 2 DEFENSE DE DAVID BENNETT Alex Bowcutt DT AUSTIN KRUGER Dallin Rodgers DT DANIEL AUELUA Levi Fiso DE TAYLOR NELSON Alex Bowcutt OLB JOSH BUCK Cameron Eslinger MLB SPENCER REINSTEIN Jake Irving OLB PAYTON THOMAS Isaac Fotu CB CHASE STEPHAN Matt Dastrup CB MICHAEL LINDEMAN Austin Bitters FS AUSTIN MCCHESNEY Carson Beus SS MATTHEW CRIDDLE Landon Hanneman P TREVOR ROBB PR AUSTIN MCCHESNEY PR MATT CRIDDLE 95 54 66 68 58 53 53 54 40 48 55 37 10 42 21 4 25 3 20 2 43 35 16 20 43

Series history Lone Peak leads 3-0 Last meeting Nov. 11, 2011 (5A semis), Lone Peak 45-41 All-time playoff records Lone Peak 21-12, Jordan 49-30 State championships Lone Peak 1 (2011) Jordan 11 (1931, 1934, 1936, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1944, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1994) Felt’s Factoids Lone Peak is one of five teams in state history to have a 14-0 record (2011). ... Former Jordan QB Alex Hart owns season state passing record with 4,467 set back in 2009.


QB TB FB WR WR TE RT RG C LG LT K KR KR OFFENSE JANTZEN BOWLES Coleman Stout TONGA MANU Scott Nichols LEKI FINEFEUIAKI David Moala HAYDEN WEICHERS Landen Measom KALAN CANTWELL Bo Kimball DALTON SCHULTZ Max Paulson KEEGAN HICKS Cody Fairbanks NOA TAEATAFA Auston Smith RILEY CULLEY Petu Eteuati AARON AMAAMA Austin Bunkall JOE MALANGA Ryan Mears JARON MAXFIELD Chayden Johnston SCOTT NICHOLS BO KIMBALL 11 7 21 30 22 40 6 5 1 88 9 86 50 77 69 60 68 70 72 66 55 82 90 12 30 88 DEFENSE DE DURRANT MILES Brandon Ward DT LOWELL LOTULELEI Spencer Tauteoli NG JOE KAUFUSI Iver Hurtado DE MAHONRAI TOKI Leki Finefeuiaki OLB CARSON HUSSEY Saia Saltiban MLB DRAKE MILLER Sione Finefeuiaki OLB DANIEL LANGI Vaka Vehikite CB HAYDEN WEICHERS Braxton Smith CB KADE CLOWARD Mitch Whitney FS SKY MANU TJ Pulu SS KOA WILSON AJ Pickering P JARON MAXFIELD Jantzen Bowles PR LANDEN MEASOM PR HAYDEN WEICHERS 91 34 58 98 52 50 60 22 17 43 19 44 51 14 6 36 2 3 23 15 20 48 90 11 5 6

8/17 … Syracuse 38, Desert Hills 13 8/24 … Syracuse 30, Skyline 0 8/31 … Syracuse 23, Riverton 0 9/7 … Syracuse 31, Box Elder 14 9/14 … Syracuse 28, Davis 14 9/21 … Syracuse 31, Layton 0 9/28 … Syracuse 21, Northridge 14 10/5 … Syracuse 46, Fremont 8 10/12 … Syracuse 31, Weber 7 10/26 … Syracuse 54, Viewmont 0 11/2 … Syracuse 31, Alta 24



QB RB WR WR WR WR RT RG OFFENSE AUSTIN KAFENTZIS Alec Finke DEZMOND CARTER Clay Moss NICK WEST Connor Bollingbrooke MASON KRUEGER Cale Hathaway ADRIEL JEFFERSON Kosta Sergakis ANDREW WILCOX Connor Bollingbrooke AARON RUPENA Spencer Hallings TYSHON MOSELY Spencer Totsch B.J. CAVENDER Cameron Shick ZACH LARSEN Blake Mortensen IAN MOES Alex Kabwere TIMOTHY JEFFREY LEVONTAE CALHOUN NICK WEST MASON KRUEGER 2 15 6 5 4 19 23 14 10 27 80 19 75 66 72 60 68 79 58 54 61 78 88 94 4 23 DEFENSE LAVONTAE CALHOUN Mofi Hunt DT MORI SAVINI Zach Larsen NT EMMIT LEE-SANG B.J. Cavender DE JD DAVENPORT Chantz Malae SLB COLTON SHAVER Mitch Head WLB TYLER SWAN Raul Cervantes RLB JERMOE BETTIS VAITUU Clay Moss CB MASON KRUEGER Timmy Watson CB TAYLOR JOHNSON Adriel Jefferson FS AUSTIN KAFENTZIS Jesse Reynolds SS COOPER CLARK Kosta Sergakis P LEVONTAE CALHOUN Toshi Hunter PR TYLER SWAN DE 94 7 56 58 59 68 46 2 12 49 8 44 36 5 23 30 18 10 2 20 24 27 94 16 8


8/17 … Bountiful 31, Lone Peak 21 8/24 … Lone Peak 23, Mountain Crest 21 8/31 … L. Peak 33, Timpview 36 (forfeit win) 9/6 … Lone Peak 35, Highland 11 9/14 … Lone Peak 27, West 14 9/21 … Lone Peak 38, American Fork 21 9/28 … Lone Peak 21, Bingham 17 10/4 … Pleasant Grove 26, Lone Peak 24 10/10 … Lone Peak 17, Riverton 13 10/17 … Lone Peak 31, Lehi 8 10/27 … Lone Peak 24, Brighton 17 11/2 … Lone Peak 27, Davis 26

8/17 … Bingham 28, West Jordan 0 8/24 … Alta 17, Bingham 16 8/31 … Bingham 21, Valor Christian, Colo. 20 9/7 … Bingham 44, Layton 14 9/14 … Bingham 34, Cottonwood 14 9/21 … Bingham 42, Riverton 16 9/27 … Lone Peak 21, Bingham 17 10/5 … Bingham 33, American Fork 0 10/10 … Bingham 49, Lehi 0 10/17 … Bingham 49, Pleasant Grove 14 10/26 … Bingham 52, Cottonwood 13 11/2 … Bingham 38, Fremont 0


8/17 … Jordan 53, Fremont 12 8/24 … Jordan 56, Layton 14 8/31 … Jordan 61, Kearns 29 9/7 … Jordan 36, Alta 24 9/21 … Jordan 46, Copper Hills 0 9/29 … St. John Bosco 34, Jordan 33 10/5 … Jordan 35, Cottonwood 33 10/12 … Jordan 45, Brighton 14 10/17 … Jordan 48, West Jordan 37 10/26 … Jordan 56, Pleasant Grove 7 11/2 … Jordan 49, Northridge 13

Syracuse coach Russ Jones: Only head coach in 6-year history of the school. He’s guided Titans to a 43-24 record during that stretch, including semifinals three times. Bingham coach Dave Peck: This is his 13th season at Bingham, and he’s guided the program to a 128-34 record, including state titles in 2006, 2009 and 2010.


Lone Peak coach Tony McGeary: Has put together a 51-11 record in five years at the helm of the Knights program, including a state title in 2011. Jordan coach Eric Kjar: Now in his fourth year as head coach, Kjar has led Jordan to a 37-13 record, including back-to-back semifinal appearances.

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