Monday Rundown: Breaking down the playoff scenarios

There some interesting and fun things to talk about in Monday Rundown other than football. But we’ll get to those in a later. Right now, it’s time to break down the playoff scenarios for this last week of Region 9 football.

We’ll break it down by team, but the bottom line is Desert Hills can secure the top seed in the region with a win over Cedar Wednesday night. Meanwhile, Hurricane and Dixie are in and the winner of the Snow Canyon-Pine View game at Panthers Stadium is also in. Here is the breakdown by team:

Desert Hills (4-1 in region) – By virtue of their win over Hurricane last week, the Thunder will clinch the top seed with a win at home against Cedar this week. If Desert Hills loses to Cedar, Hurricane will likely get the top seed and DH could drop all the way to the No. 3 seed.

Hurricane (4-1) – The Tigers had it all taken care of until that close loss to Desert Hills. But Hurricane will get at least one home playoff game as the No. 2 seeded team unless the unthinkable happens (a loss this week to Canyon View). The Tigers will still win the region outright if DH loses to Cedar.

Dixie (4-2) – The Flyers would still be talking about a share of the title had they not faltered at Snow Canyon last week. Now the best Dixie can hope for is a DH loss and a Snow Canyon loss. That would get the Flyers a No. 2 seed. Dixie has a bye this week.

Snow Canyon (3-2) – If the Warriors can win at Pine View, they would stake a claim for at least a tie for third seed. A two-way tie with Dixie would give Snow Canyon the No. 3 spot. A three-way tie with Dixie and Desert Hills would create a coin toss situation. If Snow Canyon loses to Pine View, they Warriors would miss the playoffs for the third straight year.

Pine View (2-3) – The Panthers have to beat Snow Canyon Wednesday to make the playoffs and would be the No. 4 seed.

First round games this year are against Region 12. If the favorites win this week, Region 12’s top four should be Spanish Fork, Delta, Payson and North Sanpete.

So potential first-round match-ups could be: North Sanpete at Desert Hills; Payson at Hurricane, Dixie at Delta and Snow Canyon/Pine View at Spanish Fork. I like Region 9’s chances in all four of those games.

Potential second-round games include Wasatch at Desert Hills, Hurricane at Juan Diego, Dixie at Stansbury and Snow Canyon-Pine View at Morgan.

Wow, these are going be an exciting next few weeks.

Injuries were a factor in last week’s games with Dixie and Hurricane both having to turn to back-up quarterbacks for some of their Week 9 games.

For Dixie, Blake Barney returned and finished his game against Snow Canyon, despite a painful hand injury. The senior QB said x-rays were negative on his hand, which means it’s not broken. Another positive for the Flyers: They have a bye this week in preparation for the playoffs.

The news is not as good for Hurricane, which played much of the second half and all three overtimes without QB Zac Prince. He underwent surgery Friday to repair ligaments in his right thumb. That means his days as the Tigers QB are over, though some speculate that he could return as a defensive back in a few weeks. Adlai Elison will take over as the Hurricane signal-caller.

By the way, Prince has won three straight wrestling state championships and may be hampered as he attempts to become the Tigers first-ever four-timer.

Brian Scott (8) has received an out-pouring of support from football fans around the state as he battles leukemia. Photo in Hurricane, Utah, Sept. 2, 2011 | Photo by Chris Edwards

Also, it was heart-warming to see all the support for Brian Scott by the entire region these past few days. A lot of money was raised for the former MVP and his family as they battle against acute myeloid leukemia. There was even a nice piece by KSL’s Rod Zundel during Saturday’s SportsBeat show. You can see the three-minute piece on KSL’s website.

The tribute and fundraising for Brian were nice, but also contributed to a long, long night for football fans out in Hurricane. The game featured two lightning delays totaling about 75 minutes of waiting, plus lots of rain and, of course, three overtimes. The game, which was scheduled to start at 7 p.m., concluded at 11:13 p.m.

Girls soccer is down to its final four teams and only one of those teams is from southern Utah. Region 9 champ Snow Canyon stayed alive with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Juan Diego Saturday.

Dixie and Cedar weren’t so fortunate. Both teams were on the road and Dixie lost to 16-0-2 Park City 3-0 while Cedar fell to 17-0-0 Ogden.

SC plays Wasatch Friday in the first semifinal at 11 a.m. at Jordan High School while the Lady Tigers and Lady Miners play an undefeated semifinal at 1:15 on the same field.

The winners square off in the big stadium at Rio Tinto Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

Snow Canyon will likely be the No. 2 seed out of region 9 in volleyball, but the Warriors are red-hot, having swept five straight matches in the past two weeks.

State doesn’t begin until Oct. 26, but Region 9 should do well with top seed Desert Hills, SC, third-seeded Dixie and fourth seed Hurricane all punching their tickets to state.

Snow Canyon basketball star Amy Harris fulfilled an athletic dream by verbally committing to play at BYU next season. Harris led the Warriors to a dominating run to the state title last season. In the state tourney, SC won four straight games by an average of 20 points. The final was a victory over region rival Desert Hills. Harris averaged about 17 points a game last season.

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