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There was a lot of talk about which player made an early case for the Region 9 football MVP and it’s easy to see why. Blake Barney was simply amazing for Dixie in the Flyers 34-24 win over Pine View. In that same game, Prentiss Miller looked like the best running back in the state in the first half. Up at Canyon View, Ty Rutledge was phenomenal in just over a half of football in the Thunder’s blowout 56-7 win over the Falcons. And Jared Edwards continues to be a touchdown machine for the Hurricane Tigers as they whipped Cedar 31-13.
We have six more weeks to try and solve that debate. But more importantly, we are getting some early indications as to which is the best TEAM in the region.
For Hurricane, winning at Cedar is no easy task. The Redmen gave the Tigers a pretty good game and Cedar is just going to get better as the season wears on — the Redmen always do. But the defending-champs pulled away late in the game, capitalizing on some Cedar mistakes. For those who are counting, that’s 17 straight wins for the Tigers. In high school, win streaks like that can only be accomplished by winning state championships. Timpview had a 35-game winning streak less than a decade ago. They did it by winning three straight 4A titles.
The Dixie Flyers have won four straight games and, as luck would have it, the two undefeated teams play each other this Friday. All eyes in the state of Utah are on this one, with TV crews from up north making the trek (rumor has it KJZZ TV will broadcast the game live). A year ago we had almost the exact same scenario with both teams 4-0, but in that game Dixie turned the ball over four times and the Flyers had no answer for the Hurricane ground game. The Tigers led 35-7 at half and won it 51-21. That was also Edwards’s coming out party as he had his first 100-yard rushing game of his career.
Not to be forgotten is the Pine View game at Desert Hills. At the start of the year, it looked like this would be a rebuilding season for the Thunder, but the duo of Rutledge and Bridger Cowdin, as well as an inexperienced, but talented O-line and defense has made Desert Hills a contender already. We think. DH has yet to play any of the big boys of Region 9 and Friday should be a real test. Meanwhile, Pine View has a great running game, but Dixie showed they need something else as well. It will be a great battle Friday at DH.
Unfortunately, it looks like the same old Canyon View team in after the Falcons got waxed by Desert Hills. Region 9 is tough and I just don’t see any wins for the Falcons in region play. Snow Canyon beat North Sanpete 34-3, the same Hawks team that had just beaten CV 13-7. The Warriors should roll Friday at home against the Falcons.
Snow Canyon has yet to lose a game in three region matches this season. Alexsa “Crash” Parker can play anywhere on the court. This year, the freshman is playing outside hitter and had nine kills in Thursday’s sweep of Cedar. Also playing well is Hurricane, which is 2-0 in region. But the Tigers, who lost two matches this weekend at the Rocky Mountain Champions Classic, will need to step up their game to get to Snow Canyon’s high level of play. The two teams meet Thursday night at Hurricane.
Desert Hills has also emerged as a contender in volleyball, winning its first three region matches (over Dixie, Cedar and Canyon View). The Lady Thunder also won two preseason matches and haven’t lost a single game in any match this year, either. They get first shot at Hurricane Tuesday night at DH. If they win that match and SC beats the Tigers Thursday night, both the Warriors and Thunder would go into Sept. 18’s rivalry game undefeated.
It’s like a broken record, but Pine View won again in boys golf. The Panthers, led by Andrew Shopinski and Brandt Pierce, are now 4-0. The rest of Region 9 will take their best shot at Pine View Thursday afternoon at Coral Canyon Golf Course. The region tourney begins at 2 p.m.
We are less than a month away from the 3A State Tennis Tournament. Pine View’s Lacey Hancock continues to be the odds-on favorite to win the first singles title. The state tourney is being held at Liberty Park (900 S., 700 E in Salt Lake City) Oct. 5-6.
Pine View’s upset 1-0 win over Cedar last week should give the rest of Region 9 some hope, especially the Snow Canyon Warriors. SC lost at Cedar earlier this season, but gets the Lady Reds at their place in 10 days. There’s still lots of soccer to be played, but getting the No. 1-seed out of Region 9 would be huge. Desert Hills, Hurricane and Pine View continue to jostle for playoff spots, but Dixie fans have to be concerned. After a stellar preseason, a forfeit and a an inconsisest stretch in region has the Lady Flyers in a hole. They’ll have to get hot in the last six games of region as they are a full 12 points behind region-leader Cedar and 8 points out of a potential playoff spot.
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