The quarterfinals of both the Utah 4A and Idaho 2A football playoffs continue this Friday, with four local teams still chasing an opportunity to be state champions.
#2 Sky View plays #7 Mountain View (9-2) in the 4A Quarterfinals on Friday, Nov. 8 in Smithfield. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m with the game being broadcast live on 106.9 FM / 1390 AM the FAN and streamed online.
The Bobcats roll into the quarterfinals with a head of steam after posting their third straight shutout. In fact, Sky View has shut out five of their last six opponents, while averaging nearly 40 points a game themselves over that stretch. Mountain View has also been known for its defense this season, allowing only 11 points a game in their victories. In their two losses, however, the Bruins gave up 42 points to Park City and 31 points to Stansbury (a team Sky View defeated 27-20 in the season opener).
#4 Green Canyon (8-3) plays #5 Pine View (8-2) in the 4A Quarterfinals on Friday, Nov. 8 in North Logan. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m. with the game being broadcast live on 100.9 FM and streamed online.
The Wolves earned the right to host another round in the 4A state playoffs, but struggled to do so. Green Canyon defeated Cedar City 28-21 last week and get to play another team from Southern Utah, but this one is more dangerous. Pine View was undefeated in Region 9 play and outscored their opponents 45.4 to 23 this season. The Panthers have not lost since August 23rd and have the highest scoring offense in 4A. Green Canyon will be the third team from Region 11 that Pine View will have faced. They opened the year at Ridgeline and lost 58-56; last week they dismantled Bear River 49-7. Green Canyon’s defense has kept them in a lot of games this season and they’ll need a strong defensive showing if they want to play at the University of Utah next week in the semifinals.
West Side (8-1) will host Cole Valley Christian (5-4) on Friday, Nov. 8 in the 2A Quarterfinals. Game time is scheduled for 5 p.m.
The Pirates’ only stumble came early in the year, a 7-6 loss at Snake River back on September 6th. The old adage says ‘defense wins championships’ and this year’s West Side defense has been stout all year. Only Firth, in the season opener, has been able to score more than one touchdown against West Side. Eight opponents have been held to a touchdown or less, four of which never saw any points at all. The Chargers have averaged 50 points a game in their wins, but only 18.25 in their losses.
Bear Lake (7-2) will travel to Melba (7-2) on Friday, Nov. 8 in the 2A Quarterfinals. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Melba is outscoring its opponents, on average, 44.2 to 24.8 (the Mustangs have outscored their opponents 128-33 in their last two games). But in their two losses, the average score has been flipped: 13-50. Defense has been a key for the Bears all season. Bear River has been scoring less than 22 points a game while barely allowing their opponents an opportunity to get into the endzone once, allowing only 7.6 points per game. But in their two losses, the Bears have struggled finding the endzone themselves. They were shutout both times: 14-0 at South Fremont and 26-0 at West Side.