The Stallions (9-2) are the Region 11 champions and averaged 36.5 points per game but were held in check by the Thunder defense. Stansbury averaged over 300 yards rushing per game but Desert Hills held the Stallions’ rushing attack to only 117.
The Thunder (8-3), in its fourth year of existence, raised their young playoff record to 3-1, and make a first semifinal appearance next week against Region 9 rival Cedar High.
The Thunder offense generated 165 rushing yards on 38 carries and passed for 126 yards. Mike Needham led Desert Hills with 133 yards (20 rushes) and two touchdowns. Nate Brinker went 6-of-10 passing for 77 yards and one touchdown in replacing injured starting quarterback Porter Harris. Brock Johnson had eight tackles, and Kevan Webb registered seven (solo).
Jackson Clausing led the Stallions with 70 yards on 19 rushes and Chase Christiansen gained 54 yards on 12 carries and one touchdown.
Desert Hills 0 – 6 – 8 – 12 < 26
Stansbury 0 – 0 – 0 – 7 < 7
DH < Needham 5 run (kick failed)
DH < Needham 1 run (two-point)
S < Christiansen 4 run (kick)
DH < Rutledge 23 pass from Brinker (kick failed)
DH < Needham 55 run (kick failed)
OTHER 3A PLAYOFF GAMES
CEDAR AT DELTA
Cedar High earned its first trip into the 3A semifinals [next week] since 2004 by winning over Delta 28-6.
Cedar (6-5) gained control of the game early by getting two first-quarter touchdowns from running back Hayden Bishop and never looked back. Cedar superstar John Ursua then added more of his big-play repertoire by scoring touchdown runs of 73 yards and 49 yards.
Delta (10-2) saw its ten-game winning streak came to an end while Cedar won its fourth game in a row.
Cedar 14 – 0 – 7 – 7 < 28
Delta 0 – 0 – 0 – 6 < 6
C < Bishop 1 run (Rogers kick)
C < Bishop 8 run (Rogers kick)
C < Ursua 72 run (Rogers kick)
C < Ursua 49 run (Rogers kick)
D < Hatch 6 run (two-point failed)
SPANISH FORK AT JUAN DIEGO
The Dons (9-3) put an end to the Soaring Eagle’s three-year reign as the 3A State champions by a comeback performance. Spanish Fork defeated Juan Diego 21-14 and now faces Hurricane in the semifinal round next week.
Spanish Fork was down by 14 points at halftime, but rallied in the third quarter and leveled the score at 14-14. They then added the game clinching touchdown in the fourth quarter when quarterback Hayden Nielsen hit Dylan Olsen on a 16-yard pass.
Spanish Fork 0 – 0 – 14 – 7 < 21
Juan Diego 7 – 7 – 0 – 0 < 14
JD < Sanchez 4 run (Garn kick)
JD < Sanchez 26 pass from Markosian (Garn kick)
SF < Taele 50 run (Nielsen kick)
SF < Taele 29 pass from Nielsen (Nielsen kick)
SF < Olsen 16 pass from Nielsen (Nielsen kick)
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