KSL.com HS Football Top 20+1: Lehi proving its top ranking as regular season winds down (2024)

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LEHI — The regular season is winding down, and the top challengers in the state aren't slowing, either.

After ascending to the top-rated spot in the KSL.com Top 20+1 and the Deseret News coaches' poll several weeks ago, Lehi faced one of its biggest challenges of the season when Region 8 rival Timpview came to the Mills looking for the upset.

But the Pioneers (9-0) rallied from a 9-7 halftime deficit after the loss of starting running back Carson Gonzalez to escape with a 28-24 win that left the home crowd doing Footloose down Lehi Main.

"They played really well," Lehi coach Ed Larson said in complimenting the Thunderbirds. "That's a great offensive team. I really thought was going to be huge, our defense vs. their offense; it was a battle there.

"We had some hiccups in the first half, but I think we fixed it."

The biggest challenge for Lehi, in addition to finishing the regular season Wednesday night at home against Orem, now turns to the RPI, the computer-generated algorithm that seeds all teams each classification for the playoffs.

Lehi and Timpview have looked like the best teams in 5A all year. Will they be seeded accordingly, on opposite ends of the bracket? Or will a new challengers — say, Region 7 champion Stansbury or Region 9 title winner Springville — mess with the formula?

"Everything right now is the next opponent. So now we've got Orem," Larson said, before glibly joking about the RPI, "We'll see what the RPI does for us, and take it from there.

"I don't want to be a conspiracy theorist, but I'll tell you right now, we'd better not be in the same bracket. I might go ape with the state association, if we are."

Lehi's still on top, but here's how the rest of the Top 20 rounded out.

1. Lehi (9-0)

Jackson Brousseau completed 62% of his passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns, and Devaughn Eka added 85 yards and a touchdown on the ground in relief of the Pioneers' win over Timpview.

2. Corner Canyon (7-2)

Speaking of relief, that's exactly what the Chargers sighed after a 35-6 blowout win over Lone Peak that avenges last year's loss to the Knights — twice, including in the 6A championship. Isaac Wilson got it done with a rushing touchdown, and also threw his 24th touchdown of the year for Corner Canyon, who wrap up the regular season Wednesday at home against Pleasant Grove.

3. Skyridge (8-1)

The Falcons have rebounded well after the injury to starting quarterback McCae Hillstead, including in last week's 42-0 shutout of Pleasant Grove when Trent Call threw for 252 yards and three touchdowns and Collin Sheffield added a pick six in the win. Top-rated recruit Tausili Akana had two tackles, including one of four sacks on the night, before taking a trip to LSU for a recruiting visit.

4. Bingham (7-2)

This spot was a battle between Bingham and Timpview (who have owned it for a few weeks), but the Miners certainly looked like a top-four team in a 48-0 rout of Region 3 challenger West Jordan. Havea Fotu scored three touchdowns in the lopsided victory.

5. Stansbury (9-0)

Remember the name: Ezra Harris threw for 202 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 104 yards and another score to help the Stallions overwhelm Payson, 52-14 and clinch the Region 7 title. It's the second-largest margin of victory of the season for the Stallions, who are averaging 50 points per game.

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6. Timpview (6-2)

Results didn't go their way in Lehi, but we've got a feeling Quezon Villa and the Thunderbirds aren't going anywhere.

7. American Fork (7-2)

All-name candidate Champion Edwards threw three touchdown passes in a 35-7 win over Westlake as the Cavemen continue to look like the best team in Region 4 not named Corner Canyon or Skyridge.

8. Farmington (8-1)

The Phoenix rebounded from their first loss of the season to thump visiting Fremont, 42-28 and secure at least a share of the Region 1 title. Easton Wright threw for 377 yards and six touchdowns with three interceptions for Farmington.

9. Springville (8-1)

Ryder Burton threw five touchdown passes, including four to Luke Nadauld, as the Red Devils ran roughshod to a 49-14 win over Salem Hills to finish unbeaten in Region 9 play.

10. West (6-2)

Sesi Vailahi had 73 receiving yards and a touchdown, and also ran for a score as the Panthers piled up over 300 yards on the ground in a 35-7 win over Kearns on senior night.

11. Brighton (8-1)

The Bengals scored 28 points in the first quarter and 55 in the first half en route to a 55-14 win over Clearfield for their eight-straight victory.

12. Lone Peak (4-4)

The Knights wrap up the regular season Wednesday at Westlake

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13. Bountiful (7-2)

Redhawks scored 24-unanswered points to turn a 3-0 deficit into a 24-16 win over Northridge in the regular-season finale to wrap up a league title. Bountiful improved to 10-0 in Region 5 games since transitioning to the Redhawks moniker a year ago.

14. Morgan (9-0)

Nick Despain threw for 172 yards and four touchdowns and ran for two more scores as the Trojans overwhelmed Ogden, 49-3.

15. Riverton (6-3)

Logan Dunfield caught three touchdown passes to help the Silverwolves pull away from Mountain Ridge 38-13 to maintain sole possession of second place in Region 3.

16. Syracuse (7-2)

Jake Hopkins scored three touchdowns, and Kobe Bennett ran for 105 yards as the Titans shut out Layton 38-0 to stay unbeaten in Region 1 play and set up a defacto region championship game against Farmington.


— Syracuse High School (@SHS_Titans) October 7, 2022

17. Pleasant Grove (5-4)

The Vikings end the regular season Wednesday at Corner Canyon.

18. Mountain Ridge (6-3)

Jaxson Reiser threw for 256 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions as the Sentinels lost their third game in five tries.

19. West Jordan (5-3)

The Jaguars will look to rebound from a two-game losing skid at home Friday against Copper Hills.

20. Box Elder (6-3)

Ryan Griffin threw for two touchdowns, and Daxton Sumko ran for two more in the Bees' 37-8 win over Bonneville in the penultimate game of the regular season.

FINAL | @DixieHighTeams hands 4A's top-rated team Crimson Cliffs its first loss in 5 games.

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Plus-1. Dixie (5-3)

Jaxon Barben made his return to the Flyers' offense, catching four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown, and Blake Watson added 133 receiving yards and a score to help Dixie stun Crimson Cliffs and hand the Mustangs their first loss in Region 10 play.

The Flyers finish the regular season Wednesday at Hurricane, while Crimson Cliffs hosts Cedar. A win by the Mustangs would clinch a share of the region title with Snow Canyon, but a loss could set up a scenario where four teams all finish within one game of each other in the league standings before the 4A playoffs.

"That's the best game we've played so far," Dixie coach Blaine Monkres said. "That's a great team with some great athletes, well-coached. But we just executed tonight like I know we can.

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