by Daniel Olsen | 4A has been quite the division to cover. Earlier this month, we covered the Logan vs undefeated Sky View game. Sky View has a lengthy undefeated streak dating back to last season. They defeated the rival Logan Grizzlies and haven’t looked back once this year. While the top teams like the Bobcats have byes this week, it will be fun to look at all the games for Round 1 between teams looking to make a Cinderella run. Let’s analyze each matchup of round 1 and predict who will come out on top.
16 Desert Hills vs 17 Mountain Crest: We start with the Sky View region of the bracket where the winner of this game will play at Sky View next week. This game kicks off at 4 PM Mountain Time on Friday, October 23rd. Desert Hills struggled early in the season with a five game losing streak but won their last two games of the season.
Mountain Crest has struggled especially in the latter portion of the season with a six game losing streak. However, on Senior Night they capped off the regular season with a 41 to 7 win over Hillcrest.
Prediction: This is a tough one. Mountain Crest has struggled to score but has a defense that can hang at times. Mountain Crest has only won two games this season and Desert Hills has won four. The Thunder are slight favorites and if they play like they are capable of, they should roll over a Mountain Crest team that has struggled since the mew Ridgeline High School broke off from them. The Mustangs could use this game as an opportunity to advance and get revenge on their rival Bobcats.
Score: Desert Hills 30 Mountain Crest 22
13 Cedar Valley vs 20 Tooele: Cache Valley reigns supreme as the 4 seed Ridgeline gets the bye in this portion of the bracket. The winner of this game will head to Millville next week to take on the Rivercats.
The Cedar Valley Aviators are in Eagle Mountain, Utah on the west side of Utah County. They became a school just last year. It was a respectable season as they finished 5-4. They particularly caught fire near the end of the season with a four game winning streak before a heartbreaking 24-21 loss to Park City on Senior Night.
If you take a drive on Pioneer Crossing in Eagle Mountain, that turns to SR-73 and can take you to Toeele. The Buffaloes have been extremely inconsistent this year. They finished the season with just two wins. They did beat Ben Lomond and Uintah so in terms of head-to-head they are deserving of the 20 seed. They actually had a close 21 to 23 loss to Cedar Valley earlier in the season.
Final Prediction: On paper Cedar Valley is better with more wins but there is something about Tooele that gave them some trouble. It is true that they had a 20-0 halftime lead but they nearly blew that and relied on three field goals to win the game by two points. There will be adjustments made but if Tooele can keep Cedar Valley quarterback Payton Weber from finding the end zone and stop the run like they did last time, they can win. If they are holding Cedar Valley to three instead of seven each time then this will be the biggest upset of the first weekend. The roles will be reversed.
Score: Tooele 23 Cedar Valley 19
12 Ogden vs 21 Ben Lomond: Ogden might rather play someone else but they will play a Ben Lomond team that they just beat last week in a close 32-24 victory. The Tigers have won six games although they have struggled since their hot 3-0 start to begin the season. They have lost four of their final seven games.
Ben Lomond has only won three games this year and one of those was to Evanston, Wyoming. Most of their losses haven’t been close although they did lose Cedar Valley and Ben Lomond by just one possession.
Final Prediction: Due to the close outing last game and the difficulty of beating the same opponent in back-to-back weeks, the Ogden Tigers are on upset alert here. I still think they will channel their inner Rocky and show the Eye of the Tiger against the Scots. If the Scots prove me wrong then there will be some bagpipe celebrations on their side of Ogden!
Score: Ogden 28 Ben Lomond 17
11 Mountain View vs 22 Uintah: The Bruins finished the season 5-3 with a five game winning streak sandwiched in between their losses to start and finish the season. They opened with a disappointing 14-51 beating at the hands of their rival Orem Tigers. They beat their other rival Timpanogos the following week and couldn’t be stopped for a while. They then got smacked at Park City 30-60 and lost to Woods Cross 20-10 on Senior Night.
Uintah hasn’t won a game, so they aren’t necessarily good. They are just getting a free pass into an expanded state playoff where they are heavy underdogs. Of those eight losses, six of them were by double digits. They did play Ogden and North Summit closely.
Again, these aren’t the powerhouse Utah Utes that have dominated the PAC-12 South in college. They are the Uintah Utes. If they pull off the upset then I will make their logo my Twitter profile picture and proclaim my stupidity for such a prediction.
Score: Mountain View 38 Uintah 13
14 Logan vs 19 Hurricane: The Logan High Grizzlies are on the cusp of something great but it might take just one more year to get that started. They will return most of their starters next year but this year they finished a disappointing 3-6 against some tough competition. Two of those wins were relatively close. It feels like they should either barely beat or lose to their opponents that are around their same level.
On the other hand, the Hurricane Tigers have struggled a little more with only two wins on their season. They failed to score a single point in their final two games.
Final Prediction: Expect it to be a fight early but in the end Logan will pull away. They have too much talent to lose this one. They will make Grizzly fans happy in their first round at Crimson Field.
Score: Logan 30 Hurricane 21
15 Crimson Cliffs vs 18 Canyon View
The Crimson Cliffs Mustangs have only won three games this season and haven’t won a game since September 18th. Their season finale was a close one though at Desert Hills.
Canyon View is equally averse to winning lately as they haven’t won since August 28th when they cruised to a 41-6 win over Enterprise to start the first month with a 3-0 record.
Final Prediction: This one will come down to who is more tired of losing. Canyon View has been losing for a little longer so even though they are slight underdogs, I will say they reverse the result from earlier in the season when they lost to the Crimson Cliffs 7-40. I predict the score will be closer. Canyon View will get their hand caught in the cookie jar here as they will be a little too confident. The state playoffs are a different animal and anything can happen.
Score: Canyon View 24 Crimson Cliffs 21
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