High school playoffs are down to the semi-finals, and our Region 9 boys have dominated the scene.
The playoffs have been fun to follow as we have watched our local high schools pick off their opponents securing all four spots in the semi-finals.
Last Friday night, we saw Dixie High School turn their game around against Stansbury. Unbelievably, they were down 42-14 half way through the 3rd quarter and managed to turn the game around. At the end of regulation time, they were on top, 49-42. (I’m thrilled for Dixie, but it is the kind of come back that you can’t help but shake your head and mutter “poor Stansbury”.) Talk about the come back of the season!
Hurricane Tigers took down their nemesis, Juan Diego. Those two schools have quite a history over the past six years, and whether you are a Hurricane fan or not, if you are from Southern Utah, you have to smile when they take out Juan Diego.
Desert Hills defeated Bear River to secure their spot in the semi-finals. They are the defending state champs and this year’s Region 9 champs. They are marching forward as a solid, cohesive team and are eyeing a second year state championship.
And Pine View High School finished off Cedar High School (another of our Region 9 schools) last Friday night. Lead by BYU bound quarterback, Cody Wilstead, they, too, have their eyes on taking state with the possiblity of repeating last year’s final match up of Pine View versus Desert Hills High School.
Despite the teams all being from Southern Utah, the semi-finals and the finals will be played in Salt Lake City at Rice-Eccles football stadium at the University of Utah. (A widely debated topic here in the South.)
Dixie versus Pineview, 6:30 p.m., Thursday, November 13.
Desert Hills versus Hurricane, 6:30 p.m., Friday, November 14.
Good luck to all the players and teams.
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