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Prep football: Thursday night primer

Published October 10, 2013 11:06 pm

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Three of the state's remaining undefeated football teams hit the field Thursday for Night 2 of Week 8.

Davis, which is coming off a bye week, travels to streaking Northridge, Juan Diego journeys out Interstate 80 to Stansbury and Logan makes the short jaunt to Mountain Crest.

The Dart, who are 3-0 in Region 1, will have their hands full with Northridge, which enters at 3-1 in the region. The Knights have averaged 34.25 points over their last four games, thanks in part to BYU commit Dayan Lake and quarterback Ben Jackson, who took over for the injured Nate Kusuda. But they will face a stingy Davis defense, which has posted two shutouts and allows just 5.83 points per game.

Stansbury has refound its swagger after starting the season 1-2. The Stallions have reeled off four consecutive wins, but the Soaring Eagle are the toughest foe they've faced this season. Both teams love to run the ball, and considering the wet and cold outside, that's a good thing. It's possible this game could be over in an hour because of how much these teams like to run the ball. Alexander Mackey leads the Stansbury attack with 521 yards on the ground, and he's one of five Stallions who has rushed for more than 200 yards this season. Chase Williams and his 606 yards on the ground lead the Juan Diego rushing force that has averaged 332 yards per game.

Mountain Crest is 1-6 overall and faces a potent Logan offense. The Grizzlies offense, led by Chase Nelson, has averaged 54.5 points over the last four games. It could be a long night for the Mustangs.

Control of Region 4 will be on the line when Riverton and Herriman meet. The Silverwolves are riding a three-game winning streak, which includes their 71-50 win over Lehi in Week 7. Cameron Christensen leads Riverton with 742 yards rushing and scored 10 times on the ground. Herriman is a tough team to figure out. The Mustangs are 2-2 over their last four, but they have senior Brandon Farmer, a tough runner who gobbles up yards. When Farmer is healthy, he's a beast who has gained 752 yards and averaged 9.06 yards per carry this season.

A potential state championship preview will happen in Tooele County, when Morgan travels to Grantsville. There absolutely are other teams that will have a say in who grabs the Class 3A crown, but this game features two 6-1 teams. The Cowboys defense has posted four shutouts, including last week against Emery. But Morgan rolls into town with a potent offense. The Trojans are averaging 48.2 points over their last five games. Morgan's offense vs. Grantsville's defense — should be excellent. —

Thursday's schedule

All games at 7 p.m.

Bear River at Park City

Ben Lomond at Uintah

Box Elder at Sky View

Canyon View at North Sanpete

Cedar at Snow Canyon

Davis at Northridge

Delta at Richfield

Fremont at Weber

Juan Diego at Stansbury

Judge at Emery

Logan at Mountain Crest

Morgan at Grantsville

Ogden at Bonneville

Pine View at Hurricane

Riverton at Herriman

Union at Carbon

Viewmont at Layton