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4A football: Webber, Highland again hope to stop Mountain Crest
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Highland linebacker Adam Webber fondly remembers the last time the Rams faced Mountain Crest this late in the Class 4A playoffs.

It was the championship game in 2010, a double-overtime classic the Rams won when Webber and the defense stuffed the Mustangs' 2-point conversion attempt on the final play of the game.

"I was kind of expecting them to run a rollout, but they ran up the middle," Webber said. "I saw Ben Johnson hit him, and everything else was a blur."

Webber, now a junior, is hoping for a similar result when the teams face off in the Class 4A semifinals Friday at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Though he acknowledges there mostly will be different players on the field than in the 2010 game, he relishes the opportunity for a rematch.

"For sure, I'm excited," Webber said. "It's going to be a great game. They're very talented, and they have a couple guys coming back from that game, I know. It will be interesting to see because I think it will be a great battle."

The Region 5 champion Mustangs have been a force for much of the season and come into the game on a nine-game winning streak in which the average margin of victory has been 29 points.

Mountain Crest has been particularly dominant on the defensive side of the ball. The Mustangs' small but athletic defense hasn't given up more than seven points since Oct. 5 against Box Elder.

"I think it's tough to pinpoint how you attack these guys," Highland coach Brody Benson said. "They're definitely skilled on offense, but I've been so impressed with their defense. They get multiple looks and bounce around a lot and have fantastic athletes on that side of the ball."

After losing four games in the regular season, the Rams (8-4), the No. 3 seed from Region 6, seem to be peaking at just the right time. They sneaked past Olympus in the first round before beating Region 8 champ Orem in the quarterfinals.

"I really like being underdogs because they kind of look past you, or you're not the one being hyped up," Webber said. "There's not as much pressure. You just get to play loose and fly around."

If Mountain Crest is the favorite, Mustangs coach Mark Wootton doesn't mind.

"We've been there a lot, and the kids know there's so much that goes into it," Wootton said. "Hopefully that experience will help them. They know how to get ready for it." —

Playoff schedule

5A semifinals

Thursday

at Rice-Eccles Stadium

11 a.m. • Syracuse vs. Bingham

2:30 p.m. • Lone Peak vs. Jordan

4A semifinals

Friday

at Rice-Eccles Stadium

11 a.m. • Highland vs. Mountain Crest

2:30 p.m. • Timpview vs. East

3A semifinals

at Rice-Eccles Stadium

Thursday • Spanish Fork vs. Desert Hills, 6:30 p.m.

Friday • Juan Diego vs. Dixie, 6:30 p.m.

2A title game

Saturday

at Pleasant Grove High

11 a.m. • Manti vs. San Juan

1A title game

Saturday

at Pleasant Grove High

2 p.m. • Duchesne vs. Rich

Prep football • It's a belated rematch for Highland, Mtn. Crest.
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