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(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune) Highland's Ben Bergeson (6) runs the ball in for a touchdown after intercepting it during the game at Highland High School Thursday August 22, 2013.
Prep football: Friday night primer

By Christopher Kamrani

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Sep 12 2013 01:49 pm • Last Updated Feb 14 2014 11:34 pm

Games of the Week

Herriman at Lone Peak » The preseason has been a thorough test for the Mustangs, and they get another big one in Highland. Baron Gajkowski and Co. look to continue their impressive offensive outing after shredding Mullen (Colo.) last week.

At a glance

This week’s schedule

All games at 7 p.m. unless noted


Davis at Syracuse


» Whitehorse at Fort Wingate, N.M.

Hunter at Bingham

» Gunnison Valley at Layton Christian 4 p.m.

» North Summit at Summit Academy 4 p.m.

» Copper Hills vs Vanden, Calif. at Coeur D’Alene, Idaho 6 p.m.

» Salem Hills at Timpview

» Bear River at Tooele

» Stansbury at Uintah

» Northridge at Viewmont

» Box Elder at Weber

» Cyprus at West

» Hillcrest at West Jordan

» Duchesne at Milford

» Diamond Ranch at Monument Valley

» American Leadership at Millard

» Parowan at Enterprise

» Desert Hills at Cedar City

» Pine View at Snow Canyon

» Canyon View at Dixie

» Judge Memorial at Delta

» Lehi at Westlake

» Shelley, ID at Manti

» Riverton at American Fork

» Sky View at Bonneville

» Cottonwood at Brighton

» Bountiful at Clearfield

» Woods Cross at East

» Grantsville at Juab

» Ben Lomond at Juan Diego

» Highland at Kearns

» Fremont at Layton

» Herriman at Lone Peak

» Pleasant Grove at Maple Mountain

» Granger at Morgan

» Corner Canyon at Mountain View

» Carbon at North Sanpete

» San Juan at North Sevier

» Kanab at Monticello

» Logan at Ogden

» Murray at Orem

» Union at Park City

» Hurricane at Payson

» Wasatch at Provo

» Emery County at Richfield

» Mountain Crest at Roy

» Grand County at South Sevier

» Beaver at South Summit

» Springville at Spanish Fork

» Olympus at Taylorsville

» Skyline at Timpanogos


» Alta vs Allentown, N.J. at Rio Tinto Stadium 2 p.m.

» Bergen Catholic, N.J. vs Jordan at Rio Tinto Stadium

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Salem Hills at Timpview » The Thunderbirds answered the call and bounced back from a loss in fantastic fashion, toppling Alta 41-28 on the road last week. The T-Birds face a talented young quarterback in Porter Gustin, who has thrown for 928 yards and 11 TDs in three games.

Lehi at Westlake » The Pioneer offense is averaging 41 points per game in its 2-1 start. Running back Caden Calton has rushed for 678 yards and nine touchdowns in Lehi’s preseason. How will former BYU quarterback Steve Clements, Westlake’s first-year coach, handle that? Well, the Thunder are 3-0 themselves and have a chance to move to 4-0 at home.

Players to Watch

Ben Bergeson, sr., Highland, WR/DB » A key cog in the Rams defense, Bergeson already has intercepted four passes this season and is looking like one of the top cornerbacks in the state. He will have his eyes on Kearns quarterback Bailey Floyd this week as the Rams head to Kearns to take on the Cougars.

Chase Manning, sr., Olympus, QB » The Titans leader under center has guided them to a 2-0 start, with each of their wins coming over 5A opponents Northridge and West Jordan. Manning must direct the offense this week at Taylorsville, where the upstart Warriors have a staunch defensive line. Expect Manning to get Connor Haller involved early.

The Soaring Eagle

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Juan Diego has won 10 consecutive region titles, according to Utah high school football expert George Felt. Only Manti (1949-1960) and Dixie (1966-1976) have held longer region title streaks. The Soaring Eagle start their 3AA North campaign at home against Ben Lomond.

Big number


The Spanish Fork Dons and Springville Red Devils tangle for the 87th time Friday night in Spanish Fork. While the Dons have pulled out the last two meetings, they’ve slimmed down Springville’s series lead. The Red Devils hold a 42-41-3 advantage.

Still-climbing Kafentzis

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