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Murray Spartans grab a spot in the Top 25 in Week 3 of the Utah high school football power rankings

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Dallen Martinez gets past Corner Canyon free safety Charlie Ebeling (7) as he runs the ball for the Chargers, in prep football action between the Corner Canyon Chargers and the Bingham Miners, on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021.

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Corner Canyon is still the team to beat, and there wasn’t much movement within the top 10. But a couple of unranked teams made the list, and Timpanogos is starting to turn some heads.

Here are The Salt Lake Tribune’s prep football Top 25 power rankings for Week 3.

1. Corner Canyon (3-0)

Previous week: 1

Devin Brown continues to shine for a Chargers team that loves big plays on offense and can hang with anyone on defense. The streak is now at 43.

2. Lone Peak (2-0)

Previous week: 2

The Knights couldn’t play their game against East due to a Leopards player testing positive for COVID-19. But it wouldn’t be fair to dock them for a situation they couldn’t control.

3. Skyridge (3-0)

Previous week: 3

For the third week in a row, the Falcons defense allowed zero points. Will they ever get scored on?

4. Orem (3-0)

Previous week: 4

The Tigers continue to roll behind a good passing performance from senior quarterback Chase Tuatagaloa and Kolton Brown (senior) and Mack Hixson (sophomore), who caught touchdowns and ran some in as well.

5. American Fork (2-0)

Previous week: 5

Much like Lone Peak, the Cavemen couldn’t play their game against West due to COVID-19, per a report in KSL Sports. They’ll stay at No. 5 for now.

6. Syracuse (3-0)

Previous week: 8

Another strong all-around performance from the Titans moves them just outside the top five.

7. Bingham (2-1)

Previous week: 7

The Miners couldn’t do much offensively against Corner Canyon, but showed an ability to make adjustments on the fly that will help them as the season goes on.

8. Pine View (3-0)

Previous week: 10

Junior quarterback Sawyer Woods carried almost the entire offense by himself (five passing TDs, one rushing) while the Panthers improved on giving away yardage through penalties.

9. Mountain Ridge (3-0)

Previous week: 11

The 6A Sentinels exploded in the fourth quarter, putting up 33 points of their 40 points and beating a previously undefeated Wasatch team. Senior quarterback Adarius Edwards hit four different receivers in Friday’s win.

10. Wasatch (2-1)

Previous week: 9

Giving up 33 points in the fourth quarter isn’t ideal. But before that, the Wasps had their game against Mountain Ridge under control. That counts for something.

11. Beaver (3-0)

Previous week: 6

The Beavers almost gave up a two-touchdown lead to a Marsh Valley team from Idaho that was playing its first game of the season.

12. Timpview (2-1)

Previous week: 12

Timpview won by only five against the 4A Mustangs in an evenly matched game.

13. Brighton (2-1)

Previous week: 14

The Bengals got back to their winning ways with a resounding victory over the winless Woods Cross.

14. Duchesne (3-0)

Previous week: 15

The Eagles continue to punch above their weight, this time shutting out 3A Union, 40-0.

15. Logan (3-0)

Previous week: 16

The Grizzlies put together a 28-8 second half against Stansbury to stay undefeated on the season. Senior running back Matthew Mason had two rushing TDs and Logan scored on two turnovers.

16. Timpanogos (3-0)

Previous week: 25

The 5A Timberwolves beat a bigger school in 4A Hurricane and did so by 30 points to boot.

17. Juan Diego (2-1)

Previous week: 18

Taylorsville has yet to win a game, but Juan Diego holding a 6A team scoreless is nothing to sneeze at.

18. Sky View (2-1)

Previous week: 13

The Bobcats got smoked by Rigby, a team from Idaho. Sky View scored in the first quarter but was shut out for the remainder of the game.

19. Fremont (2-1)

Previous week: 17

The Silverwolves beat a winless Highland team behind four touchdown passes from senior quarterback Cannon Koford.

20. Roy (2-1)

Previous week: 21

The Royals move up a spot after a strong offensive performance against a Clearfield team that had only given up 25.5 points per game through two weeks.

21. Layton Christian (2-1)

Previous week: 22

The Eagles picked up a game on what would have been their bye week because South Summit’s opponent reportedly could not play due to COVID-19. Getting shut out doesn’t help, but they still have a winning record.

22. Payson (3-0)

Previous week: 24

The 5A Lions again beat a team that was much lower in classification. But they keep winning, and that matters.

23. Northridge (2-1)

Previous week: Unranked

The Knights are back in the Top 25 after a week off, beating a Murray team that hadn’t yet lost all season.

24. Hurricane (2-1)

Previous week: 23

Losing badly to Timpanogos isn’t great, but junior quarterback Carter Ashby is still making waves for his team. The Hurricane leader threw two touchdowns and rushed for two more on Friday.

25. Murray (2-1)

Previous week: Unranked

The Spartans suffered their first loss, but it was to a 6A team after beating another 6A team and a 5A team in their own region the previous two weeks.

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