High school football power rankings: McCae Hillstead, Skyridge set the tone

The Trib’s Top 25 teams after one week of the prep football season.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Zach Hale (2) of Corner Canyon tries to take down Skyridge quarterback McCae Hillstead (7) in prep football action between the Corner Canyon Chargers and the Skyridge Falcons, on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in Draper.

The calendar still says it’s summer.

Your heart knows it’s football season.

And in a thrilling start to the 2022 campaign last week, a few Utah high school teams set the tone early.

Here’s our first Top 25 of the year.

1. Skyridge (1-0)

McCae Hillstead set the early bar for the state’s quarterbacks, throwing for 232 yards and three scores (and rushing for two more) in a 52-7 win over Fremont.

2. Corner Canyon (1-0)

CC lost some major weapons to graduation, including BYU-bound wide receiver Cody Hagen. No problem, though. Tate Kjar had 206 yards and two TDs in a win over Herriman.

3. Timpview (1-0)

Loaded with talented recruits — Spencer Fano, Siale Esera, Howie Iongi, Pokaiaua Haunga — Timpview took down the reigning 6A champs Lone Peak to start the year.

4. Lehi (1-0)

An impressive opening weekend win, shutting out 6A Davis. Jackson Brousseau had 368 yards in the air and three TDs.

5. Springville (1-0)

Ryder Burton wants to win the Heisman someday. He wants to be a state champ first after disappointment last year in the playoffs. The Devils are off to a 1-0 start.

6. Lone Peak (0-1)

The defending champs have one in the L column, but the Knights can still bounce back.

7. American Fork (1-0)

Thumped Roy 48-0. Senior Trey Roberts had 100-plus receiving and a pair of touchdowns.

8. Bingham (1-0)

Junior Carson Sudbury rushed 7 times for 114 yards as Miner ground attack punished Weber.

9. Desert Hills (1-0)

A weather delay couldn’t slow down the Thunder en route to a season-opening win over Brighton.

10. Orem (1-0)

The Tigers held on for a 22-21 win over a tough East team.

11. Riverton (1-0)

After a win over Syracuse, Riverton looks to go 2-0 with Dixie up next.

12. Farmington (1-0)

Boston Reinhold’s 61-yard TD set the tone, as Farmington beats Pleasant Grove.

13. Stansbury (1-0)

Hung 72 points on Pineview thanks in part to three scores, 228 all-purpose yards from Dylan Hamilton.

14. Bountiful (1-0)

A thorough 24-0 victory over Highland opens the campaign.

15. Grantsville (1-0)

The 3A champs are looking to repeat and showed their strength holding off 5A Provo to open the season.

16. Sky View (1-0)

Bobcats were 35-15 winners over Salem Hills.

17. Skyline (1-0)

BYU commit Miles Hall hauled in three TDs in a 55-7 win over Juan Diego.

18. Park City (1-0)

The Miners gutted out a 6-o victory over Wasatch.

19. West (1-0)

The Panthers opened with an impressive a 43-0 win. Now they’ll take on one of the best teams in the country, Mater Dei from California.

20. East (0-1)

The Leopards’ triple-option attack came up just short against a good Orem team.

21. Mountain Ridge (1-0)

The Sentinels took down Olympus, 31-27, on Friday.

22. Bonneville (1-0)

Grinding out a solid win over Ridgeline team is enough to get them into the Top 25 this week.

23. Brighton (0-1)

The Bengals’ rally came up short against Desert Hills the opener, but that fight bodes well for them this season.

24. Crimson Cliffs (1-0)

Steele Barben led the way in a close win over Green Canyon.

25. Morgan

The 3A favorite took care of business in a 37-14 win over Bear River.

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