It’s still football season, but Springville’s Raul Delgado is thinking like a basketball point guard when it comes to playmaking.
Delgado is regarded as one of the state’s best 4A point guards and headed up the all-state team last year as he gave the Red Devils their first postseason victories in nine years. On Friday night, Delgado delivered big plays again in a 33-27 instant-classic victory over rival Spanish Fork that all but assures Springville of the Region 8 championship.
With Springville down 20-7 at halftime, Delgado returned the opening kick of the second half 91 yards for a touchdown to make it a one-score game. In the fourth quarter, Delgado made a huge interception that set up Springville’s game-winning touchdown that would have been his if not for a holding penalty that nullified a 41-yard strike.
Sophomore Steve Bate later connected with Todd Gillies on a 21-yarder with 19 seconds left for the victory.
Upset night in Utah
It was a weird night in Utah on Friday with several interesting upsets.
Among the notable were Highland ending Bountiful’s quest for a perfect season that could send the Braves to a second-place finish in Region 5 and on the road for the second round in the playoffs.
Also, Hunter upended Cottonwood to keep its region hopes alive after starting the season 1-3.
All he did was score touchdowns
The Utah version of Cris Carter on Friday was Park City fullback Dylan Chenoweth, as he scored touchdowns the first four times he touched the ball in the Miners’ victory over Ala.
He finished with 275 yards and six scores, but needed nine carries to get those last two.
Fall championship wrap-up
5A Tennis: Skyline swept both doubles matches and Erin Blessing took No. 3 singles as Skyline outdistanced Cottonwood and Lone Peak.
4A Tennis: Sisters Kelsie and Callie Craig led Orem to the title.
3A Tennis: Desert Hills placed a representative in all five finals matches and defended its state championship despite losing three of them. Judge Memorial took two of those three matches, but settle for second place.
4A Golf: Dixie won its fifth straight title with a 24-shot victory over Bonneville. McCoy Willey locked up low medalist honors with a second-day 67.
3A Golf: Park City won by a single stroke over Judge, which had the low medalist in Chris Turner.
1A Baseball: Panguitch defeated Piute 13-3 to conclude a championship run where the Bobcats mercy-ruled all their tournament opponents.