By Steve Pimper
A full slate of Region games filled the docket this week and an all-time Beehive state record was set, while three more squads fell from the ranks of the undefeated.
Starting with the new state record, to no one's surprise it belongs to Bingham's place kicker supreme, Justin Sorensen. The kid with the bazooka leg booted home three more field goals (from 26, 27 and 55-yards) to help his Miners crush West Jordan 44-13 in the Region 3 league opener for both squads. The trio of 3-pointers push his total to 24 made field goals and set a new career state mark. Brigham Young University-bound Sorensen also rewrote the record book earlier this year when he drilled the state's longest ever from 63-yards.
Sorensen had help from his friends as the Miner defense forced four Jaguar turnovers and running back Sam Langi returned to action from a shoulder injury to score three times with an 11 carry, 159-yard performance.
Meanwhile in Kamas, the battle for Summit County bragging rights took center stage with the much-anticipated clash of unbeaten rivals. The 2A top team of North Summit invaded the lair of the No. 3 ranked South Summit Wildcats for their annual turf war. Unfortunately for the Wildcats they had no defense for the Braves senior running back, Dallin Donaldson. Donaldson shredded South Summit for 181-yards on 19 carries with two touchdowns as the North prevailed over the South again by a 21-7 count.
Two other squads had their perfect season spoiled as the upset bug bit 4A's third-ranked Bountiful team when the Mustangs of Mountain Crest turned two Brave miscues into points and silenced the large homecoming crowd by posting a 21-7 win.
Meanwhile Union rallied from a 28-14 deficit, led by quarterback Rhen Richards leadership and a 13 of 20, 295-yard passing effort, as the Cougars surprised 3A's second ranked Park City, 34-28. Richards accounted for all five touchdowns for the visiting Cougars.
In Davis County, all eyes were on the Region 1 match-up of 5A powers Northridge and Layton in a battle for the league lead. Again the home team fell victim as the Knights allowed the Lancers to score twice in the last quarter and post a 28-10 win. It was the first win in 11 years for the Lancers over their cross-town rivals and solidified the Lancers' No. 4 ranking in the 5A classification.
Down south, the game between undefeated Pine View and once-beaten Snow Canyon was moved to Hansen Stadium on the campus of Dixie State University to accommodate the huge St. George city battle. With both teams sporting explosive offensive attacks, the scoreboard operator was primed for a night of fireworks, but Pine View forced the Warriors into six turnovers and allowed Snow Canyon to post only 60 yards of total offense as the Panthers prevailed in a 46-14 route.
The no-defense game of the week saw 108 total points posted as American Fork outlasted Timpanogos in a 62-46 scoring fest. The Cavemen rolled up 549 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on the ground while the Timberwolves unleashed another air attack as the state's leading passer, Christian Stewart, tossed five scoring aerials for the losers.
In paramedic-assisted games of the week, the more gray hair, near parental heart-failure contests featured Roy's 24-21 overtime victory over visiting Woods Cross, Bonneville's final minute touchdown to edge Sky View 16-14, Cottonwood's score with 36-seconds remaining to hold off West 20-14 and finally Taylorsville's second final-minute turnaround in the last two weeks, this time beating Brighton 14-13 on a successful two-point pass play.
After six weeks of gridiron action, the list of undefeated teams in the state has dwindled to a half dozen with only Millard, Judge Memorial, Timpview, Cottonwood, North Summit and Pine View remaining perfect.
On the other side of the ledger Hunter (a 27-19 winner over Kearns), Bear River (winning 26-24 over Ben Lomond) and Lone Peak (beating Spanish Fork 13-9) posted their first victories of the season, now leaving seven teams (Altamont, North Sevier, Beaver, Ben Lomond, Canyon View, Syracuse and Olympus) still winless in 2007.
Looking ahead to week seven the premier games on the docket look to be Emery at Juan Diego, Gunnison at Juab, Highland at Cottonwood, Riverton at West Jordan and Judge Memorial at Park City.