By Steve Pimper
The annual college football battle between Brigham Young University and the University of Utah has been dubbed “The Holy War.”
At the high school level there is also a cross-town “Holy War” every year as the two largest Catholic schools in the state have created a robust parochial rivalry that annually packs the bleachers.
The Juan Diego Soaring Eagles have climbed to the top of the 3A rankings this season and were looking to avenge two-straight losses to the Bulldogs of Judge Memorial.
The Eagles kept their 2008 record unblemished and preserved their No. 1 ranking by building a 28-0 halftime lead and then coasting home with an easy 35-7 win over their neighbors to the north.
Quarterback Brian May led the assault by throwing for two scores and running in two more while his defensive team mates completely stymied the Bulldogs offensive attack.
Juan Diego’s defense limited Judge to less than 80 total yards, only three first downs and even scored on a 21-yard fumble return by Frankie Sutera as the Eagles move to 5-0 on the year, allowing just 19 points in the process.
In the premier match-up in Region 1, the Layton Lancers edged by the Davis Darts thanks in large part to the outstanding performance of Kimble Jensen. Jensen caught a 74-yard touchdown pass, blocked a Dart punt to set up the second Lancer score and for good measure solidified the victory with a late game interception.
In the other Region 1 action Northridge and Viewmont kept pace with Layton by posting wins. The Knights had a tougher than expected time with Fremont before finally prevailing in a high scoring 42-28 game. Viewmont handled Clearfield 33-18. Also the Syracuse Titans posted their first-ever league win by whitewashing Weber 30-0.
In 4A, after taking a week off the Thunderbirds of Timpview rolled to their 27th straight win by blanking winless Payson 30-0. Second-ranked Cottonwood and third-ranked Sky View also stayed perfect by posting shutouts.
Cottonwood’s all-everything running back, Isi Sofele added to his career rushing total of 3,469 yards and scored twice in the Colts 37-0 thumping of Cyprus. The northern Utah powerhouse Bobcats of Sky View got three scores from J.D. Falslev as they blitzed the hapless Roy Royals 62-0.
Other interesting results included Mountain View’s surprisingly easy win over Tooele, 42-7; Bountiful’s struggle with winless Box Elder to post a close 10-3 victory; Hurricane’s dominating 31-0 performance over Park City and Snow Canyon’s 48-0 route of Desert Hills as the Warriors and BYU-bound Adam Timo scored three times to bring his career total to 52 touchdowns.
Results from some of the smaller schools around the state; Kanab edged Rich 32-28; Millard stuffed Beaver 31-14; San Juan nipped Richfield 14-0; North Summit got by Gunnison 36-14; Manti crushed the American Leadership Academy 56-0 and Juab cruised by South Summit 28-7.
In match-ups involving out-of-state foes American Fork beat Mount Miguel of San Diego, Calif., 54 to 34; Logan outlasted Highland, Idaho 38-33 and Delta doubled up Moapa Valley, Nev., 41-20.
Finally in the rude guests category, the Jaguars of West Jordan pushed their record to 5-0 on the year by spoiling Hillcrest’s homecoming 20 to 17 in overtime as Tyson Udy caught the winning pass from Jace Rogers.
Copper Hills did the same to Taylorsville as the state’s leading passer, Josh Soter, threw five touchdown passes and ran in another while Clint Jex added two more sacks to his state-best total as the Grizzlies spoiled the Warriors homecoming party 52-0.