East, Timpview, Pine View advance to title games

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - The Pine View Panthers pulled off a miraculous comeback to beat Juan Diego in the 3AA semifinals Thursday at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

Down by 8, Pine View quarterback Kody Wilstead hit Tristan Duran, who injured his shoulder while breaking three tackles on his way to a 50-yard touchdown with just one second left on the clock. 

Wilstead then found Jack Bangerter for the 2-point conversion to send the game into overtime. After the Panthers defense held the Soaring Eagle on 4th down, Wilstead threw his 5th touchdown of the game to Colton Miller for the game-winning score as Pine View pulled out the victory, 48-42.

"I'm so proud of our kids and everyone who supports us," said head coach Ray Hosner. "I'm just proud to be a Panther."

"We had been down before at halftime, and we knew we were going to pull this out," said Wilstead. "We never lost faith."

Pine View now awaits the winner of the Dixie-Desert Hills game in the 3AA championship.

In the 4A semifinals, East overcame a slow start to blow past Olympus, 47-21. 

Ula Tolutau rushed for 188 yards and a touchdown, while Lorenzo Manu and Taua Laupata both returned interceptions for touchdowns.

"We started out slow, but we keep grinding and try to wear teams out," said quarterback Isaac Valles.

"It's playoffs, anything can happen," said Tolutau. "Slowly, we just build up and then, boom."

East also scored on special teams when the Leopards recovered a fumbled punt in the end zone. Malakai Solovi and Preston Curtis both added touchdowns for the Leopards, which improved to 12-0 on the year.

Next up for East, defending 4A champion Timpview. The Thunderbirds rolled past Woods Cross, 37-6.

Kendall Tu'ua scored three touchdowns, while Britain Covey threw for two scores as the T-Birds shut down the Wildcats attack. Woods Cross managed just 97 yards of total offense.

Woods Cross made several mistakes, with the biggest coming on a fumble by punter Xequille Henry that was recovered by Gabe Reid.

"That touchdown on that punt was huge," said Covey. "Our defense has been doing that all year. They've been amazing."

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