High school football championship preview

Three state championships will be decided Friday at Rice-Eccles Stadium

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) - In what looks like will be a snowy championship Friday, three high school football champions will be crowned at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

In 6A, it's the rematch everyone has been waiting for. Bingham, undefeated and ranked 9th in the entire nation, against East, whose only two losses have come against top-10 teams, including Bingham. The Miners walloped the Leopards back in August, 48-17, but East committed five turnovers in that game and have only gotten better since.

"We're much better," head coach Brandon Matich said. "We created depth at running back. We didn't have that before. We leaned heavily on Sione Molisi, and we don't have to do that anymore. We have other guys that can make plays."

East showed they can also win with defense, beating Lone Peak in the semifinals, 28-13, despite amassing just 227 total yards.

"I'm sure they've gotten better," said Bingham head coach John Lambourne. "It's exciting for us to be in the final, and it's exciting to play East again, but we would have taken anyone we could get."

The entire city of Lehi should be at Rice-Eccles for the 5A championship. Skyridge and Lehi, two schools separated by just three miles and have never played each other in any sport, will go at it on the field. 

The Falcons are in just their second year of existence, but upset undefeated Corner Canyon in the semifinals. Most of their players actually came from Lehi three years ago. Meanwhile, the Pioneers have the best quarterback in the state in Cammon Cooper who has thrown for 53 touchdowns this season. Seeing how these teams know each other so well, this makes for a fantastic matchup.

"Especially the senior class because we were together sophomore year," Cooper said. "We know a lot of guys on their team, so it will be a good game."

"We're a second year school," said Falcons quarterback Jayden Clemens. "We haven't even been to the playoffs before this year. It will be a great matchup. We don't get to play each other in any season, so it will be very fun."

In the 4A championship, Orem High, led by the deadly combination of Cooper Legas and Puka Nacua will play for its first state title in 23 years, against Mountain Crest, who lost just one game all season. 

The 4A game will go first at 11:00 a.m. followed by the 6A game at 2:30 and the 5A championship at 6:30.


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