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Skyridge Leaps Into Top 5 In Latest KSLSports.com Game Night Live Power Rankings

Aug 24, 2020, 11:11 AM

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Skyridge Falcons are off to a 2-0 start after knocking off then-No. 4 Bingham, 35-7 last week. They moved from No. 8 to No. 4 this week in the power rankings.

After winning their 28th straight game last week, Corner Canyon remained at the top of the power rankings.

Each week the KSL Sports team votes on the top 20 schools in the state across all classifications.

Here is the Game Night Live top 20 power rankings in the state of Utah as voted on by the KSL Sports team entering the third week of the season.

20. Granger Lancers (2-0)

The Lancers are off to a great start to the season. They pulled off an upset win over Syracuse in Week 1 before taking down Clearfield, 40-21 in Week 2. Dionnzy Fue and Kadius Fuimaono each ran in two touchdowns while Desmond Fue added one rushing score in their win over Clearfield.

Previous ranking: Not ranked

Next up: vs. Highland (0-2)

19. Wasatch Wasps (2-0)

Two impressive wins in two weeks for the Wasps. They started with a big 49-35 win over Park City in the opener. Wasatch followed up with a 20-6 victory over Mountain Crest. Sili Akana had a 16-yard scoop and score while Adarius Edwards threw his only touchdown pass of the game to Jarin Kalam. Now, the Wasps will play their first road game of the season on Friday.

Previous ranking: Not ranked

Next up: at Viewmont (1-1), Friday at 7 p.m.

18. Lehi Pioneers (1-1)

The Pioneers were on the preseason Game Night Live Power Rankings before being shutout by American Fork, 55-0 in the opener. They bounced back with a win in Southern Utah, shutting out Crimson Cliffs 36-0. The Pioneers picked up four rushing touchdowns, a safety and a pick-six by Bode Hinckley. Peyton Dieters ran in two scores, while Grady Gonzalez and Chandler Jenkins each added one rushing touchdown. Lehi will play Riverton in their home opener.

Previous ranking: Not ranked

Next up: vs. Riverton (1-1), Friday at 7 p.m.

17. Olympus Titans (1-1)

After a disappointing loss to Mountain Ridge, 27-17 in the season opener, Olympus bounced back with a 19-10 road win against Hunter. Johnny Frank had 24 carries for 118 yards and two touchdowns. The Titans also got a safety and nailed a 30-yard field goal. They will be featured in our Game Night Live Game of the Week against Kearns.

Previous ranking: 20

Next up: at No. 9 Kearns (2-0), Friday at 7 p.m. on KSLSports.com and the KSL TV app.

16. Salem Hills SkyHawks (2-0)

Salem Hills had a brief absence in the Power Rankings but are back in after a big 27-10 win over Fremont last week. Jarret Elmer threw for 363 yards and one touchdown and rushed for another score. Willie Leota also ran in a touchdown for the SkyHawks.

Previous ranking: Not ranked

Next up: at Juab (2-0), Friday at 7 p.m.

15. Maple Mountain Golden Eagles (1-1)

The Golden Eagles moved up in the rankings despite losing their last game against then-No. 7 Pleasant Grove on the road, 19-14. Maple Mountain trailed 19-0 midway through the second quarter when they scored their first touchdown of the game. Tyler Nelson connected with BYU commit Kyson Hall for two touchdowns, one in the second and the other early in the fourth quarter. Hall finished with 5 receptions for 114 yards and two scores. They will finally play their first home game on Friday night.

Previous ranking: 19

Next up: vs. Timpanogos (0-2), Friday at 7 p.m.

14. Farmington Phoenix (1-1)

After a 49-20 loss to No. 1 Corner Canyon in the season opener, Farmington dropped out of the rankings. They beat Syracuse, 28-7 last week and are back in the Power Rankings. All four touchdowns by the Phoenix came on the ground and by four different players. Boston Reinhold, Caden Reynolds, and Drew and Payton Patterson each found the end zone.

Previous ranking: Not ranked

Next up: at Ridgeline (1-0), Friday at 7 p.m.

13. Westlake Thunder (2-0)

The Thunder have played very well on both sides of the ball through two weeks. They started with a 19-0 win at Woods Cross in the season opener, followed by a 30-13 victory over Provo last week. Kip Watterson, Brayden Ross and Kanyon Lee each scored a rushing touchdown against the Bulldogs. Ross also threw a touchdown along with 351 yards through the air.

Previous ranking: 14

Next up: vs. Hunter (0-2), Friday at 7 p.m.

12. Sky View Bobcats (2-0)

The defending 4A champions are off to another hot start with two home victories against Stansbury (35-27) and Bonneville (42-21). In the win over Bonneville, Walter Collins ran for 95 yards and two touchdowns while also hauling in a receiving touchdown. Truman Moser added a rushing score. Kasen Carlsen threw for 168 yards and two touchdowns. They will head up Idaho this week to face Highland.

Previous ranking: 15

Next up: at Highland (Idaho), Saturday at 7 p.m.

11. Roy Royals (2-0)

Roy is off to a 2-0 start after beating Jordan, 49-7 in the season opener and then knocked off Dixie in a tight game, 24-21 in their home opener. Against the Flyers, Parker Kingston ran in the game-winning touchdown with just over one minute remaining. Kingston also threw a passing touchdown along with 236 yards through the air. Cooper Valencia added a rushing score. They will begin Region 1 action on the road against Fremont.

Previous ranking: 16

Next up: at Fremont (0-2), Friday at 7 p.m.

10. Bingham Miners (0-1)

After having their season opener against Weber canceled after three players tested positive for COVID-19, Bingham struggled against Skyridge, falling to the Falcons 35-7 on the road. Troy Mehn connected with Isaiah Glasker for a 27-yard touchdown on the only touchdown of the season for the Miners. It doesn’t get easier as they will host the top team in the state.

Previous ranking: 4

Next up: vs. No. 1 Corner Canyon (2-0), Friday at 7 p.m.

9. Kearns Cougars (2-0)

The Cougars started the season with a 20-3 win at Box Elder before knocking off Mountain Ridge, 42-14 in their home opener. Kearns picked up 16 carries for 92 yards and two touchdowns from Naki Leha last week. Ke’Ondre Polanco and Joe Alusa each added a rushing score. Losefa Toia’ivao threw two touchdown passes on seven pass completions. Jack Kelly caught 6 receptions for 189 yards and one touchdown. This week, Kearns will be featured in our Game Night Live Game of the Week against Olympus.

Previous ranking: 13

Next up: vs. No. 17 Olympus (1-1), Friday at 7 p.m. on KSLSports.com and the KSL TV app.

8. Brighton Bengals (2-0)

After a 56-42 win in the season opener, Brighton followed that up with a 38-7 victory over Layton last week. Against the Lancers, Gabe Curtis accounted for two touchdowns, one passing and one rushing. Owen Powers rushed for 107 yards and two scores, one rushing and one receiving, while Lavin Cole had a rushing and a passing touchdown.

Previous ranking: 9

Next up: at Woods Cross (0-2), Friday at 7 p.m.

7. Davis Darts (2-0)

The Darts are playing well through two games. They started with a 24-20 win over Herriman in the historic season opener and beat Viewmont 48-6 last week. Against Viewmont, Chance Trujillo threw three touchdown passes and ran in another. Spencer Ferguson carried the ball 15 times for 157 yards and one touchdown. Owen Murdock caught two touchdown passes. They will begin Region 1 play on Friday at Northridge.

Previous ranking: 10

Next up: at Northridge (0-2), Friday at 7 p.m.

6. Pleasant Grove Vikings (2-0)

Two big wins for the Vikings with a 35-7 win over Riverton in the season opener, followed by a 19-14 win over then-No. 19 Maple Mountain. Against the Golden Eagles, Sam Leavitt threw one touchdown pass on 299 yards. He connected with highly-touted recruit Darrius Clemons, who caught 6 passes for 116 yards and one touchdown. Porter Connors ran in two rushing touchdowns in the win.

Previous ranking: 7

Next up: vs. Jordan (0-2), Friday at 7 p.m.

5. Orem Tigers (2-0)

After a 51-14 win over Mountain View in the season opener, Orem picked up a big shutout win over then-No. 6 East, 24-0. Against the Leopards, Micah Fe’a threw three touchdowns passes to Joe Smith, Noah Erickson and Silas Sagote. A tougher test ahead as they will travel to No. 4 Skyridge.

Previous ranking: 5

Next up: at No. 4 Skyridge (2-0), Friday at 7 p.m.

4. Skyridge Falcons (2-0)

The Falcons are rolling after a 33-13 road win at Alta in the opener, followed by a blowout 35-7 victory over then-No. 4 Bingham last week. In the win over the Miners, McCae Hillstead threw for 212 yards and four touchdowns. He threw to four different targets, including Mitch Adamson, Jeter Fenton, James Palmer and Kiai Keone. Hillstead also ran in a rushing touchdown. A big game this week as they will host No. 5 Orem.

Previous ranking: 8

Next up: vs. No. 5 Orem (2-0), Friday at 7 p.m.

3. Lone Peak Knights (2-0)

The Knights have had a big boost from their defense through two games, allowing just three points. They beat Timpview on the road, 24-0 in the season opener and knocked off Jordan, 52-3 last week. Against the Beetdiggers, Luke Romney threw three touchdown passes to Weston Covey, Jake Lindsley and Luke Johnson. Jaxson Willits ran in three touchdowns with another coming from Kaden Franck.

Previous ranking: 2

Next up: vs. East (1-1), Friday at 7 p.m.

2. American Fork Cavemen (2-0)

The Cavemen have two big wins, knocking off Lehi, 55-0 in the season opener and then beating Timpview, 31-21 last week. Against the Thunderbirds, Maddux Madsen threw for 331 yards and two touchdowns, while running in a rushing score. Spike Adams rushed for 70 yards and one touchdown. Fisher Ingersoll caught 9 passes for 100 yards and one touchdown. BYU commit Noah Moeaki caught the other touchdown pass.

Previous ranking: 3

Next up: vs. West (2-0)

1. Corner Canyon Chargers (2-0)

Corner Canyon’s offense is rolling as they have now won 28 straight games. They defeated Farmington, 49-20 in the season opener and then shutout Herriman, 56-0 last week in the Game Night Live Game of the Week. Nearly all of the damage was done in the first half with the Chargers scoring 35 points in the first quarter and 14 in the second. Jaxson Dart threw for 456 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also ran for 77 yards and two touchdowns. Austin Bell ran the ball for 50 yards and two scores. Noah Kjar caught 6 passes for 258 yards and one touchdown. Talmage Handley added 4 receptions for 156 yards and 3 touchdowns. Corner Canyon will play their first road game of the season this week against No. 10 Bingham.

Previous ranking: 1

Next up: at No. 10 Bingham (0-1), Friday at 7 p.m.

Dropped out of rankings: East (No. 6), Herriman (No. 11), Timpview (No. 12), Mountain Ridge (No. 17), Fremont (No. 18)

Receiving votes: Pine View, East, Timpview, Herriman

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