WASHINGTON — The Region 10 football title was played in the final game of the regular season on Thursday night, with two teams, Crimson Cliffs and Dixie, topping the standings.
Before the night was over, Crimson Cliffs defeated Pine View, Dixie lost to Cedar and the Mustangs, along with their fans, hoisted the Region 10 trophy.
Meanwhile, Desert Hills won in a shootout on the road to beat Snow Canyon, cementing the Thunder’s third-place finish in the region.
Following are recaps of the week’s football games in Region 10, as well as a look at the 4A state tournament class released early Friday morning by the Utah High School Activities Association.
The games on Thursday
Crimson Cliffs 1, Pine View 0
The Mustangs got a little help from Cedar before beating Pine View 1-0 Thursday night to win the Region 10 title straight away.
The Mustangs players knew before kickoff that Cedar had defeated Dixie 1-0 in Cedar City earlier in the afternoon, so if they beat Pine View the Region 10 title would be theirs.
“That definitely fueled us,” Crimson Cliffs senior goaltender Dade MacDonald told St George News. “We wanted to take it”
MacDonald had his whopping 10th shutout win of the year, meaning he didn’t concede in 10 of the 13 wins Crimson Cliffs had in the regular season.
“That’s my backline,” MacDonald said of the defenders in front of him. “I owe them everything. You are simply fantastic. I don’t do much, it’s the rest of the team, they’re amazing.”
MacDonald certainly did something to save the lockdown on Thursday night.
Pine View’s best attempt at goal came about halfway through the first half when MacDonald dove to the right and smacked a ball intended for the net over the cage in mid-air.
The incredible save ensured Junior Camden Squires scored a lone goal early in the competition.
Squires scored his fifth goal of the year for Crimson Cliffs when he captured the ball deep in the Pine View penalty area near the back line and brought home a shot that Pine View keeper Kaden Cox got his hands on but couldn’t stop.
The Mustangs’ win clinched the Region 10 title after they finished with a score of 10-2. Dixie finished second at 9-3 while Desert Hills took a solid third at 8-4.
At the time, MacDonald and the rest of the Mustangs were unaware of the 4A state playoff seed, but winning the region title gave them a major burst of mojo.
“We want to take everything with us. We’re going to work for it,” MacDonald said.
Cedar 1, Dixie 0
At Cedar, the Reds created the excitement that dashed Dixie’s hopes of a slice of the Region 10 title.
The game was scoreless for almost 67 minutes until Cedar senior Maddox Prisbrey managed to shake off a couple of defenders in front of the box and fired a shot past Dixie’s goalkeeper into the right side of the net.
With a strong southerly wind behind them in the second half, the Reds defence, including goalkeeper Dagan Murray, managed to stop Dixie from scoring down the stretch.
Cedar head coach Scott Kamachi said it’s time his team put together a close game.
“A lot of our games this year were where we were able to just get one ball in the net,” he said. “It went against us, but today it went for us. Now is a good time to start.”
Kamachi praised his team’s defense, especially towards the end of the game when Dixie made several attempts to shoot at goal.
“At this point we’re just trying to win the game. We’re in the lead, we just need to win the game,” he said. “So we got the ball out of our area as much as possible and let them go as far as they need to go.”
Dixie finished the regular season with a 9-3 record in Region 10, good for a second-place finish and a first-round bye at the upcoming 4A state tournament.
Cedar, meanwhile, improved to 4-8 in Region 10 and 6-9 overall. The Reds jumped to No. 9 in the final RPI (Ratings Percentage Index) rankings, meaning they will be headed for a first-round playoff game on May 3 against No. 8 seed Pine View.
St. George News/Cedar City News reporter Jeff Richards contributed to this report.
Desert Hills, 3, Snow Canyon 3 (Desert Hills wins shootout 5-4)
A box score from this game was not available at press time.
Desert Hills secured the No. 4 and will host No. 13 Bear River in an opening round playoff game on May 3 at 4 p.m
The games on Tuesday
Crimson Cliffs 4, Snow Canyon 1
Ryan Woolley and Scotty McKittrick each had two goals for the Mustangs. Camden Squires had three assists for the win.
Adam Parkhurst scored for the Warriors.
Desert Hills 4, Hurricane 2
Four different Thunder players scored in the game: Jaxon Resendez, Isaak Poppe, Alexis Gonzales, and Karson Clark.
Resendez recorded two assists and Shayden Scott also got an assist. Desert Hills newcomer Stockton Beckstrom, playing in the first half of Senior Night, provided a perfect assist from a free kick.
Michael Stirland scored in the Tigers’ loss.
Dixie 4, pine view 2
Four different Flyers achieved the win: Tristan Yapi, Oscar Rodriguez, Jorge Quintero and Iker Meza. Meza picked up an assist for Dixie, as did Andy Laromarsino.
Region 10 Boys’ Football, End-of-Season Standings (Region, Overall)
- Crimson Cliffs (10-2, 13-2)
- Dixie (9-3, 11-3)
- Desert Hills (8-4, 10-5)
- Pine View (5-7, 8-8)
- Snow Canyon (5-7, 7-8)
- Cedar (4-8, 6-9)
- Hurricane (1-11, 3-12)
4A State Tournament First Round Schedule, May 3:
- #1 Crimson Cliffs (Bye)
- #2 Dixie (Bye)
- #3 Ridgeline (Bye)
- No. 4 Desert Hills hosts No. 13 Bear River, 4 p.m
- #5 Mountain Crest houses #12 Logan, 4 p.m
- No. 6 Snow Canyon hosts No. 11 Hurricanes, 4 p.m
- #7 Green Canyon hosts #10 Sky View, 4 p.m
- #8 Pine View houses #9 Cedar, 4 p.m
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