Lone Peak enters as the favorite although Kearns feels it holds a distinct home-field advantage
No. 20 Lone Peak (3-9) at No. 5 Kearns (10-1)
6A state tournament quarterfinal
Friday, 5 p.m.
Parry’s Power Guide: Lone Peak by 31
All-time series: Lone Peak leads 4-0
Coach vs. coach: Lone Peak’s Bart Brockbank leads Kearns’ Matt Rickards 2-0
Last meeting: Lone Peak 42, Kearns 0 (2018)
KEARNS — Home-field advantage in the high school ranks isn’t talked about much although Kearns football coach Matt Rickards believes his team has enjoyed one throughout the season. With Kearns taking on Lone Peak this Friday in the 6A quarterfinal round, Rickards and his team will need all the help they can get.
The Knights entered the playoffs as the No. 20 seed due to being forced to vacate four wins due to a clerical error on a transfer request, although most consider them the a clear top 4 seed. Take last week’s game versus No. 4 Skyridge, where the Knights dominated play to the tune of a 30-6 win where the defense shined.
“We kind of hit a lull in the middle of the season after starting strong, but I definitely feel the players have come together late, much like we saw last year,” said Lone Peak coach Bart Brockbank.
Coming together last year paid off big, with the Knights winning the 6A championship, an accomplishment they look to be capable of repeating this year.
“They won it last year, obviously, they have a great defense and they’re playing hot right now,” observed Rickards. “You look at their film, and yeah, they’re tough. They’re going to be a big challenge.”
Of course Kearns earned its spot as the No. 5 seed through great play highlighted by prolific offense which scored over 30 points in eight of its 11 games played this season.
“They have a lot of weapons on offense,” Brockbank observed. “It’s a team that can put up a lot of points, but fortunately we think we have a good defense that can perhaps limit that, but yeah, it will be a challenge.”
Unlike other playoff matchups, Lone Peak and Kearns are both familiar with one another, having matched up twice in the preseason over the last two years. Lone Peak won both of those game by scores of 42-24 in 2017 and 42-0 in 2018, although every year is different.
“We know they’re a good team and that Coach Rickards has done a great job,” Brockbank …read more
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