ST. GEORGE – The undefeated Dixie Flyers (4-0, 1-0) take on the undefeated Hurricane Tigers (4-0,1-0) tonight at Walt Brooks Stadium at 7 p.m.
This will be a high scoring contest as the Flyers have the No. 1 ranked offense in the Region and the No. 2 ranked offense in the state. The Tigers have the No. 2 ranked offense in the Region and the No. 5 ranked offense in the state. Both teams are averaging over 40 points per game, but they do it in different ways. The Flyers do it through the air and the Tigers do it on the ground.
Dixie is led by quarterback Blake Barney. Barney has thrown 12 touchdown passes to only three interceptions and is throwing for 256 yards per game. Barney is third in the state for passing touchdowns and eighth in the state in passing yards per game. Barney leads Region 9 in both categories.
Dixie will be missing leading receiver Tadd Challis who got hurt last week in the game against Pine View. Challis was the No. 1 ranked reviver in the Region before his injury. Receiver Lukas Hildebrandt stepped up big last week in the absence of Challis. Hildebrandt, only a sophomore, caught his fist varsity pass last week and now he might be Barney’s new go-to receiver. Hildebrandt finished the game with 157 yards reviving and three touchdowns, two receiving and one rushing.
The Tigers quarterback is Taylor Parker. Parker got hurt at the end of the first game of the season and did not look like himself last week against Cedar. Parker missed the second and third games with a shoulder injury.
The Tigers receiving game has been absent without Parker since week one. The Tigers have only completed 20 passes this season, only nine in the last three games combined. If the passing game gets going, look for receivers Weston Yardley and Colton Marshall to get most of the receptions.
The running game is where the Tigers get most of their work done. The states leading rusher is Hurricanes Brian Scott; Scott has 11 rushing touchdowns this season and is averaging 143.8 yards per game. Scott is sixth in the State in rushing yards per game.
Running back Justin Cummings leads the way on the ground for the Flyers. Cummings has six rushing touchdowns and 71 yards per game.
Tonight will be the 60th time the two teams have played. The Tigers have won 7 of the last 10, but Dixie leads the all time series 42-16-1.
Tonight we will find out what’s more powerful: the Flyer passing game or the Tigers running game.
Pat’s Pick: Dixie in the upset pick of the week
Notes: Pat’s pick went undefeated for the second week in a row and is 19-4 this season.
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