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Southern Utah knows its football
by Tanner Cleveland
Nov 23, 2011 | 207 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In the past four seasons in the high school football world, it’s hard not to notice the standout performances of the schools in southern Utah, starting with Hurricane.

Hurricane has done amazing the past four seasons, making it to the championship game every year, and falling in some heartbreakers until this year’s victory over Desert Hills Friday. It’s pretty safe to say that anyone in 3A knows who Hurricane is.

With the 2011 state championship under their belt, the Tigers could erase the last three years where they came so close to winning the big game.

This season Cedar High School went to the semi-final game, after a rough start on the season, only to be playing another southern Utah school in Desert Hills, which went on to the championship game.

So, when 75 percent of the teams in the semi-final rounds are from southern Utah, it speaks well to the strength of the football programs in the region.

The teams from St. George alone have proved to be a dominant force in 3A play as Dixie would join the teams in the post season, adding yet another Southern Utah team into the pot.

This season, teams from southern Utah have proved that the football programs are run with precision and with great staff. Southern Utah coaches should get a lot of the credit for turning these boys into football-playing men.

Coach Todd Peacock has turned into an icon to most in Cedar City and has never failed to impress when it comes to football, taking Cedar into the playoffs for the past six seasons.

Tigers Coach Chris Homer deserves credit, winning the championship this season and getting Hurricane to the other three final games in the last four years. Coaches in Region 9 are serious about the programs they represent and have proved it.

If the coming years in football continue as they are right now, southern Utah is in for a bright future, and more chances for Region 9 teams to prove themselves as major competitors.

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