ST. GEORGE — It’s been since 2006 that both Snow Canyon (6-3) and Tooele (3-6) made their last appearances in the Utah prep football playoffs. And although their records cast them as a lopsided matchup, the playing field couldn’t be more level heading into Friday night.
The Warriors will play host to a Tooele squad that has strung together a few wins in the second half of the season to earn a playoff berth, including a crucial 20-18 region victory over Uintah just two weeks ago.
Zach Kennedy has been the driving force of the Snow Canyon offense, and having Kennedy involved in both the running and passing game is what has led the Warriors to the playoffs in 2013.
Kennedy leads the team with six receiving touchdowns and also leads the Snow Canyon rushing attack with eight TDs on the season.
All three losses for Snow Canyon this season came at the hands of all three teams above the Warriors in their region.
Snow Canyon will be pressuring Tooele quarterback Jake Brady to open the game through the air, which hasn’t been a bright spot for the quarterback. Adam Pace will be relied on in the rushing attack, but the Warriors will likely stack the box if Tooele is unable to play balanced football Friday.
Tooele statistical breakdown
Scoring offense: 22.4 ppg (8th in 3AA)
Scoring defense: 29.7 ppg (10th in 3AA)
Passing leader: Jake Brady (26-76, 34.2%, 402 yards, 3 TDs)
Rushing leaders: Adam Pace (127 carries, 913 yards, 9 TDs), Ryan Brady (70 carries, 377 yards, 3 TDs)
Receiving leaders: Lawson Ross (7 catches, 179 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles leaders: Jonathan Ficken (43 tackles)
Sack leaders: Maka Kioa (8.5 sacks), Lawson Ross (6.5 sacks)
Interception leaders: Ryan Brady, Jonathan Ficken, Damon Fisk (1 INT)
Snow Canyon statistical breakdown
Scoring offense: 23.8 ppg (6th in 3AA)
Scoring defense: 20.7 ppg (7th in 3AA)
Passing leader: Jacob Frei (37-73, 50.7%, 738 yards, 5 TDs)
Rushing leaders: Connor Parry (140 carries, 712 yards, 8 TDs), Zach Kennedy (85 carries, 594 yards, 8 TDs)
Receiving leaders: Zach Kennedy (25 catches, 550 yards, 6 TDs)
Sack leaders: Brady Sargent (2 sacks)
Interception leaders: Richmond Anderson (4 INTs)
Felt’s Facts for Tooele High School
All-time record: 378-450-20 (98 years)
Region championships: 19 (1925, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1937, 1943, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1957, 1962, 1985, 1988 co, 2001, 2002)
Playoff appearances: 34
All-time playoff record: 31-28
State championships: 5 (1928, 1929, 1933, 1937, 2002)
State championship record: 4-3
Felt’s Factoid(s): Tooele is tied with two other teams for the most shutouts in one season with 10 (1929). ... Buffaloes Bill Lamb and Doug Wolters each returned two punts for touchdowns — four total TDs — against Jordan in a 1962 game. The following week, Lamb returned two more punts for scores, this time against Bingham.
Felt’s Facts for Snow Canyon High School
All-time record: 126-80 (20 years)
Region championships: 5 (1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2003 co)
Playoff appearances: 12
All-time playoff record: 19-9
State championships: 2 (1996, 1999)
State championship record: 2-2
Felt’s Factoid(s): Warrior Kyle Coop holds the state record for average rushing yards per game during a season, 236.0, set in 2004. Snow Canyon has a perfect playoff record at home — 10-0. Only Skyline has won more on its home field without losing (37).