Corner Canyon (10-0) vs. Olympus (12-0)

5A state tournament semifinal

Friday, 2:30 p.m. (At Rice-Eccles Stadium)

Parry’s Power Guide: Corner Canyon by 16

All-time series: Corner Canyon leads 3-0

Coach vs. coach: First meeting between Corner Canyon’s Eric Kjar and Olympus’ Aaron Whitehead

Last meeting: Oct. 30, 2015 – Corner Canyon 27, Olympus 0 (4A first round)

The big question before the battle of Olympus and Corner Canyon, which features two undefeated teams, is: Will Titans quarterback Jackson Frank start? Frank, who has thrown for 1,742 yards and 26 touchdowns, was injured in last week’s playoff game against Springville. In Frank’s absence, running back Jack Hollberg played quarterback.

“We’re very hopeful that he’ll be ready to go,” Olympus head coach Aaron Whitehead said.

If Frank plays, the game will feature a matchup of two exceptional quarterbacks: Frank and Charger quarterback Cole Hagen, who has thrown for 2,919 yards and 32 touchdowns.

“He’s been playing really, really well and seems to keep getting the system down better and better each week and has continued to make adjustments in his own game to continue to be better within our scheme. I’ve got a lot of confidence in him,” Corner Canyon head coach Eric Kjar said of Hagen.

Another dimension of Corner Canyon’s offense is the run game, led by Austin Bell and Caden Johnson.

“He and Caden Johnson, our other running back, have been doing a great job, both those two spots. I think they both have right around 1,400 or 1,500 yards, so they’ve been doing a really, really good job,” Kjar said.

The Chargers lead 5A in offense, scoring nearly 50 points per game.

“Corner Canyon is a phenomenal offense. Our defense is going to have to play its absolute best. They’re putting up all kinds of points, especially the last two weeks. They have a tremendous passing game and they can knife into …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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