The march toward a date at Rice-Eccles Stadium continues Friday when the Class 4A state football quarterfinals kick off.
A win Friday secures the honor of being one of the last four teams standing in the state as well as a trip to Rice-Eccles next week.
Here's a breakdown of Friday's games, with the help of state football guru George Felt's weekly Felt's Fact:
Best game: Timpview at Woods Cross, 3 p.m.
Timpview's offense will provide an overwhelming challenge for the Wildcats' defense, which has posted shutouts in three of its last four games. The teams met in a playoff opener last season, and Timpview prevailed 31-14.
The Thunderbirds (6-5), who entered as a No. 3 seed after being forced to forfeit four games for using an ineligible player, overpowered Logan in the opener behind a four-touchdown performance by receiver Dax Raymond. Quarterback Jake Lloyd threw for 297 yards, and the running game rolled up 250 yards for an offense that has averaged 41.4 points a game this season.
Running back Sean Barton leads the way for the Wildcats' offense, which has averaged 21 points over the last three games. Woods Cross (9-2) only has allowed more than 20 points in a game three times, and one of those games was wiped out a 28-7 loss to East.
Highland at Orem, 4 p.m. • The Tigers are out to reach their first state semifinal since 1996, but the resilient Rams stand in the way.
Highland needed to rally from a 14-3 deficit entering the fourth quarter to advance. Adam Webber's 1-yard run with 19.2 seconds left propelled Highland into the quarterfinals. The defense has been stout recently, allowing 11 points a game over the last five contests, but that includes a 34-13 loss to East on Oct. 12.
Orem (8-3) likes to move the ball through the air. Taylor Camp has thrown for 3,138 yards and 35 TDs this season. He thrown for at least 275 yards in six of his team's 11 games. Nolan Gray is Camp's favorite target with 73 catches for 1,330 yards.
Bountiful at Mountain Crest, 4 p.m. • The Braves are trying for their second consecutive trip to the state semifinals, but they'll have to get past a team riding an eight-game winning streak.
Mountain Crest (9-2) lost three of its first four games but opponents have averaged only 8.6 points a game since, and only three teams scored 10 or more points. There hasn't been anything wrong with the Mustangs' offense over that span either. It averaged 32.8 points in the eight straight wins.
The Braves (9-2) enter after a record-breaking performance by Jakob Hunt in their playoff opener. The senior rushed for 291 yards and four TDs in the win. The defense has held its last three opponents to less than 10 points.
East at Box Elder, 4 p.m. • Both teams upset better seeds in the first round, although East isn't a typical No. 4 seed after winning the region title only to have it stripped for using ineligible players.
Isaac Valles and Ula Tolatau combined to rush for 312 yards in the Leopards' victory. East's offense scores at least 35 points in eight of 11 games before forfeits wiped out three of those. The Leopards' defense isn't bad, either. East (4-7) held six teams to less than 10 points, including four shutouts.
The Bees (7-4) rely on the running game 158 pass attempts to 453 rushing attempts and that could be a successful strategy if they can keep East's offense off the field. Kyler Allen leads Box Elder with 784 yards and 10 TDs on 170 carries. Breckin Gunter (347) and Kasen Flinders (323) both have surpassed 300 yards rushing this season.
4A playoff schedule
Highland at Orem, 4 p.m.
Bountiful at Mountain Crest, 4 p.m.
Timpview at Woods Cross, 3 p.m.
East at Box Elder, 4 p.m.
Nov. 9 at Rice-Eccles Stadium
(Highland at Orem winner) vs. (Bountiful at Mountain Crest winner), 11 a.m.
(Timpview at Woods Cross winner) vs. (East at Box Elder winner), 2:30 p.m.