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BYU commits leading the way in Utah prep playoffs: BYU Football Prep Tracker Week 13

Several Utah high school teams are making deep playoff runs largely thanks to the BYU commits on their teams.

The 6A region 1 MVP Cannon DeVries has helped guide Weber to their deepest playoff run in years. In their quarterfinal victory over Syracuse DeVries had five receptions for 50 yards, nine rushes for 94 yards, and 30 return yards for 174 all-purpose yards on offense.  On defense he had six tackles (four solo), two pass breakups, and an interception.

DeVries and teammate Aisea Moa will face off against fellow BYU commits Cody Hagen and Micah Wilson this weekend in the semifinal match.

Hagen has helped lead no. 1 seed Corner Canyon.  In their victory over American Fork this past weekend the state receiving yards leader had eight receptions for 132 yards and two touchdowns.  He also leads the state in receiving yards per game.

In the Utah 5A playoffs, Stansbury is making its deepest playoff run in school history. A big reason for that is sophomore linebacker Easton Baker.  Baker had 13 tackles, one sack, and three forced fumbles in their victory over East in the quarterfinals.  Those 13 tackles put him over 100 total tackles for the year, and his 10 forced fumbles on the season lead the state.

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Here is a breakdown for each of the BYU commits:

Class of 2022 Commits (17)

  • Brigham Alexander (@big_brig66, OL/DL). Benjamin Franklin HS (Queen Creek, Arizona, 6-3) fell to Mesquite 47-10.  No stats. Season totals: four games, one two yard rush for a touchdown, nine tackles (six solo), three tackles for loss, two sacks.
  • Kaden Chidester (@Kaden_Chid, ATH).  Richfield HS (Richfield, Utah, 4-7).  Season has concluded. Season totals: 11 games; 29 tackles (21 solo), three tackles for loss, four passes defended, 16 quarterback hurries, three sacks, one blocked field goal, one blocked PAT, three forced fumbles.
  • Cannon DeVries (@CannonDevries, WR/FS). Weber HS (Pleasant View, Utah, 10-2) defeated Syracuse 14 in the quarterfinal round of the Utah 6A playoffs.  DeVries had five receptions for 50 yards, nine rushes for 94 yards, and 30 return yards for 174 all-purpose yards on offense.  On defense he had six tackles (four solo), two pass breakups, and an interception. Season totals: 12 games, 1-for-1 passing for 30 yards and a touchdown, 59 receptions for 846 yards and nine touchdowns, 38 carries for 406 yards and six touchdowns, 655 return yards, 80 tackles (56 solo), 15 passes defended, one tackle for loss, two blocked field goals, and five interceptions. He has 1933 all-purpose yards with 16 total touchdowns and was named the Region 1 MVP.
  • Peter Falaniko (@FalanikoPeter, OL). Pine View HS (St. George, Utah, 7-5) fell to Dixie 42-20 in the quarterfinal round of the Utah 4A playoffs to end their season.  No stats. Season totals: 11 games, no stats.
  • Braxton Fely (@Braxton_Fely, DL). Timpview HS (Orem, Utah, 9-3) fell to Lehi 23-13 in the quarterfinal round of the Utah 5A playoffs to end their season. Fely had five tackles, three tackles for loss and a sack.  Season totals: 11 games; 50 tackles (42 solo), 25 tackles for loss, two quarterback hurries, a forced fumble, and 11.5 sacks. MaxPreps has Fely at no. 5 in 5A for sacks (11.5), and no. 2 in tackles for loss (25).
  • Cody Hagen (@_codyhagen_, WR). Corner Canyon HS (Draper, Utah, 10-1) American Fork 38-13 in the quarterfinals of the Utah 6A playoffs. Hagen had eight receptions for 132 yards and two touchdowns.  Season totals: 12 games, 77 receptions for 1598 yards (20.8 avg) and 18 touchdowns. MaxPreps has Hagen at no. 1 in the state of Utah in receiving yards (1598) and yards per game (133.2), no. 7 in total receptions (77), and no. 2 in receiving touchdowns (18).
  • Brooks Jones (@Brooks_Jones81, DE/TE). American Leadership Academy (Queen Creek, Arizona, 8-1) had a bye this week.  They currently rank no. 2 in Arizona 4A.  Season totals: Nine games, 41 tackles (13 solo), seven tackles for loss, two quarterback hurries, four pass breakups, five sacks, and a forced fumble.
  • Jarinn Kalama (@JarinnKalama, ATH). Wasatch HS (Heber City, Utah, 7-4) season is over. Season totals: 11 games, 62 receptions for 779 yards and six touchdowns, one pass for 55 yards, 45 tackles (35 solo), five tackles for loss, one sack, and one forced fumble.
  • Maika Kaufusi (@KaufusiMaika, S). Alta HS (Sandy, Utah, 6-5) season has concluded.  Season totals: Six games, 25 receptions for 622 yards and 10 touchdowns, 29 tackles (17 solo), one tackle for loss, two passes defended, one sack, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.  MaxPreps show that Kaufusi is no. 9 in the state in receiving yards per game (103.7).
  • Parker Kingston (QB). Roy HS (Ogden, Utah, 7-4) season has concluded. Season totals: 11 games, 77-of-131 passing for 1088 yards and nine touchdowns (five interceptions), 124 carries for 1129 yards and 18 touchdowns, five kickoff returns for 256 yards and two touchdowns, five punt returns for 91 yards, eight tackles (seven solo), one pass defended, seven punts for 242 yards. MaxPreps has Kingston at no. 4 in the state of Utah for rushing touchdowns (18), tied for no. 3 in total touchdowns (20), no. 6 in yards per carry 9.1 (min of 50 carries), and no. 15 in total rush yards (1129).
  • Liutai Kinikini (LB). West HS (Salt Lake City, Utah, 8-2) season has concluded. Season totals: 10 games, one 10 yard carry, one 39 yard touchdown reception, 29 tackles (12 solo), four passes defended, and one tackle for loss.
  • Aisea Moa (@aiseamoa_8, DE/TE). Weber HS (Pleasant View, Utah, 10-2) defeated Syracuse 14 in the quarterfinal round of the Utah 6A playoffs.  Stats not yet available. Season totals: 10 games, nine carries for 30 yards and four touchdowns, two receptions for 40 yards and a touchdown, 57 tackles (23 solo), eight tackles for loss, eight sacks, one forced fumble, and a 26 yard interception returned for a touchdown.
  • Noah Moeaki (@noah_moeaki, TE/OLB). American Fork HS (American Fork, Utah, 7-4) fell to Corner Canyon 38-14 in the quarterfinal round of the Utah 6A playoffs to end their season.  No stats. Season totals: Nine games, 28 receptions for 422 yards and six touchdowns, 45 tackles (19 solo), two tackles for loss, one sack, and an interception.
  • Trevin Ostler (@OstlerTrevin, ATH). Bountiful HS (Bountiful, Utah, 8-3) fell to Orem 40-33 in the quarterfinal round of the Utah 5A playoffs to end their season. Stats not yet available. Season totals: Nine games, 19 tackles (six solo), two passes defended, four tackles for loss, two sacks.
  • Cooper Ross (@CooperJRoss, TE). Heritage Academy (Mesa, Arizona, 6-1) had a bye this week.  Season totals: Six games, 35 receptions for 562 yards, 11 touchdowns, four two-point conversions, 13 tackles, one tackle for loss, eight sacks, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries with one returned 15-yards for a touchdown.
  • Vae Soifua (@vae_soifua, OL). Orem HS (Orem, Utah, 7-5) defeated Bountiful 40-33 in the quarterfinal round of the Utah 5A playoffs. No stats. Season totals: 12 games, four tackles (two solo), two sacks, one forced fumble.
  • Talin Togiai (@TogiaiTalin, OT/DT). Rigby HS (Rigby, ID, 9-1) defeated Capital 41-14 in the first round of the Idaho state 5A playoffs.  No stats. Season totals: Nine games, no stats.
  • Micah Wilson (@Micah_Wilson11, LB). Corner Canyon HS (Draper, Utah, 10-1) American Fork 38-13 in the quarterfinals of the Utah 6A playoffs. Wilson recorded no stats. Season totals: 10 games, 47 tackles (29 solo), three tackles for loss, seven quarterback hurries, 1.5 sack, and one interception for 27 yards and a touchdown.

Class of 2023 Commits (2)

  • Hezekiah Anahu-Ambrosio (@HezekiahAA, RB/LB). Timpview HS (Orem, Utah, 9-3) fell to Lehi 23-13 in the quarterfinal round of the Utah 5A playoffs to end their season. Stats not yet available. Season Totals: 11 games, 17 carries for 123 yards and a touchdown, three receptions for 23 yards, 76 tackles (64 solo), 19 tackles for loss, two quarterback hurries, one interception, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble, and eight sacks. MaxPreps has Ambrosio at no. 8 in the state of Utah for solo tackles (64), and tied for no. 10 in tackles for loss (19).
  • Pokai Haunga (@PokaiauaHaunga, WR). Timpview HS (Orem, Utah, 9-3) fell to Lehi 23-13 in the quarterfinal round of the Utah 5A playoffs to end their season.  Stats not yet available. Season totals: Nine games, 16 rushes for 220 yards and a touchdown, 58 receptions for 1101 yards and 13 touchdowns, one kick return for 30 yards. MaxPreps has Haunga at no. 6 in the state of Utah for receiving yards (1101), no. 6 in receiving yards per game (110.1), and tied for no. 6 in receiving touchdowns (13).

Class of 2024 Commits (2)

  • Easton Baker (@BakerEaston, LB). Stansbury HS (Tooele, Utah, 10-2) defeated East 21-7 in the quarterfinal round of the 4A Utah playoffs. Baker had 13 tackles, one sack, and three forced fumbles.  Season totals: 12 games, 106 tackles, eight sacks, six quarterback hurries, one pass breakup, 10 forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries with three recovered for touchdowns (returns of 8, 45, and 97 yards).  Four carries on offense for 40 yards and a touchdown, and one reception for 11 yards. MaxPreps doesn’t have a leader board for forced fumbles, but if they did Baker would almost assuredly lead the state in forced fumbles (10) and defensive touchdowns (3).
  • Dallin Johnson (@DallinJohnson73, ATH). Springville HS (Springville, Utah, 10-1) defeated Timpanogos 56-14 in the quarterfinal round of the Utah 5A playoffs. Stats not yet available. Season totals: Nine games, 52 tackles (40 solo), seven quarterback hurries, two interceptions, three passes defended, two forced fumbles, 10 tackles for loss, and seven sacks.

Week 13 Highlights

Easton Baker (LB, Stansbury HS)

Cannon DeVries (WR/FS, Weber HS)

Peter Falaniko (OL, Pine View HS)


Pokai Haunga (WR, Timpview HS)


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