Last week, Grand enjoyed a bye week while Millard faced the South Sevier Rams in a play-in game at Millard on Friday, Oct. 19. Although South Sevier took an early 6-0 lead in the contest, Millard went on to earn a convincing 55-18 victory and improve its overall season record to 8-2. Grand is 6-3 overall this season, but earned a No. 2 playoff seed thanks to a favorable coin flip that broke a three-way tie for second place in the 2A South division.
“Millard’s a tough team, but if we play like we’re capable of playing, I like our chances,” GCHS head coach Dennis Wells said earlier this week. “I like our defensive game plan.”
Red Devil quarterback Jacob Francis said another key will be controlling the pace of the game.
“We just have to play our game and dictate the tempo from the first snap, and not let them set the tempo,” Francis said. “I know that if we show up and play Red Devil football we will walk away happy with the end result.”
Because Friday’s game is a state playoff game, ticket prices are set by the Utah High School Activities Association. Tickets will be $8 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, and school-issued passes and activity cards won’t be accepted, school officials said.
The winner of the Grand vs. Millard game will face the winner of Manti and Beaver in the semifinals, which will take place Saturday, Nov. 3 at Southern Utah University in Cedar City. The 2A state championship will then take place the following Saturday, Nov. 11.