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2012 Boys D-II Playoff Preview: North v. South

This side of the bracket has some great first round match-ups in store. See what each game has to offer below.

No. 1 Mountain Crest Mustangs (11-1, 3-0) v. No. 4 Orem Tigers (5-8, 1-3)

Mountain Crest comes into the playoffs as one of the top teams in D-II. Their only loss came to D-I Bonneville. These two teams met on March 23 with Syracuse winning 20-7.
Orem Head Coach Steve Nelson: “Mountain Crest is a very physical and athletic team.  They can run with you all day, push you around, and really wear you out if you try to beat them at their style of play. They’re a team that definitely hasn’t received all the attention they deserve this season. We set a goal at the beginning of the season to win our conference, so to be going into the playoffs as a four-seed is a little disappointing for us. My players are, however, very excited to get another shot at the one team that really stuck it to us in the regular season, prove that we’re better than our record indicates, and extend our season for another week.”

No. 2 Logan Grizzlies (6-6, 2-1) v. No. 3 Herriman Mustangs (8-5, 2-2)

Logan is riding a two game losing streak, but they lost to Syracuse and Timpanogos, two great teams. Herriman will look to advance to the next round for the second straight season.
Logan Head Coach Doug Ringle: “I feel we have to control the ball, have a majority of the possessions, win the face-off X and control our emotions. It has been a long time for Logan return to the playoffs since back to back trips to the D-II championship games when we won in 2006 and were the runner-up in 2007. We are hungry and ready to play in the post season.  Something we have been shooting for and preparing for at the beginning of the year.”

No. 2 Lehi Pioneers (9-8, 3-1) v. No. 3 Sky View Bobcats (7-5, 1-2)

Lehi comes into the game with a 5 game winning streak. Sky View has won their last 3 including an 8-7 win over Syracuse. This game could go either way.
Lehi Board President David North: “The last time Lehi played Sky View was in the first round of the 2009 D2 playoffs. Sky View eliminated Lehi in a pretty lopsided game. Lehi will need to control possession on face-offs, win the ground ball contest, execute our offensive sets well, and play solid defense. Sky View has a balanced offensive threat between their Attack and Middie play, something we will need to be aware of and adjust to defensively throughout the game. Sky View looks solid in the cage behind Seamons.”

No. 1 Spanish Fork Warriors (7-5, 4-0) v. No. 4 Idaho Falls Tigers (0-10, 0-3)

Spanish Fork may have 5 losses, but they were to D-I teams in Brighton, Pleasant Grove, Timpanogos and Lone Peak. Their one D-II loss came at the hands of Waterford. Look for Idaho Falls to get valuable experience from this game.
Spanish Fork Head Coach Phil Dunn: “Idaho Falls is a team we cannot sleep on. Obviously their schedule is misleading although they have lost every game. They have played teams very well and can put points on the board. That is my biggest concern with my boys. My boys are still streaky in play. Consistency has been an issue for us this year.”
South v. North
No. 1 Mountain Crest v. No. 4 Orem
No. 2 Logan v. No. 3 Herriman – 5:30pm at Hillcrest Elementary School
No. 2 Lehi v. No. 3 Sky View – 5:30pm at Willowcreek Middle School, Lehi
No. 1 Spanish Fork v. No. 4 Idaho Falls – 5pm at Mapleton Junior High, Mapelton
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1 comment
  1. Orem will be a great team, but I think they are still rebuilding. They’ll keep up with Mtn Crest for a bit, but eventually lose.
    Herriman is a good team, but Logan is very physical. If Herriman can respond to Logan’s overpursuit, then Herriman wins. If not, Logan goes to the next round.
    I think Lehi vs. Skyview will be the match of the first round. Two great goalies in betweent he pipes. Lehi wins the squeeker.
    SF vs. Idaho falls? Poor Idaho Falls. That is a long drive. SF might be able to build momentum with a solid win over IF.

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