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Rivalry games on tap in October

Oct 05, 2021 10:16AM ● By Greg James

By Greg James | [email protected] 

Never underestimate the power of a rivalry game. It can impact players and coaches on both sidelines long after the whistle blows. 

The Jordan School District has designated Oct. 13–15 as its rivalry week. 

West Jordan at Copper Hills

Copper Hills opened in 1995, and its boundaries claimed many West Jordan students. Fans claim that the teams treat each other as brothers and not bitter opponents.

“My kids go to West Jordan, and I still wear proudly my Copper Hills hoody,” Jenni Lynn said.

Its games are labeled as Dub-town rivals, the battle of the belt and crosstown rivals. Players have been opponents and friends since little league. 

West Jordan leads the overall series with 24 wins. It only lost to Copper Hills once in 2013 by the final score of 19-7. The last time the teams played was in 2018 when West Jordan won 42-8. In that game, Oakley Kopp threw for 174 yards and three touchdowns.

Mountain Ridge at Herriman

This is the third season for the Mountain Ridge Sentinels. Surprisingly, they have never faced Herriman. 

The schools sit 4.7 miles apart. When the boundaries changed in 2019, many of the current students were still in middle school. They may have had older brothers and sisters attend their opposite school. 

In three years, the Sentinels are 10-18; Herriman has a 77-57 record in its 12-year existence. The Mustangs have played Bingham more often but only achieved a victory once. 

The UHSAA has realigned the schools into Region 3 this season, as Mountain Ridge made the jump to 6A this fall.

Bingham at Riverton

The Miners and Silverwolves have faced off 18 times. Bingham has 15 wins, but Riverton has the most recent victory. 

Riverton defeated Bingham last season 20-17 for the first time since 2003. Bingham fumbled early in the third quarter, and the Silverwolves capitalized with a 29-yard touchdown pass from Colby Barton. 

Bingham has won 11 football state championships, including six since 2009. Riverton has advanced to the semifinals once.