MORGAN -- Capping the month with back-to-back victories in their final two regular-season home games puts the Trojans in prime position to capture their first league title since 2008.
First up is defending Region 11 champion Stansbury (5-0 overall, 2-0 league) -- one of the state's 11 undefeated teams -- followed by the Sept. 28 homecoming game versus Bear River at Trojan Field.
After starting the season 1-2, Morgan High (3-2, 2-0) has won its last two games, averaging 49.5 points in blowout wins.
"Our goal is to get better every week and be peaking for the (state 3-A) playoffs," said Trojans junior guard/defensive tackle Kyle Stapley. "It's a big game. We're playing an undefeated team and we're undefeated in region.
"We've been working really hard and we're good enough to win region," he said. "But we were flat in practice the weeks we lost. We have been bringing the intensity up in practice. Our coaches have said you can't flip the switch on Friday; you play how you practice.
"I believe strongly in that, especially after those two weeks," Stapley said. "The last time Morgan made the (3-A) semifinals in 2008, they were 1-2. We started out 1-2, so that helped take our minds off it."
The Stallions, off to their best-ever start, average 42.4 points per game and allow only 6.4 points with two shutouts.
"If we execute our assignments, I don't see why we can't put up some points on them," the 16-year-old Stapley said. "They have a really solid defense, so it will come down to execution. We have to hang on to the ball and not fumble or have any interceptions."
Stansbury, which opened in the fall of 2009, beat Morgan 27-14 last year in their inaugural meeting.
"We've been watching a ton of film on Stansbury," Stapley said. "They like to run the ball and are a power team. They are big up front. They have some big offensive linemen, so our challenge is to be more physical than them."
The Trojans base defense is a 4-3 with some different schemes.
"It depends on what the offense does to what defense we play," Stapley said. "Stansbury is an option team. South Summit and Grantsville ran the option, so we have some experience against option teams and we know our assignments.
"The best way to beat the option is to take away the option," he said. "You have to have a lot of trust in each other that he will do his job and I'll do mine."
The Stallions put up a season-high 55 points in just three quarters against winless Tooele on Sept. 14 at Stansbury Park.
"It shows they have a potent offense," Stapley said. "Stansbury is the best team we have faced this season, so this is our biggest game of the year so far. Everybody has confidence and a little more swagger this week. The confidence is up.
"We respect those guys a ton, and we know it's going to be a battle," he said. "I think it's going to be a defensive game. We both have solid defenses, so it's which team gives in first and who wants it more.
"Defensively, it's playing assignment football. On offense, it has to be execution," Stapley said. "Assignments will be big on defense, plus bringing intensity on both sides of the ball. It's always good to play at home, especially here. Everyone comes to support us. Hopefully, we'll give them something to cheer about on Friday.
"It could be a quick game," he said. "We only throw 4-5 passes a game."
Junior quarterback Ben Saunders manages Morgan's power-run offense.
"He is a smart kid who knows his stuff," Stapley said. "Ben has been studying the plays and putting a lot of time into it."
Saunders has completed 19 of 29 passes for 358 yards and four touchdowns with only one interception.
Ten different Trojans players have scored rushing touchdowns this year.
Stapley doesn't come off the field very often. He started at left guard as a sophomore and rotated in on defense.
"I like defense a lot more. You can use your hands and be more physical. You can't get called for holding," he said. "I do a lot of pulling playing guard and make a lot of blocks on linebackers. I feel like I'm in pretty good shape at this point in the season."
A three-sport performer at Morgan, Stapley is a devoted weight lifter.
"I'm part of a power-lifting crew in Roy," he said. "I try to lift twice a week in season and four times a week out of season."
* Week 6 notes: Undefeated Syracuse (5-0) is off to its best-ever start. Unbeaten Northridge is trying to go 6-0 for the first time since 2004 when the Knights won their first seven games. Two-time defending Region 1 champion Fremont leads Davis 8-4 with two straight victories. In his 15th season, Ryan Bishop is after his 100th career victory -- stops at Bear River (25-9) and Davis (74-54-1) -- in his 130th game in 12 years with the Darts. ... Defending state 4-A champion Logan has a 12-game winning streak against Roy and leads the series 15-14. Mountain Crest has a nine-game winning streak versus Bonneville since 2004 and leads 12-6. ... Bear River plays Ben Lomond for the 49th time with the Bears winning the last three and leading the series 32-16.