Ravell Call, Deseret News
Entering the third week of the 2011 season, 30 teams remain undefeated, yet just four contests pit unbeatens in the state this week: Lone Peak at Davis, Jordan at Pleasant Grove, Spanish Fork at American Fork and Morgan at Wasatch.
A total of 69 schools have at least one win, and some of the remaining 32 winless teams may pick up a victory this week, but just five games match winless squads: Skyline at Cedar, West Jordan at Hunter, Clearfield at Ogden, Mountain View at Westlake and Milford at Whitehorse.
Utah vs. The Nation
Utah was just 8-5 against out-of-state teams last week. Utah vs. The Nation continues with six more games this week, highlighted by Alta, Bingham and Timpview competing in the Mission Viejo (Calif.) High School Football Classic against Crenshaw, Orange Lutheran and Bakersfield, respectively. For the California schools, it's the season opener.
Carbon hasn't seen 2-0 since 2003 and with a victory over Ben Lomond, would be 3-0 for the first time since 1983. … Canyon View was last 2-0 in 2005 and has a bye before visiting Desert Hills in Week 4. … Granger, hosting winless Cyprus, could be 3-0 for the first time since starting 4-0 in 1999.
Davis opened with consecutive shutouts for the third time in school history (96 seasons) and first time since 1954 when the Darts held their first three opponents scoreless. (Even though its opener vs. Brighton was only a half-game and ended 0-0, it still counts as a shutout – really, a double-shutout.)
Before this year, Hunter had never suffered back-to-back shutouts and had only been whitewashed nine times in 234 games over 21 seasons.
Bingham owns the longest current winning streak, 26 games, while San Juan has captured 22 straight. Juan Diego has won 14 in a row and Duchesne is next with 12 consecutive victories.
Several teams stopped long losing streaks the past two weeks, including Lehi, Ben Lomond, Canyon View, Copper Hills and North Sevier, leaving Whitehorse leading that list with nine straight losses, followed by Ogden and Salem Hills at eight each.
Milford, at Whitehorse, hopes to pick school victory No. 200 and Pleasant Grove hosts Jordan as the Vikings gun for their 350th all-time win.
Box Elder plays its 850th game, Grand, its 750th and West Jordan, its 300th.
A coaching trio tries to get career victory No. 50: James Cordova at Judge Memorial, Brandon Matich at East and Jake Nelson at Desert Hills. … Kovi Christiansen is directing his 50th contest at Morgan.
What's in a Name?
The NFL has its famed Lambeau Field and Soldier Stadium, and in Utah, Rice-Eccles and Lavell Edwards Stadiums, among others, are well known. Among Utah high schools, at least 20 have named their stadiums, as well. Most are named in honor of a coach, but some recognize major donors or others associated with the school.
Beaver: D. Alfred Marshall Stadium (coach, 1963-1988)
Bingham: Ron Thorne Stadium (donor)
Bonneville: Thom Budge Field (coach, 1975-2005)
Box Elder: Earl Ferguson Field (coach, 1921-1959)
Copper Hills: Garrison Field (Bruce Garrison, CH's first principal, 1995-1999)
Dixie: Walter Brooks Stadium (coach, 1949-1974)
East: Tally Stevens Field (coach, 1950-1955)