The number of unbeaten teams dropped from 21 to 13 last week. The survivors include a single team from each of Regions 1 through 7 (Syracuse, Granger, Jordan, Lone Peak, Logan, East and Herriman, respectively).
Carbon, Dixie and Hurricane are undefeated in 3A, San Juan is the only unvanquished team in Class 2A and Diamond Ranch and Duchesne remain unbeaten in 1A.
Just a pair of games match undefeated teams: Hurricane at Dixie in Region 9 and Duchesne at Diamond Ranch in 1A North. (Incidentally, Dixie and Hurricane are two of the top five highest scoring teams statewide, averaging over 40 points per game.)
The number of winless teams fell from 23 to 15, but only Timpanogos at Springville pits winless schools. The Red Devils claimed the two previous contests in 2004 and '06.
Diamond Ranch, in its first year of varsity football, continues to draw attention with its strong opening: it's only the fourth school to win its first four games, but the Diamondbacks will get a stiff test this week hosting defending 1A champion Duchesne. An Eagle victory over DR will give Duchesne its best start since its undefeated championship season of 2006.
Syracuse (4-0), in its fifth season, is enjoying its best opening, eclipsing 3-0 starts in 2008 and '09.
If Granger takes care of Juan Diego, the Lancers will claim five wins for the first time since 2004 and be 5-0 for the first time since starting 7-0 in 1989…. Dixie will be 5-0 for the first time since 2005 with an upset of Hurricane.
If Logan handles Bonneville, the Grizzlies will be 5-0 for the first time since their 12-0 championship season in 1978, their only undefeated campaign…. By beating West, Lone Peak will see 5-0 for the first time since a 7-0 start in 2006.
First-time Matchups (7):
With everyone but Regions 2 and 4 in Class 5A and Regions 10 and 12 in 3A involved in league competition this week, a number of interesting first-time pairings are on the docket in non-region games: American Fork at Copper Hills, Granger at Juan Diego, Lehi at Viewmont and Lone Peak at West.
Meanwhile, realignment has created a couple more first-time meetings in region play: Olympus vs. Westlake (Region 7 – at Cottonwood) and Timpview at Maple Mountain (Region 8). Of course, Duchesne at Diamond Ranch is also a first-time matchup.
Busing to "home" Games?
In Granite District, reconstruction of Granger and Olympus continues. Granger celebrated the inauguration of its new gridiron by pasting Cyprus 52-14 on Sept. 2. But Olympus' new field is still under construction and the Titans hope it will be ready for homecoming on Oct. 7. Oly has already played one "home" game at Skyline and another is likely on Sept. 30 (vs. Herriman). Since Skyline is home this week, Olympus "hosts" Westlake on Cottonwood's turf. And later, Oly meets Skyline on the road, so the Titans will play more games at Skyline than at home this season.
San Juan has the longest active winning streak at 24, tied for the fourth longest in state history and just two behind Bingham's third-place, 26-game streak, which ended two weeks ago. Duchesne has the second longest active streak, 14, followed by the other 11 teams with 4-0 records.
Pleasant Grove is going for its 350th win…. On the heels of a big win over arch-rival Bountiful, Viewmont hopes to get its 200th victory, against Lehi…. Dennis Wells is coaching his 100th contest at Grand.