High school football: Felt's Facts Week 8

By George Felt

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Oct. 6 2011 11:54 a.m. MDT

With three weeks remaining in the regular season and four weeks of playoffs after that, the season is technically just half over.

Twenty teams have already secured playoff berths: Bountiful and East (Region 6); Olympus and Skyline (Region 7); Manti and Millard (2A North); San Juan, Beaver, Enterprise, Kanab and Richfield (2A South); and all nine in 1A.

Twelve more have clinched at least a tie for a tournament spot: Fremont (Region 1); Logan and Mountain Crest (Region 5); Highland (Region 6); Westlake (Region 7); Hurricane (Region 9); Grantsville, Ogden and Stansbury (Region 11); Emery and South Summit (2A North); Grand (2A South).

Meanwhile, teams that are struggling to reach the playoffs and have a bye during Week 10 may only have a couple of games left. Cyprus, Roy and Weber fall into that category.

A region-by-region breakdown appears at the end of this week's edition.

Notable:

At 7-0, Lone Peak has matched its best-ever start set in 2006. Carbon (4-2) has its most victories since 2000, Granger (4-3), its most since 2004, and Monticello (6-1), its most since 2005. Maple Mountain (5-2) and Stansbury (5-1), in their third seasons, have their most wins ever.

Streaks:

San Juan continues its assault on the record book: the Broncos have 27 consecutive victories. Fourteen years ago, that would have been a state record, but it now ranks third, nine back of Timpview's 36 (2006-09), but just one win behind Rich (1994-97). Currently, Duchesne has captured 16 straight and East, Hurricane, Logan and Lone Peak have won seven in a row.

Scoring:

This time last year, Bingham was averaging a whopping 51.8 points per game and finished the year with 49.1 ppg. This season, Logan is just off that mark, averaging 48.7 per game. The Grizzlies' winning margin is a comfortable 31.7, topping 4A and barely behind San Juan's state-leading 32.6 ppg.

Speaking of San Juan, if defense wins championships, then its no wonder the Broncos have a 27-game win streak going: in 2010, they allowed just 3.3 ppg and posted a school-record seven shutouts. Through seven games this year, San Juan is holding opponents to just 5.3 ppg and hasn't given up more than a touchdown in a game since the season opener.

More Streaks:

Juan Diego has posted its 10th straight winning season. A Skyline victory this week would guarantee the Eagles their on-going state record 23rd consecutive winning season (since 1989). Timpview is trying to sew up its 22nd straight with a win this week. (Of course, a loss by either wouldn't prevent them from securing a winning season in future weeks.)

Career Stats:

An unusually high number of receivers are impacting the record books. Of the 17 prep gridders who have reached the 1,800 Career Reception Yard mark, four have accomplished that feat this season.

West Jordan's Martavius Redmond ranks ninth all-time with 2,083. He's just one of 11 to surpass 2,000 reception yards. Springville's Jaylon Miyasaki is 13th with 1,971 yards and WJ's DeShawn Perkins is 14th with 1,869. Park City's Jono Schettler ranks 17th as he crossed the 1,800-yard threshold last week and has 1,806.

Among quarterbacks, Hayden Neilsen jumped to sixth place in Career Total Offense with 7,785 yards for Spanish Fork. He's in seventh in Career Passing Yards with 6,316.

He and Springville's Steve Bate continue to climb the ranks of Career TD Passes. Bate has 64, the 10th most all-time, to Nielsen's 63. Hayden has completed 416 passes, putting him ninth all-time.

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