In last week's 5A, 4A and 3A first-round games and 2A and 1A quarterfinals, home teams dominated, going 28-5. Some of the road victories might have been foreseen – by Highland, South Summit, and perhaps Cedar, for example. But Syracuse, holding Alta to just 10 points and eliminating a team many anticipated would be a 5A finalist, and Westlake, surprising 2010 runner-up Mountain Crest 23-14, were unexpected.
It marked Alta's second straight loss at home in the first round and the first time a No. 1 seed in Class 5A has lost in the first round since 2005.
Several games last week were blowouts with over half, 20, decided by at least a three-touchdown margin. The closest was Olympus' five-point win over Box Elder, one of just three battles determined by a touchdown or less.
The average score of the 33 games was 37.1-14.0.
Games this week matching teams with the best-combined records: San Juan (10-0) vs. Millard (8-2), Northridge (8-3) at Lone Peak (11-0) and Highland (7-3) at Logan (11-0). Tournament team still alive with a losing record: Westlake (4-6).
In every classification except for 4A, at least three of the four schools that made the semifinals last year are still in the playoffs, and in 5A, all four – Bingham, Fremont, Jordan and Lone Peak remain alive. In 4A, Bountiful and Highland are still playing while Mountain Crest and Springville have been dispatched.
Stansbury and Westlake appear in the quarterfinal round for the first time while Layton Christian makes its first-ever semifinal contest. West, meanwhile, has advanced past the first round for the first time since 1997. Viewmont hasn't been in the quarterfinals since 2003 and Grantsville and Olympus, since 2005.
On the other hand, Cottonwood failed to get to the quarterfinal round for the first time since 2003 and Mountain Crest missed for the first time in five years.
First-time meetings: (5A) Syracuse at West, (3A) Desert Hills at Stansbury and Spanish Fork at Juan Diego.
Four of this week's 16 games are reprises from earlier in the season (Timpview-Westlake, Manti-South Summit, Duchesne-Rich and Monticello-LCA). Another six contests pit teams that haven't met since at least 2008.
5A Quarterfinals (five teams repeat from last year – Syracuse, Viewmont and West are new.)
Fremont (8-2) vs. Bingham (9-2)
Series history: Bingham leads 7-3.
Last meeting: Bingham, 30-7 on Nov. 19, 2010 in the 5A championship at the U.
Coach vs. Coach: Bingham's Dave Peck is 2-0 vs. Fremont's Kory Bosgeiter.
Current winning streaks: Fremont 6, Bingham 4.
Fremont's last quarterfinal: 2010, defeated Skyline at home and eventually advanced to the 5A finals. The Silver Wolves are in the quarterfinals for the eighth time in 11 years.
Bingham's last quarterfinal: 2010, eliminated Northridge at home en route to its second straight 5A title and third in five years. The Miners are in the quarterfinals for a school-record eighth consecutive year and attempting to move on to the semis for the sixth year in a row. A victory would guarantee Bingham its seventh straight double-digit win season.
Fremont's home playoff record: 13-1 (lost to Alta in the 2005 quarterfinals).
West (6-5) vs. Syracuse (7-3)
Series history and Coach vs. Coach, Syracuse's Russ Jones and West's Justin Spencer: First meeting.
Current winning streaks: Syracuse 2, West 2.
West's last quarterfinal: 1997, lost at Timpview. The Panthers advanced to the semifinals the year before, but lost, again to Timpview. Before its first-round victory last week, West had dropped seven straight playoff games.
Syracuse's last quarterfinal: 2009, lost at Bingham. The previous year, the Titans surprised the state in just its second season by advancing to the semifinal round after a winless first season.
West's home playoff record: 17-5.
Lone Peak (11-0) vs. Northridge (8-3)
Series history: tied 1-1 (met in 2002 and '03).
Last meeting: Northridge, 17-16 on Aug. 29, 2003 at home.
Coach vs. Coach: First meeting between LP's Tony McGeary and Northridge's Erik Thompson.
Current winning streaks: Lone Peak 11, Northridge 1.
LP's last quarterfinal: 2010, ousted visiting Riverton before losing to Fremont in the semifinals. The Knights are in the quarters for the ninth time in eleven years and hope to get back to Rice-Eccles for the second straight time. LP is off to its best-ever start and has matched its 2002 season for its most-ever wins.
Northridge's last quarterfinal: 2010, lost at Bingham. The Knights last made the semifinals in '03 where, after winning three straight 5A titles over Skyline, they lost to the Eagles.
Lone Peak's home playoff record: 13-5.
Viewmont (8-3) vs. Jordan (9-2)
Series history: Viewmont leads 1-0.
Last meeting: Viewmont, 49-35 on Oct. 27, 2000 in a 5A first round game at Viewmont.
Coach vs. Coach: First meeting between Viewmont's Eric Kjar and Jordan's Brad Lloyd.
Current winning streaks: Jordan 2, Viewmont 1.
Viewmont's last quarterfinal: 2003, lost at Skyline. Before last week, the Vikings had lost seven straight postseason games. They haven't advanced to the semifinals since 1980 when they won the 3A championship.
Jordan's last quarterfinal: 2010, defeated Cottonwood in a 62-38 shootout on the road before falling to Bingham in the semis. This is the 'Diggers fourth quarterfinal appearance in six years and they hope to make the semifinal round for a second straight season.
Viewmont's home playoff record: 7-1 (lost to West Jordan in the 2005 first round).
4A Quarterfinals (five teams repeat from 2010 as Logan, Olympus and Westlake lost in the first round last year)
Logan (11-0) vs. Highland (7-3)
Series history: Logan leads 1-0.
Last meeting: Logan, 14-0 on Nov. 17, 2000 in the 4A championship at Weber State.
Coach vs. Coach: First meeting between Logan's Mike Favero and Highland's Brody Benson.
Current winning streaks: Logan 11, Highland 1.
Logan's last quarterfinal: 2008, lost at Juan Diego. The Grizzlies last advanced to the semifinals in 2007 when they won the 3A title. Although it fell in the first round last year, Logan makes its ninth QF appearance in 12 seasons.
Highland's last quarterfinal: 2010, won at Pine View en route to the 4A championship. The Rams are in the quarters for the fourth consecutive seasons and seventh time in the last eight.
Logan's home playoff record: 22-9.
Olympus (9-1) vs. Bountiful (7-4)
Series history: tied 9-9; the Braves have grabbed three straight from the Titans.
Last meeting: Bountiful, 56-14 on Oct. 21, 2010 at home.
Coach vs. Coach: Bountiful's Larry Wall is 3-0 vs. Aaron Whitehead (when at East in 2003 and '04).
Current winning streaks: Olympus 7, Bountiful 3.
Olympus' last quarterfinal: 2005, lost at Cottonwood. The Titans last captured a quarterfinal bout in 1998 when they won the 4A championship, but are 0-4 in the second round since then. Oly has its most victories since 2003.
Bountiful's last quarterfinal: 2010, defeated Spanish Fork at home before dropping to Mountain Crest in the semifinals. Coach Wall has won 32 playoff games – second most among current coaches (to Skyline's Roger DuPaix's 67) – in 25 postseason appearances.
Olympus' home playoff record: 13-5.
Timpview (9-2) vs. Westlake (4-6)
Series history: Timpview leads 3-0.
Last meeting: Timpview, 40-9 on Aug. 26 (Week 2) at home.
Coach vs. Coach: Timpview's Louis Wong is 3-0 vs. Westlake's Jason Walker.
Current winning streaks: Timpview 8, Westlake 2.
Timpview's last quarterfinal: 2010, lost at Springville. Before that setback, the Thunderbirds were four-time defending 4A champions. Timpview hasn't missed the quarterfinals since 1999, and has appeared in 19 of the past 21 quarterfinal rounds. Since 2006, the T-birds are 18-1 in the postseason and hope to advance to the semifinals for the eighth time in ten years. With a victory, Timpview will record its sixth consecutive double-digit win season.
Westlake makes its first quarterfinal in just its third season.
Timpview's home playoff record: 33-4, including nine straight.
East (10-1) vs. Skyline (7-3)
Series history: Skyline leads 20-7.
Last meeting: Skyline, 41-7 on Oct. 9, 2009 at East.
Coach vs. Coach: First meeting between East's Brandon Matich and Skyline's Roger DuPaix.
Current winning streaks: East 1, Skyline 1.
East's last quarterfinal: 2010, lost at Mountain Crest, the eventual 4A runner-up. The Leopards haven't won a quarterfinal game since 2006. But under second-year coach Brandon Matich, they have their most wins since their 13-0 championship season in 1996. Just two years ago, East was 1-8.
Skyline's last quarterfinal: 2010, lost at Fremont, the eventual 5A runner-up. Skyline is in the quarterfinal round for the 17th time in 19 years, missing only in 2006 and 2009 since 1993. The Eagles last advanced to the semis in 2008.
East and Skyline have combined for 29 state championships – East has 15 and Skyline 14 – ranking first and second since title games began in 1919.
East's home playoff record: 8-4.
3A Quarterfinals (five teams repeat from last season with Cedar, Grantsville and Stansbury the newcomers.) Juan Diego hosts its seventh straight quarterfinal and Hurricane, its fourth.
Hurricane (10-0) vs. Grantsville (7-4)
Series history: Grantsville leads 5-1.
Last meeting: Hurricane, 47-14 on Nov. 1, 2008 in a 3A first round game at home.
Coach vs. Coach: Hurricane's Chris Homer is 1-0 vs. Grantsville's Tony Cloward.
Current winning streaks: Hurricane 10, Grantsville 2.
Hurricane's last quarterfinal: 2010, beat Emery at home en route its third consecutive Class 3A title game where the Tigers lost to Juan Diego for the third time in a row. Hurricane is enjoying its fourth straight double-digit win season and seventh overall.
Grantsville's last quarterfinal: 2005, won at Morgan before losing to Pine View in the semifinals. The Cowboys have their most season victories since going 9-5 in 2003.
Hurricane's home playoff record: 11-7, including seven straight.
Juan Diego (10-1) vs. Spanish Fork (8-3)
Series history and Coach vs. Coach, JD's John Colosimso and SF's Matt Christensen: First meeting.
Current winning streaks: Juan Diego 7, Spanish Fork 4.
JD's last quarterfinal: 2010, eliminated Juab at home. The three-time defending Class 3A champs are in the quarterfinals for the eleventh straight year, but the quarterfinals were first-round games the first four of those years. The Soaring Eagle are trying for their fourth consecutive semifinal. Of note, Juan Diego has shutout five opponents this year, a school record.
SF's last quarterfinal: 2010, lost at Bountiful. The Dons have appeared in the quarterfinals the last two years as a 4A team, but haven't advanced to the semifinals since 1995.
JD's home playoff record: 13-3.
Delta (10-1) vs. Cedar (5-5)
Series history: Delta leads 22-15-1.
Last meeting: Cedar, 26-3 on Sept. 14, 2007 at home.
Coach vs. Coach: Delta's Russ Henrie is 3-1 vs. Cedar's Todd Peacock.
Current winning streaks: Delta 10, Cedar 3.
Delta's last quarterfinal: 2010, defeated Desert Hills at home before losing to Hurricane in the semis. The Rabbits are in the quarterfinals for the seventh straight season but have advanced to the semifinals just twice in the previous six. It's also their 20th QF in 23 years.
Cedar's last quarterfinal: 2009, lost at Juan Diego. The Redmen last qualified for the semifinals in 2004. This year marks Cedar's 16th quarterfinal game in 20 seasons.
Delta's home playoff record: 31-8.
Stansbury (9-1) vs. Desert Hills (7-3)
Series history and Coach vs. Coach, Stansbury's Clint Christiansen and Desert Hills' Jake Nelson: First meeting.
Current winning streaks: Stansbury 7, Desert Hills 1.
Stansbury's first quarterfinal. The Stallions have jumped from 1-8 their first year and 2-8 last season to 9-1 this year, a seven-game improvement over 2010.
Desert Hills's last (only) quarterfinal: 2010, lost at Delta. The Thunder has matched its most season wins, set last year.
Stansbury's home playoff record: 1-0.
2A Semifinals (only Manti is new to the semifinals this year, replacing South Sevier)
Manti (9-1) vs. South Summit (8-3)
Series history: Manti 15-7; they met at least annually from 1989-2008 including the 1999 Class 2A final, when the Templars won their first of two state championships.
Last meeting: Manti, 30-12 on Sept. 23 (Week 6) at home.
Coach vs. Coach: Manti's Cole Meacham is 3-2 vs. South Summit's Jerry Parker.
Coaching records: Meacham is 87-41 in his 12th year and Parker is 63-44 in 10 seasons (1992-94 and 2005-11).
Current winning streaks: Manti 8, South Summit 5.
Manti's last semifinal: 2008, beat San Juan, then lost to North Summit on a last second field goal in the 2A championship. The Templars were just 5-6 last season.
South Summit's last semifinal: 2010, defeated Millard before falling to San Juan in the 2A title game. A Wildcat victory would send them to the finals for the third straight year.
San Juan (10-0) vs. Millard (8-2)
Series history: Millard 18-4, but they've split their last six meetings, from 2004-2008. They clashed for the 2006 Class 2A championship, which the Eagles won.
Last meeting: San Juan, 33-14 on Sept. 26, 2008 at Millard.
Coach vs. Coach: Millard's Marshall Sheriff is 4-3 vs. San Juan's Monte Lee.
Coaching records: Lee is 85-17 in his ninth season. Only Timpview's Louis Wong has a better winning percentage at his current school than Lee. Sheriff is 101-35 in his 12th year.
Current winning streaks: San Juan 30 – second longest in state history, Millard 1. Since the start of the 2008 season, the Broncos have compiled a 43-2 record, losing only to Manti 26-13 in the 2008 finals and to Durango, Colo., 21-20 on Sept. 11, 2009.
San Juan's last semifinal: 2010, beat South Sevier. The two-time defending 2A champion Broncos make their fourth semi in a row and 18th in 25 years. SJ is hoping to advance to the finals for the fifth time in seven seasons.
Millard's last semifinal: 2010, lost to South Summit. Last played in a championship game in 2007 where it fell to North Summit.
1A Semifinals (only Layton Christian is new to this year's semis, replacing Altamont)
Duchesne (10-0) vs. Rich (5-5)
Series history: Rich 22-11.
Last meeting: Duchesne, 42-0 on Oct. 7 (Week 8) at home. These two also battled in the 2010 finals, which the Eagles won 21-14 in OT, and in the 2009 finals, which Rich captured 25-0. Duchesne has a three-game winning streak going against Rich including a regular season contest in 2010.
Coach vs. Coach: Duchesne's Bill Hoopes and Rich's Ashley Brown are tied 3-3.
Coaching records: Hoopes is 34-12 in his fourth season (but 31-4 since 2009) and Brown is 85-49 in his 12th year.
Current winning streaks: Duchesne 20, Rich 1. The Eagles have the second longest current winning streak and 15th longest in state history (tied with six others).
Duchesne's last semifinal: 2010, defeated Altamont en route to claiming the 1A crown. Duchesne is back in the semis for the eighth time in nine years although last year's was the first playoff game for the Eagles that season. A win would land them in the title game for the third straight year.
Rich's last semifinal: 2010, beat Monticello. The Rebels are in the semis for the sixth year in a row and ninth time in 11 seasons. They hope to make the finals for a third consecutive year and fourth time in five seasons.
Monticello (9-2) vs. LCA (5-5)
Series history: Monticello 7-1 (LCA's win came in 2008).
Last meeting: Monticello, 45-24 on Sept. 2 (Week 3) at home.
Coach vs. Coach: Monticello's Lee Chadwick is 2-0 vs. LCA's Will Hawes.
Coaching records: Chadwick is 13-9 in his second season and Hawes is 20-28 in his fifth year.
Current winning streaks: LCA 4, Monticello 2.
Monticello's last semifinal: 2010, lost to Rich. The Buckaroos haven't moved beyond the semis to play for a title since winning it all in 2004.
LCA is in its first semifinal in its eight-year history.
Current Winning Streaks
Eight teams have won at least eight straight games, led by San Juan's 30. Duchesne has won 20 in a row for the first time in its history. Logan and Lone Peak have captured 11 straight, a record for LP. Delta and Hurricane have won ten consecutive contests and Manti and Timpview have taken eight straight.
Playoff-game Winning Streaks
Schools that won four playoff games a minimum of three consecutive seasons.
Skyline, 5 years (1995-99)
Timpview, 4 years (2006-09)
Juan Diego, 3 years (2008-10, current streak)
Northridge, 3 years (2000-02)
Won three playoff games at least four consecutive seasons.
Skyline, 9 (1995-03)
Timpview, 4 (2006-09)
Won two playoff games at least five consecutive seasons.
Skyline, 13 (1993-05)
Kanab, 8 (1881-88)
Bingham, 6 (2006-10, current)
Alta, 5 (1981-85)
Alta, 5 (2005-09)
Beaver, 5 (1979-83)
Judge, 5 (1969-73)
Won one playoff game at least eight consecutive seasons
Skyline, 13 (1993-2005)
Timpview, 12 (2000-11, current)
Kanab, 11 (1980-90)
Juan Diego, 10 (2002-11, current)
Millard, 10 (1949-58)
Millard, 10 (1974-84)
Beaver, 9 (1975-83)
Bonneville, 9 (1984-92)
Davis, 9 (1982-90)
Manti, 9 (1997-2005)
San Juan, 9 (1987-95)
Bingham, 8 (2004-11, current)
Delta, 8 (1994-2001)
Dave Peck coaches his 150th game in 12 years at Bingham with a 118-31 record for the Miners.
More from Last Week
Against Whitehorse on Sept. 23, Monticello's P.J. Leiatau used perhaps the most obscure play in football – the drop kick – to score a field goal. The former rugby player made another in the Buckaroos' 64-30 playoff win over Milford last Saturday. Not sure if that's the first drop kick used in a playoff game, but if it's not, it's the first since at least the 1920s.
Thanks to Coach Chadwick, Leiatau's drop kick can be clearly seen on a 23-second video at:
By winning their first-ever home playoff games, Desert Hills, Herriman and Stansbury joined an elite group of just 12 schools that are perfect at home in the postseason. Skyline leads the list, 37-0 after last week, followed by Snow Canyon, 10-0, then Ben Lomond, Parowan and Syracuse, all 2-0. Canyon View, Desert Hills, Gunnison, Herriman, Monument Valley, Stansbury and Timpanogos are all 1-0.
While Springville has concluded its season, a couple of its players finished with stellar season and career records.
QB Steve Bate accumulated 7,422 yards of Career Total Offense, the seventh best performance all-time. Of those, 7,250 came through the air, which places Bate fourth in Career Passing Yards. He threw 74 TD passes in his three-year career, ranking him fifth. He also finished high in Career Passing Completions, 453 (ninth), and Attempts, 758 (11th).
Bate's top receiver, Jaylon Miyasaki caught 78 passes for 1,412 yards this year, the seventh most Season Reception Yards in state history.
His Reception Yards-per-Game Average of 128.3 ranks fifth all-time.
Over his two-year career, Miyasaki totaled 2,648 yards, placing him firmly in third place behind Fremont's Austin Raught (3,445 yards from 2003-05) and Jordan's Cody Raymond (3,326 yards from 2005-07).
He also caught 29 TD passes and had 128 receptions from 2009-11, both the eighth best marks all-time.
Miyasaki is one of just five to average over 20 yards per reception during his career with 20.97, ranking fourth.
He's joined by Park City's Jono Schettler, who averaged 20.73 per catch during his two years for the Miners. Schettler finished with 2,177 career yards, which ranks 11th all-time.
Another standout receiver, Cottonwood's Inoke Lotueluei, caught 27 TD passes during his career, tied for the 11th best-ever performance.
Among other players, Spanish Fork's Hayden Neilsen has amassed 8,955 career yards of total offense, putting him fourth all-time but 914 yards behind third-place holder Riley Nelson. Nielsen has 7,191 Career Passing Yards, which ranks fifth, just ahead of Nelson. He's eighth in Career TD Passes with 72.
Logan's D.J. Nelson has moved up to a tie for sixth in Season TD Passes with 40 and 13th in Season Total Offense (3,923).
Lone Peak's Chase Hansen is tied for 18th in Season TD Passes with 33.
Jordan's Austin Kafentzis is fifth in Season Total Offense with 4,137 yards.
Millard's Pancho Alcala became the 37th Utah prep gridder to rush for over 3,000 career yards; he has 3,053.
As San Juan approaches Timpview's all-time winning streak record, here's a list of the schools that have won at least 20 consecutive games:
1. Timpview, 36 (2006-09)
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2. San Juan, 30 (2009-11, current)
3. Rich, 28 (1994-97)
4. Bingham, 26 (2009-11 [not current])
5. three tied with 24: East (1955-57), Millard (1978-79), Pleasant Grove (1954-57)
8. four tied with 23: Bear River (2003-05), Dixie (1973-75), Skyline (1998-2000), West (1992-93)
12. Tooele, 22 (1928-30)
13. two tied with 21: Delta (1974-76), East (1920-23)
15. seven tied with 20: Duchesne (2010-11, current), Jordan (1946-49), Juan Diego (2008-09), Northridge (2002-03), Skyline (1976-77), Skyline (again, 1995-96), Timpview (2009-10).