High school football: Felt's Facts Week 14

By George Felt

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Nov. 17 2011 9:00 a.m. MST

Coach: Mike Favero is 111-50 (.689) in his 13th season, since 1999.

Playoff record, 12th appearance: 23-8 (.742).

Finals record: 3-1.

Extra Point 1: Just two seasons ago, Logan was 3-7 and East went 1-8.

Extra Point 2: East and Logan collide in the finals for the fourth time. Only Beaver and Kanab have met more times – seven – for the title. Five other pairs have battled four times in the finals, most recently Duchesne and Rich. Box Elder-Jordan, Judge-Payson, Orem-Skyline and San Juan-South Summit are the others.

Extra Point 3: East's .662 winning percent in the postseason ranks fifth behind only Juan Diego, Skyline, Timpview and Snow Canyon.

Extra Point 4: Logan's off to its best-ever start, surpassing the 12-0 Grizzlies of 1978. That was Logan's only undefeated season.

Extra Point 5: Logan has also matched its most-ever win season, 2005, when the Grizzlies were 13-1.

Extra Point 6: Logan has scored 592 points this season, the fifth most in state history. But it's not a school record. The 2005 Grizzlies scored 666 in 14 games, second on the all-time list. Dixie racked up 678 points in 13 contests in 1972. Bingham's 2010 juggernaut (638 points) is the only other team to score more than 600 in a season.

Extra Point 7: Favero is trying for his fourth state crown. Just 11 coaches have won more in Utah prep history.

Extra Point 8: East and Logan met twice during the same season one other time: 1920 when East won the season opener 40-6 on Oct. 2 and the state championship by 27-0 on Dec. 11. Both games were played at Logan. Obviously, the season started and ended a little later than it does now.

Extra Point 9: Before this year, East had outscored Logan 228-18 in 11 previous contests and never allowed more than six Grizzly points in a game. Even with Logan's 46-14 victory, the Grizzlies still have a substantial point – and game – deficit to make up.

Extra Point 10: East won four of its championships by winning just a single playoff game, in 1920, 1943, 1952 and 1953.

Extra Point 11: East was 10-0-1 in championship games from 1920 through the 1960s, but is 2-2 since. Logan, on the other hand, lost its first seven title contests from 1920 through the '60s, but is 6-1 since.

Class 3A Finals – Hurricane (12-0) vs. Desert Hills (9-3)

This game marks the first time that two teams from the same region in 3A, 4A or 5A have clashed in the finals since 2005. (Skyline knocked off Brighton in 5A.) It's also the first all-southern Utah championship since Dixie beat Cedar for the 3A crown in 1998.

Series History: Hurricane leads 3-1 (DH won in 2009).

Last meeting: Hurricane 35-8 on Oct. 13 (Week 9) at Desert Hills.

Coach vs. Coach: Hurricane's Chris Homer is 5-4 vs. Desert Hills' Jake Nelson (including 3-3 record when Nelson was at Dixie from 2002-07).

Hurricane Quick Facts

Hurricane began its 11-man grid program in 1949, 63rd season. Finals record: 0-6. Playoff record (31st appearance): 24-30 (.444). From 1939-48, Hurricane played six-man football and won the 1947 and '48 titles.

Current winning streak: 12, ties 2005 school record.

Championship game history:

1982, lost to Millard 33-14 (2A)

1983, lost to Morgan 15-0 (2A)

1989, lost to San Juan 34-16 (2A)

2008, lost to Juan Diego 21-18 (3A)

2009, lost to Juan Diego 12-10 (3A)

2010, lost to Juan Diego 10-7 (3A)