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High school football: Felt's Facts Week 14

By George Felt

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Nov. 17 2011 10:27 a.m. MST

Coach: Chris Homer is 75-42 (.641) in his tenth season, since 2002.

Playoff record, eighth appearance: 14-7 (.667).

Finals record: 0-3.

Desert Hills Quick Facts

Opened 2008, fourth season. Finals record: first appearance. Playoff record (fourth appearance): 4-3 (.571).

Current winning streak: 3.

Coach: Jake Nelson is 22-11 at DH in three seasons, since 2009, and is 57-42 (.576) in nine years overall, including 35-31 at Dixie from 2002-07.

He's coaching his 100th career contest (and 34th at DH).

Playoff record at DH, third appearance: 4-2. Overall, ninth appearance: 9-8 (.529) including 5-6 at Dixie.

Finals record: first appearance (made semifinals in 2004 and 2006 at Dixie).

Extra Point 1: Hurricane makes its fourth consecutive championship. Only five other schools have more: Skyline, 9 (1995-2003, won five titles); Kanab, 8 (1981-88, won four); and three with 5, Beaver (1969-73, won three), East (1919-23, won five), and Judge (1969-73, won three).

Other recent schools with four straight finals: Timpview (2006-09, won 4) and Kanab (2005-08, won two).

Extra Point 2: Hurricane has matched its best ever start (2005) and tied its most ever wins (2008, 2008 and 2010). The Tigers have never had an undefeated season.

Extra Point 3: Hurricane has 47 wins from 2008-11. Only Juan Diego has more – 49 – during those four seasons.

Extra Point 4: Last week Hurricane became the third school to win three playoff games at least four years in a row. Skyline won three tournament games over a nine-year span (1995-2003) and Timpview won three over four seasons (2006-09).

Extra Point 5: Only five schools have played more seasons of football than Hurricane without winning a state football title (Park City, North Sanpete, Spanish Fork, Wasatch and Cedar).

Extra Point 6: Desert Hills enjoys its most season wins with nine. The previous high was seven in 2010.

Extra Point 7: The Thunder are trying to become just the second team to prevent a top-seed from claiming the state crown over the past five years. In all five classifications, only region champions have won state titles from 2007 on, except for Highland, which captured the 4A title as a No. 2 seed last year.

Extra Point 8: DH is also trying to become first team to win state championship in its first ever appearance since North Sevier in 2008.

Extra Point 9: Desert Hills is the youngest school to reach the championship game since Juan Diego advanced to the 2003 finals in its third season and won the 2A title.

Extra Point 10: Only 26 of the previous 269 state champions have endured three or more losses. DH is trying to become the 27th.

Undefeateds Beware

East, Fremont and Desert Hills will try to upset their unbeaten opponents Friday and join 52 other teams that have spoiled a perfect season in a championship game. The last to do that was Timpview beating Cottonwood in 2008, but the T-birds were also undefeated. The last team with losses to play spoiler was in 2005: Grand entered the 2A title bout at 8-2, but upended 11-0 San Juan.

Meanwhile

If Logan, Lone Peak and Hurricane come through unscathed, they'll join Duchesne and make 2011 the first year that four teams have celebrated undefeated championship seasons. There have been three unbeaten teams three times before, most recently in 2001 when Millard, Monticello and Northridge pulled off the feat.

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