The headliner game between Bingham and Colorado's Valor Christian lost a bit of its sheen when both teams dropped one-pointers to top-tier opponents last week. VC had its 25-game winning streak snapped and fell to fourth in the Colorado rankings while Bingham tumbled to 10th in Utah in MaxPreps' rankings.
But Bingham will still have its hands full when controversial Valor invades on Saturday night.
Valor Christian, a private school in suburban Denver, began its football program in 2008 with a "penchant for attracting Division I talent," according to the Denver Post. VC won three consecutive championships among mid-sized schools.
Valor moved to Colorado's largest classification this year, but other schools accused VC of blatant recruiting and no region would accept it. So Valor plays as an independent and none of its games count in region standings.
The Eagles are quarterbacked by Oklahoma State signee Luke Del Rio (and son of Denver Bronco defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio).
Now to the ever popular rivalry game notes feature.
Box Elder visits Bear River in the state's longest running uninterrupted rivalry and the fifth most-played series. Going into the 92nd meeting, Box Elder leads 64-25-2. Since 1959, the winner has taken home the Golden Spike.
In the 10th most-played rivalry, Morgan hosts Wasatch in their 83rd meeting. The Wasps own a 49-31-2 series advantage.
American Fork has a 37-16-1 series lead over Spanish Fork as these teams meet for the 55th time in Utah County, while in Weber County, Bonneville takes a 36-15 series lead into its 52nd game with Weber.
While 32 of this week's 54 games reprise contests from 2011's Week 3, but at the opposite field, seven games feature teams meeting for the first time: Bishop Gorman (Nev.) JV at Diamond Ranch (which DR lost on Tuesday), Summit Academy at Altamont, West at Desert Hills, Highland at Herriman, Legacy (Nev.) at Hurricane, Salem Hills at Juab and, of course, Valor Christian (Colo.) at Bingham.
Other Historical Game Notes
East and Jordan squared off 31 times in 51 seasons from 1914-64, but then not until '93 and '94. The Leopards lead the series 21-12…. Cottonwood and Davis last met in the 2004 Class 5A championship, which the Darts won 50-43 in overtime.
Alta and Olympus faced off three times in state playoffs from 1979-84 with the Titans winning the 4A title in '84 over the Hawks. They were region foes from 1989 to '92, the last time they met. Alta holds a 4-3 lead in the series.
Cyprus and Granger clash for the 45th time with the Lancers ahead in the series 24-19-1…. Copper Hills has captured five of the last six against Hillcrest to knot the series at six games each.
Logan swept Bountiful by similar scores last year – 56-31 in the regular season and 59-30 in the state semifinals, but the Braves still lead the series 8-4…. Woods Cross nipped Mountain Crest 32-31 last year to snap a five-game losing streak to MC, but the Mustangs still lead the series 6-3.
Utah County's current powers Lone Peak and Timpview battle for the first time since 2008. The T-birds lead the series 9-5 and blasted the Knights 28-3 in '08…. Dixie and Provo met from 1977-79; the Flyers won the first and last in the three-game series.
Park City and Snow Canyon tangled in 1994, SC's first season, and again in a 2006 first round game. The Warriors won both contests…. Pine View and Uintah's last meeting came in 2007 while Tooele and Union last battled in 2001.
For the Record
Pine View's Prentiss Miller hauled the ball 51 times for 270 yards in the Panthers' 24-21 win over Orem last Friday, setting a record for single-game carries. Just last October, Altamont's Kyle Foy set the previous record of 48.