Golden Years – Installment 3
This week: East, Grand County, Jordan, Layton, Lone Peak, Manti, Maple Mountain, Millard, Olympus, Riverton, Snow Canyon, Tintic and Union.
(For new readers: During the regular season, Felt's Facts is identifying the golden era in football for almost every high school, excluding a few that are too new or were too short-lived to have developed much history. Around a dozen active schools will be randomly selected each week, with one or two discontinued programs thrown in for good measure.)
East – 1950-1968 – The Leopards won five state championships (1952, '53, '55, '56 and '64) and nine region titles during coach Talley Steven's six years and the first 13 of Grant Martin's tenure. East compiled a 137-33-8 record, including a 43-2-1 mark from '52-'56 when it led the state in defense four of five seasons. QBs Dee Lloyd ('52) and Mike Williams ('53), and running backs Steve Watson ('55), Bob Daynes ('56) and Kent Hales ('64), were lead players on East's championship squads.
Grand County – 1969-1975 – The Red Devils won better than 80% of their games, going 60-14, and captured six straight region titles from 1969-74 under longtime coach Glen Richeson. Grand shut out 21 opponents in 74 games. A few of Grand's 16 all-state players from the era include Gregg Holland ('72), Stan Holland ('73), Merrill Noyes ('75), Mark Simmons ('73 and '74) and Lenny Walterscheid ('71).
Jordan – 1930-1948 – The Beetdiggers snared nine of the school's 11 state championships and 11 region crowns over 19 seasons. A trio of coaches, E.G. Foxley (1930), Eddie Kimball (1931-34) and Dunn "Snyde" Taylor (1935 on) led Jordan to a 139-29-10 record, including five undefeated campaigns. Dan Dunn ('38-'39), Frank Holt ('44-'45), Del Mar Larsen ('30-'31) and Eugene Risko ('36-'37) were acclaimed two-time all-state players.
Layton – 1977-1979 – With Gary Hansen at the helm, the Lancers claimed their only state championship in 1978 and won the region title all three years, compiling a 26-8 record. Dave Burke is one of just nine players to repeat as state MVP – his awards came in 1978 and '79.
Lone Peak – 2009-present (records through 2011) – The Knights topped a trio of consecutive region championships with their first state title, an undefeated season and Chase Hansen earning all-state MVP honors in 2011. Tony McGeary coached LP to a 34-5 record over three seasons.
Manti – 2001-2005 – A state championship in 2003 highlighted this five-year stretch for the Templars. Cole Meacham guided Manti to a 43-9 record and took home region hardware in 2001, '02 and '05. Spencer Harman and Jason Thomson were named all-state MVPs in 2003 while Taylor Salanoa was a two-time all-state QB ('03-'04).
Maple Mountain – 2011-present (records through 2011) – The three-year-old Golden Eagles celebrated their first winning season, going 7-4 under coach Brad Burtenshaw.
Millard – 1949-1963 – During the final 15 years of Taft Watts' leadership, Eagle fans stormed the field six times to celebrate state championships, including four straight from 1950-53. Millard won fourteen region crowns, missing only in 1961. The Eagles enjoyed three undefeated seasons and eight others with just one loss in posting a 127-19-7 (.852) record. Eldon Marshall ('50), Alton Wade ('51), LaVae Smith ('52), Roger Adams ('53), Jan Freeman ('58) and Gary Davis ('60) were key all-state players on Millard's state title teams.
Olympus – 1982-1986 – The Titans won their first state championship in 1984 and grabbed region trophies three times, in 1982, '83 and '86. Over Louie Long's last three seasons (through '84) and Marc Lyons' first two years, Oly racked up a 45-13 record, augmented by two of the school's five double-digit win seasons. Greg Smith picked up all-state MVP honors in 1984.
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