Delta and Lone Peak have captured three straight, and Fremont and Logan are back-to-back region titlists.
Historically, only Millard (12 straight from 1949-60) and Dixie (11 straight from 1966-76) have longer streaks than Juan Diego.
Besides new Summit Academy (more on the Bears in a moment), Enterprise, Maple Mountain and Stansbury, all 3-0, enjoy their best-ever starts. Previous best starts: Enterprise began 2000 and 2003 with 2-0 records, while Stansbury won its first two games last year and MM claimed a season-opener for the first time in its four-year history.
With victories this week, Syracuse, Timpanogos and Woods Cross will match best-ever starts. Syracuse opened 2010 and '11 at 4-0, while Timpanogos started 2010 with a 4-0 mark. WX has seen 4-0 just twice – in 1978 and 1988.
A Roy victory at Murray sends the Royals to 4-0 for the first time since their best-ever, 10-0, start in 1975 when they were quarterbacked by Jim McMahon. Roy defeated the Spartans in three previous meetings, in 1974, '75 and last year.
Spanish Fork last started 3-0 in 1997, but hasn't won four games to open the season since 1996 when the Dons romped to a 6-0 start, their best ever. SF visits Logan this week.
Brighton began 2009 with a 3-0 record, but a win at American Fork gives the Bengals 4-0 for the first time since 2005.
Summit Academy became the eighth program to win its first three games. The only schools to win more games their initial season include East Carbon, which raced to 6-0 start in 1959, and four schools, Cyprus, Diamond Ranch, Kanab and Olympus, which began 4-0.
Box Elder opened its year with three shutouts for the first time since 1945. The Bees hadn't blanked three opponents the same season since 1992 and shut out three straight since 1957. This week's foe, Syracuse, has whitewashed its last two opponents – the first time the Titans have posted consecutive shutouts. Syracuse defeated Box Elder last year, 20-14 in overtime.
Last Friday, Maple Mountain recorded its first-ever shutout.
That Box Elder-Syracuse contest warrants being played at Weber State Friday night and is one of two games between unbeaten teams. In the other, Summit Academy takes its 3-0 record on the road to 2-0 Rich in a 1A North showdown.
Four games pit winless teams: Ben Lomond at Ogden in the Iron Horse battle, Taylorsville at Olympus, Delta at Park City and Lehi at Payson.
First-time and Other Pairings
Just two first-time matchups: Skyline (Wash.) at Cottonwood and Summit Academy at Rich. While Cottonwood is winless in two outings, the Skyline Spartans won their opener last week and come in ranked #1 in Washington and #22 nationally by MaxPreps. The Spartans are defending state 4A (largest school) champs and were runners-up in 2010.
Two other games find Brighton at American Fork – they last met in 2010 – and Sky View at Woods Cross – they last battled in 2008. Incidentally, Brighton has defeated AF three straight times and leads the series 8-3, while Sky View has beaten WX in five of six meetings.
The remaining 48 games are all repeats from last year – 43 from Week 4 (but at the opposite field) and five from different weeks during the 2011 season.
Most-Played Rivalries (min. 50 games)
In the ninth most-played series, bitter rivals Beaver and Kanab meet for the 84th time. The Beavers lead the series 45-38 and have won the last two after dropping seven straight to the Cowboys.