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High school football: Felt's Facts Week 5

Published: Thursday, Sept. 13 2012 7:43 a.m. MDT

Skyline – 1989-2005 – The Eagles dominated large-school football for 17 seasons, reaping eight state championships, including a state-record five straight from 1995-99, and winning 84% of their games with a 183-35 record. In addition, Skyline played in a state-record nine consecutive championship games (1995-2003), won a state-record 23 straight playoff games and over the 17 years, compiled a 52-9 postseason record. Under the direction of legendary coach Roger DuPaix, the Eagles won 11 region titles and posted 13 double-digit win seasons, including a state-record 10 straight. Many long-time prep observers regard the 1999 Eagles as arguably the best team in Utah prep history. Skyline all-state MVPs were Jason Anderson ('96), Joey DuPaix ('90), Josh Lyman ('97), Bo Nagahi ('99), Steve Tate ('00), Brandon Van Leeuwen ('99).

Tooele – 1926-1933 – Then known as the Smelterites, Tooele won three of its four state championships and seven consecutive region titles (1927-33) under Sterling Harris. The 1928 title team outscored opponents 307-19 in six regular season games, averaging more than 51 points per game. It outpointed its three postseason foes 171-7, scoring a state-record playoff average of 57 points. Tooele posted a 59-11 record including a 15-5 mark in the playoffs. All-state championship-team players include Sam Allsworth ('28), George Melinkovitch ('29), Joe Jette ('33) and Joe "Rose" Rinaldi ('29), while James Orme ('31-32) was a two-time all-stater.

Uintah – 1957-1959 – The Utes endured just one loss each season during Leo Conk's last two years and Louis Mele's first in posting a 21-3 record. Uintah won two region titles with undefeated regular seasons in '58 and '59 and advanced to the state championship game for the first time in 1959. Jim Baxendale ('57), Hal Hatch ('57), George Lee ('59) and Jerry Murray ('58) gained all-state recognition.

Viewmont – 1971-1974 – The Vikings won their only state championship in 1971, and followed up with three region crowns in a row en route to a 35-12 record under Steve Dangerfield. Phil Jensen was named all-state MVP in '71 as the 12-2 Vikings enjoyed their only double-digit win campaign.

Whitehorse – 1988-1989 – The Raiders captured consecutive Navajo Nations Football League (Small School Div.) championships with a 17-6 record in Eldon Randall's first two seasons. Leland Begay, Alvin Ben and Myles Johnson were first-team all-state players in 1989.

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