Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Felt's Facts – Week 6
Halfway through the regular season, region competition begins in earnest. By Friday, every school will have played at least one league contest.
Only 27 of this year's 225 non-region games remain. Meanwhile 63 league battles – just over 22% – have been played with 218 to go.
Timpview's Tyler Solorzano has booted 161 extra-points, the third most all-time. He needs just nine to reach second, but has a lot of kicking to do to match Pine View's Riley Stephenson's 194 set from 2002-05.
Logan's Jake Thompson has hit 22 field goals, tied for fifth all-time, only two away from a tie for second and six shy of Bingham's Justin Sorensen, who made 28 from 2005-07. Thompson is also fifth in PATs with 151.
Cottonwood's Inoke Lotulelei has 29 TD receptions, tied for eighth best in Utah prep history and just three away from joining the Top-5. (The state record is 41.)
Duchesne's McKade Nielsen has 17 interceptions, also tied for eighth most and also just three away from the Top-5. (The state record is 34.)
Millard's Jesse Rhodes is tied for eighth in 100-yard games with 19 and only five short of the state record. He's climbed to 19th in rushing touchdowns with 48.
Pine View's Prentiss Miller ranks 10th in rushes with 522, just two out of ninth place. (The state record is 782.)
Dixie's Blake Barney has passed for 5,578 yards and ranks 18th all-time.
With the regular season half done, one state record has been set and another tied. Pine View's Prentiss Miller established a single-game record for most carries with 51 on Aug. 24. Pleasant Grove's Skyler Munson tied the mark for single-game touchdown receptions with five on Aug. 17.
Perhaps one more record will be eclipsed by season's end: Logan receiver Jesse Braddy has 52 receptions, just over half the state record of 100 set by West Jordan's C.J. O'Neal in 2009.
Look for more career, season and single-game records through the first half of the 2012 season at the end of this week's edition.
At 5-0, Stansbury, Syracuse and Timpanogos are all off to their best ever starts. The latter two also set school win-streak records.
Brighton and Northridge are both trying to go 6-0 for the first time since 2004 when the Bengals won their first 12 and the Knights took their first seven.
Jordan was 4-0 last season, but hasn't won its first five games since a 7-0 start in 1998.
Union continues to lead the turnaround teams. The Cougars have improved 5.5 games over last year, from 0-10 in 2011 to 3-2 this season. Cyprus is five games better (0-9 to 3-2). Snow Canyon (2-7 to 4-1), South Sevier (1-8 to 3-2) and Timpanogos (4-7 to 5-0) are also showing signs of progress (all 4.0 games better).
There's just one first-time matchup and that involves first-year Summit Academy as the Bears visit Monticello. It's the last long road trip for S.A., which has yet to play a home game. In five away games so far, including such far-flung locales as Milford, Monument Valley and Whitehorse, the Bears have traveled some 2,350 miles and spent around 42 hours on bus trips. The excursion to Monticello adds another 540 miles round-trip and about nine and a half more hours.
But Summit Academy is 4-1, which takes away some of the pain of travel.
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