The Bears finally get a "home" contest against Duchesne next week, played at Judge Memorial, and make their final road trip "just" to Layton Christian, only 45 miles away, a couple of weeks after that.
All told, the Bears' travel for the year equals a cross-country trip from New York to San Francisco.
Most-played Rivalries (min. 50 games)
Only two games qualify: Lehi faces Pleasant Grove for the 55th time and leads the series 29-23-2, but PG has taken 11 straight in sporadic meetings since 1973. … Tooele and Grantsville clash for the 53rd time. The Cowboys won the last two, in 2009 and last year, to cut into Tooele's series lead, 39-10-3.
Other Game Notes
No contests pair undefeated teams this week, and there's just one among the winless, Cottonwood at West Jordan.
Alta and Brighton battle for the 36th time in an uninterrupted series that began in 1978. The Bengals lead 19-16, but the Hawks have won five of the last six. … Highland owns a 27-14 edge over Bountiful; the Braves broke the Rams' five-game series winning streak last year, 27-3.
Box Elder and Sky View meet for the 46th time; the Bees lead the series 22-20-3, but the Bobcats have taken five of the last six. … Logan has a 12-game winning streak against Roy and leads the series 15-14. … Mountain Crest has been the winner the last nine times it's played Bonneville (since 2004) and leads the series 12-6.
Bear River plays Ben Lomond for the 49th time with the Bears taking the last three and commanding the series 32-16. … Fremont doubles up Davis in their series, 8-4, and has won two straight over the Darts.
Orem and Springville tangle for the 47th time; the Tigers lead the series 31-12-3. … Spanish Fork holds a 21-19-2 series advantage over Carbon as they meet for the 43rd time. … After a 22-year break, Payson and Delta faced off in the same region last year. The Rabbits won 40-7 for only their fourth win in 18 tries against the Lions.
In an important Region 9 contest, Desert Hills and Dixie find themselves knotted at 2-2 in their series. … Snow Canyon captured nine of the first 11 against Hurricane, but the Tigers have claimed six of seven since, narrowing the Warriors' lead to 10-8. … Cedar and Pine View have already played 34 times – at least once a year since PV opened in 1983. The Redmen won the last two to increase their series lead to 21-13.
Beaver leads its series with Enterprise just 7-6 as the Wolves have captured the last three and four of the previous five.
Duchesne plays its 400th game, and Mark Wootton coaches his 100th contest at Mountain Crest.
Dave Peck goes for his 150th career win in 19 combined seasons at North Sanpete, Cyprus and Bingham. Of his 149 victories, 122 have been with the Miners. … Mike Miller guns for his 100th win overall in stints at Olympus and Riverton.
Ryan Bishop again tries for his 100th career victory in three seasons at Bear River and 12 at Davis, where he's won 74 contests.
Congratulations to Aaron Whitehead on his 50th career win in five years at East and two at Oly.
First-time coaches who survived the first half of the regular season with 4-1 records include Kirk Chambers at Spanish Fork, Scott Gorringe at Summit Academy and Cary Whittingham at Timpview. Desert Hills' Carl Franke, another first-time coach, is 3-1 with the Thunder.
At Logan, Mike Favero (116 wins) recently passed Perry Christiansen (114 wins from 1979-98) to become the Grizzlies' all-time victory leader. The past couple of seasons have seen a few others leap over venerated former coaches to become their school's leader in wins.