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.
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.
Dave Peck (122 wins) surpassed Bailey Santisteven (101 wins, 1928-53) at Bingham and Ashley Brown (88 wins) vaulted past Jerre Holmes (67 wins, 1991-99) at Rich. Also, Mike Bowring (68 wins) passed Paul Messersmith (52 wins, 1992-99) at Juab and Chris Wise (64 wins) hurdled over Dan Cox (58 wins, 1981-87) at Bear River.
The Eagles haven't lost since Sept. 3, 2010, a streak of 26 games, and are tied for the fourth longest win streak in state history. (In third is Rich, which won 28 straight from 1994-97.)
Zero Passing Yards
Holding an opponent to no passing yards is fairly rare. But both teams holding their opponent to zero yards passing in the same game is very unusual. But thats what happened with Layton Christian and Milford last week. Actually, LCA did pass for a two-point conversion, but that doesnt count as a completed pass or for yards only as a successful two-point conversion. Sometimes stats are strange.
More Interrupted Contests
Thanks to alert readers, some additional games that were cut short because of weather surfaced during the week.
East had two games cut short in 2000. The Leopards' season opener at Riverton on Aug. 18 was called with 4:15 left in the fourth because of lightning. East won 43-28. Then two weeks later, East hosted Clearfield, and a severe windstorm knocked out power at halftime. The Falcons prevailed 23-3.
(Another game just a few blocks away, Granite at Judge, was also interrupted by the outage. But those teams came back and finished the contest the next Tuesday, Sept. 5.)
On Sept. 23, 2005, Logan won at Ogden 48-0 in a game that ended in the third because of lightning.
On Sept. 16, 2011, Enterprise defeated Kanab 28-7 in a contest that also ended in the third quarter because of a power outage at Enterprise.
In one other interrupted game, Mountain Crest played at Tooele on Sept. 6, 2002. The game was tied 14-14 as the second half was about to begin when a tower used for filming collapsed. Both an adult and student filming the game were airlifted to the hospital where they recovered. The game was cancelled and neither the contest nor the stats counted.
Golden Years – Installment 6
This week: Cottonwood, Desert Hills, Dugway, Hunter, Judge Memorial, Monument Valley, Morgan, North Summit, Parowan, Rich, Roosevelt and Westlake.
(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 are randomly selected each week, with one or two discontinued programs thrown in for good measure.)
Cottonwood – 2004-2010 – The Colts won five region titles, enjoyed two undefeated regular seasons and made two state championship appearances. During Tom Jones' last three seasons, Cecil Thomas' three years and Josh Lyman's first, Cottonwood went 67-20. Isi Sofele garnered All-State MVP honors in 2008, while three others were two-time All-State recipients: Alex Cate ('04-05), Stanley Havili ('04-05) and John Martinez ('07-08).
Desert Hills – 2009-present (records through 2011) – After posting a losing record its inaugural season, the Thunder powered their way to 22 wins over three seasons and advanced to the state championship game in just their fourth year. Under Jake Nelson, a pair of players, Peter Brown and Bud Pope, became two-time All-State gridders in 2010-11.
Dugway – 1970 – The Mustangs experienced their most successful year as region champions with a 6-0 league record in George Bruce's second season. Dugway went 8-2 overall, posted a school-record five shutouts and allowed just 39 points in its nine regular season games. Steve Brothers, Monte Rudd, Mike Wactor and Richard White received All-State honors. Dugway played 34 seasons, in 1954 and then from 1962-94.
Hunter – 2002-2005 – The Wolverines captured their only state championship and sole undefeated campaign (14-0) in 2003. Hunter locked up region trophies in '02 and '03. Wes Wilcken guided Hunter to a 39-9 record over the four years and Ray Feinga and Tauni Vakapuna gained All-State MVP status in 2003.
Judge Memorial – 1962-1973 – The Bulldogs snared four of the school's nine state championships and wore the region crown six times – including five in a row from 1962-66. Judge made five straight championship game appearances from 1969-73. During Frank Klekas' last four years and the first eight under Gil Cordova, the Bulldogs posted two undefeated, untied seasons and five double-digit win seasons en route to a 107-24 record including 44 shutouts. All-State MVP acclamation came to Dave Dudley ('70), Terry Giblin ('72), Bruce Lovato ('73) and Dave Sadler ('70).
Monument Valley – 2005-2006 – Taking advantage of a schedule heavily peppered with other Navajo Nations opponents, the Cougars rolled to a 16-3 record, including 9-1 in 2005. Jim Dandy coached All-State player Sivel Martin ('05).
Morgan – 1979-1983 – Jan Smith, diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1973, and which disease ended his life at age 41 in 1991, directed the Trojans to a pair of state championships in 1979 and '83. Morgan claimed region titles those two seasons and in 1980, when it also advanced to the state title game. Morgan won better than 80% of its games, going 46-11 overall and 10-3 in the playoffs. The 1979 Trojans also celebrated their first-ever undefeated season (12-0). Darin Murdock ('83), Roger Randall ('79), Kyle Wilson ('83) received All-State MVP honors.
North Summit – 1972-1978 – The Braves won the 1972 state championship and streamrolled to seven straight region titles. Their 69-14-1 record included five double-digit win seasons. NS advanced to at least the semifinals all seven years and to the finals four times. Under Earl "Sam" Blonquist, NS was a defensive powerhouse. The '72 team finished the season with eight consecutive shutouts, including both playoff games. The '74 Braves pitched 10 shutouts, a state-record for a season (tied with two others). Overall, NS blanked 43 foes in the 84-game stretch including 36 in span of 55 games. Kenny McQueen ('73), Kevan O'Hara ('72) and Sheldon Smith ('72) achieved All-State MVP acclaim.
Parowan – 1989 – The Rams grabbed their only region crown and made their only championship game appearance with a school-record nine victories under Scott Henderson. Six of Parowan's all-time All-State players competed in '89: Tim Benson, Matt Rogerson, Brandt Subbs, Brandon Thornton, Greg Townsend and Tai Weaver.
Rich – 1994-1997 – The Rebels three-peated as state champs from 1994-'96 and won a then-state record 28 straight games under Jerre Holmes. Rich racked up undefeated seasons in '95 and '96 en route to a 36-6 record. Charles Balch ('95), Steve Ellis ('94) and Kevin Smith ('96) became All-State MVPs while Brad Weston ('94-96) was a three-time All-State player.
Roosevelt – 1932 – The Roughriders went 4-0 under Mr. Taylor. Roosevelt competed in 11-man football for just five seasons – in 1927, '31-32 and '49-50.
Westlake – 2010 – In just their second year, the Thunder advanced to the state tournament and won a school-record six straight games under Jason Walker and enjoyed an 8-2 season.
2012 Statistical Leaders
The Deseret News website and MaxPreps list many of the top season performers in a number of categories, but here are some not conveniently listed elsewhere or not in one place.
Total Offense (6,000 yards min.)
6,655 - Blake Barney, Dixie
6,181 - Austin Kafentzis, Jordan
Rushing Yards (2,500)
3,813 - Jesse Rhodes, Millard
3,311 - Prentiss Miller, Pine View
2,770 - Francis Bernard, Herriman
Rushing Touchdowns (30)
48 - Jesse Rhodes, Millard
39 - Francis Bernard, Herriman
522 - Prentiss Miller, Pine View
454 - Jesse Rhodes, Millard
373 - Francis Bernard, Herriman
100-yard games (14)
19 - Jesse Rhodes, Millard
14 - Francis Bernard, Herriman
Passing Yards (4,000)
5,578 - Blake Barney, Dixie
5,095 - Cooper Bateman, Cottonwood (complete stats not provided by Cottonwood, missing two games)
4,539 - James Delacenserie, Judge and Wasatch
4,487 - Taylor Camp, Orem
4,166 - Austin Kafentzis, Jordan
TD Passes (40)
54 - James Delacenserie, Judge and Wasatch
50 - Cooper Bateman, Cottonwood
44 - Jake Lloyd, Timpview
41 - Blake Barney, Dixie
40 - Taylor Camp, Orem
Pass Completions (300)
341 - Blake Barney, Dixie
328 - Cooper Bateman, Cottonwood (complete stats not provided by Cottonwood)
315 - James Delacenserie, Judge and Wasatch
Pass Attempts (500)
636 - Blake Barney, Dixie
614 - James Delacenserie, Judge and Wasatch
552 - Cooper Bateman, Cottonwood (complete stats not provided by Cottonwood)
542 - Taylor Camp, Orem
Touchdowns Scored (40)
51 - Jesse Rhodes, Millard
42 - Francis Bernard, Herriman
63 - James Delacenserie, Judge and Wasatch
61 - Austin Kafentzis, Jordan
59 - Cooper Bateman, Cottonwood
58 - Blake Barney, Dixie
54 - Jesse Rhodes, Millard
49 - Jake Lloyd, Timpview
46 - Barkley Christensen, San Juan
42 - Francis Bernard, Herriman
41 - Taylor Camp, Orem
17 - McKade Nielsen, Duchesne
12 - Bailey Faimalo, Emery
10 - Faimafili Laulu-Pututau, Mountain Crest
Total Offense (Top-5)
1,624 - Blake Barney, Dixie
1,616 - Austin Kafentzis, Jordan
1,583 - Luke Falk, Logan
1,513 - Taylor Camp, Orem
1,397 - James Delacenserie, Wasatch
150 - Prentiss Miller, Pine View
111 - Jared Edwards, Hurricane
103 - James Felila, Kearns
102 - Joseph Holt, Enterprise
95 - Tani Lehauli, Granger
Pass Completions (Top-5)
138 - Luke Falk, Logan
102 - Taylor Camp, Orem
102 - Chipper Lucero, Alta
86 - Jamison Webb, Mountain Crest
81 - James Delacenserie, Wasatch
81 - Jake Lloyd, Timpview
Pass Attempts (Top-5)
218 - Luke Falk, Logan
173 - Taylor Camp, Orem
164 - Chipper Lucero, Alta
152 - Payton Thorpe, Springville
137 - Jake Lloyd, Timpview
6 - Casey Black, Bonneville
5 - Hunter Ballam, Logan
5 - Dedrick Davidson, Juab
5 - Cade Heward, Snow Canyon
5 - Koa Wilson, Bingham
Field Goals (Top-5)
6 - Jaron Maxfield, Bingham
6 - Tanner Valerio, Alta
5 - Houston Brown, Timpanogos
5 - Ricky Ramos, Enterprise
4 - Brock Anderson, Syracuse
4 - James Baird, Northridge
4 - Hunter Dahl, Brighton
29 - Jake Stanford, Summit Academy
25 - James Baird, Northridge
22 - Miles Barker, Dixie
21 - Camen Gray, Morgan
20 - Cory Cox, Enterprise
Total Offense (400 min):
460 - Austin Kafentzis, Jordan, 9/7
442 - James Delacenserie, Wasatch, 9/14
440 - Austin Kafentzis, Jordan, 8/24
425 - Austin Kafentzis, Jordan, 8/17
406 - Chipper Lucero, Alta, 8/31
403 - Taylor Camp, Orem, 9/1
All-Purpose Yards (300)
397 - Tani Lehauli, Granger, 8/31
332 - James Felila, Kearns, 8/17
Net Rushing (Top-5)
297 - Tani Lehauli, Granger, 9/7
282 - Tani Lehauli, Granger, 8/31
276 - James Felila, Kearns, 8/17
270 - Prentiss Miller, Pine View, 8/24
266 - Austin Kafentzis, Jordan 8/24
Rushing Touchdowns (5)
5 - Jared Edwards, Hurricane, 8/31
5 - Jesse Rhodes, Millard, 8/17
51 - Prentiss Miller, Pine View, 8/24 (state record)
36 - Willie Uasilaa, Layton, 8/31
33 - Jared Edwards, Hurricane, 8/24
33 - James Felila, Kearns, 8/17
32 - Austin Kafentzis, Jordan, 9/14
32 - Prentiss Miller, Pine View, 9/7
Passing Yards (Top-5)
442 - James Delacenserie, Wasatch, 9/14
399 - Taylor Camp, Orem, 9/1
395 - Luke Falk, Logan, 9/6
393 - Chipper Lucero, Alta, 9/14
390 - Braxton Godderidge, Sky View 8/24
TD Passes (Top-5)
6 - Michael Anderson, Pleasant Grove, 8/17
6 - James Delacenserie, Wasatch, 9/14
5 - Taylor Camp, Orem, 9/1
5 - Taylor Camp, Orem, 9/7
5 - James Delacenserie, Wasatch, 8/31
5 - Luke Falk, Logan, 9/14
5 - Austin Kafentzis, Jordan, 9/7
5 - Jake Lloyd, Timpview, 9/7
5 - Jamison Webb, Mountain Crest, 8/17
Pass Completions (Top-5)
37 - Luke Falk, Logan, 9/7
32 - Luke Falk, Logan, 8/31
29 - Luke Falk, Logan, 8/24
29 - Chipper Lucero, Alta, 9/14
26 - James Delacenserie, Wasatch, 8/31
26 - Payton Thorpe, Springville, 8/31
Pass Attempts (50)
58 - Luke Falk, Logan, 9/7
51 - Luke Falk, Logan, 8/24
50 - Payton Thorpe, Springville, 8/31
Receiving Yards (Top-5)
224 - Kayden Conner, Wasatch, 9/14
214 - Skyler Munson, Pleasant Grove, 8/17
205 - Nolan Gray, Orem, 9/1
204 - Colton Grossaint, Kearns, 8/24
200 - Braydon Galland, Timpview, 8/31
Touchdown Receptions (Top-5)
5 - Skyler Munson, Pleasant Grove, 8/17 (ties state record)
4 - Braydon Galland, Timpview, 8/31
4 - Gavin Nebeker, Wasatch, 8/31
3 - Robbie Elkins, Granger, 8/17
3 - Talem Franco, Wasatch, 9/14
3 - Nolan Gray, Orem, 8/17
3 - Marcus Kemp, Layton, 8/17
3 - Quinn Ringer, Orem, 9/14
3 - Chandler Staley, Stansbury, 9/7
3 - Nick West, Jordan, 9/7
15 - Jesse Braddy, Logan, 8/24
15 - Jesse Braddy, Logan, 8/31
12 - Jesse Braddy, Logan, 9/7
11 - Rhett Clark, Springville, 8/31
11 - Taylor Compton, Logan, 8/24
11 - Gavin Nebeker, Wasatch 8/31
6 - Michael Anderson, Pleasant Grove, 8/17
6 - James Delacenserie, Wasatch, 9/14
6 - Austin Kafentzis, Jordan, 9/7
6 - Ty Rutledge, Desert Hills, 9/7
4 - Hunter Ballam, Logan, 8/31
6 - Sam Faalavelave, Taylorsville, 8/24
Field Goals (3)
3 - Hunter Dahl, Brighton, 8/31
3 - Jaron Maxfield, Bingham, 9/7
3 - Rick Ramos, Enterprise, 8/17
Extra Points (8)
9 - Jake Stanford, Summit Academy, 8/24
8 - Camen Grey, Morgan, 9/14
8 - Caleb Maynard, Bountiful, 9/14
8 - Jake Stanford, Summit Academy, 9/14
Longest Plays of 2012
Rushing (95 yds. min.)
99 - Chase Christiansen, Stansbury, 8/31
98 - KJ Hall, Maple Mountain, 9/7
98 - Dillon Nordhoff, Hillcrest, 9/7
97 - Joe Kippen, Morgan, 9/14
Passing (passer-receiver) (90 yds. min.)
97 - Skyler Farnes – Sean Barton, Woods Cross, 9/7
90 - Braxton Godderidge – Daniel Lemon, Sky View, 8/17
Interception Returns (95 yds. min.)
100 - Ethan Vosburgh, Ogden, 8/31
99 - Brandon Nielsen, Kanab, 8/31
Kickoff Returns (Top-5)
99 - Garrett England, Skyline, 9/7
99 - Shayden Luker, American Fork, 8/17
99 - Matt Muir, Duchesne, 9/14
97 - Wyatt Allen, Juab, 8/17
97 - Nate Kusuda, Northridge, 9/7
97 - Trevor Leavitt, Davis, 8/17
Field-Goal Return (90 yds. min.)
90 - Cody Scott, Pleasant Grove, 9/14
Fumble Return (90 yds. min.)
95 - Chance Parker, Davis, 8/30
Field Goal (50 yds. min.)
53 - James Baird, Northridge, 8/31
50 - Jake Thompson, Logan, 8/24
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