Felt's Facts – Week 7
Undefeated/Winless Teams and Matchups
Nine schools remain unscathed, but just one in each of 4A, East, 2A, San Juan and 1A, Duchesne. Among 5A teams, Jordan, Northridge and Syracuse boast perfect records, while Hurricane, Juan Diego and Stansbury are unbeaten in 3A. (In the playoffs, Region 1 and 3 winners are in opposite brackets, and the Region 9 champ is opposite Region 10 and 11, so theoretically, undefeated teams could meet for the 5A and 3A championships.)
But the number of unblemished teams drops by at least one this week. Region 1 sees Syracuse at Northridge – the last contest pairing unbeatens before the playoffs. A Northridge win rewards the Knights with a 7-0 start for the first time since 2004. At 6-0, Syracuse is already off to its best-ever start.
Region 1 also has Weber at Fremont, this week's only game among the 13 winless squads. The Silver Wolves (0-6) can avoid their worst-ever start with a victory.
Across the state, no teams have a bye, making Week 7 the only week that every school plays.
Clinched and Nearly Clinched
Perhaps hard to believe, but many 1A teams have just two region battles left and all the 2A schools have only three regular season contests remaining. Some teams in every classification can secure postseason berths this week while others can clinch ties for playoffs spots.
In 5A's Region 1, the winner of Syracuse at Northridge clinches at least a tie for a playoff berth and puts the winner in the proverbial driver's seat in the race for the region crown.
In the 4A ranks, Region 6 finds that if favored Bountiful and East defeat Clearfield and Cyprus, respectively, both winners claim berths. Meanwhile in Region 7, if Westlake wins, victories by Olympus and/or Skyline guarantee a berth for the Titans and/or Eagles. The Timpview-Orem winner clinches a tie for a berth in Region 8. The Thunderbirds lock up their 23rd consecutive winning season (since 1990) with a victory.
In Class 3A's Region 9, Hurricane grabs a tie for a spot with a win. If Cedar beats Snow Canyon, Hurricane cements a postseason berth.
In 2A North, Manti has already secured a berth and Millard does with a victory over American Leadership. By defeating Kanab, 2A South's San Juan clinches a spot and solidifies the Broncos' 10th straight winning season. A Beaver triumph over Parowan and Grand over South Sevier clinches a tie for the victors.
Finally, in Class 1A South, Diamond Ranch and Monticello have wrapped up postseason berths.
No team has been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs and only four schools are out of contention for region championships: American Leadership and North Sevier in 2A North, Parowan in 2A South and Whitehorse in 1A South.
Among the undefeated, Juan Diego is off to its best start since its 14-0 season in 2008 and is assured of its 11th consecutive winning campaign…. A victory against St. John Bosco (Calif.) on Saturday gives Jordan (5-0) its fastest start since beginning the 1998 season 7-0…. Stansbury (6-0), enjoying its best start, can match its school-record, seven-game winning streak set just last season.
A few teams haven't been 5-1 or better this late in the season for some time: Box Elder since 2003, Spanish Fork since 2002 and Woods Cross since 1993.
Mountain Crest, now in its 30th year, shoots for its 200th win.
In the coaching ranks, Mike Miller is again attempting to pick up career victory #100 – he won 48 at Olympus and has 51 at Riverton. And at Grand County, Dennis Wells guns for his 50th win.
Blaine Monkres is coaching his 250th game in 23 combined seasons at Morgan (four years), Fremont (14) and Dixie (fifth).
Duchesne and Hurricane's Runs Continue
The Eagles haven't lost since Sept. 3, 2010, now a streak of 27 games, and can tie Rich for the third longest win streak in state history by defeating Summit Academy. Next target for Duchesne: San Juan's 30, set from 2009 through the 2011 semifinals.
A Hurricane victory at Pine View extends the Tigers' winning streak to 20 and a tie for the 16th longest in state history. Hurricane's last loss came in the 2010 title contest.
Five First-time Matchups
Monument Valley at Diamond Ranch and Duchesne at Summit Academy (played at Judge Memorial) are on Friday. On Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium, it's St. John Bosco (Calif.) vs. Jordan at 2 and Don Bosco (N.J.) vs. Alta at 7. Also, Layton Christian plays at Davis J.V. on Saturday.
Most-played Rivalries (min. 50 games)
North Summit and South Summit duke it out for the 83rd time in the 10th most-played rivalry, which dates back to 1942. The Wildcats have won three straight to narrow the Braves' series lead to 45-33-4.
American Fork and Lehi square off for the 68th time. The Cavemen have taken seven straight in the series to control it 45-18-4.
Beaver and Parowan meet for the 65th time. Since the series resumed in 2009 after an eight-year break, the Beavers have captured two of three and dominate the series 58-5-1.
Wasatch and Judge Memorial renew their rivalry for the 53rd time. The Bulldogs have won two in a row to trim the Wasps' lead to just 26-25-1.
Logan holds a 30-20 margin over Sky View in an uninterrupted series that began in 1964.
Other Game Notes from Around the State
East has a seven-game winning streak over Cyprus and a 13-9 series lead…. West slipped by Kearns 30-24 in OT last year to halt the Cougars' four-game series winning skein and knot the series at 5-5…. Highland defeated Woods Cross 44-37 in a high-scoring affair last year. The Rams have taken 11 of the past 12 to lead the Wildcats 19-3. Woods Cross' victories came in 1984, '88 and 2010.
Skyline hasn't lost to Hillcrest in the past nine meetings going back to 1991 and leads the Huskies 12-3…. Hunter is on a seven-game roll against Granger since 2002 and leads the series 14-5…. West Jordan dropped Copper Hills all 18 times they've met.
Bingham is 2-1 vs. defending 5A champion Lone Peak. The Miners won in '07 and '08 (Knight coach Tony McGeary's first year) and LP upended Bingham 45-24 last year when the Miners were two-time defending 5A champs…. Riverton swiped the past two games from Pleasant Grove to close the Vikings' series lead to 4-3.
Bountiful holds a 25-11 series advantage over Clearfield…. Davis has a three-game winning streak going against Layton to assume a 20-13 series lead…. Bonneville is 34-14 vs. Roy as they meet for the 49th time in an uninterrupted series that dates to 1965.
Fremont enjoys a 15-4 margin over neighboring Weber…. Grantsville and Ben Lomond have clashed annually since 2001. The Scots won the first meeting, but the Cowboys have won 11 of 12 since…. Morgan has taken four of five from Bear River since their series resumed in 2007 and leads 12-9.
Mountain Crest silenced Box Elder their past five encounters but it took two overtimes last year to win 21-20. MC leads the series 16-8.
Timpview has a six-game win-streak going against Orem and leads the series 18-11…. Mountain View and Timpanogos have split their last six battles to keep the Bruin lead at 8-7.
Desert Hills knocked Stansbury out of the quarterfinals last year in their only meeting.
The Cedar-Snow Canyon series is deadlocked at nine games each in this back-and-forth duel: neither team has won more than two in a row in the 18-year series history – and that's only happened three times. Cedar won last year 53-35.…. Hurricane hasn't lost to Pine View in three years, but the Panthers still lead 17-9…. Dixie is 14-1 vs. Canyon View, which defeated the Flyers in 2000.
Enterprise captured its first encounter with Richfield, in 2006, but from 2008-11, the Wildcats gained revenge to lead the series 4-1…. Grand owns a 13-6 series edge over South Sevier…. Manti is 13-5 vs. North Sevier and has won three straight over the Wolves.
Carbon defeated Delta their first five games, but the Rabbits then snared 16 of the past 17.
San Juan has shut down Kanab six straight times since 2008 to increase its series margin to 15-7…. Monticello has stopped Altamont nine of their past ten meetings to up its series lead to 30-8.
Taylorsville's Emilio Salvador became just the third player to return a kickoff 99 yards twice in the same season. He returned one against Murray on Aug. 31 and another against Delta on Sept. 14.
The other two players: Bonneville's Cole Boyer in 1999 and Enterprise's Lance Jones in 2004. Cottonwood's Stanley Havili also had two 99-yard kick returns, but in separate seasons, 2004 and '05.
(Thanks to alert reader Margot Jones for updating Salvador's game against Delta.)
Logan's Luke Falk completed 39 passes on 60 attempts last week, both the fifth-most on record. Teammate Jesse Braddy has 113 career receptions, good for 16th-place all-time and just five shy of Logan's school record (Kyle Dragnich, 2005-06).
Dixie's Blake Barney needs just 31 yards of total offense to reach the 7,000-yard mark for his career. With 5,804 career passing yards, he's climbed from 18th to 13th on the all-time list.
A couple of others hover around the 5,000 yard mark for total offense: James Delacenserie, who played at Judge from 2009-10 and at Wasatch since 2011, has 5,054, and Orem's Taylor Camp totals 4,946 in two seasons with the Tigers.
Millard's Jesse Rhodes needs only 48 rushing yards to get to 4,000 for his career. He's tied for 18th in career rushing touchdowns with 49. Rhodes also has 20 100-yard games, tied for fifth-place and just four 100-yard performances short of the state record.
Pine View's Prentiss Miller has carried the ball 538 times in four seasons and ranks ninth all-time. He's rushed for 100 or more yards 17 times, placing him 11th all-time.
On defense, Duchesne's McKade Nielsen has 19 interceptions, moving him from eighth to a tie for sixth place all-time.
Timpview's Tyler Solorzano has booted 166 extra-points, the third most all-time. He needs just four to reach second.
Golden Years – Installment 7
This week: Ben Lomond, Brigham Young High, Canyon View, Delta, Granger, Juab, North Sevier, Northridge, Pleasant Grove, Richfield, South Cache and Taylorsville.
(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. Ten or so active schools are randomly selected each week, with one or two discontinued programs thrown in for good measure.)
Ben Lomond – 1965-1967 – Al Kapp directed the Scots to region championships in '65 and '67 and 21 wins. BL opened 1965 and '67 with a school-best six victories. Scott Maw ('65), Jim Slater ('66) and Jerry Staley ('67) landed spots on the All-State team.
Brigham Young High – 1952-1954 – The Wildcats enjoyed a region championship (1952), three of the school's four winning seasons and 19 victories. Jack Clarke ('52-53), Dave Kimball ('52), Dave McLaren ('52) gained All-State status. BY High played 11-man football for 27 seasons, in 1919 and '20, then from 1943-67. The Wildcats also played six-man football from 1939-42.
Canyon View – 2000 – The Falcons advanced past the first round the only time in school history and recorded a school-high seven wins under Danny Lewis.
Delta – 1961-1977 – Several coaches, including Robert Horlacher, Jim Porter, Brent Rock and Bill Brown, guided the Rabbits to three state championships ('66, '68 and '75) and nine region titles in 17 years. Delta piled up a 144-36-4 record amidst seven double-digit win seasons, two undefeated campaigns and a school-best 21-game winning streak (1974-76). Dean Fowles ('75), who later coached the Rabbits from 1982-2004, and Ladd Holman ('68) earned All-State MVP honors while All-State QB Jay Warnick led the '66 title team.
Granger – 1985-1990 – The Lancers grabbed four region championships and advanced as far as the U of U in the playoffs five times. During Mike Fraser's last five seasons and Ray Groth's first, Granger posted a 50-13 record and its only 10-win seasons in 1985 and '87. Steve Embley ('85-86) was named All-State defensive back twice.
Juab – 2004-2008 – Mike Bowring led the Wasps to three region championships, a trio of 10-win seasons and a 44-14 record. Juab went at least to the semifinals four of the five seasons and to the title game in 2004. A pair of Wasps, Kyle Callaway ('04-05) and Cody Keisel ('07-08), were cited as two-time All-State players.
North Sevier – 1984-1986 – Although the Wolves celebrated their most successful season in 2008 when they claimed their only state championship, their best era came earlier when North Sevier linked three straight winning seasons and advanced past the first round twice. Under Glen Partridge, NS won 20 games and a pair of Wolves, Jeff Edwards ('84 & '85) and Blaine Hardy ('85 & '86), were placed twice on the All-State team.
Northridge – 1997-2004 – Knight fans clamored over three consecutive state championships (2000-02) and four of the school's five region titles. Over Fred Fernandes last seven seasons and Eric Thompson's first, Northridge rolled to a 68-14 overall record and a 17-5 playoff mark. Spanning the 2002-03 seasons, the Knights won a school-high 20 straight games. Daniel Coats (2000-01), Brian Kusuda ('02) and Jase McCormick ('01) were awarded All-State MVP. Coats is one of just nine gridders to be All-State MVP twice.
Pleasant Grove – 1955-1957 – The Vikings took home back-to-back state crowns in 1955 and '56 under Ned Alger and won region titles all three years. PG enjoyed back-to-back 11-0 campaigns for the most season wins in its history, and a 27-1-1 record. All but two of the Vikings' 31-game undefeated streak (1954-57), which is tied for second longest in state history, came during the era. Paul Allen ('55-57) is one of only 25 players who are three-time All-State inductees.
Richfield – 1984-1988 – The Wildcats relished their only state championship in 1984 and snatched region crowns in '84, '85 and '88. During Paul Messersmith's last five years, Richfield made two additional championship games appearances and went 43-14 (.754) overall and 13-4 in postseason action. Adam Robinson ('84) achieved All-State MVP recognition.2 comments on this story
South Cache – 1944-1945 – The Spartans grabbed one of their two region titles in 1944 and Cliff Poole led SC to a 9-2-3 record over two years. Keith Hughes ('44) and Arroll Nichols ('45) earned All-State honors. South Cache, in Hyrum, competed in football for 45 seasons from 1919-1963.
Taylorsville – 1999 – The Warriors, under Brad Molen, won their only region title and advanced to the state title game for the only time, winning a school-high nine games. Paul Buck, Ryan Filipe and Austin Osegura achieved All-State acclaim. Filipe set a championship-game record by returning a kickoff 99 yards.
Felt's Facts welcomes questions – email firstname.lastname@example.org.