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.