Highland and Box Elder clash for the sixth time, but for the first time since 1968 during the regular season. The Rams lead 4-1, including a 35-21 first-round victory the last time they played in 2010…. Bountiful is 15-11 against Layton and Bonneville is 5-2 against Murray.
Pleasant Grove beat Bingham three times in the 1950s, but the Miners have defeated the Vikings thrice since 2006 to even up the series…. Springville is on a three-game streak over Mountain View to jump ahead in the series 8-5.... Timpanogos got by Orem 10-6 last season, but the Tigers lead 13-4 in annual meetings that began in 1996.
Bear River and Tooele battled every year from 1997-2006 and again last season; the Bears lead 8-3…. Grantsville also leads Ogden 8-3 and nipped the Tigers 33-32 in 2011.
Snow Canyon took six of the first seven from Pine View, but the Panthers have claimed nine of the past 11 to go up 10-8 in the series…. Cedar is 4-1 vs. Desert Hills; the Thunder knocked the Redmen out of the playoffs in last year's semis 23-21…. Hurricane has captured eight in a row from Canyon View and leads the series 11-4.
Monticello is 10-0 over Milford while Whitehorse holds a 17-12 advantage over Monument Valley.
Region Champs II
For teams that have clinched at least a share of a league title, here are the number of region championships and the last year won for each team, as well as an update on Region 7's tri-champs. Region 4's possible champions and Region 9's likely winners are included, too. (Regions that have finished competition and 1A were covered last week.)
Region 2: Hunter – eighth, 2009.
Region 3: Jordan – 26th, 2005.
Region 4: Bingham has won 19, the last in 2010; Lone Peak has nine, including the past three years; Pleasant Grove has won 13, the last in 2008.
Region 7: Herriman – first; Olympus – 10th, 2011; Skyline – 21st, 2004.
Region 8: Timpview – 18th, 2010.
Region 9: Desert Hills – first; Hurricane – 11th and fifth straight.
Region 10: Juan Diego – 10th consecutive.
Region 11: Stansbury – second straight.
Region 12: Spanish Fork – eighth, 1991 (the Dons have never won an undefeated, outright region title).
Dixie's Blake Barney has accumulated 8,022 yards of total offense in three years, placing him seventh all-time. He's thrown for 6,580 yards, the ninth-best performance on record.
Four other current quarterbacks have thrown for over 5,000 career yards, which places them in the all-time Top-30: Orem's Taylor Camp has 5,538, Wasatch's James Delacenserie has 5,432 (including two years at Judge), Cottonwood's Cooper Bateman has 5,095 (the Colts haven't reported all his stats) and Jordan's Austin Kafentzis has 5,059.
Kafentzis is also responsible for 80 touchdowns, and that's the 15th-most all-time.
Millard's Jesse Rhodes continues his ascent on the rushing charts. He has 56 career rushing TDs, just one away from fifth place. Including receptions and returns, Rhodes has scored 60 touchdowns, the seventh most in Utah prep history. Rhodes remains in fourth in career 100-yard games with 22, but only two away from a first-place tie. He's dashed for 4,354 career yards, good for 10th place all-time.
Pine View's Prentiss Miller is 12th in rushing with 4,149 yards. He's fourth in career carries with 606, but 89 away from third place (Brandon Rogers, Park City, 1999-2001). Miller has rushed for over 100 yards 20 times, the sixth best all-time achievement.
Among receivers, Logan's Jesse Braddy has 134 catches with the Grizzlies, putting him seventh all-time. He needs four to reach sixth, but another 28 after that to get to fifth.
On defense, Duchesne's McKade Nielsen picked off a couple more passes to give him 22 career interceptions – only three others have more. Nielsen needs to snag at least four more to move up on the list.
And Season Stats
Logan's Luke Falk has completed 281 of 468 passes this year, vaulting him to third place all-time in both completions and attempts. He needs to connect on 16 more to reach second place (Alex Kusera, Mountain Crest, 2010) and 37 more to overtake Alex Hart's 317 (Jordan, 2009). In attempts, Falk is six away from Grizzly Tyler Stevens (2009) and 22 behind Alex Hart's 490.
Two of his favorite receivers rank high on the all-time season receptions list: Taylor Compton is in third with 89, six short of Jordan's Braden Hammond (2009) and a mere 12 catches away from overtaking C.J. O'Neal's 100 (West Jordan, 2009). Jesse Braddy is 11th with 83 receptions this year.
Kafentzis and Falk have amassed over 3,000 yards of total offense this season to climb into the Top-40: Kafentzis has 3,093 and Falk has 3,064.
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