Felt's Facts – Week 12
The first full weekend of playoff action again emphasized the mismatches that have characterized early-round games. Of the 33 contests, 22 were decided by three or more touchdowns and only four by a TD of less.
Including the first round games in 2A a couple of weeks ago, the home team has gone home happy 27 of 37 times, and, arguably, six of the 10 visiting squads that won were favored.
Speaking of Happy Teams
Spanish Fork celebrates a school-record 10 victories, eclipsing the nine wins claimed last year and in 1996. At 9-2, Woods Cross enjoys its most victories since its 9-3 season in 1993; the Wildcats have won more – 10 games – just once, in 1989.
Games this week matching teams with the best-combined records: Hurricane (9-1) at Juan Diego (11-0), followed by Alta (9-2) at Syracuse (10-0), Dixie (8-2) at Stansbury (11-0) and San Juan (10-0) vs. South Summit (8-2). Another blockbuster game has Northridge (9-2) at Jordan (9-1).
Three teams, East (4-7), Fremont (4-6) and Altamont (5-6) survive with losing records.
Timpview has appeared in the quarterfinals for 13 consecutive years and 19 of the last 22. Lone Peak has been in 10 of 12 seasons, Fremont nine of 12 and Alta 11 of 16. Juan Diego has made the quarterfinals 12 straight years, but the first four of those were also the first tournament games for the Soaring Eagle.
Duchesne has been a semifinalist nine times in 10 seasons and San Juan has made semifinal appearances nine of the last 26, including this year. South Summit is in its fourth straight semifinal and, along with Rich and San Juan, tries to make a third title game in four seasons.
Juan Diego has captured at least one playoff victory for 11 years in a row, since 2002. Bingham has advanced to the quarterfinals for nine straight years (since 2004) and San Juan for eight.
Hurricane is trying to become just the eighth team to win at least two playoff games over five consecutive seasons.
First-time Coaches Still Alive
Three first-year coaches have made the quarterfinal round: Kirk Chambers (Spanish Fork), Carl Franke (Desert Hills) and Cary Whittingham (Timpview).
Of eight coaches with previous head-coaching experience, but who are new to their school, only Justin Spencer (Woods Cross) remains in postseason play.
Grand County has flipped its season from 2-8 in 2011 to 7-3, an improvement of 5.0 games. Cyprus, which has its most wins since 2007, has improved 4.5 games (5-5 from 0-9) along with Union (5-6 from 0-10) and Woods Cross (9-2 from 4-6).
San Juan continues to lead the state with five shutouts this season, the most for the Broncos since they blanked seven foes, a school high, in 2010. Box Elder, East, Stansbury, Summit Academy, Syracuse and Woods Cross have posted four shutouts – school records for those last four and the most for Box Elder since 1970.
Congratulations to the Davis Darts, who advanced to the quarterfinals by winning twice last week and also picked up the school's 550th victory in the process. The Darts, in their 97th year, are just three wins away from catching West, the all-time victory leader, but which has played 119 seasons.