High school football: Felt's Facts Week 13

By GEORGE FELT

FOR THE Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Nov. 8 2012 8:00 a.m. MST

Extra Point 4: Since Tony McGeary took over at Lone Peak in 2008, the Knights have won 51 games, the most during any five-year span in their history.

Class 4A Semifinals – Friday (East and Timpview repeat from 2011)

The 4A semifinalists have all won state championships with a combined 31 titles.

Mountain Crest (10-2) vs. Highland (8-4) – 11 a.m.

Series history: Mountain Crest leads 6-5.

Last meeting: Highland captured the 2010 championship 37-36 in double-overtime on Nov. 19, 2010.

Coach vs. coach: MC's Mark Wootton is 4-3 vs. Highland's Brody Benson.

Current winning streaks: MC 9, Highland 3.

Mountain Crest's last semifinal: 2010, defeated Bountiful 42-35 before losing to Highland in the title game.

Highland's last semifinal: 2010, whipped Springville 46-21 en route to the 4A title.

MC's playoff record (24th appearance in 30 seasons, three state championships): 41-20; semifinal record: 6-7.

Mark Wootton's playoff record (18th appearance in 22 seasons, eighth in eight seasons at MC): 21-16, including 6-9 at North Sanpete (1991-2003) and 15-7 at MC (2004-12; one state championship). Semifinal record: 2-6 including 0-3 at NS at 2-3 at MC.

Highland's playoff record (39th appearance in 56 seasons, five state championships): 51-33; semifinal record: 9-8.

Brody Benson's playoff record (seventh appearance in seven seasons, one state title): 12-5, semifinal record: 2-0.

Extra Point 1: Mountain Crest has improved 4.5 games from 5-6 to 10-2 to join with three others in leading the state as the most improved teams this season.

Extra Point 2: The last time Highland entered the playoffs with an 8-4 record, in 2010, the Rams went on to win the 4A title.

Timpview (7-5) vs. East (5-7) – 2:30 p.m.

Series history: East leads 4-2, all postseason matchups.

Last meeting: East dropped the T-birds 24-10 in the semis on Nov. 10, 2011.

Coach vs. coach: First meeting between Timpview's Cary Whittingham and East's Brandon Matich.

Current winning streaks: Timpview 7, East 3.

Timpview's playoff record (32nd appearance in 36 seasons, eight state titles): 58-23; semifinal record: 9-7.

Cary Whittingham's playoff record (first season): 2-0.

East's playoff record (40th appearance in 99 seasons, 15 state championships): 49-24-2; semifinal record: 14-5-1.

Brandon Matich's playoff record (seventh appearance in eight seasons and fourth in four seasons at East): 10-6, including 3-4 at Park City (2005-09) and 7-2 at East (2010-12). Semifinal record: 4-3, all at Bingham.

Extra Point: Timpview shoots for its fifth championship game in seven years and its sixth in nine seasons.

Class 3A Semifinals (Desert Hills and Spanish Fork repeat from last year)

Dixie has six championships and Juan Diego has five.

Desert Hills (8-3) vs. Spanish Fork (11-1)

Series history: First meeting.

Coach vs. coach: First meeting between Desert Hills' Carl Franke and Spanish Fork's Kirk Chambers.

Current winning streaks: Spanish Fork 8, Desert Hills 5.

Desert Hills' last semifinal: 2011, defeated Cedar 23-21 at Dixie St. before falling to Hurricane in the championship.

Spanish Fork's last semifinal: 2011, lost to Hurricane 38-35.

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