High school football: Felt's Facts, Week 14

By George Felt

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Nov. 15 2012 11:00 a.m. MST

Opened in 1977, 36th season. Finals record: 8-1 (.889). Last championship: 2009. Playoff record: 59-23 (.720), 32nd appearance.

Championship game history:

1986, beat Bear River 14-8 in overtime (3A)

1991, beat Skyline 35-34 in double-overtime (4A)

1996, lost to East 37-0 (4A)

1997, beat Olympus 19-16 (4A)

2004, beat Lone Peak 42-0 (4A)

2006, beat Highland 21-12 (4A)

2007, beat Pine View 50-7 (4A)

2008, beat Cottonwood 34-28 (4A)

2009, defeated Springville 35-6 (4A)

Coach: Cary Whittingham is 8-5 in his first season and he's 3-0 in postseason action.

Extra Point 1: The 4A championship pits two of the top five teams with the highest playoff winning percentages: Timpview ranks third (.720) and MC is fifth (.677).

Extra Point 2: The Mustangs have improved 5.0 games from 5-6 to 11-2 to lead the state as the most improved team this season.

Extra Point 3: Mountain Crest hasn't won 11 contests since its 2005 championship campaign (12-1).

Extra Point 4: Timpview has the fifth-most playoff victories (59) behind only Skyline (87), Millard (78), Delta (63) and Davis (60).

Extra Point 5: The Thunderbirds can become just the third team to win a championship with five losses, although four of those were by forfeit. (Dixie won in 1998 and Skyline prevailed in 2005, both with 9-5 records.)

Extra Point 6: Timpview has scored in 86 straight games since 2006, the 26th longest scoring streak in Utah history and the seventh longest current streak. (The school record is 100 games from 1996-2005.)

Extra Point 7: T-bird QB Jake Lloyd enters the finals with 50 touchdown passes on the season, in second place all-time and three behind Logan's Riley Nelson's 53 (2005). Lloyd is responsible for 51 total touchdowns this year, the eighth-most all-time. He's thrown for 3,618 yards this season, the sixth best performance all-time.

Extra Point 8: Over his career, Lloyd is sixth in TD passes with 77, just two away from a second-place tie, but 24 away from the state record. His 6,723 yards of total offense ranks 14th and his 5,971 career passing moved him to 15th. Lloyd is also responsible for 84 touchdowns, good for 15th place all-time.

Extra Point 9: One of Lloyd's top receivers, Dax Raymond, has hauled in 22 touchdown passes this season, just one off the state record held by Logan's Richie Geertsen (1989). He has 1,366 season reception yards, 10th best all-time and two yards off Timpview's school record (held by Mark Ercanbrack, 2007).

3A Championship – Spanish Fork (12-1) vs. Dixie (10-2)

Series history: Dixie leads 9-6. These teams first met in 1974 and then annually from 1977-82 and again from 1989-96. This is their first postseason encounter.

Last meeting: Sept. 6, 1996, Spanish Fork crushed the Flyers 43-6.

Coach vs. coach: First meeting between SF's Kirk Chambers and Dixie's Blaine Monkres.

Current winning streaks: Spanish Fork 9, Dixie 3.

Spanish Fork Quick Facts

Spanish Fork began its football program in 1916 but took a four-year break from 1922-25 and so plays its 93rd season. First championship game. Playoff record: 19-29 (.396), 30th appearance.

Coach: Kirk Chamber is 12-1 his first season and 3-0 in the playoffs.

Dixie Quick Facts