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

The Flyers have played 68 seasons of 11-man football, from 1935-38 and again from 1949. In between, Dixie competed in 6-man football and won titles in 1939, '45 and '46; only 11-man records are included here.

Finals record: 6-2. Last championship: 1998. Playoff record: 51-32 (.614), 39th appearance.

Championship game history:

1957, beat Millard 26-13 (B)

1967, beat Wasatch 26-7 (B)

1972, beat Morgan 58-30 (2A)

1973, beat Grantsville 32-0 (2A)

1974, beat Wasatch 22-13 (2A)

1976, lost to Davis 21-14 (3A)

1996, lost to Snow Canyon 21-14 (3A)

1998, beat Cedar 35-28 (3A)

Coach: Blaine Monkres is 34-20 (.630) in his sixth season at Dixie, since 2008. Overall, he's 167-88 (.655) in his 23rd season, including a 32-9 record at Morgan from 1990-93 and a 101-59 mark at Fremont from 1994-2007.

Playoff record at Dixie: 6-3, fourth appearance. He's 25-17 overall in 19 appearances, including 5-2 at Morgan (1990-93, one state title in 1993) and 14-12 at Fremont (1994-2007).

Championship game record: 1-1, including 1-0 at Morgan and 0-1 at Fremont (1995).

Extra Point 1: Spanish Fork enjoys its first double-digit win season. The Dons' most victories previously came in 1996 (9-2) and last year (9-4).

Extra Point 2: Spanish Fork has 22 wins since 2011, the most in SF history over a two-year span.

Extra Point 3: Spanish Fork has scored in a school-record 90 consecutive games since 2005, the 24th longest scoring streak in Utah history and the sixth longest current streak.

Extra Point 4: SF makes its first championship game, but North Sanpete has gone longer without a title game appearance, 97 seasons. The Hawks and Park City (105 seasons) are the only two schools to play more years than the Dons without winning a state football title.

Extra Point 5: Spanish Fork receiver Colton Olsen is tied for 10th in all-time season receptions with 84.

Extra Point 6: Dixie's ten season victories are the most for the Flyers since 1982 (10-1). They haven't snared more since going 12-0 in 1974.

Extra Point 7: Dixie QB Blake Barney ranks seventh in both career total offense (8,685 yards) and passing yards (6,937). He's 13th in career attempts (785) and 14th in completions (422), but within striking distance of third in both categories. Barney places 16th in TDs-responsible-for with 83.

2A and 1A Title Game Notes:

Manti became the 53rd team – and the first since 2008 – to play spoiler and ruin another school's perfect season.

Templar Carlo Garcia not only set the state record for longest field goal in a championship game, 54-yards, but he also tied the record for most field goals in a title contest by connecting on three. The previous distance record was 48 yards by Skyline's Richard Critchfield in 1995. South Summit's Jed Frazier in 1988 and East's Gavin Van Minde in 2011also kicked three field goals in a championship game.

Manti's overtime victory was the first extra-session championship game since a pair of them in 2010 when Highland trimmed Mountain Crest 37-36 in double-OT and Duchesne slipped by Rich 21-14 in one overtime.

Despite losing, San Juan can take slight consolation in capturing statewide scoring defense honors (5.9 ppg) for the third straight season. In the race for scoring margin, San Juan leads (27.9 ppg), but Jordan (26.8), Timpview (26.1) or Syracuse (25.0) could overtake the Broncos with sizeable victories in their respective championship games.

Meanwhile, Duchesne celebrated its third undefeated season in claiming its fourth state championship. Duchesne became just the 10th school to complete back-to-back unbeaten campaigns, and the first since Timpview in 2007-08.

The Eagles' defensive standout McCade Neilsen finished his career with 24 interceptions, the fourth best-ever performance.

Current Winning Streaks

Duchesne won its 34th consecutive game, now just two shy of tying Timpview's state-record set from 2006-2009.

Syracuse has the second longest current winning streak (12), followed by Manti and Mountain Crest (10), Spanish Fork (9), Timpview (8), Jordan (6) and Dixie (3). Six schools tie in ninth place: American Leadership, Bonneville, Cyprus, Juab, Roy and West, which all won their final regular season game but failed to make the playoffs.

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

By Friday evening, 2012 will have witnessed 571 games, surpassing last year's 560 for the most in Utah prep history…. Next year, Corner Canyon becomes the 103rd current football school and 132nd overall. At least one new program has been added annually since 2007.

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