High school football: Felt's Facts Week 8

Published: Thursday, Oct. 4 2012 12:00 p.m. MDT

Dixie’s Blake Barney compiled 422 total offense yards, only 17 off the school record set by Lance Pendleton in 1998. Barney has thrown for 6,093 career yards, just two yards shy of 10th place all-time.

A couple of weeks ago, Wasatch’s James Delacenserie also missed setting a school record. His 442 yards of total offense on Sept. 14 is second to Payton Davis’ 488 in 2009.

Back to last week: Pine View’s Prentiss Miller gained 348 rushing yards, the seventh highest for a single game. Prentiss has also carried the ball 527 times during his career. Only six others have more rushes. And he’s 10th on the 100-yard game list with 18.

Millard’s Jesse Rhodes has 21 of those, which places him in a tie for fourth. He continues to climb the Career Rushing Yards chart as he ranks 11th with 4,203. He’ll move to 10th with another 100-yard game. Last week, Rhodes jumped from 18th to a tie for ninth in Career Rushing Touchdowns — he now has 53, only four away from a Top-5 appearance.

Orem’s Taylor Camp is but one yard short of reaching the 5,000 career-passing-yard mark.

High-scoring offenses?

Followers of college football are likely aware of some crazy scores last week topped by West Virginia, 70; Baylor, 63; Georgia, 51; Tennessee, 44. The highest-scoring year in college was 2007, at 28.4 points per team per game. Already, this season’s scoring average is 30.6. There are other stats to indicate more teams are scoring more points this year.

Has the offensive increase filtered to Utah prep football?

A look at the season scoring average of all Utah high schools shows it has increased over the past decade, but only incrementally. The highest year in Utah was 2009, at 23.6. So far, 2012 is just behind at 23.4. But the scoring average typically drops slightly during the playoffs, as the age-old adage, “Defense wins championships,” seems to kick in.

2003 – 20.3

2004 – 22.1

2005 – 22.4

2006 – 20.9

2007 – 21.7

2008 – 21.6

2009 – 23.6

2010 – 22.4

2011 – 22.7

2012 – 23.4

Playoff picture

With postseason spots and league championships still up for grabs, it’s time for a region-by-region look toward the playoffs. This doesn’t cover every scenario for every team, but it’s a good place to start.

Class 5A

Region 1 (six teams, four berths)

With a victory over Fremont, Syracuse wraps up a berth, top-seed and a share of its first region crown with only Weber left to play next week. The winner of Northridge at Layton also clinches if Syracuse wins. The loser and Davis clinch at least a tie if the Darts triumph over Weber — and the Warriors are then eliminated.

Region 2 (six teams, four berths)

The survivor of Kearns at Hunter clinches a tie for a berth and secures a spot if favored Granger and Viewmont also win. In that case, those two and the loser of Kearns-Hunter clinch ties. No team faces elimination.

Region 3 (six teams, four berths)

Sorry Copper Hills, but assuming heavily-favored Alta defeats the Grizzlies, a West Jordan victory at Brighton guarantees a spot for the Jags. If Jordan also wins at Cottonwood, the ‘Diggers are in. Should Brighton prevail, and looking at the remaining schedule, this region could easily end up in a three-way tie for the final two spots. No team faces elimination this week.