2A South (eight teams, six berths)
If San Juan wins at Beaver, the Broncos claim top seed and a portion of the region crown — their fifth straight and 17th overall. A Richfield victory over Kanab guarantees up a spot for the Wildcats, while a Cowboy win clinches a tie for a berth for Kanab. Enterprise clinches a tie for a berth by defeating Grand and if South Sevier loses to Parowan. Similarly, South Sevier clinches a tie for a berth if it wins and Enterprise loses. Parowan is eliminated if the Rams lose and Enterprise wins.
1A North (five teams, four berths)
The winner of Duchesne at Rich locks up a berth and a share of the league title. The loser clinches at least a tie for a playoff spot. The Altamont at Layton Christian victor also clinches at least a tie.
1A South (five teams, four berths)
If Diamond Ranch wins at Monticello, the Diamondbacks secure top seed and their first region title outright. If the Bucks prevail, they’re the No. 1 seed and have a share of the league crown at worst. If Milford wins at Monument Valley, the Tigers grab a berth, while a Cougar victory clinches a tie for a spot for MV.
Golden Years – Installment 8
This week: Brighton, Bountiful, Clearfield, Dixie, Emery, Grantsville, Juan Diego, L.D.S., North Cache, Sky View, Timpview and Weber.
For all readers: Identifying All-State MVPs and/or first-team All-State players was not a criteria in determining the Golden Years for any school. The selected years were based on team accomplishments. Listing players was an afterthought — they were included and recognized as top players from each school’s Golden Years. Apologies for any confusion in previous weeks.
(For new readers: During the regular season, Felt’s Facts is identifying the golden era in football for almost every high school, excluding a few that are too new, or were too short-lived, to have developed much history. Ten or so active schools are randomly selected each week, with one or two discontinued programs thrown in for good measure.)
Brighton, 1991-2005: The Bengals won its only state title in 1982, but during this 15-year stretch, they won nine region championships over Lynn Freestone’s last eight seasons and all of Tom Cushing’s seven. Brighton posted seven double-digit win seasons en route to a 136-39 (.772) record and advanced at least to the semifinals seven times. Mike Hague (’05) was named All-State MVP while Reno Mahe (’96-97) was a two-time All-State player.
Bountiful, 2001-2003: The Braves captured back-to-back state championships with 12-win seasons in 2002 and ’03 and took region titles in ’01 and ’02. Long-time coach Larry Wall directed Bountiful to a 33-6 record including a 10-1 playoff mark. The Braves also won a school record, 16 straight games spanning the 2002-03 seasons. Chase Christensen (’03) was named All-State MVP while Dave Carroll (’02-03) became a two-time All-State kicker.
Clearfield, 2001-2003: Although the Falcons claimed its sole state championship in 1992, Randy Johnson led Clearfield to a region championship in 2002 and to 24 wins over this three-year stretch. The Falcons held opponents to a touchdown or less in 17 of 34 contests while scoring at least three touchdowns 29 times. Ryan Bullard, Ryan Porter and Jared Wilcox represented the ’02 region champs on the All-State team.