Felt's Facts Week 2: Utah high school football vs. the nation

Published: Thursday, Aug. 28 2014 10:10 a.m. MDT

American Fork plays Pleasant Grove in a varsity football game at Pleasant Grove High School in Pleasant Grove on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

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Utah vs. The Nation

Over the past several seasons, Week 2 has featured the highest concentration of games against out-of-state opponents, and 2014 is no exception. Ten of this season’s 26 games vs. non-Utah teams are contested this week.

Among those games, Pleasant Grove invades Torrey Pines in the San Diego area. It’s PG’s first-ever game against an out-of-state team in its 87 seasons of football.

(Although MaxPreps says Torrey Pines has one loss, that game was a non-counting scrimmage, so Friday’s contest is the season opener for the Falcons.)

Timpview also travels to San Diego to play Mission Hills on Saturday. Mission Hills has historically been one of the top powers in the San Diego Section, one the 10 geographical divisions, or “sections,” of California prep football. It’s the season opener for the Grizzlies, ranked as high as 12th in a pre-season, all-California poll.

Some teams seek out-of-state competition for geographical reasons, others to test their teams against non-Utah powers and others because they’re unable to schedule an in-state opponent. But 13 schools currently fielding teams haven’t seen the need to battle a non-Utah school.

Seven of those, Corner Canyon, Herriman, Maple Mountain, Salem Hills, Stansbury, Summit Academy and Syracuse, have been playing football for less than 10 seasons. But Murray has gone 97 years without facing an out-of-state team, South Sevier has gone 60, Bountiful, 59, Kearns, 49, Taylorsville, 34 and Timpanogos, 19.

More First-Time Matchups

In three other first-time pairings against out-of-state foes, Park City hosts Preston, Idaho, Pine View descends on Agassi Prep in Las Vegas, and San Juan entertains Piedra Vista, N.M.

In first-time meetings between in-state teams, Cottonwood is at Snow Canyon and Uintah visits Layton Christian.

More on this week’s games in a moment.

More New Programs

In addition to the two high schools in Cache County scheduled to open in 2016 and ’17, as mentioned last week, two more programs will soon join the prep football ranks.

Wayne High School has a JV team this season and will play varsity Class 1A football in 2015 – thanks to Porter Ellett for that notification.

And a new high school in Lehi is scheduled to open August 2016 (for details see http://alpineschools.org/our-schools/high-schools/) – props to Corey Freeze for that alert.

Week 2’s Most-Played Rivalries

Two of the top-10 longest running rivalries are contested this week. Delta hosts Millard in their 91st meeting, the seventh most-played rivalry. The Eagles lead the series 48-38-4 reaching back to 1926.

Also, Beaver travels to Kanab for their 86th matchup, the ninth most-played rivalry. Beaver leads this one 47-38 since 1950 and has won four straight over the Cowboys.

Three games feature teams that meet for the 55th time: Richfield at South Sevier (the Wildcats dominate 37-17 by taking six of the last seven and four in a row in a series that began in 1920), South Summit at Morgan (the Trojans lead 33-20-1 since 1942; the Wildcats broke a five-game losing streak to Morgan last year) and Tooele at Grantsville (the Buffs rule 39-12-3 since 1915).

Also, two contests pit teams battling for the 50th time: Bountiful raids Viewmont (the Braves lead 28-21) and Weber hosts Roy in the Battle for the Shield (the Royals lead 27-22).

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