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Felt's facts: A look at fast starts and first-year coaches

Published: Thursday, Sept. 4 2014 4:50 p.m. MDT

Duchesne's Dylan Despain runs as Duchesne High School defeats Layton Christian Academy 20-10 in football to maintain the longest winning streak in High School football at 48 straight games and the fourth longest winning streak in the nation Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Layton.

Tom Smart, Deseret News

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Entering the third week of the season, 32 teams remain undefeated. Six contests pit unbeaten Utah prep squads, all with 2-0 records: Westlake at Corner Canyon; Salem Hills at Juab; Beaver at Parowan; Jordan at Pleasant Grove; Cedar at Skyline; and Uintah at Union.

In games involving unbeaten Utah team against out-of-state foes, Bingham (2-0) travels to Las Vegas’ Bishop Gorman (2-0), the top-ranked team by USA Today, while Desert Hills (2-0) hosts Legacy (North Las Vegas) in the Longhorns’ season opener.

Five more games match 10 of the remaining 31 winless squads: Box Elder at Bear River; Delta at Emery; North Sanpete at Maple Mountain; Altamont at Milford; and Diamond Ranch at Whitehorse.

Fast starts

Parowan began the 2013 and 2010 seasons at 2-0, but with a home win over Beaver, will be 3-0 for the first time since 2001 ... Provo started 2011 with a 2-0 record, but will see 3-0 for the first time since 1991 by defeating Mountain View.

Enterprise pitched consecutive shutouts for the first time since 2010. The only other time the Wolves opened the season with back-to-back whitewashes came in 2003 when Enterprise advanced to the Class 1A finals.

With a victory at Millard, the Wolves will match their best-ever 3-0 start set in 2012.

A list at the end of this week’s column gives the best-ever start for each school currently playing football.

First-year Coaches

Just three first-year coaches remain undefeated after two weeks: Jan Jorgensen at Carbon; Justin Thompson at Skyline; and Erik Thorson at Richfield. Tony McGeary, also 2-0, is new at Provo, but coached five seasons at Lone Peak from 2008-12.

Utah vs. The Nation

So far, Utah teams have compiled a respectable 9-6 record against out-of-state opponents, including Timpview’s impressive 42-28 victory over San Diego-area power Mission Hills. Utah vs. The Nation continues with six more games this week, highlighted by the aforementioned Bingham at Bishop Gorman match and East at 2-0 Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch, Colorado).

After losing at home to Bingham last year, VC captured 12 straight and successfully defended its Colorado 5A (largest class) state crown.

MaxPreps ranks Valor Christian No. 1 in Colorado and 24th in the nation and places East 558th nationally this week.

Streaks

After Duchesne’s 48-game winning streak was snapped by North Summit, the Eagles aim to regroup against much-improved Carbon. Perhaps Duchesne can take some solace in knowing it wasn't alone last week. Regina (Iowa), which shared the nation’s longest winning streak at 56 games, lost as well.

Bingham now has the longest current streak in Utah at 16 games, followed by Timpview, 14, and Desert Hills, eight. The 29 teams with 2-0 records follow them.

Meanwhile, Ben Lomond has dropped 22 consecutive contests, while Payson has lost 11 straight and Altamont has dropped nine in a row.

Rivalry games

Box Elder visits Bear River in the state’s longest-running uninterrupted rivalry, which began in 1923. The rivalry is tied for the third most-played series overall. Going into the 94th meeting, Box Elder owns a 66-25-2 advantage. Since 1959, the winner has carried home the Golden Spike.

Spanish Fork has a narrow 46-43-4 lead over Payson as these teams also tangle for the 94th time. This series started in 1917, so it’s older than Bear River-Box Elder, but has been interrupted. The Dons have won seven straight over the Lions.

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