With three weeks remaining in the regular season and four weeks of playoffs after that, the season is technically just half over.
Twenty teams have already secured playoff berths: Bountiful and East (Region 6); Olympus and Skyline (Region 7); Manti and Millard (2A North); San Juan, Beaver, Enterprise, Kanab and Richfield (2A South); and all nine in 1A.
Twelve more have clinched at least a tie for a tournament spot: Fremont (Region 1); Logan and Mountain Crest (Region 5); Highland (Region 6); Westlake (Region 7); Hurricane (Region 9); Grantsville, Ogden and Stansbury (Region 11); Emery and South Summit (2A North); Grand (2A South).
Meanwhile, teams that are struggling to reach the playoffs and have a bye during Week 10 may only have a couple of games left. Cyprus, Roy and Weber fall into that category.
A region-by-region breakdown appears at the end of this week's edition.
At 7-0, Lone Peak has matched its best-ever start set in 2006. Carbon (4-2) has its most victories since 2000, Granger (4-3), its most since 2004, and Monticello (6-1), its most since 2005. Maple Mountain (5-2) and Stansbury (5-1), in their third seasons, have their most wins ever.
San Juan continues its assault on the record book: the Broncos have 27 consecutive victories. Fourteen years ago, that would have been a state record, but it now ranks third, nine back of Timpview's 36 (2006-09), but just one win behind Rich (1994-97). Currently, Duchesne has captured 16 straight and East, Hurricane, Logan and Lone Peak have won seven in a row.
This time last year, Bingham was averaging a whopping 51.8 points per game and finished the year with 49.1 ppg. This season, Logan is just off that mark, averaging 48.7 per game. The Grizzlies' winning margin is a comfortable 31.7, topping 4A and barely behind San Juan's state-leading 32.6 ppg.
Speaking of San Juan, if defense wins championships, then its no wonder the Broncos have a 27-game win streak going: in 2010, they allowed just 3.3 ppg and posted a school-record seven shutouts. Through seven games this year, San Juan is holding opponents to just 5.3 ppg and hasn't given up more than a touchdown in a game since the season opener.
Juan Diego has posted its 10th straight winning season. A Skyline victory this week would guarantee the Eagles their on-going state record 23rd consecutive winning season (since 1989). Timpview is trying to sew up its 22nd straight with a win this week. (Of course, a loss by either wouldn't prevent them from securing a winning season in future weeks.)
An unusually high number of receivers are impacting the record books. Of the 17 prep gridders who have reached the 1,800 Career Reception Yard mark, four have accomplished that feat this season.
West Jordan's Martavius Redmond ranks ninth all-time with 2,083. He's just one of 11 to surpass 2,000 reception yards. Springville's Jaylon Miyasaki is 13th with 1,971 yards and WJ's DeShawn Perkins is 14th with 1,869. Park City's Jono Schettler ranks 17th as he crossed the 1,800-yard threshold last week and has 1,806.
Among quarterbacks, Hayden Neilsen jumped to sixth place in Career Total Offense with 7,785 yards for Spanish Fork. He's in seventh in Career Passing Yards with 6,316.
He and Springville's Steve Bate continue to climb the ranks of Career TD Passes. Bate has 64, the 10th most all-time, to Nielsen's 63. Hayden has completed 416 passes, putting him ninth all-time.
Most-Played Rivalry Games:
Dixie hosts Cedar in their 82nd clash in the state's second most-played uninterrupted rivalry and 11th most-played overall. The Flyers hold a 47-39 series lead since 1949.
Provo and Springville meet for 71st time in another long-running rivalry, which dates back to 1908, but hasn't been renewed since 2008. The Bulldogs control the series 42-24-4.
Union travels to Wasatch in their 58th meeting; the Wasps have won four of the last five in the series to lead 40-16-1.
Payson and Carbon haven't faced off since 2003, but do so for the 43rd time! Since 1925, the Lions are 27-14-1 over the Dinos. Most of the previous games spanned the years from 1955-88.
Four of the five first-ever pairing are in 4A: Herriman at Murray and Westlake at Skyline in Region 7, and Timpanogos at Maple Mountain and Salem Hills at Timpview in Region 8. A non-region encounter finds Diamond Ranch visiting Monticello in 1A.
Other Game Notes:
Bountiful has captured seven straight over East going back to 2001, and 17 of the last 19, including a 21-0 shutout last year. The Braves cling to an 18-17-1 series lead. Before 1981, East was 15-1-1 against Bountiful.
Last season, Jordan ousted Cottonwood from the 5A tournament, 62-38. This year, with Jordan averaging nearly 32 points a game and the Colts scoring nearly 29, fans may get another high scoring shootout. However, the 'Diggers yield only 9 points a game while the Colts have outscored opponents just 173-172. Jordan is 4-1 against the Colts.
Northridge and Layton battle in their annual Sword Game – the Knights have taken home the trophy 14 times and the Lancers, just five.
Riverton and Lehi met just once – in 2009 – when the Silverwolves dominated 44-0.... Brighton is 15-0 vs. West Jordan; the two last met in 2004.... Granger and Taylorsville have split their last eight matches to help the Lancers maintain its 15-7 series edge.
Cache County rivals Logan and Mountain Crest have divided their last 12 clashes. The Grizzlies took a 35-34 thriller last year to up its series margin to 14-12.
In the weekly "why don't these neighbors play more often?" game, Olympus and Hillcrest tangle for just the fifth time even though they're just seven miles apart. They battled to a scoreless tie in 1962, the Titans claimed a 1984 Class 4A semifinal and they split in 2008 (Hillcrest) and 2009 (Oly).
Same might be said for West and Viewmont, separated by just 10 miles. They haven't squared off since 1982 although they met 15 times in the 19 seasons between 1964 and 1982. The Panthers won 11 of those 15, including the 1980 Class 3A championship.
Similarly, Clearfield and Woods Cross – 20 miles apart – haven't met since 1988 after annual matchups from 1981-88. The Falcons are 5-3 against the Wildcats.
Spanish Fork and North Sanpete meet for the fifth time, but the series started nearly a century ago, with two games in 1916. NS won the first, they tied in the second and then the Dons prevailed in 1938, 1951 and in 1956 to earn a 3-1-1 series edge.
Delta has won 11 straight over Juab going back to 1981.... Judge has taken the last four against Uintah and lead the series 12-5.
Kanab and Richfield haven't battled since 2004; the Cowboys own a three-game streak over the Wildcats and lead the series 8-4…. Millard and North Sevier last faced off in 2006; the Eagles have won 16 of the 19 encounters.
South Summit and Emery meet for just the second time: Emery captured an 18-6 contest during the 1983 regular season.... On the other hand, North Summit and Gunnison continue their annual series, which began in 1992. NS has won six straight and lead handily, 15-5.
Rich at Duchesne reprises the 2010 Class 1A championship, which the Eagles captured 21-14 in OT. The Rebels still hold a 21-10 series edge.
The ranks of the winless will drop by one when Parowan visits South Sevier.
West seeks its state-leading 550th victory. (Davis is in second with 542.) Ogden is playing its 950th contest (only West has played more, 970) and Layton plays its 450th game.
In the coaching ranks, Roger DuPaix is trying to accomplish what less than 100 coaches nation-wide have done throughout the history of prep football: win 300 games. According to the National Federation of High Schools record book, DuPaix would become the 32nd active coach to reach that landmark with a victory on Friday.
At Cedar, Todd Peacock goes for his 150th victory and at Millard, Marshall Sheriff attempts to pick up his 100th.
In addition, Monty Lee directs his 100th game at San Juan and Ryan Higgs, his 50th at North Sevier.
In a milestone of sorts, Olympus finally gets to host a game on its new turf. The Titans will celebrate homecoming by hosting Hillcrest, but next week travel to face the Eagles back at Skyline, where they've already played two contests this season. Of course, Oly is likely to host at least one playoff game, so will get to enjoy its new field at least once more.
Odds and Ends from Last Week:
West Jordan accumulated 593 yards and Cottonwood, 454, as the two combined for 1,047 yards – 762 through the air – in the Colts' wild 41-38 win over the Jags. WJ QB Michael Moorhead threw for 417 yards, while Cooper Bateman passed for 345 for the Colts.
Davis recovered five fumbles in a 26-7 beatdown of Layton, tying with for the fifth-most in state history and the most since Duchesne also captured seven in the 2009 Class 1A championship. In 1994, the Darts also snatched up seven fumbles in a 28-7 win over Highland.
By silencing Carbon 17-0, North Sanpete racked up its first shutout since 2005, a streak of 60 games.
With three weeks left in the regular season and postseason spots and league championships still up for grabs, it's time for a region-by-region look toward the playoffs. No team has been eliminated from postseason contention, but several face that prospect this week.
Region 1 (six teams, four berths)
With a win over Syracuse, Fremont will wrap up a berth and a share of the region crown with only Layton left to play next week. Davis and Northridge clinch ties by winning and secure berths if Fremont is also victorious. Weber is eliminated if it loses and either Syracuse or Layton wins.
Region 2 (six teams, four berths)
The winner of West at Viewmont clinches a tie for a berth.
Region 3 (six teams, four berths)
Alta and Cottonwood are guaranteed a tie for berths by winning and clinch if West Jordan beats Brighton.
Region 4 (six teams, four berths)
A Lone Peak victory over Pleasant Grove will assure the Knights a tie for a playoff berth.
Region 5 (six teams, four berths)
The winner of Logan at Mountain Crest grabs a berth and a share of the region title. The winner of Bonneville at Box Elder clinches at least a tie for a postseason spot. Roy is eliminated if it loses.
Region 6 (six teams, four berths)
The winner of Bountiful at East – both have already qualified for state – gets a portion of the region championship. A Highland win secures a berth for the Rams. If Woods Cross dumps Clearfield, the Wildcats clinch a tie for a berth, the Falcons are out and that scenario would also bump Cyprus if the Pirates lose.
Region 7 (six teams, four berths)
Oly and Skyline have clinched berths; Westlake garners a spot with a win or if Hillcrest and Murray lose. By defeating Murray, Herriman clinches a tie for a berth and eliminates the Spartans. If that happens, Hillcrest is also out with a loss to Olympus.
Region 8 (eight teams, five berths)
It's a little more complicated than this, but if the favored teams, Timpview, Maple Mountain and Orem all win, they'll clinch ties for playoff berths. Salem Hills and Timpanogos will if they pull off upsets and Provo beats Springville. If those upsets happen and Springville wins, Provo stays home.
Region 9 (seven teams, four berths)
Hurricane has a bye but is guaranteed postseason action if either Dixie or Snow Canyon lose. Desert Hills clinches a tie with a win and secures a berth if Cedar also beats Dixie. Cedar clinches a tie with a win and if DH wins too. Pine View, a pre-season 3A favorite, faces elimination with a loss and if either Dixie or SC win.
Region 10 (six teams, four berths)
If Judge knocks off Uintah, the Bulldogs will wrap up a bid and guarantee the winner of Juan Diego at Park City the same, while the loser would at least tie for a berth.
Region 11 (seven teams, four berths)
The league leaders, Grantsville, Ogden and Stansbury, are in with a win.
Region 12 (six teams, five berths)
Delta will clinch a tie for a berth by beating Juab, as will North Sanpete by defeating Spanish Fork.
North (eight teams, six berths)
The winner of Emery at South Summit snares a berth, but both will if American Leadership and Gunnison fall. North Summit clinches a tie with a win. North Sevier is eliminated only if it loses and both ALA and Gunnison are victorious.
South (eight teams, six berths)
San Juan claims its 16th Region championship and fourth consecutive by beating second-place Beaver. Grand clinches a tie for a state berth by defeating Enterprise. The Parowan at South Sevier loser goes home, but both do if Grand wins.
All nine teams go to the playoffs. In the North, Duchesne will snare a tie for the region title by defeating Rich.
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