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High school football: Felt's Facts Week 3

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 1 2015 5:04 a.m. MDT

Undefeated/Winless

Entering the third week of the season, 37 teams remain undefeated and six contests pit unbeatens this week: Box Elder at Bear River in the Golden Spike game, Granger at Cyprus, Jordan at East, Brighton at Sky View, Riverton at Syracuse and Pleasant Grove at Timpanogos.

A total of 67 have at least one win, and of the remaining 35 winless teams, at least nine will pick up a victory this week with that many games matching winless squads: Carbon at Ben Lomond, Ogden at Clearfield, West at Desert Hills, Viewmont at Layton, Orem at Lehi, Whitehorse at Milford, Gunnison at North Sevier, Cedar at Skyline and Murray at Taylorsville.

Fast Starts

Some have speculated that Roy hasn't seen 2-0 for some years, but the Royals won their first two games just last year. However, Roy scoring 40 points in back-to-back games to open the season is unprecedented. Should Roy win a showdown with Fremont, the Royals will be 3-0 for the first time since 2004. But the Silver Wolves have history on their side; they've defeated Roy 11 straight times.

Two weeks ago, Maple Mountain won a season opener for the first time in its four-year history and, obviously, is 2-0 for the first time.

Enterprise is 2-0 for the first time since 2003 and just the third time in its 16-year history. A victory over Parowan gives the Wolves a 3-0 record for the first time.

Surprisingly, two usual powerhouses, Alta and Millard, haven't been 2-0 since 2008 and 2007, respectively.

Box Elder last blanked consecutive opponents in 1992, but hasn't posted a pair of season-opening shutouts since 1964.

Speaking of season-opening shutouts, new Summit Academy not only became the 15th program to win its inaugural two games, but in the process, also became just the third to whitewash those opponents. (Central in 1925 and Uintah in 1929 were the others.) No school has started a program with three shutouts, but with a game this week at Altamont, which has yet to score this season, the Bears hope to be the first.

And speaking of shutouts, Diamond Ranch and Salem Hills held opponents scoreless for the first time in their school's history.

And speaking of Summit Academy, when the Bears demolished Monument Valley 81-0, it marked just the 33rd time that a team has scored at least 80 points – and the first time since 1982 when Millard shellacked Manti 82-7. It's the biggest margin of victory since 1969 when Delta obliterated Juab 82-0.

Streaks

Duchesne puts its 23-game winning streak – tied for eighth longest in state history – on the line when the Eagles visit West Wendover (Nev.). Hurricane has won 15 straight and Bear River three.

Meanwhile, several teams halted lengthy losing streaks the past two weeks, including Canyon View, Cyprus, Parowan, Snow Canyon and Union, leaving Weber leading that list with 15 straight losses, followed by Tooele (12) and Murray (11).

If Spanish Fork scores against American Fork, the Dons will extend its school-record scoring-game streak to 80, joining a list of 29 others that have scored in 80 or more straight games. SF's is the sixth longest current streak.

First year coaches

Four first-year coaches remain undefeated after two weeks: Kirk Chambers (Spanish Fork), Scott Gorringe (Summit Academy), Kitt Rawlins (LCA) and Malin Williams (Enterprise).

Four others with previous experience are also 2-0 at their new schools: Les Hamilton (Pleasant Grove), Justin Spencer (Woods Cross), Cecil Thomas (Granger) and Scott Wooldridge (Cyprus)

Luster Gone?

The headliner game between Bingham and Colorado's Valor Christian lost a bit of its sheen when both teams dropped one-pointers to top-tier opponents last week. VC had its 25-game winning streak snapped and fell to fourth in the Colorado rankings while Bingham tumbled to 10th in Utah in MaxPreps' rankings.

But Bingham will still have its hands full when controversial Valor invades on Saturday night.

Valor Christian, a private school in suburban Denver, began its football program in 2008 with a "penchant for attracting Division I talent," according to the Denver Post. VC won three consecutive championships among mid-sized schools.

Valor moved to Colorado's largest classification this year, but other schools accused VC of blatant recruiting and no region would accept it. So Valor plays as an independent and none of its games count in region standings.

The Eagles are quarterbacked by Oklahoma State signee Luke Del Rio (and son of Denver Bronco defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio).

Now to the ever popular rivalry game notes feature.

Rivalry Games

Box Elder visits Bear River in the state's longest running uninterrupted rivalry and the fifth most-played series. Going into the 92nd meeting, Box Elder leads 64-25-2. Since 1959, the winner has taken home the Golden Spike.

In the 10th most-played rivalry, Morgan hosts Wasatch in their 83rd meeting. The Wasps own a 49-31-2 series advantage.

American Fork has a 37-16-1 series lead over Spanish Fork as these teams meet for the 55th time in Utah County, while in Weber County, Bonneville takes a 36-15 series lead into its 52nd game with Weber.

First-time Matchups

While 32 of this week's 54 games reprise contests from 2011's Week 3, but at the opposite field, seven games feature teams meeting for the first time: Bishop Gorman (Nev.) JV at Diamond Ranch (which DR lost on Tuesday), Summit Academy at Altamont, West at Desert Hills, Highland at Herriman, Legacy (Nev.) at Hurricane, Salem Hills at Juab and, of course, Valor Christian (Colo.) at Bingham.

Other Historical Game Notes

East and Jordan squared off 31 times in 51 seasons from 1914-64, but then not until '93 and '94. The Leopards lead the series 21-12…. Cottonwood and Davis last met in the 2004 Class 5A championship, which the Darts won 50-43 in overtime.

Alta and Olympus faced off three times in state playoffs from 1979-84 with the Titans winning the 4A title in '84 over the Hawks. They were region foes from 1989 to '92, the last time they met. Alta holds a 4-3 lead in the series.

Cyprus and Granger clash for the 45th time with the Lancers ahead in the series 24-19-1…. Copper Hills has captured five of the last six against Hillcrest to knot the series at six games each.

Logan swept Bountiful by similar scores last year – 56-31 in the regular season and 59-30 in the state semifinals, but the Braves still lead the series 8-4…. Woods Cross nipped Mountain Crest 32-31 last year to snap a five-game losing streak to MC, but the Mustangs still lead the series 6-3.

Utah County's current powers Lone Peak and Timpview battle for the first time since 2008. The T-birds lead the series 9-5 and blasted the Knights 28-3 in '08…. Dixie and Provo met from 1977-79; the Flyers won the first and last in the three-game series.

Park City and Snow Canyon tangled in 1994, SC's first season, and again in a 2006 first round game. The Warriors won both contests…. Pine View and Uintah's last meeting came in 2007 while Tooele and Union last battled in 2001.

For the Record

Pine View's Prentiss Miller hauled the ball 51 times for 270 yards in the Panthers' 24-21 win over Orem last Friday, setting a record for single-game carries. Just last October, Altamont's Kyle Foy set the previous record of 48.

Golden Years – Installment 3

This week: East, Grand County, Jordan, Layton, Lone Peak, Manti, Maple Mountain, Millard, Olympus, Riverton, Snow Canyon, Tintic and Union.

(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. Around a dozen active schools will be randomly selected each week, with one or two discontinued programs thrown in for good measure.)

East – 1950-1968 – The Leopards won five state championships (1952, '53, '55, '56 and '64) and nine region titles during coach Talley Steven's six years and the first 13 of Grant Martin's tenure. East compiled a 137-33-8 record, including a 43-2-1 mark from '52-'56 when it led the state in defense four of five seasons. QBs Dee Lloyd ('52) and Mike Williams ('53), and running backs Steve Watson ('55), Bob Daynes ('56) and Kent Hales ('64), were lead players on East's championship squads.

Grand County – 1969-1975 – The Red Devils won better than 80% of their games, going 60-14, and captured six straight region titles from 1969-74 under longtime coach Glen Richeson. Grand shut out 21 opponents in 74 games. A few of Grand's 16 all-state players from the era include Gregg Holland ('72), Stan Holland ('73), Merrill Noyes ('75), Mark Simmons ('73 and '74) and Lenny Walterscheid ('71).

Jordan – 1930-1948 – The Beetdiggers snared nine of the school's 11 state championships and 11 region crowns over 19 seasons. A trio of coaches, E.G. Foxley (1930), Eddie Kimball (1931-34) and Dunn "Snyde" Taylor (1935 on) led Jordan to a 139-29-10 record, including five undefeated campaigns. Dan Dunn ('38-'39), Frank Holt ('44-'45), Del Mar Larsen ('30-'31) and Eugene Risko ('36-'37) were acclaimed two-time all-state players.

Layton – 1977-1979 – With Gary Hansen at the helm, the Lancers claimed their only state championship in 1978 and won the region title all three years, compiling a 26-8 record. Dave Burke is one of just nine players to repeat as state MVP – his awards came in 1978 and '79.

Lone Peak – 2009-present (records through 2011) – The Knights topped a trio of consecutive region championships with their first state title, an undefeated season and Chase Hansen earning all-state MVP honors in 2011. Tony McGeary coached LP to a 34-5 record over three seasons.

Manti – 2001-2005 – A state championship in 2003 highlighted this five-year stretch for the Templars. Cole Meacham guided Manti to a 43-9 record and took home region hardware in 2001, '02 and '05. Spencer Harman and Jason Thomson were named all-state MVPs in 2003 while Taylor Salanoa was a two-time all-state QB ('03-'04).

Maple Mountain – 2011-present (records through 2011) – The three-year-old Golden Eagles celebrated their first winning season, going 7-4 under coach Brad Burtenshaw.

Millard – 1949-1963 – During the final 15 years of Taft Watts' leadership, Eagle fans stormed the field six times to celebrate state championships, including four straight from 1950-53. Millard won fourteen region crowns, missing only in 1961. The Eagles enjoyed three undefeated seasons and eight others with just one loss in posting a 127-19-7 (.852) record. Eldon Marshall ('50), Alton Wade ('51), LaVae Smith ('52), Roger Adams ('53), Jan Freeman ('58) and Gary Davis ('60) were key all-state players on Millard's state title teams.

Olympus – 1982-1986 – The Titans won their first state championship in 1984 and grabbed region trophies three times, in 1982, '83 and '86. Over Louie Long's last three seasons (through '84) and Marc Lyons' first two years, Oly racked up a 45-13 record, augmented by two of the school's five double-digit win seasons. Greg Smith picked up all-state MVP honors in 1984.

Riverton – 2010 – The Silverwolves' best season resulted in a 10-2 record and their only playoff victory. With Mike Miller coaching, Landon Fisher and Skyler Fullmer were named all-state players.

Snow Canyon – 1995-2000 – Two state championships (1996 and '99) and four region titles – a pair at each end of this six-year period – gave the Warrior faithful reason to cheer. SC also advanced to the finals in 1995, the school's second season, and as far as the semifinals two other times. Bill Jacobsen (through 1999) and Wane Kitrell piloted SC to a 59-10 record. Jess Hacker ('99) and Brooksby Stafford ('96) claimed all-state MVP awards.

Tintic – 1918-1920 – The Miners posted seven shutouts and a 9-3 record. Tintic competed in football from 1913 to 1930.

Union – 1965-1967 – Jack Hannum directed the Cougars to their first state championship and their only undefeated season in 1965 when Union finished 10-0-2. The Cougars captured region titles all three seasons en route to a 22-6-2 record. Twelve of the 30 games were shutout victories. The media recognized Richard Daniels, Jess Hullinger, Dave Labrum, Gordon Olsen and Kent Van Tassel as all-state players from the championship team.

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