With three weeks remaining in the regular season and four weeks of playoffs after that, the high school prep season is technically only half over.
Undefeated region matchups
In eight of the 16 regions, there are two teams still undefeated in league play. This week is especially interesting because seven of those regions have games between those unbeaten schools. They are Hunter at Kearns (Region 2), Mountain Crest at Logan (Region 5), East at Bountiful (Region 6), Juan Diego at Wasatch (Region 10), Delta at Spanish Fork (Region 12), Duchesne at Rich (1A North) and Diamond Ranch at Monticello (1A South). Only Jordan and West Jordan from Region 3 miss out.
Looking toward the postseason, 14 teams have already secured playoff berths: Logan and Mountain Crest (Region 5); Bountiful and East (Region 6); Skyline (Region 7); Manti, Millard, South Summit and Emery (2A North); San Juan, Beaver and Grand (2A South); and Diamond Ranch and Monticello (1A South).
Fourteen more have clinched at least a tie for a tournament spot: Syracuse (Region 1); Box Elder (Region 5); Highland (Region 6); Herriman, Olympus and Westlake (Region 7); Timpview (Region 8); Hurricane (Region 9); Juan Diego and Wasatch (Region 10); Gunnison and North Summit (2A North); Richfield (2A South); and Milford (1A South).
Meanwhile, 10 teams could all be eliminated this week: American Leadership, Ben Lomond, Bonneville, Hillcrest, Murray, North Sevier, Parowan, Sky View, Tooele and Weber.
A region-by-region breakdown appears just before this week’s Golden Years installment.
Duchesne hopes to pick up its 29th consecutive victory by defeating Rich. Both now share third place for the longest winning streaks in state history. Duchesne’s began over two years ago, on Sept. 3, 2010, while the Rebels attained theirs from 1994-97.
Hurricane has 20 straight wins and now ties with six others for the 16th longest all-time streak. Among current leaders, Juan Diego, San Juan, Stansbury and Syracuse, with seven victories in a row, follow Duchesne and Hurricane.
Entering week eight, Class 3A still has three undefeated teams over the entire season, Hurricane, Juan Diego and Stansbury. Each of the other classifications has just a single unblemished squad: Syracuse in 5A, East in 4A, San Juan in 2A and Duchesne in 1A.
Neither East (6-0) nor San Juan (7-0) has allowed more than a touchdown by any opponent. Not surprisingly, those two teams lead the state in victory margin (East, 40.2 points-per-game and San Juan, 31.6) as well as defense (East, 4.3 ppg and San Juan, 4.7).
Jordan (5-1) has scored at least five touchdowns in each of its games, while East, Dixie (6-1), Logan (6-1) and Timpview (6-1) have tallied at least four in all of their contests. The Beetdiggers lead the state in offense with 48.0 points per game, while East (44.5) and Dixie (40.3) follow.
Shout-out for shutouts
Seven teams have each blanked three foes to lead the state in shutouts this season: Box Elder, Diamond Ranch, East, Monticello, San Juan, Summit Academy and Syracuse. Box Elder’s shutouts were consecutive.
Logan, in its 94th season, competes for the 850th time. Only seven schools have played more games than Logan. The record is held by West, at 983 games. Pine View, celebrating its 30th season, plays its 300th game, and Desert Hills battles in its 50th contest in five years.
Among coaches, John Colosimo shoots for his 125th victory at Juan Diego.
Mike Bowring is directing his 100th game at Juab and Blaine Monkres is coaching his 50th at Dixie.
Dixie and Cedar face off for the 82nd time in the state’s second most-played uninterrupted rivalry. The Flyers own a 48-33 series lead since 1949.
Provo and Springville renew a Utah County feud for the 72nd time since 1908. The Red Devils have captured three straight, but the Bulldogs retain a 42-25-4 lead.
Game notes from around the state
East blanked Bountiful 27-0 in 2011 to break the Braves’ seven-game winning streak in the series and knot it up, 18-18-1. Highland has a seven-game winning skein going against Cyprus and holds a 13-4 series edge. Viewmont raced past West 27-19 last year in their first meeting since 1982, but the Panthers still remain on top, 11-5.
Last week, Felt’s Facts noted that West Jordan hadn’t lost to Copper Hills in 18 games. This week, the tables are reversed, as Brighton is 16-0 against West Jordan. Jordan is 5-1 against Cottonwood.
Orem defeated Mountain View in a 35-34 nail-biter last year and leads the series 26-7. Lone Peak has taken three straight from Pleasant Grove and controls the series 11-4. Bingham is 9-7 vs. American Fork.
Delta tripped Spanish Fork 35-14 last year to even the series 1-1-1. They also met in 1948 and ’59.
Northridge and Layton battle in the annual Sword Game. The Knights have won the last three to extend their lead to 15-5. Fremont defeated Syracuse twice last year — the second time in the state semifinals — to grab a 4-2 series lead.
Davis and Weber collide for the 48th time. The Darts have won the last eight to stretch their lead to 32-12-3. Bonneville meets Box Elder for the 43rd time; the Lakers lead 25-17. Clearfield holds a slim 5-4 advantage over Woods Cross. They played annually from 1981-88 and again last year.
Logan defeated Mountain Crest the last two years, but the team is 4-4 over the past eight. The Grizzlies maintain a 15-12 lead overall. Sky View has taken eight in a row from Roy to jump ahead 21-13-1 in the series.
Grantsville swept Bear River the past two seasons to close the Bears’ series lead to 9-6. Morgan has a slim 8-7-1 series margin over Tooele. But in a rather lopsided series, Millard has silenced North Sevier seven straight times to increase its lead to 17-3.
South Sevier is 14-5 vs. Parowan and has snatched 10 of the last 11 since 1999. Richfield rocked Kanab 26-6 last year in their first meeting since 2004, but the Cowboys keep an 8-5 series edge. San Juan and Beaver met in 2011 for the first time since 2008 — the Broncos won 25-13 to up their series lead to 16-5.
Despite being 160 miles and about 2:45 minutes apart, North Summit and Gunnison have tangled annually since 1992. The Braves are on a seven-game winning streak against the Bulldogs and control the series, 16-5.
Meanwhile, Olympus and Hillcrest are only about seven miles and at most 15 minutes apart, yet they’ve only clashed five times — the Titans lead, 3-1-1.
Pine View is 13-2 against Canyon View — the Falcons won in 1998 and 2000. Desert Hills whipped Snow Canyon in the last three meetings and leads the series 3-1.
Uintah won its first 10 encounters with Park City, but since 2002, the Miners have grabbed seven of eight, including four straight to narrow the Ute lead to 11-7. Duchesne shut out Rich twice last season and has won four in a row from the Rebels to trim Rich’s series lead to 21-13.
Worth noting from last week
Despite losing, Summit Academy held 1A-power Duchesne to zero passing yards on ten attempts.
Logan’s Luke Falk amassed 467 yards of total offense, the best performance this season and barely out of the Top-40 all-time. He passed for 469 yards (yes, he lost two rushing) — which ranks in the Top-20. Falk completed 42 passes, the third-most all-time, on 61 attempts, which ranks fifth all-time.
Dixie’s Blake Barney compiled 422 total offense yards, only 17 off the school record set by Lance Pendleton in 1998. Barney has thrown for 6,093 career yards, just two yards shy of 10th place all-time.
A couple of weeks ago, Wasatch’s James Delacenserie also missed setting a school record. His 442 yards of total offense on Sept. 14 is second to Payton Davis’ 488 in 2009.
Back to last week: Pine View’s Prentiss Miller gained 348 rushing yards, the seventh highest for a single game. Prentiss has also carried the ball 527 times during his career. Only six others have more rushes. And he’s 10th on the 100-yard game list with 18.
Millard’s Jesse Rhodes has 21 of those, which places him in a tie for fourth. He continues to climb the Career Rushing Yards chart as he ranks 11th with 4,203. He’ll move to 10th with another 100-yard game. Last week, Rhodes jumped from 18th to a tie for ninth in Career Rushing Touchdowns — he now has 53, only four away from a Top-5 appearance.
Orem’s Taylor Camp is but one yard short of reaching the 5,000 career-passing-yard mark.
Followers of college football are likely aware of some crazy scores last week topped by West Virginia, 70; Baylor, 63; Georgia, 51; Tennessee, 44. The highest-scoring year in college was 2007, at 28.4 points per team per game. Already, this season’s scoring average is 30.6. There are other stats to indicate more teams are scoring more points this year.
Has the offensive increase filtered to Utah prep football?
A look at the season scoring average of all Utah high schools shows it has increased over the past decade, but only incrementally. The highest year in Utah was 2009, at 23.6. So far, 2012 is just behind at 23.4. But the scoring average typically drops slightly during the playoffs, as the age-old adage, “Defense wins championships,” seems to kick in.
2003 – 20.3
2004 – 22.1
2005 – 22.4
2006 – 20.9
2007 – 21.7
2008 – 21.6
2009 – 23.6
2010 – 22.4
2011 – 22.7
2012 – 23.4
With postseason spots and league championships still up for grabs, it’s time for a region-by-region look toward the playoffs. This doesn’t cover every scenario for every team, but it’s a good place to start.
Region 1 (six teams, four berths)
With a victory over Fremont, Syracuse wraps up a berth, top-seed and a share of its first region crown with only Weber left to play next week. The winner of Northridge at Layton also clinches if Syracuse wins. The loser and Davis clinch at least a tie if the Darts triumph over Weber — and the Warriors are then eliminated.
Region 2 (six teams, four berths)
The survivor of Kearns at Hunter clinches a tie for a berth and secures a spot if favored Granger and Viewmont also win. In that case, those two and the loser of Kearns-Hunter clinch ties. No team faces elimination.
Region 3 (six teams, four berths)
Sorry Copper Hills, but assuming heavily-favored Alta defeats the Grizzlies, a West Jordan victory at Brighton guarantees a spot for the Jags. If Jordan also wins at Cottonwood, the ‘Diggers are in. Should Brighton prevail, and looking at the remaining schedule, this region could easily end up in a three-way tie for the final two spots. No team faces elimination this week.
Region 4 (six teams, four berths)
Lone Peak clinches a tie for a berth with a victory over Pleasant Grove. No team faces elimination.
Region 5 (six teams, four berths)
The winner of Mountain Crest at Logan — both have qualified for state — gets at least share of the region title. (It would be Logan’s third-straight league crown and 26th overall or Mountain Crest’s first since 2010 and 13th overall.)
Box Elder clinches a spot by knocking off Bonneville. Roy does too if it beats Sky View and the Bees triumph — and then the Bobcats are out. Bonneville is eliminated if it loses and Roy wins.
Region 6 (six teams, four berths)
This region’s outlook mirrors Region 5 with different names.
The winner of East at Bountiful — both have secured berths — enjoys a share of the league crown. (It would be defending region champ East’s 33rd title or Bountiful’s first since 2010 and 12th overall).
Highland clinches a spot with a victory over Cyprus. Woods Cross does too if it beats Clearfield and the Rams win — and then the Falcons are eliminated. Cyprus is out if it loses and Woods Cross wins.
Region 7 (six teams, four berths)
Skyline snares at least a share of the region title — its first since 2004 and 21st overall — by defeating Westlake. Herriman, Olympus and Westlake can all stake a claim in postseason play by winning. Hillcrest and/or Murray are eliminated with a loss to Oly and Herriman, respectively.
Region 8 (eight teams, five berths)
A lot can still happen in this region, but if Timpview wins, the T-birds are in. Orem, Maple Mountain and Timpanogos clinch a tie for a berth by winning. Nobody faces elimination.
Region 9 (seven teams, four berths)
Hurricane has a bye but has clinched a tie for a berth. A Dixie win over Cedar also clinches a tie for the Flyers as does a Desert Hills victory over Snow Canyon. But the Warriors can clinch a tie if they prevail and Pine View beats Canyon View. The Panthers clinch a tie if they and Dixie are winners. No team faces elimination.
Reigon 10 (six teams, four berths)
The winner of defending region champ Juan Diego at Wasatch garners a berth and at least a portion of the league crown. (It would be JD’s 10th straight or Wasatch’s first since 2007 and 21st overall.) The Wasps also get top seed by winning. The Union at Judge victor clinches a tie for a berth.
Region 11 (seven teams, four berths)
Stansbury (hosting Ogden), Morgan (at Tooele) and Grantsville (at Bear River) can individually clinch a tie for a berth by winning. If all three triumph, the Stallions secure a spot. If Bear River and Morgan prevail, the Bears clinch a tie. Tooele and Ben Lomond are eliminated only if Morgan, Grantsville and Ogden all win.
Region 12 (six teams, four berths)
The Delta at Spanish Fork winner clinches a tie for a berth and grabs a spot if North Sanpete defeats Carbon and Payson beats Juab. In that case, North Sanpete and Payson as well as the Delta-Spanish Fork loser clinch ties. No one faces elimination.
2A North (eight teams, six berths)
A Manti victory over American Leadership eliminates the Eagles and secures a share of the region title for the Templars — the team's second straight and eighth overall. A Millard win over North Sevier ousts the Wolves. The North Summit at Gunnison winner earns a berth and the loser does too if Manti and Millard win. But that loser likely gets sixth place.
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.
Dixie, 1966-1976: Over coaching icon Walter Brooks’ last nine years and Ray Odette’s first two, the Flyers snared four state titles, including three straight from 1972-74, and flew region champion banners all 11 seasons. Dixie won a school record 23 consecutive games from 1973-75. The Flyers also won nearly 85 percent of their games in posting a 106-19-1 overall record, including a 56-6 mark from ’70-74. They enjoyed the school’s only undefeated, untied campaign in 1974 and five additional one-loss seasons. Five of Dixie’s six all-time All-State MVPs played during this era: Dennis Alldredge (’73), Wayne Christen (’67), Lynn Lewis (’72), Kenny Thompson (’74) and Kirk Topham (’72).
Emery County, 1987-1993: The Spartans snatched their only state championship and a school-best 11-1 record in 1987 and grabbed four region crowns, including three straight from ’87-’89. During Jim Jones’ first seven seasons, Emery posted a 56-20 record and made the postseason annually. Joel Wilson was acclaimed as All-State MVP in 1987.
Grantsville, 1995-1998: The Cowboys roped two of their three state titles in back-to-back championships in 1996 and ’97 and won a region title in ’98. Grantsville made another title-game appearance in ’95 and advanced to the semis in ’98, en route to a 11-2 playoff record and a 40-9 overall mark under Kevin Butler. The Cowboys scored in double digits in 43 of 49 games, including 24 straight from the ’97 season opener through the last game of ’98. Grantsville gridders who gained All-State MVP status include Aaric Allred (’96), Byron Anderson (’97), Greg Bleazard (’96) and Alan Mouritsen (’97-98), one of nine to repeat as MVP.
Juan Diego, 2002-present (records through 2011): The Soaring Eagle thrived on five state championships, three-peating from 2008-10, and nine consecutive region titles from 2003-11. JD rolled to a 109-18 record, eight double-digit win seasons and two undefeated campaigns under John Colosimo. In the playoffs, the school went 24-5 and won 13 straight state games from 2008-11. All-State MVPs during the era include Keegan Andersen (’09), Garry Hrechkosy (’04), Jamie Markosian (’08), James Rosenbury (’02), Chad Vaculin (’09) and Marquis Wilson (’04), who is also one of 25 three-time All-State players.
L.D.S., 1924: The Gold and Blue celebrated its only state and region championship — and undefeated season — in Vadal Peterson’s final year before he moved on to coach at the U. In the state title game, L.D.S. tied with Carbon; the UHSAA split the ball in two and awarded half to each team. L.D.S., in Salt Lake City, played football for 12 seasons, from 1919-30.
North Cache, 1939: Hebe Whiting guided the Bulldogs to their only region championship, their sole state final appearance and a 6-2 record. Donald Blair, Bob Coate, Dick Griffin and Cannon Parkinson were named All-State gridders. North Cache, in Richmond, fielded a team for 45 years, from 1919-63.
Sky View, 2005-08: The Bobcats seized consecutive region crowns in 2006-07 and raced to a 35-12 record in Craig Anhder’s first four seasons. The ’06 squad enjoyed a school-best 11-1 record, while in ’07 Sky View advanced to the semifinals. Kyle Allen (’07), Eric Berntson (’08), JD Falslev (’06, ’08), Jase Hill (’06) and Britain Martin (’06) were standout All-State players.
Timpview, 1990-present (records through 2011): The Thunderbirds ran off with seven state championships, including four consecutive from 2006-09. They won 16 region titles in 22 seasons, highlighted by seven straight from 2005-11. During Chad Van Orden’s 15 years (through 2004) and Louis Wong’s seven, Timpview posted a 221-48 (.822) overall record. In postseason play, the T-Birds went 48-15, and Wong was 20-3. Timpview enjoyed 13 double-digit winning seasons, including the past six, and owns Utah’s longest winning streak, 36 games, set from 2006-2009. The streak included 13-0 campaigns in 2007 and ’08. Craig Bills (’08), Stephen Covey (’04), Ryan Engemann (’91), Mark Ercanbrack (’07), Doug Henstrom (’91), Ofa Latu (’09), Devin Mausia (’06), Dominque Moe (’07), Ethan Ross (’97) and Xavier Su’a-Filo (’08) were All-State MVPs. In addition, Bills (’06-08) and Matt Reynolds (’02-04) became three-time All-State players.
Weber, 1995-1999: The Warriors’ best stretch culminated in winning the 1999 state championship. Under Kory Bosgeiter, Weber also took region honors in 1995 and won 37 games in four years. Ashton Buswell earned All-State MVP status in ’99.
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