Duchesne captured its fifth state championship and, as an added benefit, became the first school to celebrate three consecutive undefeated, untied seasons. (East went unbeaten from 1937-39, but counted a tie game each of the three seasons.)
More notes on the 3A, 2A and 1A finals later on.
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In the two largest classifications, Bingham vs. Brighton marks the first championship game pitting two teams from same region since 2005. That year, Region 2’s Skyline defeated Brighton in the 5A title contest.
Incidentally, Brighton should perhaps breath a sigh of relief that the Bengals aren’t facing Skyline. Brighton has a 1-3 championship-game record, and all three losses were to the Eagles.
Just two of the six coaches in this week’s finals have won state championships: Bingham’s Dave Peck (three titles) and Timpview’s Cary Whittingham (last year).
Another pair make return trips to the finals, but still seek their first state titles. East’s Brandon Matich took the Leopards to the championship contest in 2011 and Pine View’s Ray Hosner directed the Panthers there in 2004, ’05 and ’07.
The other two, Brighton’s Ryan Bishop and Desert Hills’ Carl Franke make their first championship-game appearances.
Brighton last emerged on the championship stage in 2005 and Pine View in 2007. Bingham competes for the title for the first time since making the finals three straight years from 2008-10.
Desert Hills and East are back for the second time in three seasons. Defending 4A-champ Timpview returns for the sixth time in eight years and seventh time in 10 seasons.
East tries for its 17th title, Timpview, its 10th, Bingham, its eighth and Brighton, its second.
Of course, the 3AA final guarantees that Desert Hills or Pine View celebrates its first gridiron championship.
For the first time since 1937, and even if it doesn’t score a point against Timpview, East takes this season’s scoring title. The prolific Leopards average 51.2 points-per-game and need to score 35 to finish the year with a 50 ppg average.
With that accomplishment, East becomes the seventh team to average at least 50 points a game and the first since Dixie in 1972 (52.2 ppg). The other five squads on the list all played between 1912 and 1931. East also holds the state record, 61.3 ppg in 1919. The Leopards need to score 193 points against Timpview to match that.
The Leopards have scored 665 points this season, the third highest in state history – one point behind the 2005 Logan Grizzlies and 13 short of Dixie’s record 678 set in 1972.
East also becomes the margin of victory champion for the first time since 1996 – unless the Leopards lose by 60 points. They’re now winning by 35.5 ppg, over four points-per-game more than second-place South Summit (31.2).
However, South Summit lays claim to defensive scoring honors, 7.0 ppg, for the second time in school history and first since 1984.
Since we’re on the subject...
Scoring teams: East, 51.2 ppg; Juan Diego, 42.1; Brighton, 41.9; Timpview, 41.5; Bingham, 41.4.
Defensive teams: South Summit, 7.0; Desert Hills, 10.3; Duchesne 10.8; Davis, 11.1; Beaver, 11.2.
By victory margin: East, 35.5; South Summit, 31.2; Timpview, 29.3; Bingham, 27.5; Brighton, 25.1.
East has scored 171 points in three tournament games (ranks 12th all-time), an average of 57 points-per-game (ties for first with Tooele, 1928). The Leopards rank third in victory margin – 42.0 ppg – but well behind Tooele’s 54.7 ppg margin set in 1928. However, that was a three-game series. Kanab holds the four-game series record for winning margin – 41.8 ppg in 1987, and, of course, East’s final numbers have yet to be determined.
Despite losing in the semifinals, Jordan averaged 46.0 in its three playoff contests. That’s the 14th highest in state history and second highest for Jordan, behind the 49.5 average of last year.
In the first 120 seasons of Utah prep football, just 19 teams scored 62 or more points in 2,455 playoff games. This year alone, four teams have scored that many (East 65, Pine View 63, Jordan, 62 and Timpview, 62). The only other seasons that come close are 2001, 2009 and 2011 when two teams tallied at least 62 points each of those years.
East’s standout back Ula Tolutau climbed from tenth to third in all-time season rushing yards. He’s amassed 2,344, just 153 yards behind second-place Thane Marshall (2,497, Beaver, 1983) and 217 short of the state record holder Kelly Smith (2,561, Beaver, 1979).
Tolutau has rushed for at least 100 yards 12 times this year, tying the state record shared by Jordan’s Austin Kafentzis (2013) and two Park City gridders – Dylan Chynoweth (2009) and Brandon Rogers (2001). Over his career, Tolutau ranks eighth in career 100-yard games (21) and 12th in season rushing touchdowns (30). Tolutau also needs just 18 yards to become the 18th player to rush for 4,000 yards during his prep career.
Leopard kicker Isaac Anthony has booted 79 extra-points this year, the second most in state history and only two shy of the record (Logan’s Courtney Cano, 2005).
Two other kickers concluded their careers last week, but not before finishing in the top-10 in career PATs: Juan Diego’s Andrew Montoya ranks fifth (155 PATs) and Duchesne’s Braxton Spencer places seventh (149).
Pine View’s junior quarterback Kody Wilstead jumped to second in all-time season passing yards (4,058) and to sixth in completions (275) and attempts (430). Wilstead needs 384 yards against Desert Hills to reach first place (4,442, Jordan’s Alex Hart, 2009). That would also move him to first in season passing yards per game (370.17 ypg, Hart, 2009).
One of his top targets, Jack Bangerter, ranks seventh all-time in season receptions (88) and needs seven catches to move into third. He’s 17th all-time in season receiving yards (1,372) and needs just 41 to get into the top-10. Bangerter is currently averaging 120.6 reception yards per game, the ninth-most all-time.
Baron Gajkowski, who started his career at Jordan (2010-11) and finished at Lone Peak (2012-13), accumulated 7,528 yards of total offense, the ninth highest all-time.
Series history: Brighton’s first-ever game was an 18-0 loss to Bingham when the school opened in 1969. The two clashed every season from 1969 through 2005 – and twice in 1985, ’95, ’96, ’97 and 2001 – a span of 37 years and 42 games. After a seven-year break, they met again this season as region rivals in realigned Region 3.
Series record: Brighton leads 29-13-1.
Last meeting: Bingham handed Brighton its only loss, 38-27, during Week 7, Oct. 4, at Bingham.
Coach vs. coach: Bingham’s Dave Peck is 1-0 vs. Brighton’s Ryan Bullett.
Current winning streaks: Bingham 13 (tied with East for second longest current streak), Brighton 6.
The Miners began their football program in 1910, but after compiling a 3-2 record against such teams as Collegiate Institute and Liberty, as well as Jordan, Park City and Payson, Bingham took a 15-year break and resumed the sport in 1925; 90th season.
Finals record: 7-2 (.778). Last championship: 2010. Playoff record: 47-33 (.588), 41st appearance.
Championship game history:
1939, defeated American Fork 13-0 (Class B)
1941, defeated Park City 13-0 (B)
1945, defeated Park City 14-6 (B)
1946, defeated Lincoln (now Orem) 13-12 (B)
1974, lost to Davis 17-14 in overtime (3A)
2006, defeated Alta 21-19 (5A)
2008, lost to Alta 21-17 (5A)
2009, defeated Davis 35-24 (5A)
2010, defeated Fremont 30-7 (5A)
Coach: Dave Peck is 141-35 (.801) in his 14th season, since 2000, at Bingham. Overall, he’s 168-69 (.709) in his 20th season including a 7-4 record at North Sanpete (1984) and 20-30 at Cyprus (1995-99).
Playoff record at Bingham: 29-10 (.744), 14th appearance. He’s 31-15 (.674) overall in 19 appearances, including 1-1 at North Sanpete (1984) and 1-4 at Cyprus (1995-99).
Championship game record, all at Bingham: 3-1.
Opened in 1969; 45th season.
Finals record: 1-3. Only championship: 1982. Playoff record: 38-32 (.543), 34th appearance.
Championship game history:
1979, lost to Skyline 24-17
1982, defeated Bonneville 41-0
1997, lost to Skyline 31-12
2005, lost to Skyline 34-24
Coach: Ryan Bullet is 45-42-1 (.517) in his eighth season, since 2006.
Playoff record: 3-4 (.429), fifth appearance.
First championship game.
Extra Point 1: The teams rank high in scoring both during the season and in the playoffs. Brighton averages 41.9 ppg (#1 in 5A) and Bingham averages 41.4 (#2). Bingham wins by an average of 27.5 points (#1 in 5A) and Brighton is right behind at 25.1 (#2). In postseason action, Bingham has scored 132 points and Brighton 127.
Extra Point 2: Bingham competes in the championship game for the fifth time in eight seasons.
Extra Point 3: Bingham looks to match its school-record 14 victories en route to its eighth state title. They’d join the 2006 Miners as one of only six teams (or seven if East also wins) to win 14 games in a season. (Hunter, 2003, Juan Diego, 2008, Logan, 2011 and Lone Peak, 2011 are the others.) The Miners then earn the unique distinction of being the only school to win 14 games twice.
Extra Point 4: Bingham seeks its third undefeated season, joining the 2006 and 2010 Miners in that feat.
Extra Point 5: Bingham has advanced at least to the quarterfinals for 10 straight years, since 2004.
Extra Point 6: This season marks the first time since 2005 that Brighton has advanced past the first round. But the Bengals made it all the way to the finals that year, too.
Extra Point 7: Brighton (12-1) also won 12 games in 1982 and 2004; the Bengals hope to claim 13 victories for the first time in their 45 seasons.
Extra Point 8: Dave Peck guided Bingham to its first-ever 10-win season his first year with the Miners. He’s totaled nine double-digit win-seasons in 14 years and suffered only one losing campaign at Bingham (4-7 in 2003).
Extra Point 9: Peck is the second winningest active coach at his current school (behind Juan Diego’s John Colosimo).
Extra Point 10: Bingham kicker Chayden Johnston ranks 11th all-time in season extra-points (67) and Brighton’s Hunter Dall is 12th (65).
Extra Point 11: Brighton attempts to be the 55th team to spoil another school’s perfect season in a championship game. (Or maybe the 56th if Timpview defeats East earlier in the day.)
Extra Point 12: Bingham has scored in a school-record 117 straight games since 2004, the seventh longest scoring streak in Utah history and the second longest current streak.
Extra Point 13: Six teams entered the playoffs unbeaten, but Davis, Juan Diego and Logan, didn’t make it to the finals before losing. Bingham and East can join Duchesne in 2013’s class of the undefeated.
Series history: All seven previous battles were also fought in the postseason, including the Leopards’ last state championship, a 37-0 thrashing in 1996. That marked Timpview’s only title-game loss in 10 contests. They first squared off in a 1995 quarterfinal (East won 19-17 at Timpview) and split semifinal clashes the past two seasons.
Series record: East leads 4-3.
Last meeting: Timpview booted East in the semifinals last year, 32-14, on Nov. 9, 2012.
Coach vs. coach: Timpview’s Cary Whittingham is 1-0 vs. East’s Brandon Matich.
Current winning streaks: East 13 (tied with Bingham for second longest active streak), Timpview 11 (tied with Judge for fourth longest active streak).
East opened in 1914 and celebrates its 100th season of football.
Championships: 16 – comprised of 12 victories, and one in 1917 when season records determined the state champion, one in 1925 when both semifinal games ended in ties and all four semifinalists were named champions, one in 1926 when East tied Box Elder in the title contest and one in 1943 when East and Davis won semifinals but Davis refused to play in the Class A championship game because of a bracketing change. Both were declared champions.
Finals record: 12-3-1 (.781). Last championship: 1996. Playoff record: 52-25-2 (.671), 41st appearance.
Championship game history:
1919, defeated Payson 79-0
1920, defeated Logan 14-6
1921, defeated Logan 30-0
1922, defeated Box Elder 38-0
1923, defeated Granite 6-0
1926, tied Box Elder 7-7 (co-champions)
1952, defeated Weber 27-6 (A)
1953, defeated Ogden 13-0 (A)
1955, defeated Murray 27-0 (A)
1956, defeated Logan 34-6 (A)
1964, defeated Bountiful 14-6 (A)
1973, lost to West 36-22 (4A)
1974, defeated West 14-7 (4A)
1995, lost to Box Elder 51-28 (4A)
1996, defeated Timpview 37-0 (4A)
2011, lost to Logan 18-11 (4A)
Coach: Brandon Matich is 38-13 (.745) in his fourth year, since 2010, at East. He’s 77-31 (.713) overall including 39-18 in five seasons at Park City from 2005-09.
Playoff record at East: 10-3 (.769), fourth appearance. He’s 13-7 (.650) overall in eight appearances including 3-4 at Park City.
Championship game record: 0-1 (2011).
Opened in 1977, 37th season.
Finals record: 9-1 (.900). Last championship: 2012. Playoff record: 61-23 (.726), 33rd appearance. (Timpview has played 86 postseason games, including two vacated wins in 2011.)
Championship game history:
1986, defeated Bear River 14-8 in overtime (3A)
1991, defeated Skyline 35-34 in double-overtime (4A)
1996, lost to East 37-0 (4A)
1997, defeated Olympus 19-16 (4A)
2004, defeated Lone Peak 42-0 (4A)
2006, defeated Highland 21-12 (4A)
2007, defeated Pine View 50-7 (4A)
2008, defeated Cottonwood 34-28 (4A)
2009, defeated Springville 35-6 (4A)
2012, defeated Mountain Crest 38-31 in double-overtime (4A)
Coach: Cary Whittingham is 21-6 (.778) in his second season and he’s 7-0 in postseason action.
Extra Point 1: Timpview (.726) and East (.671) are the third and fourth ranked winningest playoff programs (behind Juan Diego and Skyline).
Extra Point 2: Both teams beat their two common opponents by similar scores. East defeated Alta 42-24 and Timpview won 41-28. East beat Woods Cross 42-6 and Timpview won 37-6.
Extra Point 3: East (51.2 ppg) and Timpview (41.5) rank first and second in 4A scoring offense. They also ranks first and second in 4A scoring margin: East 35.5 ppg and Timpview 29.3.
Extra Point 4: As mentioned, East has scored 171 points in the playoffs and averages 57.0 ppg. But Timpview has tallied 148 points in the postseason, and average of 49.3 ppg.
Extra Point 5: East and Timpview account for 25 state titles of the 301 championships awarded from 1898 though last weekend.
Extra Point 6: East hopes to win 14 games for the first time in its 100-year history and become the sixth team to bring in 14 victories in a season. The 1996 Leopards won 13.
Extra Point 7: East seeks its eighth undefeated season and first since 1996 (also 1919, ’21, ’22, ’52, ’55, ’56).
Extra Point 8: East appears in its 17th title game, the fourth-most in state history (behind Millard’s 21, Skyline’s 20 and Beaver’s 18).
Extra Point 9: East ranks second in total championships with 16 to West’s 21, but leads the state in championship games won with 15. Fourteen of West’s titles came between 1898 and 1917 when state championships were awarded based on season records.
Extra Point 10: East has already rushed for a state-record 4,945 yards this year.
Extra Point 11: East set the state record for single-game total yards (821) this season (vs. Jordan on Sept. 6).
Extra Point 12: East has returned seven interceptions for touchdowns this year, a state record. Timpview’s not far behind with five.
Extra Point 13: East’s Lorenzo Manu leads the state in interceptions this season with 11.
Extra Point 14: A Timpview victory rewards the Thunderbirds with their 10th state title and matches the school-record 13 wins also attained in 2007 and 2008.
Extra Point 15: Timpview enjoys its 10th double-digit win season in 14 years. The T-birds claim a 141-33 record over that time, winning better than 80% of their games.
Extra Point 16: Timpview has the fourth-most playoff victories (61) behind only Skyline (87), Millard (78) and Delta (63).
Extra Point 17: Timpview tries to become the 55th team to spoil another school’s perfect season in a championship game.
Extra Point 18: Timpview has scored in 100 consecutive games for the second time in school history, the 19th longest streaks in state history. The Thunderbirds also scored in 100 straight games from 1996-2005 and haven’t suffered a shutout since 2006.
Series history: These teams have tangled annually since 2009, DH’s second season. PV claimed the first two games, but DH retaliated by winning in 2011 and ’12 before Pine View regained the series lead this year.
Series record: Pine View leads 3-2.
Last meeting: Pine View nipped the Thunder 16-10 during Week 6, Sept. 27, at PV.
Coach vs. coach: Pine View’s Ray Hosner and Desert Hills’ Carl Franke are tied 1-1.
Current winning streaks: Pine View 6, Desert Hills 5.
PV opened in 1983; 31st season.
Finals record: 0-4. Playoff record: 19-21 (.475), 22nd appearance.
Championship game history:
1994, lost to Uintah 14-10 (3A)
2004, lost to Bear River 47-14 (3A)
2005, lost to Logan 56-21 (3A)
2007, lost to Timpview 50-7 (4A)
Coach: Ray Hosner is 110-39 (.738) in his 13th season, since 2001.
Playoff record: 17-10 (.630), 11th appearance.
Championship game record: 0-3.
DH opened in 2008; sixth season.
Finals record: 0-1 Playoff record: 9-5 (.643), sixth appearance.
Championship game history:
2011, lost to Hurricane 21-0 (3A)
Coach: Carl Franke is 18-6 (.750) in his second year and is 5-1 in the playoffs (lost in semifinals last year).
Extra Point 1: Ray Hosner is the third winningest active coach (min. five years), enjoying a .738 winning percentage (behind Duchesne’s Jerry Cowan, .793 and San Juan’s Monty Lee, .776).
Extra Point 2: Pine View seeks its most wins since 2008 when the Panthers went 10-2.
Extra Point 3: Desert Hills, in its sixth season, attempts to become one of the youngest schools to win a championship game. Only four schools have won a state championship game sooner. (A list of the youngest appears near the end of this week’s edition.)
Extra Point 4: Desert Hills captured a school-record 10 victories (so far) this year. The Thunder won nine games in 2011. DH also enjoyed its best-ever start with five straight victories to open the season.
Extra Point 5: Pine View QB Kody Wilstead accumulated over 400 yards of total offense in six of the Panthers’ 11 games and passed for five touchdowns three times. He currently ranks 13th all-time in season total offense (4,103 yards). In two years, he’s compiled 6,214 yards of careertotal offense, which ranks 27th all-time. He needs 276 more yards to climb into the top-20. Wilstead ranks 16th in career passing yards (6,186) and 19th in career completions (405).
Extra Point 6: Panther receiver Jack Bangerter caught 17 passes, the second-most in state history, for 268 reception yards, the eighth-most on record, on Oct. 10.
Duchesne joined an elite group by becoming just the fifth school to win at least four consecutive championships. The other members: East (five titles from 1919-23), Skyline (five from 1995-99), Millard (four from 1950-53 and Timpview (four from 2006-09).
Duchesne matched the 2006 Eagles with a school-record 13 victories and became the 34th team to earn at least 13 wins in a season. In addition, the scheduling for the championship games meant that the Class 1A winner would get the 300th trophy awarded in football, so Duchesne has that honor, too.
South Summit also matched its school-record wins – 11 – previously achieved in 1984 and 1999 and its eighth double-digit win-season in its 76-year history.
Judge Memorial enjoys its most victories – 11 – since 1981 and its 11th double-digit win-season in its 87-year history.
Gil Cordova, who won titles at Judge in 1970, ’72 and ’73, and current coach James Cordova became the first father-son pair to win gridiron championships in Utah. (Thanks to Rick Bouillon for the question.)
Back to Duchesne: the Eagles didn’t complete a pass against Rich, but passing for no yards in a championship game may be unusual but not unheard of. It’s the 14th time that’s happened, the last in 2011. Of those 14 games, the team that didn’t complete a pass still won 10 times.
Duchesne won its 47th consecutive game, the fifth-longest current streak in the nation, just 19 away from making the top-10 all-time nationally, but 104 short of the all-time record of 151 set by De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) from 1992-2004.
Bingham and East share the second longest current winning streak in Utah (13), followed by Judge and Timpview (11), Brighton and Pine View (6), Desert Hills (5) and South Summit (4). Two schools tie in tenth place: American Fork and Mountain Crest, who won their final regular season game but failed to make the playoffs.
School – Season – Year Won
Highland – 3rd – 1959
Juan Diego – 3rd – 2002
Snow Canyon – 3rd – 1996
East – 4th – 1917 (awarded title based on season record; won championship game 6th season, 1919)
Ogden – 4th – 1901 (awarded title based on season record; co-champion with West)
Mountain Crest – 5th – 1987
Alta – 6th – 1983
LDS – 6th – 1924 (co-champion; title game ended in a tie)
Skyline – 6th – 1967
South Sevier – 6th – 1925 (both semifinals ended in ties and all four teams named champions)
West – 6th – 1898 (awarded title based on season record)
Enterprise – 7th – 2003
Kearns – 7th – 1972
Granite – 8th - 1914 (awarded title, based on season record)
Viewmont – 8th – 1971
Northridge – 9th – 2000
Box Elder – 10th – 1926 (co-champion; title game ended in a tie)
Rich – 10th – 1994
Timpview – 10th - 1986
By Friday evening, 2013 will have witnessed 582 games, surpassing last year’s 571 for the most in Utah prep history…. Next year, for the first time since 2007, no new programs are scheduled to join the 103 football-playing schools.