Eight of the state's 83 prep football teams still boast unbeaten records after five weeks of competi Prep
footballtion. By the end of this week, the number could be as low as just two with perfect records.Look at this week's Deseret News Coaches Poll listings, which accompany this story, and you can see the eight with perfect overall records - Skyline in the 4A classification; Springville, Bountiful, Jordan and Dixie in the 3A; Hurricane and North Sanpete in the 2A; and Duchesne in the 1A.
All but North Sanpete face a ranked opponent this week, and the 2A second- ranked Hawks have to contend with a 4-1 South Summit team that received poll consideration.
Four of the unbeaten teams pair up - No. 2 Bountiful hosts No. 3 Jordan in a battle of Region 6 unbeatens, and No. 4 Dixie visits No. 1 Springville in a closely fought Region 8 rivalry. Only a three-point difference has decided each of the three meetings over the past two years - two region games and a playoff matchup - between the Flyers and the Red Devils. With those two 3A games alone, two teams will suffer their first loss of the 1990 season.
And they may be joined by others. While scoring more than 40 points in three games so far this season, No. 1 Skyline meets No. 2 Alta, which has averaged 27 points a game while allowing an average of 12 points. Skyline is the only team so far without a Region 2 defeat, while Alta is one of several with just one league loss.
With its tough schedule resulting in four victories by single-digit margins, No. 1 Hurricane plays host to Region 10 peer No. 3 Beaver, whose four-game winning streak included last week's 20-7 victory over formerly ranked Millard.
And No. 1 Duchesne meets its toughest opponent in No. 2 and defending 1A champion North Summit, which has suffered its three losses to 2A teams this season.
OTHER MARQUEE MATCHUPS: Besides the featured contests between ranked foes, there is a number of undercard matches worth mentioning, too. 4-1 Roy is at 4-1 Clearfield in Region 1; 4-1 Granger is at 4-1 Cyprus in Region 3; and 4-1 Box Elder at 4-1 Bear River in Region 5.
POLL-WATCHING: Highland drops, Alta and Olympus move up and Davis returns in the 4A; except for Jordan breaking out of a third-place tie with Dixie, the 3A rankings remain the same; Beaver moves up with its win over formerly ranked Millard and Park City returns in the 2A; Milford and Parowan swap places after the former beat the latter last week.
INDIVIDUAL HIGHLIGHTS: Here are some of last week's top player performances, as reported to the Deseret News:
The 100-yard rushing club starts with Springville's John Penrod, who rushed for 226 yards and TDs of 63 and 30 yards against Pine View. Penrod has rushed for 940 yards in five games for a per-game average of 188 yards.
Others with 100-plus yards rushing last week include Delta's Joe Myers (20 carries for 190 yards and 3 TDs), Bear River's Jared Burnham (24 carries for 137 yards and 1 TD), West's Brooke Madsen (15 carries for 122 yards and 2 TDs), Park City's Mike Packard (21 carries for 118 yards and 2 TDs), Davis' Joe Warden (12 carries for 11 yards and 2 TDs), Roy's Greg Harrop (110 yards and 3 TDs), and North Sanpete's Jason Lee (20 rushes for 109 yards).
A couple of quarterbacks who made the most of few attempts and competitions - West Jordan's Bryan Johnson completed 5 of 7 tries for 187 yards and 3 long- distance TDs of 52, 49 and 56 yards); and Taylorsville's Aaron Payne completed 5 of 8 attempts for 151 yards and 1 TD. Johnson's per-competition average was better than 37 yards a toss, while Payne averaged 30-plus yards per competition.
Multiple-touchdown performances included Lehi's Chad Smith (2 TD catches, 2 TD runs), Bountiful's Austin Lindsay (2 TD runs, 1 TD pass), South Summit's Taigon Worthen (3 TD passes), Skyline's Joe Dupaix (2 TD runs, 1 TD pass), and Olympus' Jim Hoggan (2 TD passes, 1 TD run). A couple of other efforts to note: Clearfield's Jeff Kirkman scored a trio of TDs, including another one of his special-teams scores on an 85-yard interception return; Dixie's Tyler Wilkinson rushed for 115 yards, caught a 43-yard scoring pass and added an 87-yard kickoff return for a TD; South Summit's Clay Prince was on the receiving end of four key passes on 2 TD catches and 2 interceptions; and South Summit teammate Jed Frazier scored 14 points on 5 PAT kicks, a TD run and a field goal.
REPORTING: Coaches can nominate worthy players and performances when calling in their game scoring summaries. Or they can call the Deseret News (237-2161) from 9 a.m. to noon the following Monday.