It's the final three weeks of the regular season, and prep football fans are having a hard enough time keeping track of region records, overall records and playoff possibilities.
They also have to worry about the schedule - the days when the games are to be played. Believe it or not, some teams have finished playing regular-season Friday night games - and there's still a third of the regular season left to play.The gerrymandering of the schedule starts this week, as Regions 1 and 5 move their games to Thursday night, with the rest of the leagues staying with the Friday night schedule. One reason for moving the games up a day is because the following week's games are played on Wednesday.
If it's a Wednesday slate of prep football games, that means that it's a three-day school week, shortened by UEA convention meetings on Oct. 11-12. While most teams will play Wednesday games, other teams consider the midweek date as an appropriate time to take a bye - to rest, regroup and prepare for the playoffs.
For example, all Region 4 teams will be off next week, while several Region 8 teams are idle at the same time.
As for two weeks down the road, prep games will be playing on Oct. 18 - a Thursday. The reason - a number of schools still have the Deer Hunt Friday - this year, Oct. 19 - as a school vacation.
To help one commit the final three weeks' schedule to memory - Thursday and Friday this week; Wednesday next week; Thursday the final week.
POLL-WATCHING: With Alta and Olympus suffering losses, Highland and Davis move up to the Nos. 2 and 3 spots in the 4A poll, with Roy back after a week's absence and Cyprus making its first appearance of the season.
Bountiful and Springville - the two remaining unbeaten teams in the 3A ranks - flip-flopped spots for the second time in three weeks. The Jordan-Dixie-Mountain Crest order for Nos. 3, 4 and 5 remains the same.
In the 2A poll, the undefeated duo of Hurricane and North Sanpete are solid 1-2 choices. Park City replaces Beaver as the third pick, while Millard moves back by tying Beaver for fourth.
HIGHLIGHTS: Some of the top individual performances achieved last week, as reported to the Deseret News:
How about this for a balanced attack? Cyprus' Chris Matagi rushed 14 times for 125 yards, while Pirates backfield mate Sherwin Pearson carried 14 times as well for a near-identical 121 yards. Similar spittin'-image numbers were posted by West Jordan QB Brian Johnson, who carried 8 times for 119 yards and then completed 5 of 7 passes for another 119 yards.
Members of last week's 100-yard rushing club included North Summit's Matt Bates (232 yards on 24 carries, 2 TDs), Box Elder's Jamie Greer (216 yards, 2 TDs) Woods Cross' Kevin Case (171 yards, 2 TDs), Springville's John Penrod (154 yards, 2 TDs), American Fork's Jared Ostler (147 yards, 1 TD), Pleasant Grove's Darnell Hooley (144 yards, 2 TDs), Orem's Rob Harding (126 yards, 1 TD), Clearfield's Tony Cussimanio (123 yards), Taylorsville's Henry Bloomfield (116 yards and 2 TDs on 15 carries), Carbon's Don Ross (107 yards on 12 carries), and Davis' Judd Cummings (104 yards on 7 carries).
A couple of aerial notes - Hurricane's Cal Nielson passed for 245 yards and 3 TDs, with two scores going 65 and 45 yards to Tiger teammate Justin Roundy. And the North Summit passing combo of Brandon Jones and Cade Sargent put up some lofty numbers - Jones completing 12 of 23 passes for 210 yards and 2 TDs; Sargent hauling in those 2 TD tosses as part of his 7 catches for 116 yards.
Skyline's Adam Kershaw found three different ways to score touchdowns against Alta - once by rushing, once by receiving, and once by returning an interception. Other multiple-TD efforts were logged by North Sanpete's John Miller (4 TD passes), Jordan's Tyler Garrison (3 TD passes), Delta's Joe Myers (3 TD runs), Skyline's Joe Dupaix (2 TD passes, 1 TD run), Pine View's Greg Sampson (2 TD passes, 1 TD run), and Carbon's Eric Llewelyn (3 TD passes). Meanwhile, Millard's Rick Robins threw for one touchdown, passed for another, booted two point-after kicks and converted on a two-point PAT run.