Last week, half of the 34 then-undefeated high school football teams lost for the first time this season, while 13 squads picked up their first victories, leaving just 16 winless teams.
This week, two games match undefeated teams: South Summit at Delta and Cedar City at San Juan. Two more contests pit winless teams: Carbon at Grantsville and Payson at Mountain View.
REGION BEGINS: With league competition starting this week in Regions 1, 5, 6 and 7, it's a good time to mention a comprehensive list of all-time region champions that's been compiled.
Most region championships: Millard 38, Box Elder 34, East 31, Davis and Delta each with 27.
Highland and Juan Diego are currently five-time defending region champions (or co-champs), while Alta, Bingham and Timpview have won three consecutive region titles. Millard won the most consecutive region crowns, 12, from 1949-1960.
Six schools have taken region championships at least 40 percent of the years they've played football: Juan Diego, 62.5 percent (five of eight seasons); Lone Peak, 54.6 percent (6 of 11 seasons); Millard, 46.3 percent (38 of 82 years); Timpview, 45.2 percent (14 of 31 seasons); Skyline, 43.5 percent (20 of 46 years); and Brighton, 41 percent (16 of 39 seasons).
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STRONG STARTS: Copper Hills is 3-0 for the first time ever in its 14-year history. A few other 3-0 schools continue their success from past seasons. Timpview has won 26 straight, 33 of its last 36 games and 43 of its last 47. Alta and North Summit have each won 15 consecutive games and Alta has taken 27 of its last 29. Both losses were to Bingham. North Summit has won 20 of its last 21 games and 24 of the last 26.
MEANWHILE: A few traditionally strong programs have struggled in early games this season: Fremont is 0-3 for the first time in its 15-year history, and Box Elder is 0-3 for the first time since 1974. Brighton is 0-3 for the first time since starting 0-6 its opening year, 1969, and Millard hasn't been 0-3 since 1932.
BINGHAM'S CELEBRATION: Bingham High celebrates 100 years as a school this year and is calling this weekend's game its centennial football game as the Miners dedicate their new football field. Not to detract from the well-deserved celebration there's nothing wrong with connecting the game with the centennial but this season is Bingham's 85th. The Miners first fielded a gridiron team in 1910, then took a break until 1925.
Despite an uncharacteristic 1-2 start this season, Bingham has still won 36 of its last 41 games and 42 of its last 48. The Miners' opponent is Jordan, which leads the series 21-18-1. Last year, Jordan nipped the Miners, 36-35, and in '06, Bingham won, 31-29.
FIRST-TIME MEETINGS (9): The Raymond (Alberta) Comets make their second trip to the Beehive State when they visit Bear River on Friday. Back in 1990, the inaugural season for Juan Diego, the Comets defeated the Soaring Eagle, 27-13.
Also: Spanish Fork at Brighton, White Pine (Ely, Nev.) at Layton Christian, Kearns at Lehi, Lone Peak at Park City, Union at Salem Hills, Snow Canyon at Timpanogos, Eldorado (Las Vegas) at Desert Hills and Monument Valley at Dove Creek (Colo.).
RIVALRY GAMES: This week's most-played rivalry game is Provo at Springville, the 70th meeting since 1908. The Bulldogs lead the series 42-23-4.
East plays Highland for the 51st time since 1957 (didn't play from '93-'96, but have met three times in playoff games). Highland leads the series 30-20 and has won four of the last five, including a 2005 state semifinal game.
Clearfield battles Davis for the 46th time. Davis leads the series 23-21-1, but Clearfield has won 10 of the last 13.
Box Elder and Sky View meet for the 44th time. The Bobcats have taken five straight, but Box Elder still leads 21-19-3 in the series that began in 1964.
Juab and North Sanpete square off for the 44th time since 1957; N.S. leads 23-20.
In the battle of Sevier County, South Sevier leads the series with North Sevier 26-9 and has won seven straight.
IT'S BEEN A WHILE: American Fork and Skyline last met in 1994; the Eagles lead the series 4-3. Uintah and Ogden have faced off just once before, in a 2001 first-round playoff game that the Utes won 32-7.
A couple more: Logan and Judge have met four times, but during only two seasons: Twice in the 1988 regular season and twice last year, including the 3A championship game, which Logan won to go up 3-1 in the series.
Beaver and North Summit clash for the 14th time, but only the fourth time during the regular season. Beaver leads 9-4.
THE KICKER: Timpanogos' Parker Brown kicked three field goals last week, including 53- and 54-yarders. That makes him just the second player to kick two 50-plus yard field goals in the same game. Just last year (Aug. 24, 2007) Bingham's Justin Sorensen kicked field goals of 59 and 51 yards against Alta.
MILESTONE GAMES: Dixie is gunning for win No. 350. Kory Bosgeiter (Fremont) and Mike Morgan (West Jordan ) are both shooting for their 50th career victories.
FINALLY: Over 26,500 Utah high school football games have been played since 1893, and until last week, only 19 times had a team scored at least 40 points in regulation and still lost. Two more squads did that last Friday: Judge Memorial scored 42 to Highland's (Pocatello) 47, and Snow Canyon tallied 40 points to Las Vegas' 47.