PLAYER WATCH: Cottonwood's Isi Sofele (3,469 career rushing yards) and Snow Canyon's Adam Timo (3,448) now rank 18th and 19th among all-time career rushing leaders in Utah. Timo has rushed for 49 career touchdowns, placing him 11th all-time on the rushing-touchdown list. Sofele has carried the ball 589 times in three years, good for fourth place all-time, and 133 short of top-ranked Andy Carlsen (North Summit, 2000-02).
Four of this year's quarterbacks have surpassed the 3,000-yard career passing mark: Kyler Carlsen (Sky View), Breck Lewis (Spanish Fork), Jeff Manning (Logan) and Steve Romero (Cottonwood). Carlsen and Romero reached the 3,000-yard mark last Friday; Lewis and Manning did it on Sept. 5.
In addition, three kickers moved into the top-20 on the career extra-point list. Ben Portwood (Park City) has booted 97 PATs to move him to 13th place, Josh Thompson (Logan) has kicked 93, which ties him for 15th, and Michael Stephenson (Pine View) has hit 92 extra-points for 18th place.
HOT STARTS: Alta is 4-0 for the first time since 2003 and Delta hasn't started 4-0 since 1997. In its 28th season, West Jordan can match its best-ever start, 5-0 set in 1999, with a win over Hillcrest on Friday.
TURNAROUNDS: With the regular season approaching its halfway point, it's time to look at the teams that have enjoyed the most improvement so far over last year in terms of their won-loss record.
Beaver (2-2), Canyon View (2-1) and Uintah (3-1) lead the list after going 0-10, 0-9 and 1-9, respectively, in '07.
NOT SO HOT: For the first time in its 92 years of football, Box Elder is 0-4. Millard has been 0-4 just once before n in 1930, when the Eagles played just four games and lost them all. Murray hasn't been 0-4 in a decade and North Sanpete, also 0-4, is off to its slowest start since going 0-6 to start the 1991 season.
UNDEFEATEDS AND O-FERS: Last week, four undefeated teams lost for the first time and four winless teams won for the first time.
A dozen teams remain undefeated and no games pit unbeaten Utah schools this week. Twelve teams remain winless, but no games match up any of them either.
THIS WEEK'S MOST-PLAYED RIVALRIES: Milford faces Parowan for the 80th time, leading the series, 42-34-3.
Dixie and Cedar battle for the 79th time; Dixie leads 44-23.
Duchesne and Altamont play for the 59th time in just 36 seasons. Duchesne leads 31-27.
Orem and Provo square off for the 54th time; the Tigers lead Provo 28-24-1.
Clearfield clashes with Viewmont for the 41st time with the series tied at 20 games each. Since it started in 1964, neither team has led the series by more than three games; Viewmont has taken the last three.
OTHER GAMES: The rivalry between Catholic schools Judge Memorial and Juan Diego began in 2001, JD's second season. (The Soaring Eagle played JV and smaller 1A and 2A schools its first year. The series is tied at 4-4, but Judge has captured the last two contests.
Skyline has won seven straight from Kearns extending back to the 1989 season when the Cougars took the 4A title. Likewise, Pine View has won its last seven games against Canyon View.
Rich at Kanab is a rematch of the '07 Class 1A championship. Kanab won 35-14 to go up 4-0 on the Rebels.
Jordan holds a 6-1 edge over Riverton.
FIRST-TIME MEETINGS: Mount Miguel (a nearly 2,000-student school in Spring Valley, a suburb of San Diego) at American Fork, Moapa Valley (Overton, Nev.) at Delta, Layton Christian at North Sevier, Springville at Salem Hills and Snow Canyon at Desert Hills.
MILESTONES: Dixie is going for its 350th win. Pine View is seeking its 150th. Fremont's Kory Bosgeiter and Gunnison's Rhett Jackson are trying to get their 50th coaching victories.
Logan is playing its 800th game, the ninth Utah school to reach that mark. Delta is playing its 750th and Olympus, its 550th.