THE UNDEFEATED AND THE WINLESS: Just one team Alta lost for the first time last week, leaving 11 unbeaten teams. There's one game between undefeateds this week: North Summit at Manti (both 5-0) in a 2A North showdown. North Summit is enjoying the second-longest current winning streak, 17 games, well past its previous school record of 12 set in 1974. Of course, Timpview expects to defeat Mountain View and tie Rich's state-record 28-game winning streak, set from '94-'97. The third longest current win-streak belongs to the other nine 5-0 teams.
There are only two more possible matchups between undefeated teams the rest of the regular season: Juan Diego at Delta on Oct. 24 and, depending on the North Summit-Manti winner, either Manti at Juab next week or Juab at North Summit on Oct. 15.
The only Class 5A team still undefeated is West Jordan. Last week, the 5-0 Jaguars matched their best-ever start set in 1999. However, this week's opponent, Bingham, has won six straight over West Jordan and leads the series 20-7. In 4A, Cottonwood, Sky View and Timpview remain unbeaten.
Cottonwood (5-0) will match its best-ever start with a victory over West. In 37 years, the Colts have been 6-0 three times before, including last season.
Delta hasn't been 5-0 since starting 9-0 in 1994. The Rabbits lead the state in shutouts this year with three.
Millard and Snow Canyon picked up their first victories last week, leaving 10 winless schools. That'll go down by at least one as Payson visits Provo in this week's only matchup of winless teams.
MOST IMPROVED: Uintah has gone from 1-9 last year to 4-1 so far this season and Hurricane from 3-8 to 5-0.
THIS WEEK'S MOST-PLAYED RIVALRIES (SERIES LEADER LISTED FIRST): Murray and Cyprus battle for the 70th time; Murray leads 37-28-4.
Kanab meets Parowan for the 67th time; the Cowboys have won 44 straight over the Rams and lead 61-4-1 in the state's most lopsided series. Parowan last beat Kanab in 1970.
Delta and North Sanpete clash for the 63rd time; Delta dominates this series, 51-9-2, but North Sanpete won last year, 20-13.
American Fork plays Spanish Fork for the 53rd time; AF leads 36-15-1, but Spanish Fork won in '06 (22-20) and '07 (22-16).
OTHER GAME NOTES: Hunter has taken 14 of 18 from Kearns. Copper Hills holds a 5-4 edge over Riverton, but Riverton has won the last three. Highlight of the series: Copper Hills won a double-overtime thriller, 61-60, in 2000.
Northridge has defeated Layton 11 of the 16 times they've met. Layton won last year, 28-10, after Northridge claimed the previous 10.
Bonneville gave Sky View its only region loss last year.
Also, Skyline leads its series with Alta 7-4, but the Hawks have won the last three. Fremont has a 5-3 edge in its series with Viewmont. Carbon and Emery clash in the Coal Bucket game; the Spartans have captured the traveling trophy 17 of the 19 times they've played since starting the series in 1989. Carbon won it in 1994 and 2000.
FIRST-TIME MEETINGS: Salem Hills at Juan Diego and Box Elder at West Oaks Academy (Orlando), a private, Christian school. The Flame defeated Florida Christian, Beacon of Hope Christian and Potter's House Christian before losing to South Florida Christian last week.
BEEN A WHILE: Judge hasn't played Orem since 1983. Judge holds a 2-1 edge and all three games were state quarterfinal contests.
MILESTONES: In addition to Fremont's Kory Bosgeiter and Gunnison's Rhett Jackson's quest for win No. 50, Marshall Sheriff is going for his 75th victory at Millard. West Jordan's Mike Morgan is coaching his 100th game.
Bear River is playing its 750th game, Richfield, its 650th and Riverton, its 100th contest.
NEWCOMERS: Three small, private schools have recently added football programs. Abundant Life Academy, Diamond Ranch Academy and Sorensen's Ranch all play independent schedules, mostly against out-of-state schools or each other. And all are schools for troubled teens many from out of state that usually stay for just one year before returning home.
Abundant Life Academy (Kanab) began to play 8-man football in 2006. In '07 and '08, the Warriors played a mix of 8- and 11-man games. Bob Fredrickson, a California transplant, leads ALA.
Diamond Ranch Academy (Hurricane) also played an 8-man schedule its first year of football, 2007. This season, the Diamondbacks play a single 8-man contest and six 11-man games. One of those is at Park City on Oct. 24. Former Dixie High and Dixie State standout Robbie Dias directs DRA.
Sorensen's Ranch (Koosharem) is in its first season of football. Coached by Tevita Vakautakakala, who was an assistant at nearby Richfield High, the Mustangs have just three 11-man games and one 8-man contest on their schedule.
ALA plays its 11-man home games at Kanab High, DRA hosts at Hurricane High and Sorensen's Ranch uses South Sevier High.
The addition of those three makes 99 schools fielding football teams this season.
BIG TURNAROUND: Grantsville was held to a total of minus-9 yards by Delta on Sept. 5, but the next week against Carbon, Grantsville amassed 532 total yards, the highest of any team this season.
FROM LAST WEEK: Copper Hills posted its first shutout since 1998, a span of 101 games, and only the second in its 14-year history. Manti also claimed its first shutout since 2003, a span of 53 contests, while Roy suffered its first whitewash since 2003, 53 games ago.
2008 SINGLE-GAME TOP PERFORMANCES:
With the regular-season half over, here are some of the top performances as reported from various sources (corrections and additions are welcomed email firstname.lastname@example.org). This is only place you'll find records for single games; season stats appear in MaxPreps.com and the Deseret News, among other places.
Total Offense (Rushing Plus Passing)
385, Junior Cole, Northridge (9/12 vs. Weber)
369, Jeff Manning, Logan (9/29 vs. Highland, Idaho)
368, Alex Hart, Jordan (8/30 vs. Washington (Massillon), Ohio)
259, Adam Timo, Snow Canyon (9/5 vs. Las Vegas)
251, Nick Orchard, Highland (8/29 vs. American Fork)
248, Dylan Chynoweth, Park City (8/22 vs. Canyon View)
5, Brennon Hunt, Beaver (9/5 vs. Milford)
33, Adam Timo, Snow Canyon (9/5 vs. Las Vegas)
31, Anthony Heimuli, Mountain View (9/2 vs. Payson)
30, Brennon Hunt, Beaver (9/5 vs. Milford)
387, Kyler Carlsen, Sky View (8/30 vs. Campbell County, Wyo.)
347, Josh Soter, Copper Hills (8/22 vs. Payson)
332, Ammon Olsen, Alta (9/29 vs. Grant (Sacramento), Cal.)
6, Kyler Carlsen, Sky View (8/30 vs. Campbell County, Wyo.)
5, Jeff Manning, Logan (8/22 vs. Murray)
5, Josh Soter, Copper Hills (9/19 vs. Taylorsville)
5, Ryan Workman, Viewmont (8/22 vs. Orem)
51, Jordan Smith, Lehi (9/12 vs. Kearns)
47, Jeff Manning, Logan (9/5 vs. Sky View)
46, Alex Kuresa, Mountain Crest (9/5 vs. Northridge)
31, Jordan Smith, Lehi (9/12 vs. Kearns)
26, Alex Kuresa, Mountain Crest (9/5 vs. Northridge)
25, Josh Soter, Copper Hills (9/12 vs. Pleasant Grove)
200, Travis Van Leeuwen, Timpview (8/29 vs. Spanish Fork)
164, Josh Thompson, Logan (9/12 vs. Judge Memorial)
162, Anthony Heimuli, Mountain View (9/19 vs. Tooele)
10, Spencer Hille, Olympus (8/22 vs. Hillcrest)
9, Chandler Allen, Copper Hills (9/5 vs. Hillcrest)
9, Chandler Allen, Copper Hills (9/12 vs. Pleasant Grove)
Touchdowns Responsible For
6, Josh Soter, Copper Hills (1 rush, 5 pass 9/19 vs. Taylorsville)
5, Dylan Stadel, Lehi (8/29 vs. Springville)
3, Dayton Deloach, Delta (9/5 vs. Grantsville)
3, Parker Brown, Timpanogos (8/29 vs. Hunter)
3, Parker Brown, Timpanogos (9/5 vs. Orem)
3, Dallin Lund, Hunter (8/29 vs. Timpanogos)
3, Carson Smith, Box Elder (9/5 vs. Bear River)
9, Roberto Taddeo, Juan Diego (8/29 vs. Grantsville)
8, Michael Stephenson, Pine View (9/19 vs. Canyon View)
8, Brock Warren, Sky View (9/12 vs. Box Elder)
8, Brock Warren, Sky View (9/19 vs. Roy)
Season Touchdowns Responsible For
21, Jeff Manning (5 rush, 15 pass), Logan
18, Junior Cole (8 rush, 10 pass), Northridge
16, Justin Ence (13 rush, 3 pass), Pine View
Longest Plays Of The 2008 Season (90 yards min. unless indicated)
93, Bryce Delnort, Park City (8/22 vs. Canyon View)
96, James Taylor to Dax Cederholm, Bear River (9/5 vs. Box Elder)
95, Nick Wood to Corie Blackham, Parowan (9/12 vs. Gunnison)
92, Alex Kuresa to Ethan Rasmussen, Mountain Crest (9/12 vs. Woods Cross)
90, Jeff Manning to Stephen Gwynn, Logan (8/29 vs. Park City)
97, Zach Bigelow, Alta (9/12 vs. Hunter)
91, Dominick Cagle, Kearns (8/22 vs. Brighton)
Kickoff Returns (99 yd. min.)
99, Dee Hamala, Murray (8/29 vs. Hillcrest)
99, Devin Miner, Orem (8/29 vs. Snow Canyon)
96, Evan Pettit, North Sevier (8/29 vs. Gunnison)
Field Goals (50 yd. min.)
54, Parker Brown, Timpanogos (9/5 vs. Orem)
53, Parker Brown, Timpanogos (9/5 vs. Orem)