The regular season climaxes this week with key contests for playoff berths and region championships in addition to traditional rivalry clashes and traveling trophy battles. And Week 10 sees Class 2A kick off its postseason for the 10th straight year, since 2005.
But first, a look at some impressive state records set last week including marks for single-game total offense (Jordan’s Austin Kafentzis, 694 yards) and single-game rushing yards (Hunter’s Joseph TiaTia, 456).
State records and near records
Well-deserved attention was heaped on the Brighton's 78-76, triple-overtime, record-breaking win over Jordan and Kafentzis’ continued assault on the records books.
It’s been mentioned elsewhere, but bears repeating that Brighton and Jordan combined for a monstrous 1,447 yards, smashing the previous record of 1,333 yards set last year by East and Jordan (East won, 59-36). Against Brighton, the Beetdiggers racked up 764 yards themselves, the third-most ever. The 154 combined points is the third-most in a Utah prep game and most since 1931.
Kafentzis set or tied records in four more categories to go with his previous 11: single-game total offense (694); single-game TDs-responsible-for (10, tied with two others); career TD passes (104); and career completions (757).
Nationally, Kafentzis ranks third all-time in career total offense (18,356), just 1,272 yards behind second-place Ben Mauk (Kenton, Ohio, 1999-2002). Ben’s brother Maty holds the record (22,681 yards, set from 2008-2011 at Kenton).
Kafentzis also places near the top 10 nationally in three other career categories. He’s 15th in passing yards (11, 972), but just 224 more will shoot him over a cluster of players into 10th. He’s 13th in attempts (1,326) and needs 46 to reach 10th, and he’s 14th in completions (757) and 101 away from 10th.
Impressively, his 694 yards of total offense against Brighton ranks third nationally all-time and just 19 yards off the record.
So far this season, Kafentzis is No. 1 in the nation in total offense (4,454 yards) and seventh in passing yards (2,945).
Also on the national charts, Pine View’s Kody Wilstead ranks eighth in passing yards (2,790) and 27th in total offense (2,851).
Although the Brighton-Jordan game amassed jaw-dropping stats, the week witnessed some other extraordinary performances as well.
As mentioned, TiaTia rushed for an astonishing 456 yards in Hunter’s 40-13 win over Hillcrest. He nipped Kyle Foy’s 451 yards (Altamont, set on Oct. 14, 2011) for Utah’s all-time high.
TiaTia has rushed for 817 in his past two games, which were played just five days apart. He leads the state in rushing this season and is 40th nationally with 1,661 yards, although he’s only played in seven of the Wolverines’ nine games because of an early season injury.
What’s more, since Week 2, he’s increased his yardage each game, including three times by almost 100 yards. So watch out, Granger — this week’s opponent.
TiaTia’s 456 rushing yards also qualify as all-purpose yardage and his performance ranks him fourth all-time in that category.
Incidentally, another state record was tied in that game. Hunter rushed for 473 yards (not a state record), but didn’t complete any passes on three attempts. So Hillcrest tied the record for fewest passes allowed. The Wolverines ran just 31 plays compared to Hillcrest’s 77 (also not records). TiaTia carried the ball on 26 of Hunter’s 28 rushes and scored all six touchdowns.
Another stellar individual achievement lost in the hubbub surrounding Brighton-Jordan came in Orem’s 59-42 defeat of Skyline. Tiger QB Tucker Camp accumulated 665 yards of total offense, the third-most on record.
His 509 passing yards is the most this year and ranks fifth all-time. Camp passed for six TDs and ran for two more, and his eight TDs-responsible-for ties for sixth-most all-time.
Orem’s 716 total yards is the seventh-most in a game all-time. The Tigers and Skyline combined for 1,241 yards of total offense, which ranks fourth all-time.
Down south, Desert Hill’s Bridge Cowdin dashed for 191 yards against Snow Canyon, the 20th time he’s rushed for at least 100 yards in a game, tying him for ninth place in that category. In the game, DH held SC to minus-15 rushing yards and 51 total yards, yet won just 7-3. The minus-15 isn’t anywhere near a state record (which is minus-94 by Beaver’s defense against Parowan in 1980), nor does it rank in the top-50, but it’s still a school record.
In region races, six teams that have finished region competition have captured outright, undefeated league crowns: American Fork (Region 4); Stansbury (3AA North); South Summit (2A North); San Juan (2A South); Rich (1A North); and Diamond Ranch (1A South).
Eight teams claim outright, undefeated titles by winning this week: Fremont (Region 1); Bingham (Region 3); the winner of Sky View at Roy (Region 5); Woods Cross (Region 6); Corner Canyon (Region 7); Timpview (Region 8); Judge Memorial (3A North) and Juab (3A South).
A whopping 56 schools are already guaranteed tournament action, leaving just 16 berths up for grabs among 31 eligible schools.
Among those 56 that have secured berths, all but five — American Fork, Fremont, Murray, Union and Weber — repeat from last season.
Murray has gone the longest. Its last tournament appearance came in 2006. If the Spartans defeat Corner Canyon or if Skyline loses to Olympus, Murray hosts a playoff game for the first time since 2004. That’s the last time Murray (6-2) posted a winning season, too. Murray is also aiming for its most wins in a season since it won eight in 1994.
Weber last saw postseason action in 2009 and American Fork in 2011, but the Cavemen haven’t hosted a first-round game since 2007. Fremont and Union skipped the tournament last year after appearing in 2012. Union is home for a playoff contest for the first time since 2007, if the Cougars and Judge win this week.
Canyon View hasn’t clinched a playoff berth yet, but can do no worse than tie for the final spot in 3A South. The Falcons hope to advance to the tournament for the first time since 2000. Only Carbon, which also last made the playoffs in 2000, has gone as long among current teams.
Sixteen squads, listed by region, have been eliminated from qualifying for the postseason: Layton, Northridge, Viewmont (Region 1); Granger (Region 2); Copper Hills (Region 3); Lehi (Region 4); Ogden (Region 5); Clearfield, Cyprus (Region 6); Timpanogos (Region 7); Provo (Region 8); Carbon, Emery (3A North); Delta (3A South); American Leadership (2A North); and North Sevier (2A South).
Emery is out of the playoffs after 19 straight appearances from 1995-2013. American Leadership and North Sevier, which didn’t make the 2A tournament, concluded their seasons last week.
Not every scenario for every region is presented, but the most probably outcomes are included, assuming one can predict what teenage boys are likely to do.
In Region 1, a Syracuse victory over Fremont and Davis over Weber creates a three-way tie for the region championship between Davis, Fremont and Syracuse and a coin flip for seeding with Weber in fourth.
In Region 2, the winner of Taylorsville at West shares the league title with Hunter, if the Wolverines win. Barring upsets by Granger or Hillcrest, if T-ville wins, the seeding is Taylorsville, Hunter, West, Cottonwood. A West victory makes it Hunter, West, Cottonwood, Taylorsville. Hillcrest has to defeat Cottonwood to force a tie with the Colts for the final playoff berth or the Huskies are out.
Bingham is guaranteed the No. 1 seed in Region 3. Brighton takes second with a win over Alta. Jordan, which is expected to beat Copper Hills, then gets third and Alta fourth. An Alta upset throws the Hawks, Brighton and Jordan into a three-way tie for second and a coin flip to determine seeding. West Jordan must pull off one of the biggest miracles in prep history and upset Bingham and hope Alta and/or Jordan lose to force a region playoff or WJ is eliminated. MaxPreps ranks Bingham 15th nationally this week.
Region 4’s American Fork has secured the top seed and Riverton is second. Herriman grabs third by winning at Pleasant Grove and Lone Peak takes fourth with a home win over Lehi. Upsets complicate the picture, so no surprises, please. A PG win over Herriman likely forces those two and Lone Peak into a three-way tie for the final two spots. Westlake needs to beat Riverton and hope Lone Peak and Pleasant Grove lose to force a region playoff with LP and PG or Westlake is eliminated.
In Region 5, the winner of Sky View at Roy celebrates an undefeated, outright league title. Whichever team wins ends a lengthy region-championship drought. Sky View last won a league title in 2007; its last outright crown was in 2006. Roy has gone longer. The Royals last took home a region trophy, a co-championship, in 1991 and haven’t won an outright title since 1976. Whatever the outcome, those two receive the top seeds. A Logan victory at Box Elder gives the Grizzlies the third seed while a loss relegates them to fourth. Box Elder gets third with a win and eliminates Bonneville and Mountain Crest. However, a loss shoves the Bees into a likely three-way tie with Bonneville (idle) and Mountain Crest (at Ogden) for fourth.
Wood Cross has the No. 1 seed wrapped up in Region 6. Bountiful at Highland decides second and third. Kearns at East is an elimination game for fourth. Would that all regions were this straight forward.
Region 7 leader Corner Canyon has accomplished a first for Utah prep football. With at least a share of the conference championship, the Chargers are the first school to capture region titles their first two seasons. Murray shares in the championship by upsetting CC. A Skyline win over Olympus ends the Titans’ season. Barring upsets by Murray and Timpanogos (hosting Orem), the seeding would then be Corner Canyon, Skyline, Murray, Orem. A Titan victory, however, moves Murray to second and creates a probable three-way tie between Olympus, Orem and Skyline for two playoff spots.
Timpview and Salem Hills are assured the top seeds in Region 8. Two crucial matches find Salem Hills at Spanish Fork and Springville at Maple Mountain. If favored Salem Hills and Springville win, then Maple Mountain, Spanish Fork and Wasatch face a region playoff for the final berth. However, Salem Hills and Maple Mountain make things easy by winning: Spanish Fork and Wasatch would be out and no region playoff needed.
In 3AA North, Stansbury, Juan Diego, Tooele are the top three seeds in that order. Bear River at Uintah determines fourth and fifth place. Park City, which hosts Juan Diego, takes sixth unless Ben Lomond wins at Tooele and forces a likely sixth-place tie and region playoff with PC.
In 3AA South, the winner of Desert Hills at Hurricane becomes a co-champ with Pine View (idle). That game decides the top four seeds assuming Dixie defeats Snow Canyon. A DH victory makes the order Desert Hills, Pine View, Hurricane, Dixie. A Tiger win makes it Pine View, Hurricane, Dixie, Desert Hills. Snow Canyon can climb to fourth by upsetting Dixie. The loser of that game gets fifth. Payson at Cedar is an elimination game for the sixth and final playoff spot.
Moving to 3A North, the likely seeding is Judge, Union, Morgan, Grantsville. However, a Morgan upset of Judge and a Union victory at Grantsville create a three-way tie for first between Judge, Morgan and Union with a coin flip to decide the top three seeds with Grantsville fourth. If Judge and Grantsville prevail, the Cowboys, Morgan and Union flip a coin to determine second through fourth seeds.
Juab is the top seed in 3A South. The winner of Canyon View at Manti gets second. North Sanpete is out unless the Hawks defeat Delta to create a three-way tie between NS, Canyon View and Richfield for the last two berths. That assumes favored Juab (at Richfield) and Manti prevail. Upsets really muddle the picture here. Manti could end up second or third, Canyon View anywhere from second to facing a region playoff game for fourth and Richfield from third to a region playoff contest.
Rich has claimed the No. 1 berth in 1A North with Duchesne, Milford and Altamont likely finishing in that order.
In A South, Diamond Ranch gets top billing. Kanab at Monticello decides second and third. Whitehorse at Monument Valley is an elimination game.
Class 2A first-round games
Beaver puts its glossy 21-3 home playoff record on the line when the Beavers entertain Gunnison. It’s a rematch of a 2012 first-round game, the last time these two clashed. The Beavers knocked out Gunnison, 45-7, and increased their series lead to 9-1.
Layton Christian invades Enterprise, which hasn’t won a tournament contest in six tries, including four at home, since 2007. The Wolves defeated LCA in their first meeting in 2005, but the Eagles avenged the loss in 2006, winning 21-14. They haven’t met since.
Millard goes for its 41st home playoff victory – the most in the state – when the Eagles host Grand in the first round. They last met in 2012 when Grand bested Millard, 48-33, in the quarterfinals. That was just Grand’s third win over Millard in 24 attempts.
North Summit, showcasing a 22-3 home playoff record, hosts Parowan. The Braves have captured all six previous contests, but they last met in 1991.
This week’s most-played rivalries (min. 50 games)
Box Elder and Logan feud for the 96th time. The Bees lead the series 61-31-3 in the state’s second most-played rivalry, which was uninterrupted from 1919-2004. Since it resumed in 2009, Logan has taken four of five battles.
Delta holds a 55-11-2 lead over North Sanpete, but the Hawks have won two straight in the 68-game series.
Duchesne and Altamont face off for the 66th time in an uninterrupted series that began in 1973. The Eagles have a 13-game winning streak over Altamont and lead 38-27.
Davis and Weber clash for the 50th time since 1926, The Darts enjoy a 34-12-3 series lead and have taken five in a row and nine of the past 10 going back to 2004.
Richfield and Juab also battle for the 50th time, but their series began in 1955. The Wildcats control 29-19-1, but Juab has won seven consecutive games in the series.
First-time pairings (3)
Bonneville at Wasatch; Milford at Summit Academy JV; and American Fork at Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wash.). AF plays an out-of-state team for the first time since 2008 and travels beyond the state borders for the first time since 2007. The 6-1 Eastside Catholic Crusaders are ranked eighth in the Evergreen State by MaxPreps. This year, Utah teams are 12-11 against out-of-state opponents.
Selected week 10 game notes
Olympus has owned the Rock five consecutive years since the series with Skyline resumed in 2009 after a four-year break. However, the Eagles still lead their archrivals 26-21-1 as they collide for the 49th time.
Emery and Carbon fight for the Coal Bucket. The Spartans dominate the series 21-2.
In another traveling trophy rivalry, the Battle for the Sword, Northridge leads Layton 17-5 and has captured five straight, but the last six contests have been decided by four or fewer points and a total of just 16. Four of the last eight games have gone into overtime, including last year's 29-28 double-OT thriller.
Hunter has taken nine straight over Granger and dominates the series 16-5 ... Lone Peak is 5-0 vs. Lehi ... Sky View hasn’t lost to Roy since 2001, taking ten in a row, and leads the 36-game series 22-13-1 ... Viewmont leads its series with Clearfield 23-21 and Highland controls its series with Bountiful 27-16.
Timpview has won 23 of the last 24 encounters with Provo to jump ahead in the series 29-11. The Bulldogs’ last series victory came by forfeit in 2011.
Judge overpowered Morgan last year 28-14 to claim the 3A North championship and halt a three-game skid to the Trojans. The intermittent, 37-game series began in 1928 and the Bulldogs own a 21-14-2 lead.
Dixie defeated Snow Canyon 28-13 last year to narrow the Warriors’ series lead to 12-11 . Hurricane leads its short series with Desert Hills 4-3 since DH opened in 2008, including a 21-0 victory in the 2011 Class 3A finals. But the Thunder have taken two straight since, including a 32-10 victory last year.
Monticello and Kanab have already played this season in a non-region game, but this week’s contest counts as a region battle. In the earlier game, the Cowboys won easily 40-7 during Week 4 ... Whitehorse holds a 17-15 advantage over Monument Valley.
Perfect regular seasons
San Juan has already claimed its eighth unbeaten regular season and fifth in seven years. (The Broncos went just 5-4 during the 2013 regular season.)
If the three other undefeated teams all win this week, Corner Canyon, in just its second year, wraps up its first unblemished regular season, Roy enjoys its second and first since 1975, and Timpview snares its sixth and first since 2010.
Timpview, winner of 21 straight, has the longest active streak followed by Corner Canyon and San Juan, which have gone home happy nine times in a row. American Fork and Sky View tripped during Week 1, but haven’t lost since and join undefeated Roy with eight-game winning streaks.
Judge, South Summit and Stansbury have won seven in a row and Bingham, Fremont and Juab, six straight, to round out the top-10 (OK, top-12).
Roy (8-0) is also on the verge of winning nine games for the first time since its Class 4A championship season of 1981. The Royals have won at least nine games in a season just five times in its 50-year history. Win or lose this week, the Royals are assured of hosting a playoff game for the first time since 2001.
Salem Hills (8-1), at Spanish Fork, looks to pick up nine wins for the first time in its seven-year history. The Skyhawks finished with their best record, 8-4, last season.
Summit Academy (8-1) has more victories this year than in its first two seasons combined (seven).
Tooele is locked into third seed in 3AA North and hosts a playoff contest for the first time since 2002. That year, all-state MVP Kyle Brady, now the head coach, led the Buffaloes to the Class 3A trophy. Tooele is guaranteed its first winning season since 2006.
Hurricane hopes to topple Desert Hills and win its 300th game.
Davis competes for the 950th time in 99 years while Monticello plays its 600th game in 62 seasons.
Among coaches, Larry Wall has directed Bountiful for 30 seasons, since 1985. This week he coaches his 341st game, tying him with Bonneville’s Thom Budge (31 seasons from 1975-2005). No one has coached more games at the same school and only Roger DuPaix (Highland and Skyline) has coached more games overall, 413.
Brody Benson aims for his 75th victory, all at Highland while Blaine Monkres guns for his 50th win at Dixie (he’s won 182 overall).
After Juan Diego canceled its game with Springville last week, this week John Colosimo directs his 300th contest in stints at Judge (121 games) and JD (179). He becomes just the eighth head mentor to coach at least 300 games.
Mike Bowring is coaching his 200th game in stops at Monticello (76 games) and Juab (124).
After nine weeks, the top-5
Scoring teams: Jordan, 46.3 ppg; San Juan 45.7; Stansbury, 42.1; Brighton and South Summit 42.0.
Defensive teams: San Juan, 9.3; Rich 9.6; Bingham, 10.1; Roy, 10.3; Desert Hills and Woods Cross, 10.7.
By victory margin: San Juan, 36.3; Bingham, 30.3; South Summit, 29.7; Roy, 28.0; Stansbury, 23.9.
Note that Brighton, despite being shutout by Bingham in Week 6, still averages 42.0 points a game. Of course, scoring 78 in one contest sort of offsets the shutout, at least as far as points are concerned.
2014’s most-improved teams
Summit Academy continues to lead the state as this year’s most-improved squad, going from 2-9 in 2013 to 8-1 so far, an improvement of 7.0 games. (The NCAA calculates this by taking the difference in victories and the difference in losses, adding the two numbers and dividing by 2.) Fremont (1-9 to 6-3) and Murray (1-8 to 6-2) are 5.5 games better.
Consecutive years in payoffs
Here’re the schools that have advanced to the postseason at least 20 straight seasons, including this year.
38 seasons, Delta, 1975-2012; San Juan, 1977-2014
32, Highland, 1983-2014
30, Rich, 1985-2014
28, Skyline, 1985-2012
26, Bear River, 1981-2006; Bingham, 1989-2014
25, Beaver, 1990-2014; Timpview, 1990-2014
24, Hunter, 1991-2014
23, Bonneville, 1978-2000
21, Davis, 1972-1992; Kanab, 1971-1991; Monticello 1973-1993
20, Beaver, 1969-1988; Millard, 1995-2014; Morgan, 1995-2014
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