Week 2 of the 2013 prep football season boasts a state-record 58 games with every team but Monument Valley in action. Of those contests, a season-high 14 involve out-of-state opponents.
Among those games, East hosts Kahuku (Hawaii) on Saturday. The Leopards haven’t faced a non-Utah opponent since falling to Pocatello in 1947 – 66 years ago. However, East has tangled with another Hawaiian team before – McKinley (Honolulu) in 1941 and 1946 – losing both times at East.
Also, West Jordan plays an out-of-state team for the first time in its 33-year history when the Jags take on the Shelley Russets, the Idaho 2012 Class 3A champions, in Pocatello. The Russets aren’t done with Utah schools as they visit Manti during Week 4.
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In four other first-time pairings against out-of-state foes, Desert Hills hosts Foothill (Nev.), Jordan visits Cathedral Catholic (San Diego), and in the Rocky Mountain Rumble in Pocatello, Riverton faces Madison (Idaho) on Friday and Park City plays Minico (Idaho) on Saturday.
Seven first-time meetings between Utah teams include Highland at Syracuse, Hurricane at Stansbury, Maple Mountain at Sky View, Mountain View at Wasatch, Ogden at Westlake, Provo at Manti and Springville at Corner Canyon in the first game on the Chargers’ field.
More on this week’s games later on.
Jordan’s Austin Kafentzis now ranks fourth in Career Total Offense with 9,537 yards. He’s just 332 out of third place (Riley Nelson, Logan, 2003-05) and only 410 away from second (Ryan Zimmerman, Mountain Crest, 2000-02).
But he needs 3,381 yards to surpass the state mark of 12,917 set by Mountain Crest’s Alex Kuresa (2007-10). Just beginning his junior year, Kafentzis is on target to threaten that record by November and leave it in the dust his senior season.
Kafentzis is tied for third in Touchdowns-Responsible-For (103), just 27 out of first place. He’s 12th in Career Passing Yards (6,357), but on the verge of breaking into the top 10.
Northridge’s Nate Kusuda threw for 513 yards against Logan last week. That ties him for the third-most yards in a game with, interestingly enough, another Northridge star, T.J. Canales, who performed the feat in 2004. Kusuda’s total offense of 521 yards ranks 15th overall, but it is a school record.
Most teams try to limit consecutive away games to two, or at most three. But for Cottonwood fans, this week’s contest against Logan is the last chance to see their Colts on home turf until Oct. 11 as Cottonwood hits the road for five straight games. Hurricane is in the midst of four weeks away from home, but West counterbalances that by opening the season with four consecutive home contests.
Northridge also travels for four straight games, beginning this week, and Judge has four straight away starting next week.
Then there’s Monticello: the Bucks scheduled just three home contests this season and travel to the northeast and southwest corners of Utah for four of their six away games.
San Juan had scored in 160 consecutive games stretching back to September 1999 before Snow Canyon silenced the Broncos 21-0 last week. It was the longest active streak and second longest in state history – to Skyline’s 262, set from 1986-2007.
Alta now has the longest current streak, and third-longest overall, with 125 games going back to 2002. Bingham enjoys the next longest current streak – 104 games since 2004, followed by Jordan – 99 since 2004, and Juan Diego – 98 since 2005.
With most aware that Duchesne will match the state record of 36 straight wins with a victory at North Summit, here’s a look at the Top-10 Longest Winning Streaks in Utah:
1) 36 games – Timpview, 2006-09
2) 35 – Duchense, 2010-present
3) 30 – San Juan, 2009-11
4) 28 – Rich, 1994-97
5) 26 – Bingham, 2009-11
6) 24 – East, 1955-57; Millard, 1978-79; Pleasant Grove, 1954-57
9) 23 – Bear River, 2003-05; Dixie, 1973-75; Skyline, 1998-2000; West, 1992-93
With all but two schools in action last week, the number of undefeated teams has been paired nearly in half. Those teams still harbor hopes of an unbeaten season, but at most, only six can achieve that goal.
Of the 103 schools now playing football, just 44 have finished a year with an unblemished record. West tops that group with nine, followed by East (7) and Millard and Skyline (5 each). Notably, those four schools also head the list of Most State Championships.
Six programs that have at least three state championships have yet to enjoy an undefeated, untied campaign. That list includes Alta (35 seasons, four titles), Grantsville (96 seasons, three titles), Highland (56 seasons, five titles), Mountain Crest (30 seasons, three titles), Payson (102 seasons, four titles, but went 7-0-2 in 1943) and South Summit (75 seasons, four titles).
They’ve all come close, each with several one-loss seasons.
Of those six, only Grantsville, Highland, Payson and South Summit keep those dreams alive after Week 1 this year.
Two of the top-10 longest running rivalries are contested this week. Millard hosts Delta in their 90th meeting, the seventh most-played rivalry. The Eagles lead the series 48-37-4 reaching back to 1926.
Also, Kanab travels to Beaver for their 85th matchup, the ninth most-played rivalry. Beaver leads this one 46-38 since 1950 and has won three straight.
In another long-running series, Monticello raids San Juan (65th meeting, SJ leads 41-21-2 with eight straight wins over the Bucks).
Three games feature teams that meet for the 54th time: Morgan at South Summit (the Trojans lead 33-19-1 and have captured five straight over the Wildcats), South Sevier at Richfield (the Wildcats dominate 36-17 by taking five of the last six and three in a row) and Grantsville at Tooele (the Buffs rule 39-11-3 since 1915).
Also, Bountiful hosts Viewmont (49th meeting, the Braves lead 27-21), Weber heads to Roy in the Battle for the Shield (49th meeting, the Royals lead 26-22) and Kearns attacks Granger (44th meeting, the Lancers lead 30-13, but the Cougars have won four straight).
On the other hand, a half-dozen games pair teams that have been strangers for several years.
Dixie and Lehi last clashed in a 1998 playoff game but haven’t met in a regular season game since 1990. The Flyers lead the series 11-0 . Box Elder and Layton last squared off in 2004 – each has five wins in the series . Copper Hills and West also last fought in 2004; the Panthers have a 3-2 series edge.
Ben Lomond and Juab tussled in season openers in 2005 (Juab won) and 2006 (BL won) . Judge and Woods Cross haven’t met since 2007; the Wildcats lead the series 9-3 . Timpanogos and Spanish Fork were region rivals from 2001 through 2008, the last time they played; the Dons lead the series 7-2.
Alta leads Lone Peak 2-1 in a series contested in 2006, ’09 and ’10 . Canyon View hosts Cedar in the 17th Battle for the Pick – Cedar has won 14 of the previous encounters . In each of its past two meetings with North Sanpete, Union has scored just a safety.
Granger again tries for its 150th school win as the Lancers host rival Kearns
. Richfield plays its 700th game while Highland and Olympus each compete in their 600th.
Among coaches, Northridge’s Eric Thompson guides his 100th game, all at Northridge, while Mike Miller directs his 100th contest at Riverton.