Entering the third week of the 2011 season, 30 teams remain undefeated, yet just four contests pit unbeatens in the state this week: Lone Peak at Davis, Jordan at Pleasant Grove, Spanish Fork at American Fork and Morgan at Wasatch.
A total of 69 schools have at least one win, and some of the remaining 32 winless teams may pick up a victory this week, but just five games match winless squads: Skyline at Cedar, West Jordan at Hunter, Clearfield at Ogden, Mountain View at Westlake and Milford at Whitehorse.
Utah vs. The Nation
Utah was just 8-5 against out-of-state teams last week. Utah vs. The Nation continues with six more games this week, highlighted by Alta, Bingham and Timpview competing in the Mission Viejo (Calif.) High School Football Classic against Crenshaw, Orange Lutheran and Bakersfield, respectively. For the California schools, it's the season opener.
Carbon hasn't seen 2-0 since 2003 and with a victory over Ben Lomond, would be 3-0 for the first time since 1983. … Canyon View was last 2-0 in 2005 and has a bye before visiting Desert Hills in Week 4. … Granger, hosting winless Cyprus, could be 3-0 for the first time since starting 4-0 in 1999.
Davis opened with consecutive shutouts for the third time in school history (96 seasons) and first time since 1954 when the Darts held their first three opponents scoreless. (Even though its opener vs. Brighton was only a half-game and ended 0-0, it still counts as a shutout – really, a double-shutout.)
Before this year, Hunter had never suffered back-to-back shutouts and had only been whitewashed nine times in 234 games over 21 seasons.
Bingham owns the longest current winning streak, 26 games, while San Juan has captured 22 straight. Juan Diego has won 14 in a row and Duchesne is next with 12 consecutive victories.
Several teams stopped long losing streaks the past two weeks, including Lehi, Ben Lomond, Canyon View, Copper Hills and North Sevier, leaving Whitehorse leading that list with nine straight losses, followed by Ogden and Salem Hills at eight each.
Milford, at Whitehorse, hopes to pick school victory No. 200 and Pleasant Grove hosts Jordan as the Vikings gun for their 350th all-time win.
Box Elder plays its 850th game, Grand, its 750th and West Jordan, its 300th.
A coaching trio tries to get career victory No. 50: James Cordova at Judge Memorial, Brandon Matich at East and Jake Nelson at Desert Hills. … Kovi Christiansen is directing his 50th contest at Morgan.
What's in a Name?
The NFL has its famed Lambeau Field and Soldier Stadium, and in Utah, Rice-Eccles and Lavell Edwards Stadiums, among others, are well known. Among Utah high schools, at least 20 have named their stadiums, as well. Most are named in honor of a coach, but some recognize major donors or others associated with the school.
Beaver: D. Alfred Marshall Stadium (coach, 1963-1988)
Bingham: Ron Thorne Stadium (donor)
Bonneville: Thom Budge Field (coach, 1975-2005)
Box Elder: Earl Ferguson Field (coach, 1921-1959)
Copper Hills: Garrison Field (Bruce Garrison, CH's first principal, 1995-1999)
Dixie: Walter Brooks Stadium (coach, 1949-1974)
East: Tally Stevens Field (coach, 1950-1955)
Hunter: Ed Mayne Stadium (labor and community leader)
Jordan: Sayers Field (Chad Sayers, donor)
Judge Memorial: McCarthey Stadium (McCarthey family, donors)
Kanab: Arlyn Hafen Stadium (coach, 1965-1993)
Layton Christian: Wilson Stadium (Don and Nancy Wilson, donors)
Mountain Crest: Lynn R. Miller Field (His sons, John, Ted and Bruce, donors; the field posthumously named in his honor)
Murray: Ray H. Oliverson Stadium (coach, 1956-1962)
Park City: Dozier Field (Jack Dozier, principal, 1976-1991)
Parowan: Alma Richard Field (Parowan native, 1912 Olympic Gold Medalist)
Sky View: Hansen Field (In honor of Delbert Loyal Hansen, father of Dell Loy Hansen, donor)
Wasatch: Wright-Tree Stadium (Dan Wright, coach, 1959-1978; Ron Tree, coach, 1987-1991, 1999-2004)
West: Gean Plaga Stadium (coach, 1967-1984)
West Jordan: McCleary Field (Jerry McCleary, first principal)
Westlake: Lou Andrus Field (Westlake athletic director, 2009-2010; Lehi coach 1975-1988)
A few Rivalry Game Notes:
East and West duke it out for the 111th time in the state's most-played rivalry and the 22nd most-played in the nation. East has won nine straight in the series and leads 59-44-7.
In the 91st Golden Spike game, Box Elder and Bear River renew the longest uninterrupted and fifth most-played rivalry, which began in 1923. The Bees lead the series 63-25-2.
Wasatch battles Morgan for the 83rd time in the ninth most-played rivalry. They've split the last four, but the Wasps hold a 48-32-2 series edge since 1928.
American Fork and Spanish Fork meet for the 54th time, but first since 2008. The Dons have a three-game streak going in the series, but the Cavemen still lead 36-16-1.
Bonneville and Weber clash for the 51st time. The Warriors won 21-14 last year to break a six-game Laker winning streak in the series, but Bonneville maintains a comfortable 35-15 series margin.
Granger faces Cyprus for the 43rd time. The Lancers have a 22-19-1 series edge even though the Pirates have captured four of the last five including last year's 28-27 nailbiter.
First-time Meetings (5):
Lone Peak at Davis, Syracuse at Riverton, Alta vs. Crenshaw, Bingham vs. Orange Lutheran and Timpview vs. Bakersfield.
Been a While:
Clearfield and Ogden have split their eight matchups, but haven't battled since 1976 when both were Class 4A teams in the same region. … Park City has a 4-2 series margin over Duchesne; these teams last clashed in 1986.
Skyline shut out Cedar 31-0 in 1988 in their only bout. … Ben Lomond and Carbon split their two previous meetings, which came in 1989 and 1990.
Olympus swept three prior games against Sky View, the last in 1993. … San Juan is 5-0 vs. Parowan; they met from 1992-96. … Northridge has taken all three contests with Kearns; they played in 1997 and twice in '98.
Highland and Provo last clashed in 2000 but haven't met in the regular season since 1960. The Rams' only series loss in seven games was in 1957, its inaugural season. … Kanab and Grand also last battled in 2000; the Cowboys are up 4-2 in the series.
Other Game Notes:
Brighton and Cottonwood open Region 3 action with the Bengals owning a 9-3 series edge; this week marks their first meeting since 2007.
Copper Hills has captured four of its last five games with Hillcrest, the last in 2008, but the Huskies still hold a 6-5 series edge.
From Last Week:
Diamond Ridge became just the 13th school (of 130) to win its first two varsity games. … Herriman and Maple Mountain faced their first-ever overtime contests and both pulled off come-from-behind victories over Riverton and Lehi, respectively. … A Morgan vs. South Summit battle went into overtime for the fourth time; only three other series have gone into OT more times.