This season, 26 games involve out-of-state teams, slightly down from 29 last year. All but five are with schools from neighboring states – Nevada provides the most competition with six teams. This week sees a half-dozen of those "out of state" games.
Six high profile games against non-Utah teams bookend September. Bingham hosts the Beehive Classic, a triple-header, on Saturday, Sept. 1 when the Miners play Valor Christian. VC is Colorado's top-ranked team and three-time defending state champion, currently possessing a 24-game winning streak and 39-3 record since 2009. Also, East clashes with Serra (Gardena, Calif.,) and Jordan tangles with Long Beach Poly.
On Friday, Sept. 7, Cottonwood hosts Skyline, Washington state's #1 team, and currently ranked 18th nationally by MaxPreps.
In the second Xfinity High School Football Challenge at Rio Tinto on Saturday, Sept. 29, Jordan plays St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.,) and Alta takes on formidable Don Bosco (Ramsey, N.J.). Don Bosco finished the 2011 season ranked #1 in the nation by MaxPreps and USA Today, is six-time defending state champ, owns a 46-game win streak (last lost in 2008) and has gone 70-2 since 2006.
More on these games in coming weeks.
By the way, Utah went 15-14 vs. out-of-state competition last year to improve its all-time record to 1,084-852-61 (.558) in 1,997 games.
Black and Blue Classic
Before Bingham and Alta meet those highly ranked opponents, these bitter rivals face each other in the second half of this Saturday's double-header at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Since the series resumed in 2001, the Miners have won ten of 15 contests – and four straight – over Alta, including a 21-18 thriller last year. From 2006-09, the two battled in August and again in the semifinals or finals and from 2006-10, they hoarded the Class 5A titles (Alta in '07 and '08, Bingham in '06, '09 and '10). The Hawks still lead the all-time series, 14-12.
In Saturday's first game, Riverton seeks revenge for Herriman's 29-28 overtime victory last year. It's possible these two will play in the same region – or at least in the 6A classification – next season.
East and West renew their age-old gridiron battle in the 22nd most-played rivalry in the nation. The two schools actually shared the same red-and-black color scheme from 1914, when East opened, until the 1951 season. That year, the Leopards decided they needed to distinguish themselves from their rivals and switched to red and white, more closely aligned with the nearby U of U. The Leopards have a 60-44-7 series edge and have won 10 straight over the Panthers.
Two more of Utah's top-10 long running rivalries are also contested this week: Delta hosts Millard in their 89th meeting, the seventh most-played rivalry; the Eagles lead the series 47-37-4. And Spanish Fork travels to Springville in their 86th matchup, the eighth most-played rivalry; the Red Devils lead by just 42-40-3.
Other long-running series include: San Juan at Monticello (64th meeting, SJ leads 40-21-1), Cyprus at Tooele (67th meeting, Tooele leads 35-28-3 – they last met in 2008) and South Summit at Morgan (53rd meeting, Morgan leads 32-19-1).
Also, Roy plays at Weber in the Battle for the Shield (48th meeting, Roy leads 25-22), Davis heads to Viewmont (45th meeting, Davis leads 31-12-1), Provo is at Pleasant Grove (44th meeting, Provo leads 27-16 – they last met in 2008) and South Sevier visits North Sevier (41st meeting, SS leads 30-10).
Despite 75% of Week 2's games (42 of 56) being repeats of 2011's Week 2, just played at the opposite field, there are still seven first-time pairings: Whitehorse at Diamond Ranch, Desert Hill JV at Kanab, Mountain View Christian (Nev.) at Layton Christian, Summit Academy at Monument Valley, Pine View at Orem, Hunter at Sky View and Shadow Ridge (Nev.) at Snow Canyon.
Grantsville plays its 800th game while Bountiful plays #600 and Kearns, its 450th.
In the coaching ranks, Jimmy Jones shoots for his 150th victory at Emery and Bucky Orton goes for win #75 at Kanab.
If San Juan scores against Monticello, the Broncos will extend their scoring-game streak to 150, the longest current streak and second all-time to Skyline's 262. San Juan was last shut out in 1999.
From Week 1
Summit Academy became 131st school to start a football program and the 31st to win its debut contest (97 lost their first while the other three tied). Of the 31 winners, a surprising 20 posted a shutout in their opening game; Enterprise, in 1997, was the last. Summit won 48-0 over Milford, the largest winning margin for a program-opening game since 1925 and third largest in state history. (Granite waltzed over Park City 64-0 in 1907 and Central blitzed South Emery 54-0 in 1925.)
Meanwhile, Delta suffered its first shut out since Oct. 19, 2006, a span of 63 games.
Kafentzis Continues to Climb
Entering only his 15th game, Jordan's sophomore QB Austin Kafentzis needs just 10 yards of total offense to reach 5,000 career yards. His next touchdown, whether through the air or on the ground, gives him 50 career TDs-Responsible-For.
Golden Years – Installment 2
For new readers: Through the regular season, Felt's Facts will identify the golden era in football for almost every high school, excluding those that are too new to have developed much history. Around a dozen active schools will be randomly selected each week, with one or two discontinued programs thrown in for good measure.
(Alta, Bonneville, Hurricane, Kearns, Lehi, Milford, Orem, Salem Hills, South, Syracuse, Wasatch Academy, West and Woods Cross were covered last week.)
American Fork – 1960-1964 – The Cavemen celebrated back-to-back state championships and their only double-digit win seasons in 1961 and '62 with Jerry Edwards at quarterback both years. The '61 team went 11-0, one of two unbeaten AF teams. The Cavemen also remained undefeated for three straight years in region play ('60-'62) – the only time in school history that's happened. During coach Don Mower's first five seasons, AF won nearly 88% of its games, vaulting to a 45-6-1 record.
Beaver – 1968-1984 – During this 17-year span under Al Marshall, the Beavers captured eight state and eight region championships. They appeared in all but two state title games from 1969-83 (missed in '74 and '78). Beaver also enjoyed nine double-digit win seasons, three more than any other team during the same period. Three undefeated seasons also highlighted its 162-37 record. Twelve of Beaver's 13 all-state MVPs played during this era: Garth Draper ('70, '71), Dean Eyre ('75), Terry Griffiths ('70), Chad Hollingshead ('73), Steve Marshall ('83), Thane Marshall ('83), Burton Myers ('80), Mike Myers ('75), Mitch Oakden ('76), Donnie Roberts ('81) and Kelly Smith ('79).
Bingham – 2004-present (records through 2011) – Over eight seasons, the Miners rolled to a 90-13 record (.874), won three of the 88-year-old school's seven state championships and took region six times. The 2010 team is widely regarded as perhaps the best Utah prep team ever. Under Dave Peck, the Miners dominated 5A football and won at least 11 games over six consecutive seasons. Harvey Langi (2008-10) is one of just 25 players to three-peat as an all-stater. He was also named all-state MVP ('10) along with Stefan Cantwell ('10), Tuni Kanuch ('09) and Jordan Pendleton ('06).
Duchesne – 2009-present (records through 2011) – In Billy Hoopes' last three seasons, he guided Eagles to three straight finals, winning back-to-back championships in '10 and '11. Duchesne amassed a 33-4 record, going undefeated in 2011 for the second time in school history. The media cited Braiden Despain ('11), Max Lewis ('11) and Grant Marett ('10) as all-state MVPs.
East Carbon – 1972-1977 – The Vikings carted off four region titles in six seasons. In 1977, EC outscored regular season opponents 239-70 en route to its only undefeated regular season. Ralph Sanich (through 1975) and Kirtley Nordfelt ('76-'77) coached the Vikings to a 38-15 record. Of East Carbon's 27 all-state players, 12 were recognized during this era. EC fielded a team from 1959 through 1991.
Fremont – 2010-present (records through 2011) – Kory Bosgieter's Silver Wolves posted 11-2 and 10-3 seasons, celebrated consecutive region championships and competed in the state 5A finals both years. Nick Vigil achieved all-state MVP status in 2011.
Gunnison Valley – 2005 – GV, which started its football program in 1990, posted its most wins going 7-4 and advanced past the first round under Rhett Jackson. Joey Crane and Ben Dalley were named all-state players for the Bulldogs.
Highland – 1959-1963 – The Rams won three of the school's five state championships in '59, '61 and '63, going 7-0 in playoff contests over five seasons. Two coaches, Larry Palmer ('59-'60) and Bill Fickinger ('61-'63) also led Highland to four region titles with a 44-6 overall record. Ram all-state players included halfback Dave Hansen ('61), quarterback Bob Hughes ('59) and QB Stewart Simpson ('63).
Hillcrest – 1980-1984 – The Huskies captured the region crown every year but 1982, going 39-14 overall, and reached the state semifinals four times under Jerry Simonson. In post-season play, Hillcrest lost to the eventual state champion three of the five years. Despite not being on a state championship team, Marty Haws was awarded all-state MVP in 1983.
Payson – 1967-1971 – Highlighted by state championships in 1969 and '71 and another title-game appearance in 1970, the Lions went 45-11-2. Payson also grabbed region titles from 1969-71 under longtime coach Jim Durrant. All four of Payson's all-state MVPs came from the two championship teams: Dick Armstrong ('71), Tim Durrant ('71), Russell Jones ('69) and Dennis Wall ('69).
Pine View – 2001-2005 – Coach Ray Hosner's first five seasons saw the Panthers claim three region championships and post a 95-22 overall record. PV won nine playoff games and appeared in the finals in '04 and '05. James Lark, who threw a then-record 79 career TD passes, was rewarded as all-state MVP in '05.
South Summit – 1976-1981 – The Wildcats prevailed in the 1977 and '78 state championship games and took region in '77 and '79. Tom Crittenden directed SS to a 48-18-2 record and another title game appearance in 1979. Mark Atkinson ('77) and John Mondragon ('79) garnered all-state MVP ranking.
Spanish Fork – 2009-present (records through 2011) – With Matt Christensen at the helm, the Dons achieved their best three-year stretch posting a 24-11 record, including a school-record-tying nine wins in '11. Five Dons, the most in school history in a single season, were named to all-state teams in 2011, including quarterback Hayden Nielsen (one of five 7,000-yard career passers) and running back Christian Taele. Lineman Isaac Asiata became SF's only two-time all-stater, claiming honors in '09 and '10.
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