For Felt’s facts region-by-region, concerning the teams that have clinched, the number of open playoff berths, projections for which teams will fill those spots and a look at some of the region championship possibilities, see the accompanying links.
The next two weeks will be crammed with meaningful games for postseason qualifying and seeding and for determining region champions.
Only Diamond Ranch (1A South) has claimed an outright region title — its first — this year.
Seven teams, all undefeated in their respective regions, have at least a share of a league championship: Syracuse (Region 1), Mountain Crest (Region 5), East (Region 6), Skyline (Region 7), Manti (2A North), San Juan (2A South) and Duchesne (1A North).
All but Duchesne, which has a non-region game, can grab region honors outright with victories this week.
Seven others can at least snare a share of their league crown with wins this week: Hunter (Region 2), Jordan (Region 3), Timpview (Region 8), Hurricane (Region 9), Juan Diego (Region 10), Stansbury (Region 11) and Spanish Fork (Region 12).
All of those teams are favored this week and next, and barring upsets, will win outright titles. Region 4, notably absent from the above-mentioned regions, will provide the most drama in Week 10.
A Boon for Stat Freaks
DeseretNews.com has upgraded its statistics section of high school sports. Categories are selectable, so you can choose to view just rushing or passing leaders or all categories at once. Even nicer, the columns within categories are sortable. For example, the leading passers can be sorted alphabetically, by total yards, attempts, completions, yards-per-game, etc. (From the high school page, select a specific sport and click “leaders.”)
Of the 102 football teams, eight have already been booted from postseason contention (69 will eventually qualify). Another 15 could be eliminated this week. Class 5A has filled just three spots. In 4A, 12 of 17 berths are taken and in 3A, three more are filled.
Class 2A teams have locked up 10 of 12 spots and this week’s games will determine the final two and seedings for next week’s first round games. In 1A, three of eight berths have been filled.
For a region-by-region run down with the teams that have clinched, the number of open berths, projections for which teams will fill those spots and a look at some of the region championship possibilities, see Felt’s divisional facts.
Delta qualifies for its state-high 38th consecutive postseason appearance (since 1975) by defeating Juab. San Juan is in for its 36th straight time, Highland, its 30th and Rich and Skyline, their 27th.
After eight weeks, Stansbury and Syracuse, both 8-0, continue with their best-ever starts and longest win streaks.
Maple Mountain hopes to improve its playoff position and win eight games in a season for the first time when the Golden Eagles visit Orem.
Granger (6-2, hosting West) has matched its six-win season of 2011, but the Lancers haven’t won seven games since 2001. Timpanogos (6-2, at Provo) won six games in 2010, but hasn’t won more since 2002 when the Timberwolves captured a school-high nine contests.
Maybe it’s not the hottest start, but Roy (5-3) has broken a 20-year streak of consecutive losing seasons. The Royals have a bye next week, so win or lose at Mountain Crest on Friday, and regardless of whether the Royals make the state playoffs or not, Roy is assured of its first .500-or-better season since 1991. Roy and East share the dubious honor of sharing the state record for consecutive losing seasons. East suffered through its 20 from 1975-1994.
Roy (5-3) last had five victories in 2007 when the Royals went 5-6, but they’ll be a decided underdog at Mountain Crest in trying for their sixth win — last seen in 1991.
Duchesne (at Monticello) is primed to pick up its 30th consecutive win, which would tie the Eagles with San Juan for the second longest all-time. The Broncos’ streak ran from 2009 through the semifinals last year. Timpview holds the record at 36, but Duchesne could close to 34 by winning the Class 1A championship. With some careful early-season scheduling, the Eagles could overtake the Thunderbirds in 2013.
After a bye week, Hurricane goes for its 21st straight victory, which would tie the Tigers for the 14th longest winning streak in state history.
And the Winless
The number of those yet to taste victory will drop by at least one when Ben Lomond visits Tooele on Thursday. It’s the last game between winless teams on the docket this season.
Grand County and Union have the biggest turnarounds of 2012, each improving 5.0 games. The Red Devils went from 2-8 in 2011 to 6-2 so far this year. The Cougars were 0-10 last year and are 4-4 this season. Cyprus (0-9 to 3-5), Hunter (3-7 to 5-2), Snow Canyon (2-7 to 5-3), South Sevier (2-7 to 5-3) and Timpanogos (4-7 to 6-2) are all 3.5 games better.
Most-played Rivalries (min. 50 games)
Box Elder and Logan hold their grudge match for the 94th time in the state’s second most-played rivalry. The Bees dominate 61-29-3. Logan has taken two of the last three since the series resumed in 2009 after a four-year hiatus, but Box Elder has won five of the past seven going back to 2001.
American Fork tangles with Pleasant Grove for the 78th time. The Cavemen lead 48-27-2 and defeated PG 17-14 in overtime last year to break the Vikings’ three-game series winning streak.
Kanab easily controls its series with Parowan 67-4-1 and has won fifty straight over the Rams since 1971 (Parowan’s victories came in 1951, ’54 and twice in ’70).
Wasatch and Uintah clash for the 59th time; the Wasps lead the series 40-17-1.
Highland and East duke it out for the 55th time. The Rams lead the series 32-22 since 1957 (they didn’t meet from 1993-96), but since 2006, they’ve gone back and forth winning three each.
Richfield has a 35-17 lead over South Sevier as they meet for the 53rd time since 1920. The Wildcats have won four of the last five.
Bonneville, in its 53rd season, plays its 550th game.
Bingham’s Dave Peck is gunning for his 125th victory with the Miners. Bingham is also looking to score in its 100th straight game going back to the start of the 2005 season. That’s the third longest active scoring streak and 15th longest overall.
Taylorsville’s Emilio Salvador has returned three kickoffs 99 yards this year to set a state record.
Over 100 players have length-of-field kick returns, and before last week, three of them had a pair of 99-yard returns the same season: Salvador, Bonneville’s Cole Boyer (1999) and Enterprise’s Lance Jones (2004). Cottonwood’s Stanley Havili also returned two kickoffs 99 yards, but in different seasons – 2004 and ’05.
Salvador is the first to have three the same season.
From Last Week
San Juan quieted Beaver 20-0 for its fourth shutout of the season, the most of any school this year.
Snow Canyon suffered its first shutout since Sept. 10, 2004, a span of 82 games. That ended the 27th longest scoring streak in state history and eighth longest current streak in number of games. But among active streaks, only two schools — San Juan (1999) and Alta (2002) — have gone longer in time than the Warriors had without getting shut out.
Meanwhile, Bear River notched its first shutout in almost six years to the day. The Bears silenced Ogden 43-0 on Oct. 6, 2006, and took care of Grantsville 21-0 on Oct. 5. Only Taylorsville, Roy, Lehi, Murray and Tooele have gone longer without posting a shutout.
Park City set a state record for scoring the most points in a losing cause in a non-overtime game when the Miners dropped a 51-49 decision to Uintah. The previous high was 48 by three teams:
Dixie (lost to Springville 55-48 in 2010); Provo (fell to Snow Canyon 56-48 in 1998) and Spanish Fork (succumbed to Timpanogos 55-48 in 2007).
Logan’s Passing Game
Grizzly Luke Falk ranks seventh in all-time season completions with 245. With defenses keying on receiver Jesse Braddy, teammate Taylor Compton has passed Braddy with 77 season receptions, which ranks 17th all-time. Braddy has 72, which ranks 29th.
But Braddy has 123 career receptions, the 10th most in Utah prep history.
They each have 863 reception yards for Logan this season.
Millard’s Jesse Rhodes has jumped into the Top 10 leading career rushers with 4,311 yards. He needs 194 to move into ninth ahead of San Juan’s Jimmy Jones (1976-78) and 107 to supplant Pine View’s Jake Foote (1999-2001) for eighth.
Rhodes has 22 100-plus-yard games, which places him fourth all-time. He’s is just two off the state record (Park City’s Brandon Rogers, 1999-2001).
Dixie’s Blake Barney has passed for 6,348 career yards, the ninth most all-time and is 392 yards from overtaking Pine View’s James Lark (2004-05).
Cottonwood’s Inoke Lotulelei has 30 TD catches, good for a tie for seventh all-time.
On defense, Duchesne’s McKade Nielsen has 20 career interceptions, giving him a tie for fourth all-time. Emery’s Bailey Faimalo has 17, tying him in ninth place.
Region Champs II
For the teams that have secured at least a share of a league crown, here are the number of region championships and the last year won for each school.
Diamond Ranch – First.
Duchesne – 10th, 2010 (no Class 1A region championships in 2011).
East – 33rd, 2011.
Manti – 8th, 2011.
Mountain Crest – 13th, 2010.
San Juan – 17th, 2011 (fifth straight).
Skyline – 21st, 2004.
Syracuse – First.
Other Game Notes from Around the State
Summit Academy at Layton Christian is a first-time matchup.
Several Salt Lake area teams have lengthy series winning streaks going.
Hunter has won eight straight over Taylorsville and is up 16-3 in the series . Alta has a seven-game streak against West Jordan and controls the series 12-2 . Jordan has taken seven straight against Brighton, but the Bengals hold a 18-9 margin.
Hillcrest has a five-game streak over Murray since 2007. Including their other games from 1962-74, Hillcrest leads 13-3-2 . Judge has claimed five straight from Uintah and leads 13-5.
Olympus has owned the Rock three consecutive years since their series with Skyline resumed in 2009. However, the Eagles still have the series lead at 26-19-1 as they collide for the 47th time . West and Granger have battled annually since 2005. The Lancers won 28-26 in 2011 to break the Panthers’ five-game series win streak and narrow West’s lead to 8-3.
In Davis County, Bountiful hasn’t fallen to Woods Cross in 21 consecutive games stretching back to 1989 and leads the series 28-6.
Kearns beat Viewmont three times in the 1970s, but in their first meeting since then, the Vikings won 14-13, last year . Clearfield defeated Cyprus in 1972, ’73 and again last season . Northridge slipped by Davis 21-14 last year to halt the Darts’ three-game winning streak in the series and protect its 11-8 edge.
Sky View has taken three of the past four from Bonneville, including two in a row, but the Lakers still lead 19-10-1 . Mountain Crest controls Roy 12-1 and has won six straight over the Royals . Fremont is 12-6 vs. Layton and Syracuse is 4-1 vs. Weber.
Morgan is on an 11-game tear over Ogden after the Tigers won the first three in the series . Ben Lomond blanked Tooele 15-0 last year to break the Buffaloes’ six-game series win skein and close Tooele’s lead to 12-11-1.
Bingham and Lehi are just 17 miles apart, but have met only three times – in 1930, 1945 and 2011. The Miners have outscored the Pioneers 101-0 in their previous encounters . Lone Peak is 4-0 vs. Riverton.
Timpanogos swept Provo in their first five games, but the Bulldogs have taken four of five since, including a 48-42 double-overtime win last year . Spanish Fork is 4-1-1 against North Sanpete. The “1-1” part of that came in 1916 . Payson is 28-14-1 vs. Carbon as they meet for the 44th time . Timpview leads Springville 19-12.
Cedar and Canyon View battle in their annual Pick Game. The Redmen have captured the Pick six times in a row to lead 13-2 since 1997 . Dixie has won five of the past six over Snow Canyon to trim the Warriors’ series lead to 11-10 . Hurricane is 3-1 vs. Desert Hills.
Pine View defeated Bear River twice in 2002, but the Bears blasted the Panthers for the 2004 Class 3A crown. Both had byes in Week 9 last year, so decided to schedule their fourth meeting — at Snow College on Thursday — this season.
Manti downed Millard twice last year, including the Class 2A final, and has claimed six of their last seven matches, but the Eagles still have a 19-9 advantage . Delta has blitzed Juab 12 consecutive times going back to 1981 and dominates their series 31-1-1. Juab’s win came in 1960 and the tie was in 1981 . Grand has a 5-4 lead over Beaver; they’ve gone 2-2 since 2007.
North Sevier defeated American Leadership 35-0 in 2008, but ALA returned the favor last year, 19-6 . South Summit has won six straight and leads Gunnison 16-5 in annual encounters that began in 1992 . For just the second time, Emery plays North Summit and San Juan meets Enterprise.
Duchesne has snatched four in a row from Monticello and six of the last seven, but the Bucks retain a 26-14 lead since 1973.
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